California Lighthouses Workshop (SOLD OUT)
California Lighthouses Photo Workshop
Lerro Photography Presents:
April 17-21, 2023
Join Lerro Photography as we photograph some of the most beautiful and historic lighthouses in northern California. During our week-long photo workshop, we’ll spend two nights in a keeper’s house, photograph a number of active Fresnel lenses and even have a deactivated Fresnel lens turned on just for us. We’ll also install a custom Fresnel lens in a lighthouse to replicate the historic operation.
Photo Workshop Itinerary:
April 17 – Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse has an integrated tower and a rotating 3rd order Fresnel lens. Participants will be staying in the keeper’s house for two nights. There are 4 bedrooms with a queen bed in each. We will have access to the grounds of the lighthouse for both nights. However, on the 2nd evening, we will shoot the sunset at another lighthouse. See below.
April 18 – Point Arena Lighthouse
Point Arena Lighthouse is a tall white tower that sits on the edge of a cliff with plenty of foreground scenery. The Fresnel Lens was removed over 10 years ago and a small modern optic was placed on the outer handle rail. For our photo workshop, we have been given the approval to place our own LED light with Fresnel optics in the lantern room. We will photograph Point Arena in the evening and for several hours at night. Once this photo shoot is over, we will drive back to Point Cabrillo where we are staying for the night. We can shoot more at Point Cabrillo if we want.
April 19 – Point Reyes Lighthouse
The world-famous Point Reyes Light sits on a cliff with a 300-step walkway down to it. The 1st order Fresnel lens is still in the lighthouse but a small modern optic outside is used for navigation. For our workshop, a park ranger will turn on the Fresnel Lens at sunset and we’ll be able to shoot for a couple of hours at night.
April 20 – San Francisco Area
There are several lighthouses in the Bay area that we will photograph including Point Montara Lighthouse, and Yerba Buena (Treasure Island) Light. We might also go to Point Pinos Lighthouse for night shots.
April 21 – Point Bonita Lighthouse
Point Bonita Lighthouse sits on a cliff a few miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge and is only accessible by walking through a tunnel and crossing a suspension bridge. During our workshop, a park ranger will escort us down to the lighthouse for sunset and night shots. Point Bonita still retains its Fresnel lens and is an active aid to navigation. If this does not come to fruition, we will shoot night photos at Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate.
Most of our lighthouses are on flat ground. Point Reyes lighthouse and Point Bonita Lighthouse will require the photographers to walk up and down hundreds of steps and steep trails.
- Two night stay in the keeper’s house at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing and Image Critique
- A great time, and good memories
In Field Instruction
- Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
- Controlling your camera in manual settings
- Understanding and using the histogram
- Finding foregrounds
- Proper filters usage
- How lens selection affects the scene
- Technical tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
- Understanding and using light
- Capturing difficult scenes
- Lightroom and Photoshop Techniques
- Importing and organizing
- Using the clone tool, warping, stretching and eliminating distractions
- Blending images in Photoshop
- Dodging and burning
- Using layers and masks
- Image critique
Recommended Camera Gear
- DSLR or mirrorless camera (full-frame or cropped sensor)
- Lenses ranging from wide angle (16-35), mid-range (24-105), and a long telephoto (100-400)
- Memory cards
- Sturdy tripod
- Remote or cable shutter release
- Circular polarizer and ND filters
- Lens cloths
- Extra batteries
- Cleaning supplies
- Dust blower
- Protection for your camera gear & backpack
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera body
- Laptop if you wish to back up your photos
Recommended Personal Gear/Clothing
- Quick-dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
- Warm/water-resistant hiking boots/shoes
- Warm jacket for cool mornings
- Fleece underlayers
- Refillable water bottle
- Hat, gloves, hand warmers
- Raincoat and/or wind shell
- Insect repellent
- Sturdy hiking footwear and hiking socks
The Trip Does NOT Include:
- Vehicle Transportation
- Lodging Wednesday to Saturday.
- Meals, beverages, and snacks
What You’ll See
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