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Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco

Top 10 Photography locations in San Francisco as chosen by a local photographer.

#10 Photo Spot – Chinatown

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Chinatown

Chinatown in San Francisco is a popular photo spot for street photographers. The pagoda style buildings, hanging lanterns and colorful signage make for a great backdrop. Some of the best photo opportunities are around Grant and Sacramento streets.

#9 Photo Spot – Cliff House

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Cliff House

Located behind Cliff House, this spot overlooks the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean, amazing place to capture the sunset

#8 Photo Spot – Golden Gate Overlook

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge Overlook
Built for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012 the Golden Gate Overlook Viewpoint is located a short walk from the public parking area of the bridge.

 #7 Photo Spot -City Hall

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - City Hall

Capture a stunning perspective shot of the tree lined Civic Center Plaza with City Hall framed nicely at the end. Many displays can be seen in the plaza in front of City Hall such as the Chinese New Year display shown in the photo above.

#6 Photo Spot -Alamo Square

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Alamo Square

Probably most well known for the opening scene to the TV show Full House, Alamo square is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian buildings in San Francisco. The famous Painted Ladies otherwise known as Postcard Row are the highlight and the best photography angle is the hillside across the street.

#5 Photo Spot -Pier 7 

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Pier 7

Pier 7 is a stunning old boardwalk style pier located on The Embarcadero, the wooden planks and vintage style street lights make for great perspective and symmetry shots. Walk to the end of the pier for spectacular views of the Bay Bridge

#4 Photo Spot -Palace of Fine Arts

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Palace of Fine Arts

This spot lets you capture the entire width of the Palace of Fine Arts as well as its reflection in the surrounding pond.

#3 Photo Spot -North Beach

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - North Beach

This photo spot lets you capture the iconic image of the Transamerica Pyramid and the stunning copper clad Cafe Zoetrope.

#2 Photo Spot – Lombard Street 

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Lombard St

Located at the corner of Mason and Lombard Streets this is the best angle to take in the crooked street. A long lens will be key to capture an up close photo.

#1 Photo Spot – Golden Gate Bridge

Top 10 Photo Spots in San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge
Located behind the Visitor Center take the trail down to this photo spot that takes in the entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge. This shot is a crop of a wider angle shot.

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