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Fall registration starts August 2, click here for a full schedule!

Fall registration starts August 2, click here for a full schedule!

Fall Registration starts Saturday, August 2nd at 10 a.m.! There are one day workshops and ongoing four/five week classes throughout the season.  Please view or download a PDF of the schedule of classes, and or register at sfreconline.org. Cover photo credit: Logan Taylor
August 2014 Photo Lecture Series

August 2014 Photo Lecture Series

Next Lecture: August 14, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: David Egan, Eli Geller and Kevin Kelleher Upcoming Lectures: 9/11, 10/9 & 11/13. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), San Francisco (415) 554-9522 Free and open...
Summer registration is ongoing, click here to see a full schedule!

Summer registration is ongoing, click here to see a full schedule!

Summer Registration starts Saturday, May 17th at 10 a.m.! There are one day workshops and ongoing four/five week classes throughout the season.  Please view or download a PDF of the schedule of classes, and or register at sfreconline.org. Cover photo credit: Bill Shaden
Reflections: Photography Captured at 55+, 7/17–9/12

Reflections: Photography Captured at 55+, 7/17–9/12

Reflections: Photography Captured at 55+ Dates: July 17–September 12, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 17, 2–4 p.m. Location: McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan (at Fell), 415-831-2700 Viewing hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free and Open to the Public. Join us and celebrate our first exhibit at...
Retrospective Photography by David Johnson, 9/6-10/19

Retrospective Photography by David Johnson, 9/6-10/19

Exhibit: David Johnson Photography Retrospective Exhibit Curators: David J Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center and Susanna Lucia Lamaina  Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 1–4p.m. Dates: September  6 – October 19 Locations: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. Viewing hours: Tues-Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Sat & Sunday noon–4:30...
Photo Center Exhibit Hours

Photo Center Exhibit Hours

Exhibit Hours are 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays Noon to 5 p.m. Because our gallery rooms are used for classes and private events, please call ahead during the Photo Center’s hours,...
Volunteer with us!

Volunteer with us!

The Harvey Milk Photography Center is largely run by our members and volunteers. Become a Member! Volunteer! Learn more about the Harvey Milk Photography Center Visit
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6/3–6/24, 6/5-6/26: Basics of Adobe Lightroom

Create your highest quality photographs and improve your workflow. From the creator’s of Photoshop, Lightroom is designed for photographers to process their high resolution images, efficiently organize photos and to make non-destructive enhancements. Learn how to optimize your digital images for the finest detail and richest color, that will yield beautiful prints! * Students must...

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6/4–6/25 and 7/7–7/28: Level 1 Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera

6/4–6/25 and 7/7–7/28: Level 1 Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera

Learn the controls of your digital camera and improve your photographs along the way! Step by step instruction and demonstrations will be covered in class. Please bring your digital camera manual to class, along with your camera, which should be fully charged, along with back up batteries. Note: This class requires a Digital SLR Camera....

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6/4–6/25: Part 1 Photographic Themes and Directions

6/4–6/25: Part 1 Photographic Themes and Directions

This hands-on class is designed for the intermediate photographer who wants to take their technical proficiency to the next level exploring concept, subject matter and self expression. The class work can be done in any format — digital, film, black & white, and color. Solid basic photographic knowledge is required. The instructor will lead insightful,...

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7/15–7/22: Great Creative Portraiture — Hands-on

7/15–7/22: Great Creative Portraiture — Hands-on

Learn the creative tools and techniques that can be applied to fine art and client based portraiture, as well as your own personal work! This hands-on class explores the art of photographing people with instruction in lighting and camera technique. Create great photos of your friends and family! Taught by a local full-time professional photographer....

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7/19: Intro to Night Photography on Mare Island

7/19: Intro to Night Photography on Mare Island

This workshop is for photographers who want to learn how to make proper exposures, (film and/or digital) after dark, by the light of the moon, using existing artificial light. We meet at 5pm for a 90 min at Mare Is Museum, for intro to the former shipyard for lecture/presentation, followed by fieldwork, throughout historic 100-150...

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8/2: Matting, Framing, and Presenting Your Photos

8/2: Matting, Framing, and Presenting Your Photos

Learn from a fine art photographer the easy methods and tools for matting, mounting and framing your work, including preparing your work for presentation and finding affordable ways to enhance your images.  With experience in conservation and preservation practice, the instructor will recommend the use of archival materials. This workshop will include a hands-on instruction...

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Photographer Joe Blum Featured on CBS News

Photographer Joe Blum Featured on CBS News

CBS Morning News did a profile of photographer Joe Blum and his work documenting the construction of the Bay Bridge. Check Blum’s exhibit, A View from the Bridge, at the Photo Center through October 6.

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NA: Creative Photography & Developing Personal Style

NA: Creative Photography & Developing Personal Style

Enhance your creative and expressive vision by learning how to identify and make use of the basics of good photography through review and critical analysis of a wide range of images, including your very own! Students will develop a small body of work and portfolio that reflects their own personal style. Mondays, 3/24–4/21, 6:30 – 9...

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In the Moment Photo Exhibit, 7/12–9/6

In the Moment Photo Exhibit, 7/12–9/6

In the Moment Photo Exhibit: Capturing Daily Urban Life Dates: July 12–September 6, 2013 Opening Reception: July 12, 2013, 6–9 p.m. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), (415) 554-9522 Viewing hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 4–9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For In the Moment… photographers were asked to capture the singular, decisive moments in...

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NA: Photo Transfers with Digital Images

NA: Photo Transfers with Digital Images

This one day workshop will show students how to prepare digital transparencies and transfer their images on to a variety of media, including art papers, cloth and wood using readily available drugstore products. Using your own images will experience this process first hand in our digital lab. These transparencies will then be used to transfer...

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2013 Photo Walks

2013 Photo Walks

Urban Photo Walk Series 8/17: Financial District/Ferry Building (Sat) 4–6 p.m. Meet outside of the Ferry Building in front of the main doors at 4 p.m. sharp. 9/21: Telegraph Hill/North Beach (Sat) 4–6 p.m. Meet in Washington Square Park at 4 p.m., across from Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. 10/5: Fort Mason (Sat) 4–6 p.m....

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NA: Introduction to Night Photography

NA: Introduction to Night Photography

This workshop is for people who would like to learn how to make proper exposures (either film and/or digital) after dark, both by the light of the moon and by existing artificial light. Upon completing this workshop, students should be comfortable photographing in a wide variety of lighting situations, from short exposures illuminated by ambient...

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July 2014 Photo Lecture Series

July 2014 Photo Lecture Series

Next Lecture: July 10, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: Sadie Mellerio, Logan Taylor and Raphael Villet Upcoming Lectures: 8/8 , 9/11,  10/9 & 11/13. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), San Francisco (415) 554-9522 Free and open to the public. See classes taught by Sadie Mellerio. See more of Raphael Villet’s work exhibiting at OMCA. Mark...

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Photo Center Orientation

Photography Center Orientations $15  Saturday, 1– 2 p.m. Instructor: Harvey Milk Photo Center Staff 6/14,6/28,7/12,7/26,8/2,8/16 Register in person or call (415) 554-9522 This is a required course for all potential members of the photography center. This course will include a talk about the rules and regulations of the photography center, a complete tour of the...

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Photo Lecture Series

Photo Lecture Series

Next Lecture: June 12, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: Chrissy Lynn, Monique Islam and Ed Conley Upcoming Lectures: 7/10, 8/8 , 9/11 & 10/9. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), San Francisco (415) 554-9522 Free and open to the public. See More work by Chrissy Lynn Mark your calendars for our monthly photo series showcasing three...

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Eli Geller Photography Exhibit, 5/24–6/29

Eli Geller Photography Exhibit, 5/24–6/29

Photography Exhibit: Eli Geller Photography Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24, 1–4p.m. Dates: May 24 – June 29 Locations: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan Street at Fell Street. Viewing hours at Harvey Milk Photo Center: Tues-Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Sat & Sunday noon–4:30 p.m. Viewing hours at McLaren Lodge: M-F- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Behind the Photographs: Nature is my place of...

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Photo Lecture Series

Photo Lecture Series

Next Lecture: May 8th, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: Najib Joe Hakim, Stefan Jora and Mario J. Glordano Upcoming Lectures: 6/12, 7/10, 8/8 & 9/11. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), (415) 554-9522 Free and open to the public. See Joe Hakim’s Harvey Milk Photo Center Classes Mark your calendars for our monthly photo series...

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Photo Lecture Series

Photo Lecture Series

Next Lecture: April 10, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: Susanna Lucia Lamaina, Grant Rusk and Brian Shapiro Upcoming Lectures: 5/8, 6/12, 7/10 & 8/8. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), (415) 554-9522 Free and open to the public. See Brian Shapiro’s blog. See Grant’s Harvey Milk Photo Center classes. See Susanna’s Harvey Milk Photo...

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Harvey Milk Photo Centers Staff and Member Exhibit at Mclaren Lodge, 1/31–4/4

Harvey Milk Photo Centers Staff and Member Exhibit at Mclaren Lodge, 1/31–4/4

Staff and Member Exhibit: Harvey Milk Photo Centers Black and White  Exhibit at Mclaren Lodge Dates: January 31–April 4 Location: McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan Street at Fell Street. Viewing hours: Mon-Friday 9AM- 5PM. Artist Reception: March 20, 2014, 3–4:30 p.m. This  new exhibit is from the Harvey Milk Photo Center Staff and Members.  It is a compilation of black and white landscape photos...

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New! 6/5–6/19: Night Photography – Paint the Light Fantastic!

New! 6/5–6/19: Night Photography – Paint the Light Fantastic!

Building upon groundwork covered in our Intro. to Night Photography course, here we focus on the more creative aspects of Night Photography: light painting with flashlights, strobes and other electroluminescent devices. In addition to traditional “light painting” techniques, where, unseen to the camera, the light source is used to illuminate an object in the scene,...

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6/7–6/28: Cyanotype – Making Photo Prints by Hand

6/7–6/28: Cyanotype – Making Photo Prints by Hand

In this workshop, students will learn to make beautiful, blue or brown toned prints simply and inexpensively, from digital or film photographs, made using the sun and water! This hands on demonstration will show how to use these historical processes in a very versatile, creative and unique, hand-made photographic prints. Materials list will be emailed...

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6/10–7/1: Part 2: Black & White Printing — Darkroom

6/10–7/1: Part 2: Black & White Printing — Darkroom

This workshop is for students who have a good working knowledge with printing in the darkroom, and wish to fine-tune their techniques and skills. Learn how to advance and take your printing skills to the next level, and gain more control when printing your images! Prerequisite: Students must have accomplished the basics of the darkroom,...

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6/10–7/1: New! Portrait as Subject: Portrait as Exploration

6/10–7/1: New! Portrait as Subject: Portrait as Exploration

What makes a portrait compelling? Above all, it is about developing your own unique way of seeing. In this four-week course we will explore the idea of portraiture using natural light and flash as fill in light. It reveals the essence of environment and subject through composition, metaphors and relationships. How does one interpret social...

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