Central Coast California Private Photography Workshop

Private Workshops with Jansen Photo Expeditions

On our Central Coast California Private Photography Workshop – Morro Bay and beyond,
we will help you photographically explore the beautiful beaches and coastline of the Central Coast.

We will be exploring the areas around Morro Bay, Cambria and San Simeon and a short way up the Big Sur Coast. This area is filled with hidden gems and secret places. If you enjoy photographing picturesque harbors, colorful sunsets, hidden beaches, tide pools, and wildlife, this is the private photography workshop for you!

Central Coast California Private Photography Workshop

Morro Bay and Beyond
(Workshop commences in Morro Bay for get-acquainted meeting and sunset shoot)

3 Day Private Workshop

If you have questions, please call at (805) 701-8807 or email at mark@markjansenphotography.com
All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Central Coast Morro Bay Photography Workshop
Central Coast California Photography Workshop

Join us for 3 days we photographically explore Morro Bay,
Cambria and San Simeon and the Southern area of the Big Sur Coast.

From the beaches and hills of Cambria to the gateway to Big Sur, this getaway will give you a taste of this area of the beautiful California central coast. Our workshop will be based out of charming Cambria, CA. We will give you recommendations on where to stay once you sign up.

With a private photography workshop, this ensures you will receive generous personal photographic coaching in the field from 2 full time working pros, providing a small group adventure experience.

In this 3-day workshop, we will work closely with you on your photography skills. We will have the opportunity to shoot landscapes, wildlife, macro photography and more. We will provide image critique and Lightroom coaching as needed in the evenings. …Or this workshop can be your own personal exploration – we can be there as you need us.

A Chance to Explore Many Types of Photography on the Central Coast of California

In this workshop, we will be concentrating on landscape photography skills for the hours of the warm morning and afternoon light. We will also have the opportunity to shoot wildlife, as the elephant seal colony in the area is very active. Very often we also spot whales, dolphins, sea otters, and zebra. Zebras? Yes, Zebras!

We will send you lodging recommendations upon sign up.
One night in Morro Bay, 2 Nights in Cambria, CA

Zebras During our Big Sur Photography Workshop

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1

Evening Sunset Shot and Meet and Greet –
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 in this workshop.

Day 2

7 am
We will continue our photographic exploration of the Central Coast, chasing the light as the sun rises and capture a spectacular morning vista. We will then travel to several coastal overlooks for some amazing shots of water clashing with sea stacks. As we head north, we will have opportunities to capture sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, condors and zebras along the way. (Yes, Zebras)
We will break late morning and you will be able to check in to your accommodations in the Cambria area.
After our break, we will regroup in the town of Cambria and caravan to another beach location for an amazing sunset. 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.

Central Coast California Photography Workshop
Sea Otter on our Central Coast California Photography Workshop

Day 3

7:00 am
We will meet in the lobby at your hotel and caravan to several more spectacular coastal views to take advantage of the morning light. Saturday afternoon, we will capture another spectacular sunset location.

California Central Coast fog during our photography Workshop
Central Coast California Photography Workshop

Day 4

7:00 am
This morning we will explore more of this incredible area. We will be shooting the local piers, using our long exposure techniques to capture its essence. We will complete the workshop 11 am or so as the morning light fades.

Sea Otter on the Central Coast CA photography workshop

Registration deadline

The maximum participants for this workshop are 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 along the coast during the workshop. Routes may be altered due to road conditions and weather.
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 midday 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 small markets in Morro Bay to stock up before or after the orientation meeting.

The Central Coast California Photography workshop can also be privately optioned.
Contact: Mark Jansen for more details

Topics Covered in the Central Coast California Photography workshop

• Storytelling 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 Central Coast California Photography 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
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom sessions if time allows
• Portfolio Review – Bring your 5 best shots

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 can book fast on the Central 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 available lodging options for this workshop.

Morro Bay Photography Workshop
Central Coast Pier Photography

Jansen Photo Expeditions is a fully certified CPR AED safety outfitter.


Jansen Photo Expeditions is fully permitted by the National Park Service and insured to conduct photography workshops

We hope you can join us!  


Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.

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


About Mark and Holly
Mark and Holly Jansen
Jansen Photo Expeditions
(805) 701-8807 or

Email: Mark@markJansenphotography.com

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