Oregon Coast Photography Workshop
June 19th - 24th, 2024
Biennial Workshop; Next one held in June 2026
Instructor: Andy Cook
Participants should check in with Andy, Wednesday (June 19, 2024) in the hotel conference room at 5:00 PM for introductions, meeting and discussion. At 7:00 PM we head to the beach for sunset photography.
Note: The Cape Blanco Lighthouse which is about 45 minutes south of Bandon is not part of the 2024 workshop itinerary. Some participants may wish to visit this lighthouse to photograph it's exterior and spiral stairs. These participants may wish to arrive in Bandon on Tuesday, June 18th and visit the lighthouse on Wednesday the 19th in advance of our 1st meeting.
Lodging Location: Sunset Motel, 1865 Beach Loop Drive, Bandon, Oregon. 800-842-2407; Check-in Wednesday, June 19, 2024; Check-out Thursday, June 20, 2024. This hotel is perfectly located for our group to access the beach, but it has a range of room styles available, Andy usually stays in a very basic and dated room (rooms numbered 200-225), for a higher nightly fee other rooms are available, review website photos if interested. For some the Best Western Inn at Face Rock will be more comfortable and is about 1 mile from the Sunset Motel.
River House Inn, 1202 Bay Street, Florence, Oregon, 97439. 877-997-3933, 541-997-3933; Check-in Thursday, June 20, 2024; Check-out Friday, June 21, 2024.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 135 SE 32nd Street, Newport, Oregon 97365. 541-867-3377; Check-in Friday, June 21, 2024; Check-out Saturday, June 22, 2024.
Spindrift Inn, 114 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130. (503) 368-1001 Toll-free (877) 368-1001; Check-in Saturday, June 22, 2024; Check-out Monday, June 24, 2024.
About one year in advance of the workshop we will reserve a block of rooms at the Spindrift Inn hotel. Please call the hotel directly to put one of these rooms in your name (do not reserve online). This lodging is modest, if more upscale lodging is desired, please feel free to stay anywhere in Manzanita. It is a small town and this hotel is less than 5 minutes from all other lodging.
The workshop ends after shooting sunrise on Monday morning. Our Monday morning location is a favorite and typically participants find compelling compositions that keep them busy until 9 - 10am. So, do not plan for an early or midday flight on Monday. If your schedule permits, one may find it rewarding to stay on after the workshop and repeat some of the Manzanita locations inverting the visit times; morning to evening, evening to morning.
LODGING: We think it is convenient for you to stay in the same hotels as the instructor, but it is not necessary. There are many nearby hotels in each location we visit, so please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable.
Workshop Effort ScaleCompared to our other workshops, this workshop is best described as requiring a middle amount of physical effort. It will involve trail hiking to reach some locations, One hike will be about 1.25 miles each way, others will be a much shorter distance. The elevation drop to some beaches will be about 150 feet. Walking surfaces are generally uneven. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop.
When shooting streams, tidal pools and while on the beach, a sandal (that holds the ankle) or Teva style shoe that is designed to get wet, may be your best choice although they may also cause blisters, using neoprene socks may help with this. Andy usually wears a winter jacket, hat, shorts and Tevas when photographing on the beach. In summer the water is chilly so many prefer to wear knee high rubber boots.
Be prepared for cool temperatures (bring a winter coat) and sudden changes in weather. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location each day no later than 4:45 A.M. Sunset is approximately 9:00 P.M.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). To receive post processing aid participants need to bring a laptop with Photoshop installed.
A lens range from 18mm to 300mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. If you enjoy close-up work consider bringing a macro lens, extension tubes or diopters for shooting the tidal pools and forest. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. To blur wave action into a mist, bring a 6-stop (1.8 filter) or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Andy carries both a 6-stop (1.8) and a 10-stop (3.0) in his bag. Note: I highly recommend this filter when shooting this coast. It allows one to create compelling beach photographs on cloudy days. If bringing this filter, also bring a cable release. Note: Most variable ND filters have issues with banding and differential darkening, Andy does not recommend variable ND filters.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless the camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level for this workshop, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level; the ocean looks level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00.
To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)