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Every photographer has places that pulls them in, with details or sights that catch their eye. These 5 best photography spots in San Francisco are exactly that for me — they’re perfect for challenging any photographer to step outside of their comfort zone and just go shoot. Practice makes perfect and shooting things that you usually don’t gravitate towards really challenges your eye and helps you grow. I always opt to shoot early in the morning before crowds and for anything coastal, I love shooting golden light at sunset. There’s something about how the rays light up the city.

With that being said, here’s hoping you find at least a little bit of inspiration that connects you to each my top 5 best photography spots in San Francisco to capture amazing photos

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Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco


Mission District

The Mission District provides a gritty, vibrant vibe with a backdrop of street art and murals that will put a creative and colorful spin on any photographer’s work. I come here to walk the streets, pop into coffee shops like Four Barrel or Ritual, and snap along the way.

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco


Vista Point

For a classic, elevated view of the city and standout proximity to the bridge, Vista Point is the perfect location to capture San Francisco’s shining symbol, the Golden Gate Bridge, from above. Choose your lens wisely as this location boasts expansive views not only of the bridge, but also the Pacific Ocean. I’d recommend a wider lens for this shot. It must be visited on one of San Francisco’s clear, fog-less days in order to see the city, if not, it will be one of those moody shots.

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco


Twin Peaks

All roads lead to Twin Peaks and for good reason! The best view of the city is from here and it’s nearly 360 degrees! I’d recommend coming for sunset and catching the last hours of sun as the city lights start to flicker on.

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco


Conservatory of Flowers

One of my go-to places for inspiration is this greenhouse filled with the most lush plants. I always draw inspiration from here and can spend an hour walking through with my camera in hand. One thing to note is that as it’s humid, it may take a minute or two for your camera to adjust.

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco


Baker Beach

Because you can never get enough of the Golden Gate Bridge! This spot is one of my favorites for a different view of the ocean and bridge together. The beach is perfect for a summer picnic as well!

Top 5 Best Photography Spots in San Francisco

For more tips and tricks to getting your best photography shots, check out the post My Top Travel Photography Tips.


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