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Bowling Ball Beach & Point Arena - September

This workshop is timed to take advantage of the tides in conjunction with the sunset to allow for good conditions for photographing this beach. The weather should be pleasant and mild. We are leaving earlier than usual due to travel time. We will stop at Point Arena Lighthouse before going to Bowling Ball Beach, and we may photograph around Salt Point or Sea Ranch before or after our stops in Mendocino.
We may photograph until after nightfall during the "blue hour", depending on conditions.

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: Bowling Ball Beach and Point Arena Lighthouse

DATE: Saturday, September 22nd

TIME: Noon to Nightfall

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 in Gualala or Point Arena before going to Bowling Ball Beach. Bathrooms will be unavailable once we reach Bowling Ball Beach.

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

Earlier Event: July 15
West Marin and Point Reyes - July
Later Event: October 5
Fall Weekend in the Eastern Sierras