Perhaps the most important experience of all is the time you will share with colleagues who care about the land and creative landscape photography.


Course Description

This 3-day course is inclusive of field capture, landscape art composition, basic previsualization, and the vision beyond documentation elements. First Horizons Photographers gain valuable insights into landscape composition, essential landscape camera techniques, and preparatory prevision concepts for future post-production. There are ample field lectures, hands-on lessons, plus many hours of capture time with an instructor by your side to help you learn new tools, techniques, and develop a visual voice that matters.



You get to Inverness, CA, and we’ll take it from there. Your instructor and guides will provide on and off-road transportation to all areas. (…Hotel in Inverness, CA is off of …, … miles north of Los Angeles and … miles south of San Francisco.)


Equipment and Prerequisites

  • DSLR/ILC Camera
  • Lenses; you can use any lens combinations of your choice or even a single lens, but we recommend a wide angle zoom such as 16-35, a mid-range zoom of 24-70, and an intermediate telephoto of 70-200.
  • Tripod with ball head
  • Camera backpack
  • Lens cleaners
  • Extra batteries
  • SD and CF cards



You must have a basic operating knowledge of your camera and a passion to learn.

Point Reyes National Seashore


Pay a deposit of $500.00 per item



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. Explore methods for selecting and managing hard and soft light landscapes, and how to maximize the value of water motion. Master a workflow based upon previsualization principles that will allow you to move from the literal to the expressive for personal projects.

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


Our Basecamp

Our Base Camp is TBD, Inverness, CA (Visit Site) — The rooms are quite comfortable; the food options are great with 24-hour facilities. You will be issued a discount code after registration, and each student books his/her room.



You pay for all restaurant meals. Field lunches, snacks, water, coffee, etc. are included in your tuition.

Special Food Needs: If you have a special diet issue, please notify us in writing 30 days in advance of the Master Class.




Bob Killen, ACE, ACI, National Park Service Artist in Residence


Myra Holt, MFA
Tom Lowe, National Park Service Artist in Residence

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