MAY 25 - 29, 2019
The Oregon Coast is a wild and untamed gem in the Pacific Northwest. One that can be a finicky subject if the weather does not cooperate and will surely stretch any photographer’s creativity. For this reason I am offering a small group workshop to explore this landscape with a flexible itinerary to chase the best conditions up and down the coast. The many sea stacks and raging surf in this location offers limitless compositional possibilities. By keeping our group small we will have the ability to cover more ground and photograph the best subject matter we can find, whether it be foggy redwood forests, the milky way above the Pacific Ocean, or a blazing sunset over towering rocks on the beach.
On this 5 day Photography Workshop you will be guided you to some of the best spots along the coast and also have the opportunity to explore some lesser known locations. Our loose plan will be to find a great sunrise location and then stay on the move along scenic Highway 101 for other interesting subject matter to photograph during the day. Weather will dictate where we move each day, and as such hotel accommodations will be made on the fly (and be in the $100/night range for a room with double occupancy). Because of this informal itinerary and that it will be partially a scouting mission with more personal shooting time for myself, I am offering this workshop at a big discount to others this year. Rest assured, the small group size will ensure plenty of individual attention and instruction for those that attend and helping clients create beautiful images will always be priority number one. Additionally, because of the weather, there can be challenging shooting conditions, but there will always be something to photograph and following my creative process in the field may provide valuable insight and how to visualize a scene. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life.
INSTRUCTOR: CHRIS BYRNE
GROUP SIZE: 4 PARTICIPANTS
DEPOSIT: A 50% deposit is required to secure a spot, with the balance due 60 days prior to workshop
We will either meet in Portland or on the coast itself, depending on what each person’s travel plans are before and after the workshop. As it may be beneficial to gather in Portland and carpool right from there and avoid extra rental cars if possible. On the coast we will follow Highway 101 all the way down and hit Cape Kiwanda, Ecola State Park, Cape Perpetua, Cannon Beach, the Samuel H. Boardman corridor, Bandon, Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest, and plenty of places in between. Expect some back tracking and repeating of some favorite spots. Each afternoon we will check into our new hotel, grab some food, and rest up a bit before heading out for sunset. If there are clear skies, then photographing the milky way will be a possibility as well. In the afternoons and evenings we will also mix in post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested.
USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
The sun rises at approximately 5:40am and sets at 8:40pm during this time of the year. Add in driving time to and from locations and this will make for very early mornings and late nights. Temperatures are typically in the 50’s and 60’s but can be colder, windy and rainy. Prepare for variable weather.
Physical difficulty of the locations will be easy to strenuous. It is important for participants to be in good physical health. While many locations will be a short distance from a parking lot, there won’t be any long hikes but there may be some short steep sections to get down to beach areas.
AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / RENTAL CAR
Participants should fly into Portland International Airport PDX. A meeting point will be determined closer to the workshop dates in either Portland or the Oregon Coast (likely near Canon Beach). Lodging will be determined as we move along the coast. Hotels will be approximately $100 per night and can be shared if participants would like to. The exception being Canon Beach which is much more touristy and a bit more expensive. A standard mid-size rental car will be sufficient. Once the slots have been filled we will coordinate and minimize the rental cars needed.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
A wonderful week chasing light and photographing some of the most dramatic seascapes in the United States. Nothing quite compares to the rugged Oregon Coast with it’s incredible scenery and always changing weather. Our small group will be nimble and able to cover a lot of ground. Having a very flexible travel plan gives us the opportunity to move on a whim and be in the best position to create memorable images. With the salt water smell in the air and the sea birds chirping over head, standing on an Oregon Beach in the springtime is one of the best environments to learn and grow as a nature photographer.
As stated previously there will be early mornings and late evenings but the days are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. I will provide tips in the field to capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal being that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. Post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into Lightroom to processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. I am an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks he's learned to help you turn your photos into art!
FIELD & CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE:
Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
Controlling your camera in manual mode
Understanding and using the Histogram
Filters - when & how to use them and avoiding their pitfalls
How lens selection affects the scene
Technical Tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
Understanding and using light
Capturing Difficult Scenes (getting all the pieces in the field to put together in post processing)
Lightroom - importing and organizing
Lightroom development tools
Cleaning up images - cloning tools, warping and stretching, eliminating distractions
Blending images in Photoshop
Dodging and burning
Using layers and masks
Mindful sharpening (depending on the output)
RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING, ETC.
Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
Fleece or warm jacket
Shoes that can get wet, muck boots are ideal
RECOMMENDED CAMERA GEAR, ETC
DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm).
Serious wildlife photographers will want to bring a 400mm or longer lens and teleconverter.
A very sturdy tripod
Cable Release Trigger
Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals and snacks
Park entrance fees