Landscape Master Series Workshop: Big Sur, CA - December 9-13, 2019

$2,995.00 - Includes Instruction (classroom & field), Lodging & Entrance Fee’s.

Advanced Series Master Photography Workshops are designed for the intermediate to advanced photographer who wants to spend a week learning advanced photographic techniques from composition and light to digital darkroom in Photoshop and beyond. These workshop are designed for the intermediate to advanced shooter photographers and will feature daily sessions in the field and in classroom lectures on advanced techniques from composition, use of natural light, techniques for capturing and creating mood and energy, developing personal style, advanced digital darkroom in Photoshop and RAW and daily image critiques and field assignments. It is an intense learning and shooting experience limited to small groups of 6 or less for maximum feedback and personal time in the field and classroom.


Carmel by the Sea, CA

Instructor: Joseph Rossbach

Our Master series Workshops are designed to take your photography to the next level! Over the course of a 5 days of full photography immersion, Joe will teach you advanced techniques and concepts from composition, use of light and post processing your images. You will be given field assignment that reinforce the concepts and techniques we cover in the classroom and we will be there by your side in the field to help you master those skills.

In the class, we will have lectures each day, post processing examples and image critiques. We limit the number of students to only six individuals for maximum attention both in the field and in the class. In addition to mastering new techniques and polishing your personal style of photography, we will be shooting in epic locations where you are sure to come home with images worth of hanging on the wall of your home!

Workshop Location: The workshop is based in Carmel, CA minutes from the Big Sur coast, one of the most epic and beautiful coastlines in the United States. Clients will be treated to mountains dropping into the sea, massive sea stacks, pounding winter waves, sea arches, waterfalls omniscience's the coast and much more!

Class Size: In order to maximize your learning experience, this workshop is limited to a maximum of six students.

Topics Covered: This workshop focuses on making compelling landscape photos, with an emphasis on landscape composition, use of natural light and developing personal style. We’ll discuss in great detail both theory and practical applications, and together we’ll take these concepts from the classroom to the field. We’ll discuss a range of topics including classic compositional techniques such as near/far, use of leading lines, extreme perspective, intimate compositions, image stiching, focus stacking, working with natural light, bounce light, reflected light, scouting techniques, use of filters for creative visual effect and digital darkroom techniques for creating mood and drama using Lightroom and Photoshop to bring them to their fullest potential.

While in the field, we’ll work to fully develop your skills, and practice and build on the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to ensure that you fully understand their practical application.

At the beginning of the workshop, each student will receive nine assignments for the week: three compositional assignments, three use of natural light assignments and three digital darkroom assignments. Each assignment is fully illustrated with stunning PDF’s including image examples.

Joe will work with the group and individual in the classroom and in the field to help you master these techniques and create images for the critiques sessions. On each classroom day, we will have a group critique covering the field assignments and on the final day the digital darkroom assignment.

Our goal is to ensure that the photographic opportunities are immersive and educational, the critique sessions constructive, and the overall experience fun and inspiring.

Skill Level: We will focusing on mare advanced techniques and concepts in these Master Series Workshops, so students are required to have an intimate working knowledge of their camera systems, basic knowledge of metering, ISO, depth-of-field and use of filters. In the digital darkroom students must be able to work in layers using basic masks, selections, and luminosity.

Physical Difficulty: This workshop is rated at easy with small hikes, less than a mile round trip. Clients should be able to scramble along uneven and rocky coastal bluffs.

You won’t need to be an athlete to participate, but if you have health or mobility issues, this isn’t the workshop for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Schedule: Please note that each day’s schedule might vary according to which locations we visit that day, how long we shoot, and what the weather conditions are like (if the weather is conducive to photography on a particular day, we might stay in the field longer, and if not, we might emphasize classroom work that day instead). Flexibility is key to successful landscape photography, so expect that plans might change….they always seem to.

Day 1: We meet in Carmel at 3 p.m. for an initial “meet and greet” event where clients will be served beverages, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvre’s. We’ll give a detailed presentation, provide an overview of the workshop activities, answer questions, hand out the PDF assignments and make plans for the morning shoot. After, we’ll have dinner as a group.

Days 2, 3, and 4: Be prepared for three full days of intense workshop activities! We will go out to photograph sunrise every morning, spending 2-3 hours in the field working on composition techniques. After the morning shoot, we return for classroom activities throughout the day (with meal and personal breaks as appropriate). Classroom activities will include presentations about landscape composition techniques, digital darkroom processing, and daily critique sessions. In the late afternoon, we head back into the field for our sunset photography session.

Day 5: After the morning photography session, we have breakfast as a group, and then have our final image critique at the hotel ending the workshop by 11 A.M.

Lodging: Lodging is included in the workshop price.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Carmel. The nearest airport to Carmel is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (1.5 hour drive). Joe will be providing transportation to all shooting locations during this workshop. Students will all ride together in our spacious and comfortable van.

Payment Policy: The workshop fee covers instruction, lodging, and local transportation during the workshop. All other expenses, including transportation to and from the workshop and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Attendees can receive full refunds up to 90 days before the workshop start date. If you cancel within 90 days before the start date, a partial or full refund will be available as long as we are able to fill your spot. We try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact us and we’ll do our best to work it out!