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Sonoma County Backroads


For the last workshop of the year, with the dramatic wine country color behind us, we can concentrate on other beautiful aspects of Sonoma County. We take backroads and explore areas that most people never see. We will focus on rural and natural features. We could photograph misty mountains, vineyards, forests, as well as old buildings and maybe even the sea.

Hopefully the winter will have been wet at this point and there will be "drama" in the landscape. The itinerary will be decided based on the weather conditions that day.

Our Focus
Using histograms, the workshop will focus on how to photograph in harsh light, capturing detail in both the light and dark areas of a scene. If it is overcast, we will go over the settings needed to get vibrant pictures. 

General Topics Covered
We will build up your technical foundation no matter your current level, including:

  • Focusing, depth of field, and image sharpness
  • Getting the ideal exposure for each situation
  • Proper camera settings to get high quality images
  • When, how, and what filters to use to improve images
  • Evoking a sense of place and emotion in your imagery
  • How to spot new ways of identifying strong compositions
  • The exact locations of beautiful places to photograph

Workshop Summary

WHERE: Remote Sonoma County

DATE: Sunday, December 2nd

TIME: 11 AM to Sunset

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 6 participants

We will start from Lance's studio in Petaluma, where we will carpool (or you can meet up along the way). A map will be provided to everyone detailing the exact stops of the workshop after it is over. We will stop for snacks and drinks around the middle to latter part of the workshop. Bathrooms will be available every hour or two.

The price of $99.00 is for tuition only. Fee does not include transportation or meals.

Earlier Event: November 19
Wine Country in Late Fall - Weekday
Later Event: December 4
Sonoma County Backroads - Weekday