“Point Reyes National Seashore”

Thank you for signing up for this workshop!
Here are some things you’ll like to have with you to make your experience more enjoyable.
Do not hesitate to ask questions at anytime!

Any camera that is manually controlled will work. Most people have digital DLSR’s or Mirror-less Micro Four Thirds models. A typical “point and shoot” model will not suffice.

Wide angle lenses from 16mm, medium telephoto 70-200, even longer telephoto 100-400mm are very handy. If you have a teleconverter for you long lens definitely bring that as well.

A sturdy tripod is always the second best investment you can make. Remember, when shooting at night some exposure can be quite long. The sturdiest possible platform for camera will make all the difference in the world. In my opinion this is one area you can’t “overdo”.

A circular polarizer is very useful as well as a series of graduated neutral density filters in 1, 2 & 3 stops increments are great to always have in your kit.

Point Reyes can be a cold and windy place. Layers are the way to go. *If you plan on going into the water (IE; the beach or tide-pools) bring appropriate footwear, a towel and a change of clothes.

Carrying you gear is important. A good backpack can make walking with your gear more comfortable and safe.

Transportation to and during this workshop is up to you. Most of the time after the group has met at the primary location someone offers to carpool during the remainder of the Day.

Food is also up to you. Usually we either grab some sandwiches and picnic as a group somewhere.   Currently there is no food service within the park.

From dramatic landscapes, seascapes, large and small wildlife this area has it all. The weather always adds drama to your images be it thick fog or beautiful sunsets. Photo opportunities include the iconic (and weathered) lighthouse, beach scenes such as Drakes Bay’s beautiful “Cliff’s of Dover” geography, sand dunes, and of course the old fishing boat wreck, the “Point Reyes”. We’ll also visit those “not so iconic” locations where your creativity can be your guide to great images. Seasonal wildlife abounds in the area including raptors, marine animals such as elephant seals, creatures in tide pools, as well as the Elk herd (some of the largest wild animals west of the Rockies). We usually finish with a sunset shoot depending on weather…

This workshop/tour will concentrate on wide landscapes, macro, and wildlife with challenging light conditions for digital DSLR (35mm style), Mirrorless and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Topics include:

  • Discuss types of equipment & accessories
  • Compositional techniques
  • Exposure & depth of field
  • HDR (High dynamic range)
  • Conceptualization