Oregon's Rugged Coast and California's Ancient Redwoods

A Place Time Has Forgotten

June 3rd-7th 2020

4 Nights of Lodging Included 

Have you ever witnessed something so powerful, yet beautiful that you couldn’t quite convey to others the feelings you felt while there? The Oregon coast and coastal Redwood Forests are sure to do just that! With amazing jagged sea stacks, crashing waves, natural caves and bridges, the coast of Oregon has no shortage of opportunity to make great images that will leave your friends and family in awe! The mystical Redwood forests of Northern California offers totally different types of conditions with lush, green trillium, moss, ferns, massive blossoming Rhododendrons, and morning lights rays piercing the veil of fog that will leave you completely speechless!

This workshop includes Lodging for 4 nights in an “Air B&B Type setting. Some rooms may be shared, and tuition based on single or double occupancy.  Keeping the group together, close and bonded has forged so many friendships on these workshops!

Transportation, food and drink are not included.

Cost: $2599.00-$2699.00

Limited to only 5 Students 

Group Size

5 Students

Experience Level

Intermediate

Terrain

Rugged Coastline

Activity

Moderate Hiking (less than 1 mile)

Cost and lodging

The tuition for this 4 day and 4 night workshop is $2599.00 (double occupancy) ~ $2699.00 (single occupancy)  with a required, and non refundable deposit of $500.00 made at time of registration to hold your spot.

To reduce our time traveling to and from locations we have carefully chosen our lodging each step of the way. As a result of some of these locations being outside of the main tourist towns our lodging is a mix of double occupancy hotel rooms and Air B&B’s. The Air B&B’s are a mix of single occupancy rooms and double occupancy rooms. These are on a first come, first serve basis. 

**Please see cancellation policy below 

This workshop will be limited to 5 students each to maximize personal attention!

**Transportation will not be included. Please refer to the itinerary to ensure you have made travel, and vehicle accommodations to the nearest airports. 

What’s included in the tuition of this workshop?

 

  • All lodging!
    • As with all of my workshops I try my best to keep the group together, close and bonded. The best way I have found to do this is to use Air B&B, HomeAway or VRBO. Sometimes rooms are shared, sometimes they are private, but they’re usually a mix and are costed at varying amounts based on a first come, first serve basis. Please see links below in the “itinerary section” to view our accommodations!
  • As much knowledge as I can impart onto you, and as much as your brain can handle!
    • My brain is overflowing with so much ‘stuff’, and I can’t wait to blow your minds!
  • Post processing instruction
    • Screen recorded in Hi-res with audio available to download with practice files!
  • A new outlook on photography
    • Seeing things in a way you haven’t before, I will challenge you on this!
  • All kinds of tips and tricks to enhance your workflow, your creativity, and skills!
    • Sometimes there are small tweaks and tricks that can have HUGE impacts on our work, and workflow, and sometimes they just come to mind away from the classroom!
  • Camaraderie, and new friendships with other creative folks!
    • Maybe the best part about these workshops is the friendships and bonds I’ve formed with students!
  • Beautiful memories and images to cherish long beyond the time together!

The Oregon coast is a place that has captivated me for years. Its like no other place, even when you’re just a few minutes from the next coastal town it feels like your’e on another planet! The giant rocks and sea stacks that rise sharply from the ocean and pounded by the frigid pacific are incredible! With craggy shelves of jagged rock and coral we will have endless opportunities to capture the ebb and flow of waves, and be creative with long exposures!

The weather can be fickle and change on a dime, with rain and fog that can break away revealing amazing clouds and golden light, there is always something to be seen and photographed along the coast. Theres no lack of mystical wonder about the coast, toting from little coastal town to little coastal town, feasting on fresh crab and seafood at dockside shacks, we will spend 4 days and 4 nights traveling South along the Oregon coast. The last two days we will spend near Crescent City where we can spend the mornings in the Redwoods, and the evenings along the most picturesque part of the Southern Oregon Coast. Over 4 days we will travel over 200 miles of beautiful coastline down the historic route 101!

For 2 mornings we will visit the Northern California coastal Redwood forests during the height of the wild Rhododendron bloom! Last years group begged to re-visit the same grove the next day due to its stunning beauty! If you’ve never seen giant “Rhodie” trees in full bloom amongst giant Redwoods then you are in for a magnificent treat! In the early mornings these wet, temperate forests fill with fog blown in from the sea, the sun rises and pierces through the fog diffusing the sun, and creating stunning rays of light!

There is something very special about being amongst the oldest and largest trees still living, something mystical, magical and inspiring. You might find that the fog moves through the forest like waves, appearing, disappearing and reappearing without warning and almost instantly. Be ready to move quickly to capture it as it comes! If you blink you might miss it!

The “Itinerary”

 Each day will follow a similar pattern, with the exception of 2 travel days and we will rise for sunrise each day that is not a travel day. This will ensure we have enough time to construct an in-depth classroom session on those days. The early sunsets can make capturing  sunrises on travel days challenging, however this can, and likely will change!

**There is one single occupancy space available on these two workshops and costed with a small up-charge. 

  • The itinerary for this workshop is:
  • Night 1&2: Crescent City, California VIEW LODGING HERE ~We have reserved the Ocean Song Vacation Rental, 3 private rooms and one double room
  • Night Three: Bandon, Oregon VIEW LODGING HERE ~We have reserved 2 double rooms and a single room for the group at the La Kris Inn
  • Night Four: Yachats, Oregon VIEW LODGING HERE ~We have reserved 2 double occupancy Luxury suites and a single occupancy suite at the Adobe Inn

 

I can promise you, at the end of this you will have logged more consecutive hours of photography in one week than ever before 9unless you’ve been on another of my workshops!) You won’t want to stop exploring!

Things You’ll Need and Things You’ll Learn

      Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:

  • A sturdy tripod
    • Autumn can sometimes bring interesting weather, and with it some wind, so a sturdy tripod is essential!
  • A DSLR, or mirrorless digital camera
  • A shutter release cable
    • these are essential in capturing tack sharp images
  • Filters
    • Dont worry! These aren’t essential but certainly beneficial! A polarizing filter is your best friend!
  • A wide angle lens
    • anything in the 12-24mm range will be great! It doesn’t not have to be a ‘fast’ lens, ƒ/4 lenses are fine!
  • A mid to long range zoom (24-70, 28-300, 70-200, 100-400 etc..)
  • Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 80-90º’s possibly higher and into the 30º’s at night.
  • Snacks and water.
    • You have to stay fed, and hydrated to be at your sharpest!
  • A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!
    • You won’t be following along but will want to use some of your time importing, culling and processing your images!
  • Plenty of batteries
    • You dont want to be in the field about to capture one of the most magnificent scenes you’ve laid eyes on and have your battery die!
  • Lots of memory cards!
    • Like dead batteries, full memory cards that haven’t been ‘dumped’ can really mess up a shoot. So bring extra!
  • External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.
    • I always advise saving your files to an external, at least as a primary, if not a backup!
  • Flashlights and headlamps
    • in case were out after dark!
  • Sturdy Shoes!
    • No broken ankles on this workshop!
  • Toiletries
  • A rain fly for your camera bag and camera!

Things you might want:

  • Trekking poles
    • These are not essential but if you have trouble on uneven ground they can be a life saver. literally!
  • Sunglasses
    • Protect those babies!
  • Third party editing software that I use during the post processing workflow
    • Helicon Focus (for focus stacking)
    • Nik Collection by DXO

What you will learn on this workshop:

Subject to changes and time constraints at the discretion of the instructor(s)

  • Finding a connection to nature
    • For me, the most influential and motivating asset to my work is the connection I can have with a location. This connection can make you a better photographer without even knowing it!
  • Composition
    • How to make images more interesting, how to make the image tell a story, how to make the image your own!
  • Light
    • When, where, and how to capture it, then how to enhance it!
  • Filters
    • Technically, and creatively filters can improve your photography!
  • Bracketing & Exposure blending
    • How to capture immense dynamic range, bracket, and blend them!
  • Gear
    • Needs & wants vs. Reality
  • Creative use of foreground, and wide angle distortion
    • How to use the distortion to your advantage, and how to lead your viewer in!
  • Focus stacking
    • How we make every detail as sharp as possible! Using a third party software called Helicon Focus
  • Helping composition
    • Stretching, perspective change and warping in Photoshop
  • Dodging and burning
    • Balancing and enhancing light and demanding the viewers attention!
  • Web sharpening
    • Preparing files to look their best on social media!
  • Print Sharpening, and Color profiling!
    • How to prepare files for printing!
  • Image critique
    • This can be done as a group, or individually but is an essential and imperative to growth!

I will be walking you through my workflow using Adobe Products


Meet Me! Your Instructor

My Names Joshua Snow, I’m a full time artist, and educator based in Moab Utah but spend most of my time traveling in my hand built travel van with my better half, and two adventurous pups Luna and Kiva. Mountains, seas, forest and streams, deserts and canyons are where you’ll find me in search of my next image. An image that captures the experience of its capture, conceived by the landscape and brought to life by imagination. Photography to me is a medium for speaking all of the words I just dont know how to say.

Creating is the most important thing in my life, without the ability to pour myself into an image I might just explode. My imagery is pure emotion, and I want you to feel that when you view it. As if you were standing right by my side. Captivated, awed and inspired, feeling every drop of misty rain, the soft breeze on your face, the warmth of the rising sun, feel my art, my freedom.

Photography has changed me, moulded me into the person I am today, it has taught me patience, given me wisdom, and allowed me to express myself in a way that I never have before and I can’t imagine being or doing anything else! When I was a kid all I wanted to do was be outside with the bugs and animals exploring, not studying to be an engineer, or a doctor, or astronaut, but as I grew older I fell into the rat race of building a career, working 50 hours a week and eventually became an engineer. working and going to school, and ended up severely and dangerously overweight. Reconnecting with nature and picking up a camera saved my life and helped me get into shape enough to do things I never could’ve done before.

I’m healthier now and over the course of the last 6 years have managed to break away from traditional career path and have enjoyed helping cultivate creativity and foster imagination in so many students.

If you have worked with me in the past you’ll know that these workshops are immensely fun, exhausting and full of invaluable information, but you also know that I am a perfectionist and as such am always striving to improve the value of the experience. In the last two years I think that I have curated a great workshop experience, and I hope you’ll enjoy your time with us on this one! In 2019 nearly half of my students were returning alumni from previous group and private workshops. Building a bond and relationship with students is a side effect I never knew would be so important to me!

Testimonials

I took Josh's 2019 Glacier National Park workshop and it was so awesome! I learned much more than I expected in both the field (how to find compositions; how to shoot for photo stacking; how to improve my overall shooting abilities!); and in post processing (with at least 5 hours of direct post processing training). Josh was so attentive and patient, and such an overall great dude! I made some wonderful photographer friends with the other participants. It's amazing how close you can become in such a short period of time when you sleep, eat, and hang out in the same accommodation. Everything about the experience was outstanding. AND, if that's not enough to make you want to take a Josh workshop, let me tell you this. I was struggling to edit one of my photo stacked images after I returned from the workshop. Josh skyped with me, and showed me how to oversome my post processing struggle! He's also been available to advise me on equipment. I can't say enough good things about a Joshua Snow Workshop! I'm looking at his 2020 workshops and plan to do another as soon as I can.

Gail Mitchell

There are only a couple of workshop photography instructors that I would consider and there are many out there. I've been following Josh on social media for quite a while. His images besides being beautiful evoke the feeling he experienced of that place in an incredible manner. He is a humble down to earth person and a very cool dude that does not exude an overbearing ego as do some other workshop leaders. When he offered a workshop going to the Redwoods and points along the Oregon coast I knew it was the right workshop for me. I struggle with compositions and want to improve on my post processing. I believed he could help me with both. Josh was extremely generous with his time and focused on spending time with each student helping them with any instruction they needed. He was available at all times and even after the workshop was over to answer any questions. He is a very genuine person that loves the outdoors, photography and helping his students achieve their goal. He did post processing sessions for two of the three days when we came back to the airbnb. He is extremely skilled in the use of Lightroom and Photoshop and records the sessions along with critiques of the students work which he gives to the students to use as a learning tool. These lessons are invaluable! If you are looking for a talented and patient photography mentor to bring your work to the next level you should consider a workshop with Josh. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop so much that I have already signed up for his Glacier National Park workshop in 2020.

Chuck Jason

So I just attended my second workshop with Joshua. The class size was small (8 of us) which is perfect. Everyone was getting the attention that they needed. Joshua is a patient instructor who wants to teach what he knows. This particular workshop was for night photography only. The instruction (both in the field and in the classroom) and the locations were amazing and I know that I came away with some great pictures. Once again I look forward to attending another one of his workshops.
Kirk C.

I just attended a workshop with Joshua and it was great. The locations he took us to were amazing. For me the best part, as an amateur photographer, was the one-on-one help. I have taken other workshops and did not come away from them with the level of knowledge that I came away from with this one. I can't wait to work with Joshua again.
Kirk C.

Kirk Corbin

Had a blast with Josh! 1. He knew amazing places to go. 2. Planned our shoots based on weather to make sure we got the best Scenes 3.Had great advise and tips while shooting 4. His post Processing instruction was on point!

Chance Allred

Had such an amazing time at our Death Valley workshop, learned so much from night photography to the actual processing. Joshua is super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming back for another in the future

Jessica Santos

I just got back from an amazing workshop with Joshua Snow! Let me just say the experience far exceeded my expectations. From the site selection to the in-field coaching to the editing sessions after everything was on point. If you want to take your photography to the next level I highly suggest Joshua Snow Photography.

Dr. Paul J. Lynch, MD

If you want a great learning experience, you need to take a workshop from Joshua. He has a gift for capturing nature which is unique, and something that not every photographer or artist possess. You can see it in his images, but also in the process he uses, from composition to editing. He is truly talented, I would highly recommend courses with him if you are serious about capture nature in a unique way. Keep up the great work Joshua!

Dr. Duane Weenig, DDS

I'd been following Joshua's photography for awhile, but when a move across country landed my wife and I in Moab for a few days, I thought "What a better way to experience these parks than with someone who knows them so intimately?"

Am I glad I did! Joshua was incredibly knowledgeable about where the best light would be at certain times and how to get there. He helped me plan and execute multiple shots, including an EPIC milky way in Arches.

He's very personable, and after 5 minutes of hanging out, felt like you'd known him your whole life! I learned more from my conversations with Joshua on our one day outing than I have in the past 4 months combined about photography.

Highly recommend taking a workshop or solo excursion with Joshua, and hopefully will do so again myself someday.

Chris Maust

Josh is THE BEST. I just finished a two day workshop with him, and learned more than I could have imagined. His technical expertise and creativity are beyond measure. He exhibits patience, kindness, and organization through all situations. In the field, it doesn't take long before everyone within earshot recognizes his skill level. Josh was always helpful to everyone that approached. The main reason I recommend Josh is that his work speaks for itself. His talent shines. Under his guidance I was able to capture images I only ever dreamed about. By far this is THE BEST WORKSHOP IN MOAB.

Daniel Kinney

Just do it! At the end of April 2017, I participated in Joshua’s Arches and Canyonlands Milky Way and landscape Panorama Workshop and am so glad that I did. I came away with skills, techniques and jaw dropping pictures I am sure to enjoy for decades.

I learned about the workshop a only few weeks before it started and was able to get a slot due to a cancellation, Joshua keeps the group small to ensure lots of personalized attention. Before the workshop, he made sure I had the correct equipment, can you say Nodal bar, and answered all questions I had. Two days before the start he contacted the participants to see if we could start a night early due to weather! It turned out to be a great call as Thursday night was clear and Friday night was cloudy!

Joshua has the technical expertise with the camera and software and the demeanor to teach it in a relaxed way. In the field, he was always there to provide advice, double check setting and triple check the results. In the classroom, he made sure we knew what we were doing and why. I had experience with Lightroom but no time with Photoshop and Joshua took the time explain much of the basics and terminology.

This was my first photography workshop and my expectations were greatly exceeded. If you want to accelerate your skills in an immersive workshop led by a passionate, skilled, National Park and BLM licensed photographer and adventurer then take one of Joshua’s workshops. Furthermore, it is only set of workshops that I am aware of that offers both infield and classroom (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software) sessions.

Just do it and reaps the rewards!

Ron Gleason

This was my first photography workshop and I am so glad I went with Josh. When I saw he would be conducting it in Death Valley I immediately jumped on the opportunity. It was an intense 3 days so be prepared for little sleep and lots of shooting. It was like an injection of pure creativity which for me was much needed. Josh and his partner, Jesse were able to provide individual attention to each person in the group and they did not hold back on any tips and advice on how to make your images more impactful. If you're on the fence just pull the trigger and sign up, it'll be worth it!

Rick laRocca

Had a blast with Josh! 1. He knew amazing places to go. 2. Planned our shoots based on weather to make sure we got the best Scenes 3.Had great advise and tips while shooting 4. His post Processing instruction was on point!

Chance Allred

FUN - ADVENTUROUS - INFORMATIVE
I attended Josh's workshop in Death Valley National Park and it was everything I was hoping it would be plus more. First and foremost, Josh is a very personable easy to talk to guy. he truly is there to help you learn and answer all your questions. I've heard some "professional" photographers who run workshops like this are more concerned with getting their pictures than helping you with yours. NOT the case with Josh. Plus, he had a co-lead photography with him, Jesse Moran, who was just as amazing as well. No matter what your having difficulties with on sight he's there to help you get the shot you envisioned and especially with astrophotography(milky way) which he is probably most well known for. Secondly, we covered every possibly location DVNP has to offer. We were always on the move and making the most of our time together. This part was probably the most fun for me because I love adventure. Third, he teaches you all his tricks of the trade to edit milky way shots and more. If you like to have fun, if you like adventure and you want to grow with your photography I would strongly consider doing a workshop with Josh. You won't be disappointed.

Chris DeMars

Great photographer and great teacher! Josh showed me so much more about photography and after taking the workshop I feel like I’ve improved on a ton even though it was only a couple days with him.Very passionate about photography which is displayed in his teaching. Super nice guy and really knows some great spots. 100% would recommend for a workshop and hope to take another one of his in the future. He helped me a ton with the editing portion as well and now I can finally finish some shots I’ve been intimidated to work with in photoshop. Had an awesome weekend and came away with some great shots. Psyched to go out and shoot and improve on these techniques!

Leon Lefebvre

Josh is a passionate and giving photog and a great teacher. I recently attended a workshop with him and what a great experience it was. Josh's local knowledge was key in getting us to the right locations at the right times. Josh is very knowledgeable in PS and shared his common techniques for finishing a great landscape shot. He was always available to answer any questions whether in the field or doing post processing. I've only attended a few other workshops but one thing I definitely appreciated was that when we were out shooting, he was concerned with us getting great shots and answering questions, NOT getting his own shots. His passion for photography and nature is genuine and it shows. If you are thinking of taking a photo workshop in Moab, there is only one choice: Joshua Snow Photography!

Dave Ruben

Just do it. I came by Joshua’s website by reading an article he wrote for Really Right Stuffs magazine “Light and Shadow”. I then read his blog, and what impressed me was the passion and dedication he had for his craft. I decided to take the Moab workshop to see if that passion and dedication was real and I can tell you firsthand, it is. We were given choices of locations to shoot, then as a group we voted. The class size was small (ours was five) so personal instruction was good. I didn’t expect to come back with a stunning photo like Joshuas, but I expected to learn how he achieved them. What I came back with were the tools that allows you to achieve those results. The post processing sessions were instructional and good and to get results like his are not easy and are intensive, but in the end, the results are impressive. Joshua promised we would be tired and sore, and he delivered. Great workshop. Take one, you won’t regret it.

Dave Niino

I have been attending workshops for photography for over 20 years. I have seen my share of good ones and not so good, but without question, the workshop with Joshua Snow was the best I have ever been to. Please read why: 1) His images are incredible evoking emotions in almost every one. Through his images he demonstrates his knowledge of translating what he sees through his lens to a representation that makes one understand the beauty of nature and our surroundings. 2) The workshop itself was challenging intellectually, artistically, and physically. Josh took us to places where we had the opportunity to create our own once in a lifetime images. If we needed help, advice, or guidance, he was right there to do so. He did not concern himself with capturing his own photos, but rather focused on making sure the participants got the shots they were after. 3) Josh was incredibly generous with his time. He stayed with us at a shoot or in a class until everyone was satisfied and had all their questions answered. He recorded all of his instruction and has given us access to it so we can review the wealth of knowledge he provided. 4) Josh Snow is among the most passionate people I have ever met with respect to photography and the outdoors. He freely shares all of his knowledge about photography, light, capture techniques, processing workflows and tips, and his love of the outdoors in hopes that it enhances our love of the same. He is as genuine a person as you will ever meet; a person you want to learn from, a person you want to share a meal with, a person you want to be around. 5) I learned more about night photography in four days than i have in two years and three previous workshops. He is a patient, complete, and engaging teacher. 6) It is my dream for Joshua Snow to become recognized by the photography community for the amazing photographer and person dedicated to the discipline that he is. I sincerely hope I have the privilege of attending another one of his workshops. If anyone reading this would like to contact me for a conversation about Josh's workshops, I would welcome the opportunity. Josh has my contact information....Bruce

Bruce Blaylock

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