Big Sur Spring Photography Workshop – Morro Bay and South of Carmel

Our Big Sur Spring Photography Workshop helps you create stunning images by showing you the secret corners of Big Sur.
We bring you to he right place, at the right time, in the best light.


Big Sur brings nothing but smiles to our photography workshop clients. This rugged coastline and its open spaces are astounding. Its leading edge cliffs plunge deep into the blue pacific. Rocky sea stacks and water scapes abound.  Incredible skies and thin misty fog roll over this coastal mountain range.
Our Big Sur Photography workshop is geared towards all photographic enthusiasts who love the outdoors and getting those great shots. Our team of two highly experienced professional landscape photographers will explore expansive and accesible coastal lands North of Morro Bay first. Then North, to access Big Sur’s Northern features, South of Monterey!  You’ll learn how to get that amazing landscape image from the perfect locations, when the light is optimal! There’s nothing like that feeling of knowing you’ve got that trophy shot!

NOTE: We are aware of all Big Sur road conditions, including the present Hwy 1 Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closing.
This workshop is not affected by this, as this area is not part of this workshop route.

From Morro and South of Carmel –
Capture the Amazing Beauty Big Sur

April 6 – 9, 2017
 1 Spot Remaining (Registration Closing April 1, 2017)



If you have questions you can call us at (805) 701-8807 or email us at

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All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis

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Price includes instruction materials and field guidance. Does not include lodging, food or transportation. Can’t make this scheduled workshop? Contact us for a private or special group rate tour. ________

Lodging  Details: Accommodations are historically limited on the Big Sur coast. Securing last minute lodging in the proper locations for this event becomes less likely each day. If you’re on the fence and haven’t decided, please be aware of this!
NOTE: Please contact us  for a list of availible lodging options  for this workshop!   

This workshop can be privately optioned on short notice if you are in the Big Sur area. Please inquire for pricing and options

With this much diversity of mountain and coastal features,
you can see why this special place generates so many smiles and amazing images. 

Topics covered  on the Big Sur photography workshop will include camera positioning, set up, tripod techniques, exposure, composition, and everything you need to take your landscape photography to a higher level. Photoshop, Lightroom and OnOne Software post processing techniques will be discussed.

Big Sur Spring Photography Workshop Itinerary 
(Exact meeting times may vary)

Big-Sur-Spring-WorkshopDay one 4pm: Orientation the evening before (Thursday) in Morro Bay will include a general overview of the workshop.
What do you want to focus on for the workshop? Do you want to focus on telling the story of the trip, do you want to shoot black and white, do you want to work with shadows or learn to layer your images? We will help you to decide where you want to go with your creativity on this workshop.

Then we will head out for an afternoon shoot in one of our many favorite sites in Morro Bay highlighting the bay and Morro Rock while taking advantage of the best available light.


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 Two6:30am (Friday) – We will meet for breakfast in Morro Bay. After Breakfast we will caravan to our first location to photograph the beautiful San Simeon Coast and the sea lions close up. If we are lucky, we will be able to view and photograph herds of zebra (zebra? yes, zebra!), sea otters, flocks of vultures and Great Blue Heron on our morning safari.

We will then continue our shoot up the coast for classic water scapes teaching you a variety of skills from photographing in covered shade to working with moving water. We will discuss composition, exposure control and the use of neutral density filters.




Big Sur Spring Photography Workshop - Jansen Photo ExpeditionsYou will learn these photographic techniques from two master photographers who are well versed in numerous landscape photography scenerios. We will then break for lunch.

After an afternoon break, we will caravan up the road to shoot classic Big Sur views for the late afternoon and sunset capture. The skies can be incredible in Big Sur, and we always hope for an amazing sunset. We will then move to a Vista Overlook point for the best full sunset option showing the spectacular Big Sur coast. We will show you the best exposures and compositions to capture this incredible view.

Day Three: 7am (Saturday) – We will continue our photographic exploration of the Big Sur Coast, chasing the right as the sun rises up the coast and capture a spectacular morning light vista of a unique light house. After the sun rises, we will then travel  to a several coastal overlooks for some amazing shots of water clashing with sea stacks.


We will Big Sur Spring Photography Workshop - Jansen Photo Expeditionsbreak late morning and you will be able to check into your accommodations in the Big Sur area.

In the afternoon, we will regroup in the town of Big Sur and caravan to another beach location for an amazing sunset with sea stacks and a coastal waterfall. We will review techniques in exposure adjustments to capture the setting sun on the shoreline as the waves crash over the rocks.

After our sunset shoot, we will gather for dinner for image review to show your best work from the last few days. Recommendations for composition, exposure and use of software editing programs will be discussed.





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Day Four: 7:00am – Sunday. We will meet in lobby at your hotel and caravan to several more spectacular coastal views to take advantage of the morning light.

Then we will drive to one of the most amazing clashes of sea and stone you will witness in this region. This rocky shore sends waves high into the air which is a very spectacular sight! This workshop will conclude at lunchtime on Sunday. You then have the option to continue north to Monterey about 20 minutes and continue your photographic journey on your own.

Registration deadline
When full, the maximum participants for this workshop is 6 people. We prefer small intimate workshops with personal attention to every attendee. Small group size ensures that every participant has ample opportunity to ask questions, and discuss the exciting world of landscape photography with fellow photo enthusiasts.

Transportation and Lodging
You are responsible to arrive for the workshop orientation in Morro Bay, CA. We will caravan our cars up the coast during the workshop. Routes may be altered due to road conditions and weather along the Big Sur Coast.

Lodging is not included in this workshop. We will provide a list of preferred accommodations for you once you have signed up and paid for your workshop.

Our groups enjoy eating most meals together, but you are free to dine where you wish. During
the workshop, either bring or purchase food for your mid- day meal and arrange breakfast before leaving your hotel. Many mornings we will be leaving before most restaurants are open. Please bring snacks and lunch food for the workshop. There are markets in Morro Bay to stock up after the orientation meeting.

The Big Sur Photography workshop can also be privately optioned.
Contact:  Mark Jansen for more details

Topics Covered in the Big Sur Photography Workshop

• Story telling in photography
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• How to fine tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow

Suggested Camera Gear List

– Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
– Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-200mm recommended, Fast aperture lenses recommended for night photography workshops 1.4 to 2.8)
– Memory cards. (Enough to meet your shooting demands)
– A Hot shoe bubble level. (unless your camera has this option built in)
– A Neutral Density Filter, to fit your widest lens. (3 stop, ND8 or Variable)
– A Polarizer filter.
– At least 3 fully charged batteries.
– A Shutter cable release, if you don’t use live view.
– A good sturdy tripod that you can lower to the ground if necessary.( Adjustable Ball head preferred)
– A small headlamp with fresh batteries
– A small collapsible cheap umbrella (Winter)
– A couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags
– A compact digital camera (Just for back-up)

Included in Workshop

• Quality One on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Minimum 6 hours per day of in-field shooting experience and instruction
• Small class size of 4 – 6 students
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors

Transportation, meals and lodging are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Changes in route or schedule may occur at any time and is up to the discretion of Jansen Photo Expeditions. We are well versed in all the areas we cover in our workshops and itineraries may change to accommodate for unforeseen circumstances. Love nature? This is all part of it.

Can’t make this scheduled workshop?
Contact us for a private tour or a special group tour


Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.