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Photograph Sonoma County Backroads
Subjects 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 6 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. The price of $99.00 is for tuition only. Fee does not include transportation or meals.

Lance's Studio

401 7th Street · Petaluma, CA


What we're about

Photograph inspiring locations while networking with fellow photographers and making new friends. Have fun while understanding your gear better as you learn skills and improve your photographic vision. You will take pictures for the rest of your life, why not make them better?

For over 15 years, Lance has wandered the backroads of the North Bay Area, exploring nearly every road and open space between San Francisco and Mendocino. For over a decade, he has been sharing his knowledge of photography and places to photograph through his workshops. Check them out.

Types of Workshops

Afternoon Outings:

These are in the North Bay and last around 6 hours. Start times depend on the season. We carpool from Lance's studio, or you can join along the way.

People take these when they want to find new places to photograph, or want to learn in small doses. People repeat these outings when they want to go to the next level, or want to discover more cool places to photograph.

3 Day (Weekend) Workshops:

Sometimes you want a few days of pure photography. These workshops take place in California. Driving time is between 2 and 6 hours. The routes are chosen so that we can photograph on the way.

These workshops usually go from Friday night to Sunday morning (on weekends). At the end, you can continue with Lance while he is on site, or revisit favorite spots.

5 Day (or longer) Photo Tours:

Sometimes you want to photograph in distant places. These tours test you, like boot camp, but in a fun way.

If you are advanced, prepare to see special places.

Beginners, won't be one at the end.

These are classic road trips centered on photography.

Now and then there is a free outing with no formal instruction that attracts a large crowd, but most outings are for small groups where instruction is offered.

To learn more, go to . There, you can see the upcoming schedule at least six months in advance as well as more details about each workshop. You can also download his Photo Gear Guide for Landscape Photography and receive photography tips, as well as discounts on workshops.

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