Our four-day photo adventure to California brings us to the picturesque coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. With Carmel as the base, we will be photographing the amazing coastline, wildlife and attractions nearby. The itinerary includes visits to the state parks that dot the coast along with a day at the north end of Big Sur. A visit to the Mission Carmel is a walk back in time as we explore and photograph the historic buildings and grounds. Each day you will be learning a new technique and applying it at the location of the day. We will have an afternoon of Adobe Lightroom techniques, so bring your laptop and the latest version of Lightroom. This trip includes lodging during the photo adventure, lunch, dinner and transportation to the photographic sites. Not included is breakfast, your flight, transportation to and from nearby Monterey airport, and car rental if you choose to do extra exploring. July on the central California coast can start with cool foggy mornings yielding to warmer afternoons. Dressing in layers is recommended. Please contact us with any questions, and you will receive an email with more details when you register.

Adventure Outline:

Proposed photographic stops.

Point Lobos State Reserve, Garrapata State Beach, Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur coastline, Mission Carmel and Carmel River State Park.

Equipment requirements

An interchangeable lens camera, wide angle and telephoto lenses, a sturdy tripod, a cable release, neutral density filters and a laptop with Adobe Lightroom.

Other equipment

Consider a sturdy/hiking pair of shoes and layered clothing, including a light jacket and rain gear. Sunscreen and/or hats.

Learning points.

Learn key points in landscape photography. How to make high dynamic range and panorama stitched photographs. How to use neutral density filters to add motion to crashing waves. Also, weather permitting we will learn to photograph nightscapes over the Pacific Ocean.

Date and Time

Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 6:30 AM – Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 9:00 PM PDT


Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Mission Inn

3665 Rio Road

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923