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.

Landscape photography fits well with social distancing, and precautions will be taken to avoid exposure to Covid19.

There are three types of Workshops

Afternoon Outings:

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

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.

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.

To learn even more, go to http://lancekuehne.com/workshops.html where you can see the upcoming schedule up to 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.

Upcoming events (4+)

Photograph Wine Country in Early Fall

Lance's Studio

$125.00

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 just beginning to show. There may be green, yellow, orange, and even some red. 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.

Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who were vaccinated.

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

Photograph Fall in Yosemite for 3 Days

Lance's Studio

$395.00

Yosemite Valley is always beautiful, but this is a particularly good time of the year to photograph it. The crowds are much smaller than Summer, "fall color" dots the valley, and the weather is usually pleasant. We will mostly be in Yosemite Valley, but we may go to Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, or Tuolumne Meadows as well.

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
Capturing the "spirit of your subjects", and not just their surfaces

Workshop Notes

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 5 participants

We will leave Petaluma on Friday around 10 AM (or you can meet up with us in the Valley). The workshop will be based just outside the valley or Curry Camp. Our subjects will be chosen based on weather conditions at the time. There will also be an optional post-workshop critique of your images a few weeks after the workshop has ended. A map of our itinerary will be supplied after the workshop, so that you can re-visit any of places we visited. We will make short stops on the way to Yosemite as needed. Suggested places for lodging will be given after registration.

Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who were vaccinated.

The fee is for tuition only. It does not include transportation, lodging, park entrance fees, or meals.

Photograph Fall in Wine Country - November

Lance's Studio

$125.00

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.

Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who were vaccinated.

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

Photograph Sonoma County Backroads

Lance's Studio

$125.00

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 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.

Due to Covid19, we will only carpool with people who were vaccinated.

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

Past events (170)

Photograph West Marin and Point Reyes - Fall

Lance's Studio

$125.00

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