For the last workshop of the year, with the dramatic wine country color behind us, we can concentrate on other beautiful aspects of Sonoma County. We take backroads and explore areas that most people never see. We will focus on rural and natural features. We could photograph misty mountains, vineyards, forests, as well as old buildings and maybe even the sea.


Hopefully the winter will have been wet at this point and there will be "drama" in the landscape. The itinerary will be decided based on the weather conditions that day.


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 were vaccinated.


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











Sonoma Backroads

Sunday, December 4th - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - $125

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