Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
April & October 2022
Experience the raw power and serene beauty of the rugged Oregon Coast. Venture deep into foggy redwood forests and photograph the tidepools, seastacks, waterfalls, and marine life along this diverse coastline. Our Oregon Coast Photo Workshop is designed to maximize your photography learning while getting you the best possible shots. Single occupancy lodging and transportation is included in the workshop tuition.
- Photograph rugged coastlines, old-growth redwood forests, seastacks, cliffside vistas and abundant marine life. There is so much diversity to enjoy!
- Trip includes 4 nights single-occupancy lodging. Discounts apply for double occupancy.
- Dates are timed for some of the best photographic conditions along the coast.
- Learn many new photographic techniques from veteran Oregon Coast photographer Kevin McNeal.
- The exact workshop itinerary is kept flexible so we can make best use of the weather, tides, and current conditions.
- Post-processing and image critique sessions will be scheduled throughout the workshop to help make the most of your images.
The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather, tides, and current conditions along the coast. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.
- Day 1: Meet at 2PM at Best Western Face Rock in Bandon, OR for a mandatory introductory session. We'll cover logistics and many of the shooting techniques you will use throughout the workshop. After an early dinner we head to Bandon Beach for sunset among the dramatic and rugged seastacks, tidepools, and reflections.
- Day 2: We wake up early to catch sunrise at the historic Cape Blanco Lighthouse. We continue to shoot along the coastline, taking advantage of the soft early morning light. After a rest break, we reconvene for a midday post-processing session. Sunset will be at one of our favorite beaches that is lesser known along this diverse coastline.
- Day 3: It's an early start to catch sunrise at the historic Coquille Lighthouse. After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head for Brookings, stopping for photo ops along the way. We check into our hotel and take a short rest break before meeting for dinner and a sunset shoot at Cape Sebastian.
- Day 4: It's another early morning to catch a colorful sunrise at Harris Beach State Park. We spend the early morning hours shooting along the Oregon Coast before returning to the hotel for breakfast, a rest break, and another post-processing session. We spend the afternoon in the Samuel Boardman Corridor, catching sunset at Shores Acres.
- Day 5: It's hard to believe this is our last day together! After sunrise at Lone Ranch Beach, we enjoy our last breakfast together before checking out of the hotel. We have so many great images to remember the amazing time we spent together! The workshop will end no later than 11AM.
Please arrive Best Western Face Rock. in Bandon, OR prior to 2PM on Thurs April 14 or Sat, Oct 8th for our orientation session. All hotel stays are included in the workshop fee. The price assumes single-occupancy lodging. If you would like double occupancy we can give you a $300 discount per person.
Each participant is responsible for getting to Bandon, OR on the first day. If you drive your own vehicle, you will drive from Bandon to Brookings on the 3rd day. That way you'll have your car once the workshop concludes to either make your way home, or spend some extra time exploring the area. If you don't have a vehicle, you can ride with us. Transportation will be provided for all workshop outings.
Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. We aren't planning any long hikes but you should be comfortable walking 2-4 miles per day while carrying your photo gear.
Food is not included as part of the workshop. You are free to bring your own food or eat at restaurants in town. We will make food stops when we are driving between photo stops.
Since we are photographing so much along the coast, each participant will need to bring a pair of chest waders. Without waders, you will get very wet trying to photograph close to the water. A sturdy tripod is a must for photographing along the coast!
Temperatures are pretty mild in spring and fall, but it can get chilly along the coast, so come prepared with some warm layers and a jacket. Rain is not uncommon, so make sure you bring a rain jacket and backpack rain cover. An umbrella can come in handy, especially if we are shooting in light rain. Please see the gear list further down.
$2600/person + Tax
Price assumes Single Occupancy. If you would like Double Occupancy, we can give a $300 discount per person.
- 4 Nights Single-Occupancy Hotel Lodging
- Ground Transportation During the Workshop
- Park Entrance Fees
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing and Image Critique
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Bandon, OR
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks.
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 90 days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for wildlife encounters.
- Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
- Backpack to carry your gear along with a rain cover for the pack.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
- A rain jacket and several warm layers.
- Chest Waders
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, and Gloves
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C.. He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.
“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles
Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.