Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop

Apr 28-May 2, 2024

Experience the raw power and serene beauty of the rugged Oregon Coast. 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.  Our 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.  

Want more?  Check out our Southern Oregon Coast or Redwoods Workshops!


Max Group Size

  • 4 Students per Instructor
  • Max 8 Students


  • Kevin McNeal
  • Nickolas Warner
Central Oregon Photo Workshop Thors Well


  • Photograph rugged coastlines, old-growth forests, seastacks, cliffside vistas and abundant marine life. There is so much diversity to enjoy!
  • Dates are timed for some of the best photographic conditions along the coast.
  • Learn many new photographic techniques from your pro-instructors. Small group of 8 students means plenty of individual attention.
  • 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 in Newport, OR for a mandatory introductory session. We'll cover logistics and many of the shooting techniques. After dinner we head 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.  We shoot both wide-angle and telephoto compositions as the light changes.  We shoot the harbor before breakfast and capture some wildlife as well.  We get together after breakfast for our final post-processing session and then take a midday break. We leave early to capture wave action at Yachats and then don our waders to capture sunset at spectacular Thor's Well!
  • Day 5:  It's hard to believe this is our last day together! We shoot sunrise at Agate Beach and return to town. We have so many great images to remember the amazing time we spent together! The workshop will end no later than 11AM.
Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop


Please arrive in Newport, OR prior to 2PM on the first day for our orientation session. Each participant is responsible for getting to Newport, OR on the first day. Transportation will be provided for all workshop outings once you are in Newport.  The closest airport is Salem Oregon although Eugene Oregon may provide more flight options. Portland Oregon is the nearest International Airport.

Lodging is in short supply so we have pre-paid for 4 nights of hotel accommodations for all workshop participants.  During checkout you will add your lodging package based on either single or double occupancy.  See the Pricing section for more details.

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 recommend each participant bring a pair of hip or 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 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.


$2195/person + Tax

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Trip Includes:

  • Ground Transportation During the Workshop
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • In-Field Photography Instruction
  • Post-processing and Image Critique
  • Pre-Workshop Zoom Meeting
  • 4-night lodging package will be added to your booking based on single or double occupancy. Cost is $400 or $800 for double or single respectively.


Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Newport, Oregon.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Hip or Chest Waders
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, and Gloves
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.

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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

View Kevin's Portfolio.

Nickolas Warner Alaska

Nickolas Warner

Photography Instructor

Nickolas Warner is an award-winning photographer with recognition by the Epson Pano Awards, International Landscape Photographer of the Year, and Outdoor Photographer. He has a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations.  His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.

Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Artist's Statement: "The more one travels, the more one sees how small our world is. Landscape photography is often an idyllic vision of nature that stretches the truth. While most of my photos are taken in the wilderness, the reality is that modernity and progress has shrunk the wild into small islands of untouched land, flanked on all sides by development and exploitation. Before becoming a full-time photographer, I pursued a career in sustainability. While I've since changed directions, I still have a strong sense of urgency to protect nature and keep the wild wild. I hope my photos can inspire others to explore and let our world be untamed."

See Nickolas' portfolio: Nickolas Warner Photography