Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast2018-12-14T20:33:15+00:00

Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast

Sand Dunes Photography workshop with Jansen Photo Expeditions

During our Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast Photography Workshop,
we will help you photographically explore the beautiful sand dunes and coastline of the Central Coast.

We will be exploring the sand dunes at sunrise and sunset to capture the light at just the right time.
If you enjoy photographing dramatic sand dunes, colorful sunsets, and hidden beaches, this is the workshop for you!

Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast Photography Workshop

(Workshop commences in Arroyo Grande for get-acquainted meeting and caravan to sunset shoot)

Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Friday afternoon meet and greet and sunset shoot, Sunday early morning sunrise shoot, and Saturday afternoon sunset shoot.

$699 Workshop Price
Purchase now to reserve your space.

Book Your Sand Dunes of the Central Coast Photography Workshop

Limited to Only 6 Participants

Ask us about Private Central Coast Dates
This workshop can be privately optioned Anytime.

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

Central Coast, California Photography Workshop

Join us for 2 days in April of 2019 as we photographically explore the sand dunes of the California Central Coast.

This getaway will give you a taste of this beautiful area of the central coast. Our workshop will be based out of beautiful Arroyo Grande, CA. We will give you recommendations on where to stay once you sign up.

A maximum group size of 6 photographers 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 2-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 when we are not shooting mid-day…

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 late afternoon light.

Upon sign up, we will send you lodging recommendations
for 2 Nights in the Arroyo Grande, CA area.


Day 1

2:00pm – Friday Afternoon Meet and Greet and Sunset Shot

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.

We will meet at 2:00pm Friday afternoon for our Meet and Greet and get acquainted time. Then we will head out to the dunes for our first sunset shot. Sunset is around 5pm that evening. After the shoot, we can choose to go as a group to dinner, or you can do dinner on your own.

Day 2

6am – Saturday

We will continue our photographic exploration of the Central Coast sand dunes, chasing the light as the sun rises and capturing a spectacular morning vista.

We will break late morning and you will be able to return to your accommodations in the Arroyo Grande area to rest and have some lunch. After lunch, we will have some time for a Lightroom editing session in the common room of the hotel.

After our break, we will regroup and caravan to our 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

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 the Arroyo Grande, CA area. We will caravan our cars 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. In the morning, we will be leaving before most restaurants are open. Please bring snacks and water for the workshop.

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

Topics Covered in the Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast 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

Included in Sand Dunes of California’s Central Coast Photography workshop

• Quality One on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom sessions as time allows


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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)

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.

This workshop can be privately optioned on short notice if you are in the Central Coast California area.

Inquire About Private Workshop Options

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

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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.
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