Explore the rugged coast of California during this Photography Workshop. Late June is a great time to visit and photograph the California coast and the surrounding area. In this workshop, we will explore the beauty of California’s rocky shorelines,
it’s lush interior forests, the views from the park’s bald peaks and with the sea’s permission we will take a charter boat to photograph the adult the seals as they gather food for their young. On the boat ride, we will have the opportunity to photograph a few lighthouses that are only visible from the water.
This workshop will be held as we travel down the California coast where attendees will experience seven days of nature and wildlife photography that can’t be matched anywhere.
The early part of the workshop is being held under the new moon. We will have a night or two where we will photograph the Milky Way weather permitting. This workshop is suitable for any level of photographer from novice to professional.
Learn how the histogram will help determine how you can capture the dynamic range of your scene.
Learn how bracketing properly will help you achieve maximum detail in your images
Learn how to use ND filters in the field and when to use the different types
The importance of your remote control, whether hard-wired or wireless
Working in the digital darkroom, Lightroom, and Photoshop instruction
How to use focus stacking for increased Depth of Field
Become familiar with using a DOF calculator
Learn to look at a scene for differing compositional components
Shot planning and the tools I use for location scouting and weather monitoring
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Itinerary for the Workshop
the itinerary is intentionally flexible because of the weather.
The California National Parks can get very very crowded on weekends and during the middle of the day. To avoid the crowds our workshop will be held during the week and we will be out early in the morning while most others are sleeping!
Day 1: Attendee arrival day, plan to meet with the workshop group at 5 PM in the Bar Harbor area (location to be determined) for a meet and greet. We will then proceed to a location for sunset photography.
Days 2 - 6: Up before sunrise, the group will rendezvous and then proceed to a preselected sunrise photography location. After the sunrise shoot, we will relocate to another location where we will shoot through mid to late morning, at which point we’ll take a break. We will reconvene mid-afternoon so that we can get to our location for sunset photography. On the boat, we will leave early for the 2-hour boat ride for our journey to the sea lions.
Day 7: Up before sunrise, the group will rendezvous and then proceed to a preselected sunrise photography location. We’ll shoot through the late morning at which time the workshop will end.
Bring your laptop computer and we’ll review/critique photos as time and location allows, either in the field or at a yet to be determined meeting time & place
What to Bring
Digital SLR Camera
Wide-angle to telephoto lenses. I usually cover from 17mm-500mm with my lenses but 17-300mm will work also. Note that for star photography you will need a wide-angle lens that opens up to f4 or better. Also, note that when photographing the puffins the longer the lens the better. Though you can get shots with 300mm, I would consider renting a longer lens for good close-ups.
Sturdy Tripod, tripods are not allowed in blinds when photographing Puffins.
Camera remote control
Filters including polarizing and Neutral Density both graduated and solid
Extra camera batteries, make sure your headlamp has fresh batteries also. Laptop (not required but useful for image editing and storage)
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
Rain gear for both you and your camera.
Light Jacket. Summer coastal temperatures average from a low of 60 to a high of 90.
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