The remote areas of Sonoma County are dramatic and beautiful. This workshop may go from the Russian River in the south, to The Sea Ranch in the north, as well as inland areas. We start earlier than usual, since there is a bit of driving involved if we go up to the county line. Our focus is on the landscape, we may also photograph buildings, wildflowers, and the interior hills around here. Our itinerary will be fluid, based on weather conditions on the day of the workshop, but we will be at or near the coast a good part of the time. Places we may visit include Salt Point State Park and Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve (the flowers should be near their peak). The weather can range from a sunny cloudless day to foggy at 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, 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 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.











Spring in Northwest Sonoma County

2023 Date TBD -12:30 to 8:00 PM-$125

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