Oregon Coast Fall Photo Workshop

Oct 22-27, 2023 - Sold Out

Experience the raw power and serene beauty of the rugged Oregon Coast during autumn season. We'll hit many iconic locations such as Cape Kiwanda, Thor's Well, Seal Rock, and much more! You'll photograph tidepools, seastacks, waterfalls, misty forests, and marine life along this diverse coastline.  But not only that, we'll spend a day photographing waterfalls and brilliant fall colors. Our 6-day Oregon Coast Photo Workshop is designed to maximize your photography learning while getting you the best possible shots. Lodging and transportation are included in the workshop tuition.  


  • $2895
  • Includes Lodging

Max Group Size

  • 4 Students per Instructor
  • 8 Students Max


  • Kevin McNeal
  • Ryan McGinty
Oregon Fall Colors Photo Workshop


  • Photograph rugged coastlines, old-growth forests, seastacks, cliffside vistas and abundant marine life. There is so much diversity to enjoy!
  • Dates are timed for optimal coastal photographic conditions along with brilliant fall colors.
  • Learn many new photographic techniques from pro photographers.
  • The exact workshop itinerary is kept flexible so we can make best use of the weather, tides, and current conditions.
  • Capture peak fall colors complemented by waterfalls.
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions will 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 12PM in Salem, OR for a mandatory orientation session. We'll cover logistics and many of the shooting techniques. After that we load up and drive to Newport. For sunset we venture out to Depoe Bay where we'll shoot dramatic waves and seascapes.  We'll be on the lookout for whales as this is one of the best places in the state to view them! 
  • Day 2:  We wake up early to catch sunrise at Lincoln Beach, taking advantage of the soft morning light. We head back for breakfast and a midday rest break. We reconvene in the afternoon for a post-processing and image critique session before departing for Cape Kiwanda. When the wave action gets good here, it REALLY gets good.  We'll find a variety of good compositions to shoot through sunset.
  • Day 3:  It's another early start for Otter Rock and home of the Devil's Punchbowl!  We enjoy some fantastic early morning color and experiment with a variety of long exposures.   We return to town for another midday break and reconvene for an image critique session early afternoon. We head out and photograph a lighthouse and then end with a sunset shoot at the iconic Seal Rock.
  • Day 4:  For our morning shoot we head to the postcard-perfect Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Next we shoot the harbor and capture some wildlife as well.  We hold our final post-processing session and then leave early to capture wave action at Yachats. For the finale we don our waders and shoot sunset at spectacular Thor's Well!
  • Day 5:  It's hard to believe it's our last morning on the coast. We shoot sunrise at Agate Beach and return to town. We drive back to Salem, Oregon, check into our hotel, and then head out for an evening of shooting prime fall colors among various creeks and waterfalls.
  • Day 6: We venture back into the forest this morning to capture more waterfalls and brilliant fall colors. We return to town and the workshop will end no later than 11AM.
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Please arrive in Salem, OR prior to noon on Oct 22 for our orientation session. Double occupancy hotel stays are included in the workshop fee.  Single occupancy is available for an additional fee (see Pricing section below).

Each participant is responsible for getting to Salem, OR on the first day. If you drive a vehicle to Salem, we highly recommend you follow us to Newport and back (2hr drive on paved highway) unless you make your own long-term parking arrangements. Transportation will be provided for all workshop outings.  But having your own vehicle will provide more flexibility for meals and shopping. The closest airport is in Salem Oregon and Portland Oregon is the nearest International Airport.

Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition.  We aren't planning any long hikes but you should be comfortable walking 1-3 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, we highly recommend each participant bring a pair of chest waders. Without waders, you will get very wet trying to photograph close to the water and you will not get the best compositions. A sturdy tripod is a must for photographing along the coast!

Temperatures are pretty mild in 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.


$2895/person + Tax

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Trip Includes:

  • 5 Nights Double-Occupancy Lodging. Single Supplement Adds $550.
  • 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 Salem, OR
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Instructor Gratuities


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.

Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
Oregon Fall Colors Photo Workshop

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 landscape compression and 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
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, and Gloves
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.
Kevin Profile

Kevin McNeal

Photography Instructor

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.

Artist’s Statement

“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

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Ryan McGinty Profile Photo Olympics

Ryan McGinty

Photography Instructor

Ryan McGinty is a seasoned landscape photographer living in the Palouse area of southeastern Washington.  His first-hand experience in this unique agricultural area makes him the perfect instructor to lead people to out-of-the-way places for those once-in-a-lifetime rainbows, sunsets and sunrises in the beautiful rolling hills. He loves chasing the light and diligently checks weather apps to get the latest sun and rain predictions, cloud formations, wind and temperatures for the best locations and light.

His interest in photography started at an early age and continued in college with graduate work at Brooks Institute of Photography.  His experience in portrait, wedding, film, and medium and large format photography give him an extraordinary background for his award-winning landscape photography.

His passion for the Palouse is only exceeded by his passion for photography and his desire to show people his favorite places.  He takes a legitimate interest in his clients and strives hard to ensure they get the best shots. His photographs have been published in books, calendars and travel guides.