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Big Sur

Big Sur, CA

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Our Big Sur Photography Workshop helps you create stunning images by showing you the secret corners of Big Sur.
We bring you to the right place, at the right time, in the best light.

For more information, please go to our Big Sur website page.

Big Sur brings nothing but smiles to our photography workshop clients. This rugged coastline and its open spaces are astounding. Its leading edge cliffs plunge deep into the blue pacific. Rocky sea stacks and water scapes abound. Incredible skies and thin misty fog roll over this coastal mountain range.
Our Big Sur Photography workshop is geared towards all photographic enthusiasts who love the outdoors and getting those great shots. Our team of two highly experienced professional landscape photographers will explore expansive and accesible coastal lands North of Morro Bay first. Then head north, to access Big Sur’s coastal features, ending our workshop south of Monterey! You’ll learn how to get that amazing landscape image from the perfect locations, when the light is optimal! There’s nothing like that feeling of knowing you’ve got that trophy shot!

Capture the Amazing Beauty Big Sur

April 5 - 8, 2018

4 Spots Left!


Ask us about Private Big Sur Dates.
This workshop can be privately optioned Anytime: HERE

If you have questions you can call us at (805) 701-8807 or email us at

All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis

Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.
Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance. We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.

Price includes instruction materials and field guidance. Does not include lodging, food or transportation. Can’t make this scheduled workshop? Contact us for a private or special group rate tour. ________

Lodging Details: Accommodations are historically limited on the Big Sur coast. Securing last minute lodging in the proper locations for this event becomes less likely each day. If you’re on the fence and haven’t decided, please be aware of this!NOTE: Please contact us for a list of availible lodging options for this workshop!
This workshop can be privately optioned on short notice if you are in the Big Sur area. Please inquire for pricing and options

With this much diversity of mountain and coastal features,
you can see why this special place generates so many smiles and amazing images.

Topics covered on the Big Sur photography workshop will include camera positioning, set up, tripod techniques, exposure, composition, and everything you need to take your landscape photography to a higher level. Photoshop, Lightroom and OnOne Software post processing techniques will be discussed.

Big Sur Photography Workshop Itinerary
(Exact meeting times may vary)

What do you want to focus on for the workshop? Do you want to focus on telling the story of the trip, do you want to shoot black and white, do you want to work with shadows or learn to layer your images? We will help you to decide where you want to go with your creativity on this workshop.

Day One: 6:00pm (Thursday) – We will meet for sunset shot at the beautiuful and iconic Bixby Bridge. After the sunset shot, we will gather at our local hotel, and talk about the upcoming workshop.

Day Two: 7am (Friday) – We will continue our photographic exploration of the Big Sur Coast, chasing the right as the sun rises up the coast and capture a spectacular morning light vista of a unique light house. After the sun rises, we will then travel to a several coastal overlooks for some amazing shots of water clashing with sea stacks.

We will break late morning and you will be able to check return to your accommodations in the Big Sur area.

After our break, we will regroup in the town of Big Sur and caravan to another beach location for an amazing sunset with sea stacks and a coastal waterfall. We will review techniques in exposure adjustments to capture the setting sun on the shoreline as the waves crash over the rocks.

After our sunset shoot, we will gather for dinner for image review to show your best work from the last few days. Recommendations for composition, exposure and use of software editing programs will be discussed.

Day Three: 7:00am – Saturday. We will meet in lobby at your hotel and caravan to several more spectacular coastal views to take advantage of the morning light.

After an afternoon break, we will caravan up the road to shoot classic Big Sur views for the late afternoon and sunset capture. The skies can be incredible in Big Sur, and we always hope for an amazing sunset. We will then move to a Vista Overlook point for the best full sunset option showing the spectacular Big Sur coast. We will show you the best exposures and compositions to capture this incredible view.

Day Four: 7:00am - Sunday

Sunday morning, we will continue to explore the northern Big Sur Coast. Then we will drive to one of the most amazing clashes of sea and stone you will witness in this region. This rocky shore sends waves high into the air which is a very spectacular sight! This workshop will conclude mid morning on Sunday. You then have the option to continue north to Monterey about 20 minutes and continue your photographic journey on your own.

You will learn these photographic techniques from two master photographers who are well versed in numerous landscape photography scenerios. We will then break for lunch.

Registration deadline
When full, the maximum participants for this workshop is 6 people. We prefer small intimate workshops with personal attention to every attendee. Small group size ensures that every participant has ample opportunity to ask questions, and discuss the exciting world of landscape photography with fellow photo enthusiasts.

Transportation and Lodging
You are responsible to arrive for the workshop orientation in Big Sur, CA. We will caravan our cars up the coast during the workshop. Routes may be altered due to road conditions and weather along the Big Sur Coast.

Lodging is not included in this workshop. We will provide a list of preferred accommodations for you once you have signed up and paid for your workshop.

Our groups enjoy eating most meals together, but you are free to dine where you wish. During
the workshop, either bring or purchase food for your mid- day meal and arrange breakfast before leaving your hotel. Many mornings we will be leaving before most restaurants are open. Please bring snacks and lunch food for the workshop. There are small markets in Big Sur to purchase basic staples.

The Big Sur Photography workshop can also be privately optioned.
Contact: Mark Jansen for more details

Topics Covered in the Big Sur Photography Workshop

• Story telling in photography
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• How to fine tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow

Suggested Camera Gear List

– Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
– Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-200mm recommended, Fast aperture lenses recommended for night photography workshops 1.4 to 2.8)
– Memory cards. (Enough to meet your shooting demands)
– A Hot shoe bubble level. (unless your camera has this option built in)
– A Neutral Density Filter, to fit your widest lens. (3 stop, ND8 or Variable)
– A Polarizer filter.
– At least 3 fully charged batteries.
– A Shutter cable release, if you don’t use live view.
– A good sturdy tripod that you can lower to the ground if necessary.( Adjustable Ball head preferred)
– A small headlamp with fresh batteries
– A small collapsible cheap umbrella (Winter)
– A couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags
– A compact digital camera (Just for back-up)

Included in Workshop

• Quality One on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Minimum 6 hours per day of in-field shooting experience and instruction
• Small class size of 4 – 6 students
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors

Transportation, meals and lodging are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Changes in route or schedule may occur at any time and is up to the discretion of Jansen Photo Expeditions. We are well versed in all the areas we cover in our workshops and itineraries may change to accommodate for unforeseen circumstances. Love nature? This is all part of it.

Can’t make this scheduled workshop?
Contact us for a private tour or a special group tour

Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.

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