Buellton, CA

Just 45 minutes away from Santa Barbara are the Santa Ynez Mountains which are part of the Pacific Coast Range. The climate is Mediterranean with semi-arid characteristics. The area has an historic Western atmosphere that is still kept alive today. During this workshop we will be visiting some of the most incredible ranches in the area. Enjoy the coastal beauty of oak woodlands, grasslands with abundant chaparral and sage scrub while taking unique and exciting photos from daybreak to sundown.

The Santa Ynez Valley

Price: From $1,375
Meals: Not included
Duration: 3 days
Activity level: Easy
Equipment Necessary: Camera, laptop

February 8-10 2019

Buellton, CA

Equipment Necessary

We suggest that you bring all the camera equipment you typically shoot with as well as a personal laptop, card reader, and external hard drive to store and/or backup images. We recommend a camera that allows for exposure control. Students do not need to own a wide variety of equipment or lenses for this course. However, being able to experiment with a few focal length options via an interchangeable lens system will aid students in capturing the action as scenarios and scenes change throughout the workshop. The course will cover photography fundamentals and theory, elements that remain consistent regardless of the camera system students use. As we like to say, “It’s the Indian, not the arrow, that gets the shot.”

Activity Level and Weather Considerations

Students should be in good health and feel comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Sturdy boots will be needed. Daily activities may include mild hiking on uneven ground, and shooting photos from the ground on up. Rain is a possibility. Please be prepared and dress accordingly.


The workshop price is $1,375, which includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. A 10% discount is given for returning students. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. You may add on the Lightroom Plus Class which is an additional $400 and starts Friday morning.


A detailed schedule will be sent out two weeks prior to the beginning of each workshop.


9:30 Lightroom Instruction begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Lightroom instruction ends
6:30 Meet and greet
7:30 Dinner


5:40 Breakfast
6:50 Sunrise photo shoot
10:30 Editing and photo review
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Editing and photo review
3:30 Sunset photo shoot
7:30 Dinner


5:40 Breakfast
6:50 Sunrise photo shoot
10:30 Editing and photo review
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Preparing photos for slideshow
6:00 Dinner
8:30 Closing Slideshow



Accommodations are not included in the price of the workshop. We have arranged a special price with the Hampton Inn/Hilton in Buelton. Please visit their webpage via this link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/S/SQABUHX-SWS-20190207/index.jhtml to reserve a room with the special Workshop rate. Complimentary breakfast is served at the hotel. Please be sure to make your reservations at the hotel promptly after you have registered for the workshop as the group rate is only available until 1/7/2019.

Hampton Inn

600 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA 93427
Phone: (805) 697-7721
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