Tuition: $1,299
Deposit: $500
Dates: October 7-10, 2020
May 12-15, 2021

Arrive on Day One for evening orientation — Depart for home on Day Four.

Basecamp: Tomales Bay Resort, Inverness, California

Call: 415-669-1389 or book online:


Hiking Trails

The Pt. Reyes National Seashore First Horizons Workshop

The Pt. Reyes National Seashore Workshop is a 3-day full immersion, photography workshop that teaches a fundamental approach for the creation of landscape art photographs. Students learn creative capture and composition approaches, visualization fundamentals and how to express their feelings though a finished work. The workshop is small, intimate, collegial, and the instruction hands-on, with intensive field capture instruction at specific locations. Photographers create exceptional documentary images and then learn skills to complete visual narratives.

Upon their return home, students receive 3 hours of online post-production tutor training.

The Pt. Reyes National Seashore Landscape

Thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands, expansive sand beaches grace the coastline then fold back to open grasslands before lifting higher into the brushy hillsides and forested ridges. Wisps of fog wash up on coastal hills, and Tule elk roam in gold and green meadows. Jutting dramatically out into the blue Pacific, the 70,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore is home to 1500 plant and animal species with 80 miles of pristine coastline. Point Reyes’ diversity is a perfect location for a National Park Photography Expeditions First Horizons Workshop. The variety of subjects and compositional opportunities present incredible teachable moments for developing landscape photographers. This 3-day class follows the light and explores Lighthouses, lagoon walks, miles of secluded beaches, historic ranches and ocean skylines. Here, First Horizons Students learn the fundamentals of grand scenic compositions, intimate landscapes, and details. We will grow your composition skills and prepare you for the next steps in landscape art.

Curriculum Assignments for Point Reyes National Seashore

While we teach many of the same processes and creative approaches in all parks, each workshop has a unique theme assignment. First Horizon photographers receive proprietary assignments for each location, explore documentary, narration and navigation art approaches, and share mini portfolios of their work.

Explore, Learn, Grow, and Share

Explore and photograph: Alamere Falls, Phillips Burton Wilderness, Drakes Beach, Kehoe Beach, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Morgan House Ranch and more.


Learn Tools and Techniques: 17 composition points; work the scene/work the camera, Pre/post-Focus Point Discussions, Professional Stack Focus Techniques, light follow capture techniques, fundamentals of night work and more.


Learn the Art of Landscape Photography: Learn Sky and Ground dominant compositions, and the navigation and previsualization approach for advanced visual resonance and harmony.


Share: Share ideas and experiences, with fellow photographers who will become lifelong friends.

You’ll benefit tremendously from our guidance, advice, lectures, demonstrations, and reviews, as we help take your photography to the next level.

Tuition Includes:

  • All Local Ground Transportation
  • Training Documentation
  • Field Meals
  • In field Post-Production Classes
  • 3 Hours of Personal Online Tutoring when you return home.

Tuition Excludes:

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to and from Basecamp


Our Base Camp is at Tomales Bay Resort, Inverness, CA (Visit Site) (Tomales Bay Resort in Inverness, CA is off of CA-1, 47 miles northwest of San Francisco and 427 miles northwest of Los Angeles.)


You get to Inverness, and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off-road transportation to all areas.