This is a place of variety. From dramatic coastlines, to sensuous hills and deep forests of oaks and redwoods, not to mention vineyards in the valleys, hills, and mountainsides. This workshop will focus on the vineyards, but we may also photograph wineries and farm buildings. Shooting will take place close to one area to maximize picture-taking time and minimize travel time. Each wine country workshop this fall will cover different regions, so you can take several of them without going back to the same places.


The colors should be well under way. There may be yellow, orange, red, and even some green. We may also photograph the natural landscape such as the woods, hills and wetlands in this region. The weather can range from a sunny cloudless day to steady rain this time of year. 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.


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











Fall in Wine Country

Saturday, November 18th - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - $125

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