I visit this place all year. It is usually sunny and mild in May, afternoon fog is possible but unlikely. We may photograph redwood or oak forests, and wildflowers, as well as hilltops with panoramic views of the Pacific as well as San Francisco Bay and the city. We may take a hike along a creek near the summit of the mountain.


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, where we will carpool (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 may stop for snacks and drinks in Mill Valley or Fairfax before going up the mountain. Bathrooms will be available every few hours.


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.











Late Spring on Mount Tamalpais

Sunday, May 29th - 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM - $125

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