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Northwest Sonoma County (Weekday)

  • Salt Point State Park (map)

COST: $99.00

The Place

The coastline of Sonoma is both dramatic and beautiful. This workshop may cover an area ranging from the mouth of the Russian River in the south, to The Sea Ranch in the north. There will be a bit of driving involved if we go all the way up to the county line, but the days are long and we have the time. There are a variety of subjects to photograph, ranging from broad sandy beaches to rocky cliffs and rocky surf, as well as the forests and hills. Our itinerary will be fluid, based on weather conditions on the day of the workshop, but we will be at or near the coast the whole time. Among the areas we may visit are Salt Point State Park and the Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve.

Our Focus

We will primarily focus on the shoreline landscape, we may also photograph buildings, wildflowers, and the interior hills found in this region. The weather can range from a sunny cloudless day to foggy at this time of year. We will mostly photograph near our vehicles and drive on good roads.

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.

We will do our best to exploit the day's weather conditions, whether it turns out to be a dramatic sky, or it is misty and foggy, which is often the case.

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 

Workshop Summary 

WHERE: Between Jenner and The Sea Ranch, California

DATE: Thursday, June 28th

TIME: 2:30 PM to Nightfall

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 6 participants 

We will start out from my studio in Petaluma, from there we will carpool to the coast. 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.

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