Central Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
May 15-19, 2023
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.
- 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 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 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.
Please arrive in Newport, OR prior to 2PM on May 15th 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 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.
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 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.
$2295/person + Tax
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- 4 Nights Double-Occupancy Lodging. Single Supplement Adds $450.
- 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 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
- 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.
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