California Big Sur Coastline

Described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world,” explore the remote recesses and hidden wonders with our full immersion landscape photography workshops Big Sur Coastline.

As the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States, the Big Sur Coastline has been described as the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. Characterized by sharp rocks and rock formations that extend out into the water against the Santa Lucia Mountains, this section of the California coastline is still a vast wilderness with breathtaking views tucked away in remote recesses, hikes, and small beaches off the beaten path.

We’ll photograph Morro Rock, a large volcanic plug at the entrance of the Morro Bay Harbor, and the rocky cliffs and beaches at Spooner’s Cove. We’ll slowly work our way up the coastline, making stops the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, Limekiln State Park, McWay Falls, spending a sunset – and perhaps a sunrise as well – at Pfeiffer Beach. We’ll also spend time at the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge, the bridge seen in a gazillion car commercials.

The Point Lobos State Reserve is often considered the crown jewel of the California Park System along the Big Sur coastline. The rugged coastline is characterized by sharp rocks and rock formations at the bottom of the cliffs that extend out into the water and are only sometimes visible above the surface of the water. Point Lobos contains a number of hiking trails, many next to the ocean, and a smaller number of beaches.

3 Night Stay / 2.5 Training Days

Dates:   Sept 13-15, 2019 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Basecamp:   Morro Bay, California

Class Size:   3 to 6 Students

Tuition:   $1,095

What to Expect

  • Shooting Locations – Morro Rock, Spooner’s Cove, Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, Limekiln State Park, McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Beach, Bixby Creek Bridge, Garrapata State Park, Point Lobos State Reserve.

This full immersion landscape photography workshop is going to be all about photography. Your photography. Our workshops include a unique blend of (1) capture time in the field, (2) guided hikes, (3) 4×4 travel to remote locations, and (4) class time for post-production instruction.

The majority of our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off to get into position at a location in the best light of the day with breakfast in the field in order to maximize our shooting time. We’ll often continue until mid-to-late morning before heading back to Basecamp.

Back at Basecamp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, classroom lectures & instruction , working on our images, one-on-one guidance, or time to relax. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again to capture the evening skies, getting the most out of the sunset and/or shooting the stars in the night sky.

More important than just getting you to some of the best and most remote areas of the park at the best times of the day, this five-day photo expedition will challenge you to take your photography to the next level and to develop your own photographic voice.

In the Field:

Out in the field, we’ll explore different approaches to scene visualization, ground/sky/sea compositions, and how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes using techniques such as dynamic bracketing, focus stacking, framing, and neutral density filters.

In the Classroom:

In the classroom, we’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop – using techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues.

You’ll benefit from our guidance, hours of capture time in the field with an instructor by your side, and classroom instruction as you learn new techniques and strategies for creating dynamic images. We’ll help you take your photography to the next level.

Tuition & Payment Terms

What’s Included in Your Tuition:

  • Group rate on your lodging
  • Field meals and snacks
  • All ground transportation during the workshop
  • Workshop course materials
  • In-the-field photographic training
  • Post-production classes

What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:

  • Transportation to/from the Basecamp
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 6 students.
  • A deposit of $500 or payment-in-full guarantees your registration for the workshop. The entire tuition must be paid 60 days prior to the start of class; failure to complete payment may be treated as your cancellation. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just contact us.
  • Should you need to cancel, you must cancel 60 days prior to class or you will lose your deposit. Please review our Terms and Conditions for additional information regarding our cancellation and refund policies.
  • Registrations made 60 days or less prior to the start of a workshop must be paid in full and are subject to the same cancellation policies stated herein.
  • If we need to cancel a workshop for some reason you will be given a 30-day notice and receive a full refund of all payments.
  • Please do not make air travel arrangements for a workshop until checking with us first.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
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  • You must (1) bring all your own camera equipment, (2) have complete knowledge of how to use your camera equipment, and (3) be reasonably proficient with both Lightroom & Photoshop. With such a full curriculum, we simply won’t have time to teach people how to use their cameras or software programs.
  • Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition and should be able to comfortably walk several miles a day on uneven terrain.

Equipment Needed

  • Laptop with both Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop installed & registered with Adobe Cloud
  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • Tripod
  • Camera backpack
  • Lens cleaners
  • Extra batteries & chargers
  • Extra SD & CF cards
  • Lenses – a variety of wide angle zoom such as a16-35mm, a mid-range of 24-70mm, and an intermediate telephoto of 70-200mm
  • Flash units (optional)
  • Filters – polarizers and neutral density (optional)
  • Remote Switch/Controller (optional)
  • External drives/storage as necessary