After fall, winter is one of my favorite times to photograph wine country. There are hints of color at this point, and the structure of the vineyard supports and oak trees make for great photographs. We will primarily focus on the mustard that starts appearing at this time of year, we may also photograph the bare vines, the vine supports, and surrounding natural landscape such as the woods, hills and wetlands. Weather can range from a sunny cloudless day to steady rain. We will mostly photograph near our vehicles and drive on good roads.


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 Notes


CLASS SIZE: Limited to 5 participants


We will start from Lance's studio in Petaluma (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 around the middle to latter part of the workshop. Bathrooms will be available every hour or two.


Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who are vaccinated.


The fee is for tuition only, it does not include transportation or meals.











Winter in Wine Country

2023 Date TBD -12 Noon to 6:00 PM - $125

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