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Early Fall in Wine Country

  • Lance's Studio 401 7th Street Petaluma, CA, 94952 United States (map)

COST: $99.00

The Place

The Napa-Sonoma Wine Country is a region of great variety. From dramatic coastlines, to sensuous hills and deep forests of oaks and redwoods, not to mention vineyards in the valleys, hills, and mountainsides. This workshop will primarily focus on the landscape, but we may also photograph wineries and farm buildings as well. Shooting will take place close to one area to maximize picture-taking time and minimize travel time. Each of the wine country workshops this fall will cover different regions, so you can take several of them without ever going back to the same places.

Our Focus

We will primarily focus on the color that is starting to happen at this time of year, we may also photograph the surrounding natural landscape such as the woods, hills and wetlands found in this region. The weather can range from a sunny cloudless day to steady rain this time of year. We will mostly photograph near our vehicles and drive on good roads.

General Topics that will be Covered

We will focus on building up your technical foundation, including:

  1. Setting color and image quality settings for best results
  2. Focusing, depth of field, and image sharpness
  3. Getting the right exposure through the use of histograms
  4. Learning how to use exposure compensation to get better results
  5. How to identify strong compositions
  6. How to improve contrast and clarity in difficult lighting
  7. And, the location of several beautiful places to photograph 

This particular workshop will focus on how to photograph in hazy light/harsh light. In addition, we will focus on how to capture shadow detail in high contrast scenes without losing detail in highlights. If there are overcast conditions, we will go over the proper exposure settings to get vibrant pictures.

Workshop Summary 

WHERE: Petaluma, California (and the "wine country")

DATE: Saturday, October 28th

TIME: Noon to Sunset

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 6 participants 

We will start out from my studio in Petaluma, from there we will carpool and take backroads to particular locations where the odds of creating great wine country "fall images" are best. A map will be provided to all participants detailing the exact routes of where the workshop took place after the workshop is over.

The price is for tuition only. This course fee does not include transportation or meals.

Earlier Event: September 10
West Marin and Point Reyes - September
Later Event: November 5
Photograph Fall Color in Wine Country