1180 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Landscape Photography @ Scripps Park/La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove, home to some of the most famous cliffside seascapes in California, sets the scene for our late afternoon-sunset Landscape class. Students wil be guided along the cliffs of La Jolla as well as down into the beaches to shoot sea-level landscape images.
We will begin by covering the recommended equipment and camera setup for landscape photography, including lens filers, tripods, and lenses. Throughout the class, you will learn proper exposure and composition techniques, as well as tips and tricks for taking beautiful landscape photographs. The class will end just around sunset so you have the opportunity to put what you learned to use by capturing images of a beautiful coastal sunset. Hopefully we'll get some clouds.
This class will cover how to use circular polarizer filters, neutral density filters, graduated neutral density filters, how to get a proper exposure for landscapes with your camera's built-in light meter and with an incident handheld light meter, landscape composition techniques, how to shoot a sunset, silhouettes, and also how to take HDR exposures.
** This class does not cover how to use your camera. You should know how to use your camera and be familiar with shutter speed and aperture before taking this class. If you know to use manual exposure mode, you will be better off.**
Wide angle lens (focal length between 16mm and 50mm)
Memory card and charged batteries
Highly Highly Recommended Equipment:
Shutter Remote (specific to your camera)
UV filter (Hoya HMC UV filter - Best affordable UV filter on the market)
Circular Polarizer Filter (Hoya and B+W is an excellent brand for these)
.09 (3 stop) Neutral Density Filter (Tiffen, Hoya, or B+W)
Make sure you purchase a filter for your lens' filter size, which can be found on the back of your lens cap.
And if you want the most amazing landscape photos you can achieve, we highly recommend purchasing
Graduated Neutral Density Filters
We guarantee you will love them! If you don't have them for this class, you'll definitely wish you did.
These are a landscape photographer's secret tool. They are a great investment and will allow you to get a proper exposure for the sky and foreground. You'll need three separate parts (the adapter ring the same size as your lens' filter ring, the filter holder, and the filters themselves)
Cokin makes a great affordable starter kit for $83:
* this kit does not include the adapter ring, you must buy it separately for your filter size. It's about $15 on Amazon.
If you want the heavy duty expensive ones or if your lens' filter size is 77mm or more, check out LEE Filters.
*** You can also pick these up locally at Nelson Photo Supplies or George's Camera. If you go to Nelson's, tell them Nick and Don from The Workshoppe sent you and they'll give you about a 10% discount. ***
Below is an unretouched example showing why graduated ND filters are recommended.
Without grad ND filter:
With grad ND filter:
Tripods - Don't underestimate them.
If you need a tripod, here are some tips for buying a tripod:
1. Material - Aluminum is most affordable, but it can be heavy. Carbon fiber weighs less but more expensive (good if you hike and travel).
2. Heads - Ball head or 3 way pan/tilt. Ball heads are faster and more easy to use, but the pan/tilt allows more precise individual adjustments of each angle.
3. Size - Look for a tripod with thick leg diameter. The larger the legs, the more sturdy it will be.
4. Adjustability - Look for a tripod where each leg can be independently adjusted for angle and length. Don't buy a tripod where the legs are connected with crossbars as this limits it use on uneven terrain.
We recommend the following brands and models:
Dolica, Manfrotto, Induro, Benro, MeFoto (for small travel tripods), Gitzo (expensive), Really Right Stuff (expensive).
Dolica Tripod (Good and very affordable) -
MeFoto Travel Tripod (Small, lightweight, and affordable) -
Manfrotto Tripod Kits(Good and affordable tripod kits) -
Manfrotto Tripod Legs Only (Excellent for serious shooters) - http://amzn.com/B00G36G7WU
Manfrotto 3-way Head (for the Manfrotto tripod legs above) - http://amzn.com/B000H0338Y
Where We WIll Meet:
Our group will meet on the grass next to the Lifeguard tower at Scripps Park. Click Here for Map.
We recommend that you dress comfortably, wear closed-toed shoes capable of walking over slippery rocks and sand, wear sunscreen, and bring a water bottle.
The beach is busy on the weekend so show up at least 30-45 minutes early to find parking. Street parking is available on all adjacent streets.
If you are running late, need directions, or have any questions about anything photography related or life in general, please feel free to call us at [masked].
• This class requires a minimum of 5 reservations to commence. If we do not receive the minimum number of RSVPs by 5:00 PM on the day before the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled or rescheduled, and payments will be immediately refunded.
• We will gladly process a refund if you cancel up to 24 hours of the workshop. If you cancel within 24 hours or do not show up to the workshop, you will not receive a refund.
Refunds offered if:
Additional notes: If we do not receive a minimum of 5 RSVPs by 5:00 PM on the day before the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled or rescheduled, and payments will be immediately refunded.
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