Late Fall in Big Sur :: Keyhole Arch Light Shaft: Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2023 (Just Added)

Sun Shaft Through Keyhole Arch

Winter in Big Sur is my favorite time of year to photograph this iconic and beautiful coastline. The crowds are gone leaving this paradise virtually abandoned.

The lack of of the summer marine layer is also gone revealing all of the color and beauty this coastline provides.

One of the centerpieces of this workshop will be the glorious shaft of sunset light that pours through Keyhole Arch (weather depending).

Rain at this time of the year is generally fast moving (2-3 hour) storms if we get any at all. Stormy weather just adds to the mystique and beauty of this amazing coastline.

This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include two sessions of the latest advances in workflow training (utilizing the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop CC) and a minimum of two image review sessions. Workflow training will include: RAW processing. Workflow topics will include: preparing an image for both print and web presentation, proper methods of setting white and black points, how to "properly massage the middle tones," color balance, localized tonal and color adjustments via luminosity masking, 32-bit blending techniques, blending multiple exposures via layers and masks, freehand masking techniques, section of masks based on both tones and colors, proper sharpening and noise reduction techniques, etc. We'll also take a look at some of my favorite third-party plugin filters.

Places we plan to visit include:

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Point Lobos

Sobranes Point

Hurricane Point

Bixby Bridge

Pfeiffer Beach

Rocky Point

Garrapata State Park

Garrapata Beach

Calla Lilies

Alternate Locations: Lover's Point & Monterey Wharf and Harbor

Deadline: (limited to 12 students - when workshop fills)

Frequently Asked Questions: CLICK HERE

Lodging/Meals: The workshop will be headquartered at the Carmel Mission Inn (next to the Barnyard and Crossroads Shopping Centers) Lunch and dinner are extra

Each participant gets their own private room - no sharing.

Transportation: We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation to and from the workshop.

Travel and Other Expenses: Under no circumstances will I refund any charge not paid to me, such as (but not limited to) airfare, lodging, car rental, or meals. Though I’ve never had to cancel a workshop, and consider the possibility extremely remote, for your peace of mind I strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to cover any losses resulting from a cancelled workshop.

Spousal/Friend Policy - Only paid workshop participants are allowed on location due to permit and insurance regulations.

Permits and Insurances: Don Smith Photography LLC is fully permitted for all location shoots and carries full-coverage insurance for all workshops. Spousal,

Cancellation Policy: Click here to read: Workshop Participant Testimonials Don Smith Photography LLC cannot be held liable for any Park closures, pandemics or weather-related closures.

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My Qualifications:  If you like my style of photography, that would be one reason to take a workshop with me. If you want to take your photography to the next level, that would be another reason. I run my workshops in a positive environment and give you ideas and techniques to move you forward. To learn more about me, click here.

Price: $2699.00: Price includes (3) breakfasts and (4) nights PRIVATE ROOM lodging at the beautiful Carmel Mission Inn.

Sunset at Matterhorn Rock
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