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Early Winter in Wine Country

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 vineyards, but we may also photograph wineries and farm buildings as well. Shooting will take place mostly in one region to maximize picture-taking time and minimize travel time.

Our Focus

We will primarily focus on the greenery and hints of mustard that are found at this time of year, we may also photograph the bare vines, the vine supports, and 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, February 4th

TIME: 11:30 AM 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 "winter 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: January 2
Death Valley & the Eastern Sierras
Later Event: February 18
Winter in Wine Country (Saturday)