I can most highly recommend a tour with Julie! I flew into San Diego on business but had a day to explore this fine town. I called Julie and arranged a photo tour. Let me tell you, I enjoyed it immensely. I locations highlighted the best parts of the greater San Diego area including La Jolla. We went to a cave, to the cliffside, and to the beach. Going to the beach at twilight, I learned about a type of photography about which I had no experience. If that wasn’t enough, my skills at landscape photography improved immensely, and Julie showed me more than a few things I didn’t know about my camera. The cave provided an exceptional opportunity to learn about low-light photography. Julie had ample gear and easily made up for an item or two that I didn’t manage to bring, and she showed me some filters I didn’t know about. The skills I learned on the trip have been indispensable as I’ve moved forward with my photography. In terms of some of the other locations—I experienced some of the La Jolla coast, and caught an absolutely breathtaking coastal sunset at the gliderport.
All in all, she’s a great host, and I really enjoyed the excursion. We did travel quite a bit around San Diego, and we had a series of fun chats. I’ve been so busily discussing how pleased I was with the locations that I didn’t mention that I picked up some practice and new thoughts on composition, and Julie’s an all-around great photographer. She’s very knowledgeable about the area, too, and I saw quite a bit on the drive out and back. When I returned to my hometown, I received an email noting some of the more detailed points outlining what she showed me, and some of the gear I might want to look into. Definitely, I’ll sign up for an excursion the next time I’m in San Diego- that one was just too much fun.
And on a final note, I’m pretty handy with Trip Advisor and I don’t believe I’d have too much trouble finding nifty locations for photography in San Diego. However, that said, it was awfully convenient to not have to rent my own car and deal with traffic.