Announcement: I’m leading two spring photo workshops at Point Reyes

Picture: Sunrise light on coastal cliffs above Drakes Beach, Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

Image: Sunrise light on coastal cliffs above Drakes Beach, Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be leading two photo workshops this spring at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is located on the California coast, not too far north of San Francisco, and is believed to be where Sir Francis Drake landed for the first time in California back in 1579. Point Reyes is best known for its rugged headlands, the coastal cliffs of Drakes Bay, which are said to resemble the White Cliffs of Dover in England. There are also wide rolling hills and farmland, the great beach which stretches out over 11 miles, and its herd of resident elk.

Both workshops are being sponsored by The Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and presented as part of the Point Reyes Field Institute. To register, visit the PRFI Photography Page. You can also register by calling (415) 663.1200 x 373, or register by mail or fax. Click here to print a registration form. Classes are known to fill up quickly, so be sure to register and claim a spot early!

The first workshop:

On Assignment: Point Reyes

April 19 – 21, 2013 • 6PM Friday – 2PM Sunday • $245 ($230 Members)

Get ready for an intensive weekend of photography as we approach and photograph Point Reyes as if we’ve been assigned to shoot an editorial assignment for a major overseas nature and travel magazine. It will be our job to deliver a finished set of images that will show off the best of what makes Point Reyes such a special place. This workshop will be a mix of classroom presentation, photography, image review, and critique. It will be fun, but fast-paced. We’ll focus on creative storytelling, while working within a framework of learning and understanding more about composition, natural lighting, exposure, and equipment. After shooting almost all day Saturday and Sunday morning, we’ll conclude with a review and critique of student images. By the end of the weekend, the goal will be that each photographer has enough images to illustrate an imaginary article, or a small personal souvenir booklet about Point Reyes. This will be an ideal workshop for anyone who ever wished or wondered if they could shoot a real assignment, as well as for people who are thinking what it would be like to be a working professional photographer. I’ll discuss what it’s like to work in the photo business, and what editors look for when reviewing images. If it sounds challenging, it will be, but that’s half the fun. All skill levels welcome.

Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station included.

Picture: Jagged coastal cliffs of the Point Reyes Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

Image: Jagged coastal cliffs of the Point Reyes Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

The second workshop:

Panoramic Point Reyes

Saturday, May 11, 2013 • 1:30PM – 8:30PM • $95 ($90 Members)

Come explore Point Reyes with a very specific photographic perspective. We’ll spend the day learning about the techniques for finding and creating compelling panoramic images with a distinctive Point Reyes flavor. Emphasis will be split between in-field compositional choices using a variety of subjects, both natural and man-made, and classroom discussion of workflow and post-production techniques. The day will start with a classroom presentation, followed by spending the remainder of the in the field concentrating on finding great panoramic subjects to photograph. We’ll continue to shoot through sunset into the early evening light. If extreme weather is an issue, we’ll spend additional time discussing digital and creative processing for nature photography. All skill levels welcome.

Picture: Female elk grazing on grassy hillside in fog, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

Image: Female elk grazing on grassy hillside in fog, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

If you have any questions, you can either contact me directly, or contact the Point Reyes Field Institute.


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