2023 Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

The milky way on the oregon coast.

Join us for an Oregon astrophotography workshop where we’ll capture the Milky Way over some of the most spectacular nightscapes along the Southern Oregon Coast . This coastline will impress you with pristine white sand beaches, forested sea stacks, and beautiful state parks in one of the most photogenic states in the USA.

We are running this Oregon photography tour in June 2023 , during the best time of year to photograph the Milky Way in both Bandon and Brookings, Oregon.

Milky Way over sea stacks in the Pacific Ocean in the Oregon Coast

During this Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop , we will focus on shooting nightscapes and the Milky Way over one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world: Oregon’s Southern Coastline . You’ll see spectacular sea stacks, wild beaches, historic lighthouses, and the best Oregon Coast hidden gems.

Southern Oregon’s Coastline is positioned in a privileged location for stargazing with minimal to no light pollution, where we’ll enjoy ideal conditions for astrophotography .

We will help you capture the best possible images during this Milky Way astrophotography expedition to the Southern Oregon Coast . You’ll learn the best techniques to shoot our galaxy, from the basics to the most advanced techniques, and we will also do some post-processing sessions so you can bring your captured images to life.

While this workshop is primarily focused on night photography, we will also have time to capture the sunrise, sunset and daytime images when the timeframe and conditions allow.

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  • Photo tour from  June 13 th  – June 18 th    & June 19 th – June 24 th , 2023 
  • Group size: 10 participants + 2 instructors
  • Main topics: Landscape and Milky Way photography
  • Main areas: Southern Oregon Coast
  • Best time of year to photograph the Milky Way in Oregon
  • Dedicated post-processing sessions
  • Accommodation is included in Bandon and Brookings, close to the best locations

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2023 Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop Itinerary

Our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop itinerary is flexible  and will be adjusted according to the weather conditions so you can make the most of this trip.

Our workshop will take place at the best time of year to capture the Milky Way over the Oregon Coast landscapes when our galaxy is visible just before midnight and rainfall is minimal. Nights are chilly, but the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much along the coast, so we will photograph as much as possible based on the conditions.

We will also have the time to shoot in the morning, scout, and focus on post-processing sessions during the middle of the day when the light is harsh.

DAY 1: Oregon Coast Astrophotography tour

Our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop starts at the Table Rock Motel in Bandon, Oregon at 2:00 PM. This hotel is located in an ideal spot just a short drive from the main shooting locations and offers a nearby view of the Pacific Ocean.

After a meet and greet with the rest of the group and a welcome speech, we will prepare for our first night session. We’ll review all your camera gear by helping you fine-tune your camera settings, providing some night photography guidelines, and getting everything ready for the first shoot!

We will photograph the Milky Way at Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint , which has one of the most impressive groupings of sea stacks along the Oregon Coast. This location offers fantastic photo opportunities to capture the Milky Way over Wizard Hat and other photogenic sea stacks.

Colorful sunset with a rock and sea stacks in the image

DAY 2: Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

On the second day of our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop , we will visit Coquille River Lighthouse for either sunrise or sunset.  This historic lighthouse was built in 1895, and while it’s no longer operational, it’s beautiful to photograph at first and last light.

During the day, we will scout Sisters Rock State Park to prepare for our night shoot. This location has three beautiful rock formations; two on land and one a short distance into the Pacific Ocean. It is a 0.9-mile out-and-back trail that has 180 feet of elevation gain.

Coquille River Lighthouse in Oregon with dramatic clouds

DAY 3:  Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

On the third day of our Oregon astrophotography workshop , we will drive 1.5 hours south to Brookings , Oregon, and stay at the Westward Inn on Chetco Ave. Brookings is a small city located along the southern Oregon coast and boasts some of the most spectacular vistas, secluded cove beaches, rugged cliffs, and forested sea stacks in the entire country.

While heading south, we will stop to shoot and scout Secret Beach , where you’ll find a secluded and breathtaking rocky beach with a stream that leads to the ocean. It’s a short hike down to Secret Beach, less than 0.5 miles over rocky terrain.

After checking in to our accommodation, we’ll head out to photograph the sunset and Milky Way at this beautiful spot.

Milky Way over sea stacks at Secret Beach in Oregon

DAY 4: Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

The next day, we will have our first post-processing session mid-morning. During this editing session, we will use Lightroom and Photoshop to show you how to get the most out of the images you took during the trip. The editing class will cover both daytime images and Milky Way photos.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced photographer; we will design a post-processing plan for you so you can improve your editing skills.

In the late afternoon, we will visit the Arch Rock area to photograph the sunset and plan compositions for the Milky Way that night. The Arch Rock is a massive natural rock arch standing tall in the Pacific Ocean. This location is elevated high above the shore and offers a unique perspective of the Oregon Coast.

Golden sunset light shines over sea stacks on the Oregon Coast

DAY 5: Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

On the fifth day of the tour, we will visit the Meyer’s Creek and Pistol River areas. This ocean beach is a hidden gem as it lies well away from large metropolitan cities. There are numerous and intriguingly shaped rock formations here, including the “Shark Fin.” The shoreline is nice and flat, so we can comfortably stroll along the beach. During low tide, large pools form at the bases of the rocks, which create nearly perfect reflections of the surroundings.

During the day, when the light is harsh, we’ll do our second editing class . During this session, we’ll tackle the most recurring topics and give you a refresher on editing techniques to make the most out of your images from the trip.

While here, we will find unique compositions for shooting astrophotography later that night at this stunning location.

Milky Way cover the sky in the this scene over the sea stacks on the sea

DAY 6: Oregon Coast Astrophotography Workshop

On the last day of our Oregon Coast astrophotography workshop, we will have a final morning session where we will photograph the sunrise from Arch Rock Viewpoint .

After breakfast near our hotel, we will conclude our Oregon Coast workshop.

PRICE: $3,490 USD

Deposit: $1,000 USD

A $1,000 USD deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due three months before the start of the trip. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.


  • Accommodation in shared double rooms with queen beds for 5 nights
  • 6 days of photo guide services by professional astrophotographers
  • Instruction in a small group of 10 participants with a 5:1 ratio (5 students per instructor)
  • Night photography sessions  throughout the entire workshop including star-tracking instruction
  • Dedicated post-processing astrophotography sessions
  • Access to Dan Zafra’s full  Capture the Milky Way Course  (valued at $299)
  • Access to the recorded material during the expedition.
  • Access to David Aguilar’s  Moody Landscapes course


  • Transportation (including flights) to Bandon and Brookings
  • Transportation during the trip (we will arrange carpools when traveling to different locations)
  • Private room – Extra $400 USD (*Subject to availability)
  • Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs)
  • Personal expenses, tips, and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section

Tall sea stacks on the coast of Oregon during dramatic conditions

What Will I Learn During This Oregon Coast Photo Workshop?

This workshop is mainly focused on night and Milky Way photography. However, we will also photograph landscapes during the blue and golden hours, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about landscape astrophotography.

What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.

Photography basics

  • Getting comfortable shooting different types of landscapes and photos in manual mode
  • Adjusting the best camera settings in each situation
  • Familiarizing yourself with the basics of night and Milky Way photography
  • Enhancing your compositions with the best techniques 
  • Designing your own shooting workflow to be more effective in the field 
  • Photographing daytime and night panoramas

Advanced photography techniques

  • Creating powerful compositions that tell a story and engage the viewer
  • Building a connection between your photography and your vision
  • Becoming a master of light : learn how to enhance it and keep it under control
  • Advanced night & Milky Way photography techniques like stacking, tracking and panoramas
  • Advanced bracketing and exposure blending to capture the best dynamic range
  • Using wide-angle distortion and focal length blending to create powerful images
  • Focus stacking to capture tack-sharp images with interesting foregrounds

Post-processing techniques

Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with our included tutorials are:

  • How to start using Lightroom and Photoshop (all the basics)
  • Preparing your images in Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw to start on the right foot
  • Stitching panoramas using different software like Lightroom, Photoshop, or PTGui Pro
  • Stacking night images using Starry Landscape Stacker or Sequator
  • Reducing the noise in your night images using Topaz Denoise AI
  • All types of Blendings (exposure, focal length, focus, etc.)
  • Light shaping and Dodge & Burn in your landscape images
  • Advanced Milky Way techniques like star reduction, structure, natural colors, etc.

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Your instructors on this Oregon Coast photo tour

Daniel Gomez  will be the  tour   leader  of this Oregon workshop and he will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, composition, and post-processing for both day and night images.

Daniel is an Oregon-based landscape astrophotographer who has explored and led astrophotography workshops on the Oregon coast over the last few years. He is very knowledgeable, not only about the most well-known locations but also about the best hidden gems where you most likely won’t see other people or photographers.

Daniel has been taking photos for the last 9 years. He’s an expert in the main subjects that you’ll be photographing on this trip, and he can also help you with other topics like star trails and timelapse.

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John Byrn  will be the  co-leader  of this Oregon workshop. He has a background in photographing many different subjects and specializes in astrophotography, focusing on strong compositions captured during the best moments of light and atmosphere.

John is based in the Pacific Northwest and has been taking photos over the last decade.  He has explored and led photo tours in Washington and Oregon, and he’s an expert on the Oregon Coast and the main subjects that you’ll be photographing on this trip.

He will guide you in finding great compositions and help you with your night photography, from the basics to advanced techniques like star-tracking.

What to bring to our Oregon Coast Photo Tour?

Below is a summary of things you might need:


  • A mirrorless or DSLR camera
  • A sturdy tripod and a remote shutter
  • A wide-angle lens , such as 14-24 mm
  • A medium zoom lens , such as 24-70 mm
  • A telephoto lens , like a 70-200 mm lens
  • A camera bag to transport all your equipment
  • A headlamp for the night shoots
  • Glow-in-the-dark tape for your tripod
  • A laptop for the post-processing sessions
  • A lens warmer to avoid fogged lenses on humid nights
  • A star-tracker
  • A laser for doing the polar alignment
  • 20 mm f/1.8, 24 mm f/1.4, 28 mm f/1.4, 35 mm f/1.8, 40 mm f/1.4, 50 mm f/1.8
*This Oregon astrophotography workshop focuses on Milky Way nightscapes and not on deep-sky imaging. However, you can bring a telephoto/telescope and take your own deep-sky photos if you like.

Person standing on a rock in the beach taking a photo

  • A system of layers to wear during the day and night (base layer, insulation layer, windproof layer, and a waterproof layer on top)
  • A good pair of breathable boots (to protect your feet and ankles while hiking on sandy/rocky terrain)
  • Thermal pants , rain/waterproof pants, gloves, beanie, and a neck gaiter/scarf for the night photography sessions
  • A pair of rain boots or  hip waders  for the sessions near the water.


If you are traveling from outside the US, you may need a specific travel visa or an electronic travel authorization (ESTA) depending on your country of origin.

We can help you with this process.


  • Table Rock Motel : This accommodation is located atop Beach Loop Bluff in beautiful Bandon, just a few steps away from endless miles of sandy beaches and stunning rock formations.
  • Westward Inn : This hotel is located at the heart of Brookings and close to plenty of restaurants and services. This location is at the doorstep of some of the best photography spots on the Oregon Coast.

Table Rock Motel double room


There are two options for flights to Oregon.  PDX is an international airport where most air traffic comes through, and it’s 4.5 hrs away from Bandon, Oregon.  If you can find a flight to the Eugene Airport in Eugene, OR, it’s only 2.5 hrs away from Bandon, Oregon.

Airline ticket prices will depend on the airport you are flying from. We recommend this article to find the best flights to Oregon from your current location.


Transportation will not be included.  We will only be driving on paved roads with occasional gravel pullouts to park along the coast.  A small sedan or SUV with all-wheel drive will be perfect for the Oregon Coast roads.

When traveling to different locations on the tour, we will try to carpool as often as possible. Some parking areas are small, and we would like to minimize our impact on the land and ecosystem as much as possible.

Welcome to Oregon sign by the side of the road in a forest

Meals are not included. Most days, we will have a big lunch or dinner once a day in a local restaurant. We will try to eat snacks/picnic during lunch to maximize the photoshoot time.

There are plenty of grocery and meal options in both Bandon and Brookings, Oregon.  The coast is known for great seafood options and delicious local diners.

Entrance Fees

All the locations and state parks we’ll visit during this Oregon Coast photography tour are free to visit, so no entrance fees are required.

What makes this Oregon Coast Photo Tour unique?

Unforgettable, frequent questions about our oregon coast photo tour, what level should i be to attend this photo tour to the oregon coast.

Whether you are experienced or just starting out in photography, you are welcome, and I am convinced that you will progress quickly. Together, we will send you home with a thorough knowledge of many photography areas from the basics to multiple advanced techniques.

What physical shape do I need to be in?

Most shooting locations on the Oregon Coast will only require short walks where we can stroll on flat sandy beaches.  There are a few that will be up to one mile and up to 300 feet in elevation gain.

Some locations constantly change depending on the weather, and often require some scouting and longer walks, so we recommend being in good physical shape to fully enjoy this experience.

Am I too young/old for this Death Valley photo tour?

There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph the Southern Oregon Coast.

Can I bring my drone?

Capture the Atlas is drone friendly. However, drones are not allowed in some Oregon State Parks we’ll visit.  Each state park determines whether drones are allowed, and will clearly indicate this with signage.

Daniel Gomez is a licensed drone pilot and can help you with your drone photography.

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The Oregon Coast is one of the most renowned stretches of coastline in the world for good reason.

Here you will explore and photograph endless wild beaches with rugged cliffs, photogenic sea stacks, and historical landmarks.

At night, the best natural show starts when dark starry skies offer a superb opportunity to photograph our Milky Way with minimal to zero light pollution.

Be ready to take your astrophotography to a whole new level on one of the most photogenic coastlines in the world!

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Springtime on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

    May 15 - 21, 2021

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Pounding Surf, Rugged Sea Coast, Stunning Landscapes and Awesome Sunsets

Photography Tour Leader : William Manning • Includes Airport pickup and drop off at Portland International, ground transportation during tour, lodging, park fees, instruction and leader fees. • After our time together on location, you receive 3 one hour sessions of one on one mentoring via Zoom, for up to 90 days after workshop.   These sessions are designed to help you understand your work. Your photography will direct our discussions and attend to your creative    needs. • Devoted to helping you see creatively in the field. We'll discuss use of filters, choosing the right lens for the subject, making the right    creative decisions, when to consider bracketing for HDR, and visualizing the finished photo with your processing knowledge. Classroom    sessions and/or one on one instruction will help you grow your processing skills. We'll look at basic processing to more advanced processing    using luminosity masks and a variety of filters and Photoshop actions. Image critiques will help you understand what you're doing right and    how to improve on your future work. • William has over 30 years experience, friendly, approachable and always there with you. • Our Destination Photography Mentorship locations are well scouted, planned and rewarding.

Photography Tour Fee: $3100 Tour is Limited to: 6 participants Skill Level: All skill levels                Fitness Level:   Easy to moderate- short hikes of less than 1.5 miles. Moderate rating only because one location is on a sand dune. Airport arrival and departure times at Portland International:   Arrival no later than 1 pm, departure no  earlier than 2 pm. Special Note: Transportation is included in this tour because of the many locations we will photograph along a long stretch of coastline. If for any reason you are uncomfortable with sharing transportation please let me know and I will deduct transportation cost from your final payment.

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The Oregon Coast is an Incredible Photo Journey Discover just how good your photography can be.

The Oregon coast stretches 363 miles and runs from the Columbia River to the California border. It is considered by many to be the most scenic seashore in the lower 48 states. This coastline is an inspiring landscape abundant with wild and beautiful subjects from ancient old growth forests, sand dunes, tide pools, lighthouses, roaring wave action and graphic landscapes. There is no shortage of places to explore. Natural and made-made communities along this Pacific coast need the sea for survival and both offer a colorful and ever changing environment for us to enjoy on this beautiful coastal photo tour.

Your Oregon Coast Photography Mentorship Program begins on Saturday afternoon after everyone is picked up from the Portland airport. Each day, carefully planned locations await you for both a fun and rewarding photography experience. We rise early for sunrise or simply to catch the warm morning spreading its rays across the landscape and end our days as the sun lowers itself below the Pacific horizon.

Tour schedule. The Oregon coast is a long stretch of coastline, at 363 miles it would be impossible to photograph the diversity found along this awesome stretch of the Pacific coast by positioning ourselves at one hotel location. For this reason, your photo tour is designed around three different overnight accommodations. Our first two nights will be spent in Lincoln City, Oregon  giving us the opportunity to photograph the northern locations along the coast. Our  third and fourth overnight will take place in Florence  and  fifth and sixth nights in Bandon .

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May 15 - 21, 2021

Tour / Workshop Cost: $3100.   Deposit:  $250. Airport Arrival and Departure:  Portland International Airport is the best airport to arrange both arrival and  departure. Participants:  Min 3 - Max 8

What's Included: • Lodging (Price is based on shared room) • Airport pickup and drop off • Ground transportation during tour • Park Entrance Fees • Photographer / Guide • Photo Critiques and Instruction • 3 Critiques for up to 90 days after workshop • Small Group Size

Not Included: • Air transportation • Meals • Alcohol  • Tips and Gratuities • Single Room Supplement (add: $600.)

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Photography Tour Policies

I. Reservations

A deposit and a completed registration form will reserve a place for you on a William Manning / Nature's Light Photo Tour. Payment can be made by via PayPal or personal check, cashiers check or money order. Payment in full is due 90 days prior to departure date unless otherwise noted.

II. Payment / Refund Policies

a . Tour fee: Please see individual tour see what is included in each tour as this may vary.  

b.  A  $250 deposit  is required at time of registration for  domestic tours . The balance is to be paid in full 90 days prior photo tour date. If registration takes place less than 2 months of tour date then payment in full will be required.

c.  A  $500 deposit  is required at time of registration for  international tours . The balance is to be paid in full 90 days prior photo tour date. If registration takes place less than 2 months of tour date then payment in full will be required.

d.  Cancellation Policy:  Deposit and balance paid will be refunded minus $100 (administration fees) if cancellation is made 90 days prior to tour date . A refund of 70% paid if cancellation is made in writing between 60-89 days before tour date. A refund of 50% paid if cancellation is made between 30-59 days before tour date. No refunds can be made if cancellation is made less than 29 days before tour date. William Manning Photography  HIGHLY RECOMMENDS travel insurance  to cover your investment in case of emergencies or other unforeseen need to cancel within the cancellation period.

I. Rule Number One, Two, and Three

Safety, safety and safety. My number one priority is to make sure my participants return home the same way they came with the exception of a lot more knowledge. Photography tours are about learning, meeting awesome people, and having fun in a beautiful and creative environment. We ask all participants to refrain from vulgar language and political discussions. I wish to keep a positive and enjoyable experience for all. Participants should know how to laugh, ask questions and simply have fun. We enjoy having all levels of photographers from beginners to professional. Laptops are not mandatory but will allow participants the opportunity 
to edit, and allow feedback from tour leader. 

II. Tour Itinerary

The following is a general itinerary but may vary from day to day and from tour to tour. Our  first day  is typically a meet and greet time along with a short introduction,  Second day and thereafter  – Photograph on location in early morning light and shoot throughout the morning hours. Break for brunch or lunch as a group and depending on time of year we may take a brief afternoon break. Group feedback is a wonderful way to learn and share. I strongly encourage participants to get involved in group discussions. Growth as a photographer and artist comes from listening to opinions from various points of view. We will return to the field for late afternoon light into the evening hours. The last morning we’ll end our workshop with a group breakfast and make our way back to airport and arrive around 12 noon unless otherwise stated in tour itinerary. 

I love to teach and watch my participants grow as photographers throughout our time together. I am a people person, I find each individual is unique and I truly enjoy building friendships with my participants. Please come with plans to have a good time and enjoy the company of others who share their passion for photography as you do. 

III. Transportation

Beginning in 2020, I will be providing ground transportation on most programs. I have decided this is truly the best way to maximize our shooting opportunities. There's always an itinerary but also times when we may come upon an awesome photo opportunity not on our itinerary. Traveling in a convey of multiple vehicles doesn't allow us the freedom to stop. Leave the driving to me or one of my leaders and sit back and enjoy the company of your fellow photographers. 


We recommend you purchase travel insurance in case you must cancel due to illness, injury, accident, family or work related issues, etc. The company we recommend is Travel Guard (www.travelguard.com).


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Photographing the Oregon Coast: Your Ultimate Guide

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Photography gear to pack, safety considerations, ecola state park, cannon beach, devil's punchbowl, yaquina head outstanding natural area, cape perpetua, heceta head lighthouse, oregon dunes, shore acres state park, bandon beach, samuel h. boardman scenic corridor.

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From the stunning rock formations of Cannon Beach to the majestic views along the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, the Oregon coast is a paradise for nature photographers looking for an endless array of opportunities for capturing breathtaking photos.

Whether you're more of a forest flora type or see yourself as a sealife scene seeker, the Oregon coast offers something for shutterbugs of all types!

The coastal climate is known for its unpredictable nature, with the possibility of experiencing sunshine, rain, and gusty winds all within one day – sometimes within the same hour!

Layering is essential to stay warm, dry, and comfortable during your adventure.

Start with moisture-wicking base layers to keep you dry, followed by insulating mid-layers like fleece or lightweight down jackets for warmth. Finish with a waterproof and windproof outer shell to protect you from the elements. 

Clothing checklist:

  • a sturdy pair of waterproof hiking
  • boots with good traction
  • rubber boots if you plan to be on the shoreline
  • a set of warm gloves
  • an extra pair of socks

We list a few of our top recommendations for rain gear, boots and other clothes for outdoor photographers in this gift guide (which makes a handy wishlist if anyone asks you what you want for a birthday or holiday!)

Rocks on the sand at low tide during a pink sunset at bandon beach

Photo: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock

Consider both what you want to photograph – whether landscapes or wildlife – and the Oregon coast's ever-changing weather when deciding how to pack.

The diverse landscapes and unpredictable weather conditions require a versatile and reliable gear set-up to help you capture the coastline in all its glory.

Camera and lenses

First and foremost, pack a camera with a weather-sealed body to withstand the coastal mist, rain, and sand.

A versatile zoom lens, such as a 24-70mm or 24-105mm, will be your go-to for capturing sweeping landscapes, while a telephoto lens (e.g., 70-200mm) will come in handy for photographing wildlife from a distance.

Remember to pack a wide-angle lens to emphasize the vastness of the coastal scenes or capture the unique rock formations you'll find up and down the Oregon coast.

Must-Have Accessories

A sturdy, lightweight tripod is essential for long exposure shots, particularly when capturing the motion of waves or creating ethereal images of the shore during sunrise or sunset.

Protecting your gear is crucial in the coastal environment, so invest in a waterproof and sand-resistant camera bag or backpack to keep everything safe and organized.

It's also a good idea to bring along a rain cover for your camera and lens and a microfiber cloth to wipe off any moisture or sand that may accumulate while shooting.

Pack additional essential accessories such as:

  • extra batteries
  • memory cards
  • lens filters
  • a remote shutter release or intervalometer for those perfectly timed shots

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Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

The famed Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon at sunrise. The bridge has been guiding travelers over the bay since 1936. 

From slippery rocks to unpredictable waves, the coast can sometimes feel like an obstacle course for photographers.

To navigate safely, consider these tips:

  • Sneaker waves are notorious for their sudden surge, catching even the most experienced explorers off guard.
  • Always keep an eye on the water and maintain a safe distance from the water's edge.
  • Stay informed about the weather and tide schedules to avoid getting caught off-guard by rising waters or sudden storms.
  • Equip yourself with sturdy footwear and take extra caution when navigating uneven terrain.
  • Carry a whistle, phone, or radio for communication in emergencies.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife.

By staying vigilant and respecting the capricious nature of the coast, you'll safely capture the breathtaking moments that make this portion of the Pacific Northwest a photographer's paradise.

Our 10 favorite locations to photograph on the Oregon Coast

When it comes to Oregon coast photography, it's tough to choose our favorites.

Over the entire Oregon coast, from Cannon Beach along the north coast to the southern coast traveling along the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, photo locations abound along the entire coastline.

In the more isolated areas, you're free from light pollution and able to get great photos — maybe even your best photos! Read on to learn more about some of the most beautiful places and stellar photo spots on the West Coast.

Let's start at the north Oregon coast. Picture heading south from Washington state, crossing the gorgeous Astoria-Megler Bridge. In just about a 30-minute drive, you'll find yourself at the first of the locations on the Oregon Coast – Ecola State Park.

The beach at ecola state park on the oregon coast during an autumn sunset

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The beach at Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast during autumn .

Panoramic coastal views, seabirds, tidepools, whale watching, forest hikes, lighthouse views

Why we love it:

Discover the captivating beauty of Ecola State Park, where rugged cliffs embrace the ocean, creating a symphony of nature that beckons photographers to capture its breathtaking moments.

This coastal wonderland, home to diverse wildlife, including deer, elk, eagles, and even migrating whales in the distance, is also a treasure trove of flora, with towering trees and vibrant wildflowers painting the canvas of the forest floor.

The stunning viewpoints, such as the iconic Indian Beach and Crescent Beach, offer spectacular coastline panoramas, providing endless opportunities for awe-inspiring shots.  

Photo tips & ideas:

  • Explore the secluded Crescent Beach, accessible via a hiking trail from Ecola Point. This picturesque cove offers a serene setting for nature photography, with its sandy beach, tide pools, and rocky outcroppings.
  • Hike along the park's scenic trails, such as the Clatsop Loop Trail or the Tillamook Head Trail, and capture the beauty of the coastal rainforest, complete with moss-covered trees, ferns, and babbling creeks.
  • Take in the sweeping vistas of the coastline from various viewpoints in Ecola State Park, such as Ecola Point or Indian Beach. These locations offer stunning views of the surrounding coastal landscape.
  • Capture images of the historic Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, also known as Terrible Tilly, perched on an isolated rock formation off the coast. This lighthouse adds a touch of intrigue and history to your coastal photography.

Cannon beach at sunset with rocks scattered across the sand

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Haystack Rock and the Needles are popular rock formations at Cannon Beach.

Landscape photography, sea stacks, tide pools, seabirds (including puffins!)

Immediately south is Cannon Beach, a coastal haven where sandy shores meet lush forests, creating a rich tapestry of colors and textures.

This enchanting landscape offers endless opportunities for photographers to capture the breathtaking coastline, including fascinating sea stacks, tide pools, and dramatic cliffs.

To truly capture the essence of Cannon Beach, make sure to check out Haystack Rock.

This monolithic sea stack stands guard over the shoreline. Stick around until after the sunset to capture photographs of the night sky, as this location is one of the best spots on the Oregon coast to see the Milky Way !  

  • At 235 feet tall, Haystack Rock dominates the shoreline of Cannon Beach. Experiment with different angles and perspectives to highlight its unique shape and grandeur, especially during sunrise or sunset when the light casts a warm glow on the rock.
  • Document the trio of smaller sea stacks known as The Needles. These geological features create captivating silhouettes and provide excellent subjects for both wide-angle and long-exposure photography.
  • Head to the tide pools around Haystack Rock during low tide. Photograph the fascinating marine life that makes these miniature ecosystems home.
  • Focus on the diverse wildlife that inhabits Cannon Beach, including seabirds such as the beloved tufted puffins nesting on Haystack Rock and the playful harbor seals frolicking in the waves. Use a telephoto lens to capture close-up portraits without disturbing the animals.

Devil's punchbowl rock formation with ocean waves flooding the cavern

The Devil's Punchbowl was formed when two sea caves collapsed.

Geological formations, dramatic coastline, tide pools, ocean waves

As you head south, you'll pass through Cape Kiwanda State Park (definitely worth popping off Highway 101 for), then Pacific City and Lincoln City, before reaching our next stop: Devil's Punchbowl.

The centerpiece of Devil's Punchbowl is an awe-inspiring geological formation, a large bowl-shaped cavity carved by the relentless force of the ocean. This natural amphitheater creates a dynamic and visually captivating subject for your photographs.

The area also has a rich array of flora, from windswept coastal grasses to colorful wildflowers. In contrast, coastal trees provide shelter for diverse wildlife. The rocky shoreline teems with marine life, offering endless opportunities to capture intimate portraits of coastal inhabitants.  

  • Check out the awe-inspiring Devil's Punchbowl itself, a large bowl-shaped cavity you can shoot from above or within. The natural amphitheater and surrounding rugged cliffs provide a visually captivating backdrop for your photos.
  • Capture the dynamic movement of the ocean as waves crash against the rocky shore and cascade into the punchbowl. Experiment with different shutter speeds to freeze the action or create a sense of motion in your photographs.
  • Get a unique view of the area during low tide, when the rocky intertidal zone reveals its often hidden inhabitants, like colorful sea stars, anemones, and crabs.
  • Photograph the dramatic coastline during sunrise or sunset, where the interplay of light and shadow creates stunning contrasts and adds depth to your images.

Oregon's yaquina head lighthouse on the cliff above a stormy ocean

The iconic lighthouse at Yaquina Head was first lit in 1873, and stands 93 feet tall. 

Landscape photography, sea birds, raptors, whale watching, tidepool photography, surf photography, lighthouse photography

It should come as no surprise the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is, well, outstanding! This remarkable destination along the central Oregon Coast offers visitors a diverse array of natural and cultural experiences.

Its most notable feature, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, stands majestically as the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, serving as both a historical landmark and an active aid to navigation.

Rivaling the lighthouse as the top feature is Cobble Beach which leads out to rich marine life seen in the tide pools during low tide.

And, what the heck, why not top it all off with epic views of gray whale migration!  

  • Explore the unique Cobble Beach, characterized by its round basalt rocks that create a distinct sound as the waves roll in and out. Capture these fascinating stones, contrasting them with the movement of the ocean.
  • Capture images of the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Standing majestically on a basalt headland, the lighthouse was first lit in 1873 and continues to serve as an active navigational aid for vessels along the Pacific coast. The lighthouse is also a great place to get an eye-level view of the impressive colony of nesting common murres who take over the rocks in spring and summer. You'll also likely see Brandt's cormorants, pelagic cormorants, black oystercatchers, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and more!
  • Photograph the breathtaking coastline of dramatic cliffs, rocky shores, and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Climb to the top of the Lighthouse or walk to easily accessible nearby viewpoints to capture panoramic shots of the stunning sea- and landscapes.
  • Document the area's rich flora, from coastal grasses and vibrant wildflowers to hardy shrubs and trees that thrive in the harsh coastal environment. Look for interesting textures, patterns, and colors in the vegetation to create visually engaging compositions.

Thor's well on the oregon coast with ocean waves rushing into the rocks

Photo: Lijuan Guo/Shutterstock

Thor's Well is a highly dangerous location for anyone unfamiliar with tides, swells and the surprising power of small waves. Many photographers have lost gear and been injured here. Use caution, photograph with ocean-savvy buddies, and never turn your back on the water.

Landscape photography, sea birds, tidepools, intense ocean waves

After crossing the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge, you'll travel about 40 miles south. There you'll find Cape Perpetua.

From the intensity created by the collision of the ocean with the land to the vibrancy of color found in the marine life that thrives in the tidepools to the pristine forests and peaceful streams, Cape Perpetua boasts some of the most unique combinations of nature in the region.

One of our favorite times to visit is at sunset. Set up your tripod to prepare to capture the rich hues of orange, red, and pink that transform the sky into a work of art. Rich with dynamic and fascinating beauty, Cape Perpetua is sure to inspire.  

  • Capture dramatic features like Thor's Well, a natural sinkhole that appears to swallow the ocean during high tide; Spouting Horn, a blowhole that shoots seawater into the air when waves crash into the rocky shore; and Devil's Churn, a narrow inlet where waves collide with the basalt shoreline, creating dramatic splashes and powerful whirlpools. Experiment with different shutter speeds to create unique images showcasing the power and beauty of these natural phenomena.
  • Explore the tide pools during low tide and photograph the marine life in these tiny but mighty ecosystems. Look for colorful sea stars, anemones, crabs, and other creatures, using a macro lens to highlight their intricate details and vibrant colors.
  • Visit Cape Perpetua Overlook, the highest point accessible by car on the Oregon coast, to capture panoramic views of the coastline and the surrounding forests of towering Sitka spruces and other coastal trees. It's a landscape photographer's dream.
  • Experiment with long-exposure techniques to capture the movement of the ocean swells, creating a smooth, ethereal effect that contrasts with the rugged coastline.

Oregon's heceta head lighthouse shining over the ocean at sunrise

Standing 56 feet tall, Heceta Head lighthouse was first lit in 1894. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Oregon coast. 

Landscape photography, seabirds, lighthouse photography, sea lions, forest hiking

Just a 30-minute drive from Cape Perpetua, you'll find Heceta Head Lighthouse perched high above the rugged Oregon coast, where steep cliffs give way to serene stretches of sand and crashing waves. The area boasts lush coastal forests, teeming with the vibrant flora of ferns and delicate wildflowers.

In addition to its captivating landscapes, Heceta Head is home to abundant wildlife. Seabirds such as cormorants, gulls, and common murres can be spotted nesting on the nearby cliffs, while sea lions frolic in the waters below. The surrounding forests provide refuge for deer and other woodland creatures, adding to the area's rich biodiversity.  

  • Capture the picturesque Heceta Head Lighthouse, perched atop a dramatic cliff. While sunrise or sunset shots are always a sure thing, why not take advantage of the remote location and dark skies to capture stunning nightscapes?
  • Hike to the top of Heceta Head or check out nearby viewpoints to catch panoramic shots of the stunning landscape, encompassing the lighthouse, coastline, and ocean.
  • Discover the enchanting Hobbit Trail, a winding path through the dense coastal forest that leads to a secluded beach. Capture the magical atmosphere of this lush, moss-covered environment and the hidden beach it reveals.
  • Explore the beautiful Devil's Elbow Beach, located at the base of Heceta Head. Capture the contrast between the dramatic skies, rocky outcroppings, and tumbling waves, creating dynamic compositions that showcase the diverse coastal landscape.

Grasses on sand dunes blow in the wind at sunset

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The Oregon Dunes provides a plethora of lines, curves, textures and contrasting colors.

Sand dunes, sunrise and sunset views, recreation, ecosystem variation, hiking trails

As we make our way farther south, the next spot for unique Oregon Coast photos we'll come to is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Boasting an extraordinary landscape characterized by towering sand dunes that stretch for miles, the area has a surreal, otherworldly atmosphere.

These ever-changing dunes are interspersed with serene coastal forests, wetlands, and estuaries, providing photographers with a rich tapestry of visual inspiration.

The area is teeming with flora and fauna, including various bird species, such as the snowy plover, which relies on the dunes for nesting and breeding. At the same time, the coastal forests provide a sanctuary for deer, bears, owls, and other woodland wildlife.

Efforts to protect delicate habitats, restore native vegetation, and manage invasive species can be captured through photography, helping to raise awareness about the importance of protecting this unique ecosystem.  

  • Capture the vast expanse of rolling sand dunes stretching 40 miles along the coast. Watch for interesting patterns and textures created by the wind-sculpted sand. Use a wide-angle lens to capture the vast expanse of the dunes.
  • Photograph the breathtaking colors and dramatic shadows on the dunes during sunrise or sunset. These golden hours provide the perfect lighting conditions to accentuate the contours and contrasts of the sand dunes.
  • Document the diverse coastal environments within the recreation area, capturing the area's unique flora, such as coastal grasses, wildflowers, and hardy shrubs that thrive in the harsh dune environment.
  • Hike atop the dunes to capture panoramic shots of the sweeping landscape encompassing the dunes, coastline, and surrounding forests.

Huge ocean waves crash on the cliffs at shore acres state park in oregon

Photo: Manuela Durson/Shutterstock

The drama that unfolds at Shore Acres during a big swell is an experience not to be missed!

Landscape photography, formal gardens, secluded coves, dramatic waves

Just south of Coos Bay is Shore Acres State Park, a fascinating juxtaposition of natural landscapes with formal gardens, offering visitors a diverse experience in a single location.

The natural environment features dramatic cliffs, rocky shores, and secluded coves that epitomize the rugged beauty of the Oregon coast.

In contrast, the formal gardens showcase meticulously maintained landscapes with vibrant flowers, lush green lawns, and tranquil ponds, providing a serene and idyllic setting for leisurely exploration.

This unique variation between the wild coastal landscape and the manicured gardens makes Shore Acres State Park a captivating destination. And, while you're there, make sure to check out Cape Arago State Park, just a few minutes away.  

  • Discover stunning compositions at the picturesque Simpson Beach, a secluded cove nestled below the park's cliffs. Capture the contrast between the sandy shoreline, rugged rocks, and roaring surf, creating dynamic compositions that showcase the diverse coastal landscape.
  • Document the area's rich flora, from the vibrant blooms in the formal gardens to the thriving hardy coastal shrubs and trees.
  • Hike along the cliffs to capture panoramic shots of the stunning landscape, encompassing the gardens, shoreline, and secluded coves.
  • Visit during stormy weather (while keeping safety in mind!) to capture the dramatic waves crashing against the cliffs and rocky coastline during huge swells. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and showcase the power of the ocean.

Rock formations at bandon beach in oregon at sunset with a low tide

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Millennia of erosion have turned Bandon Beach into a landscape photographers' playground.

Landscape photography, sea stacks, nesting seabirds, tide pools, rugged coastline

With its breathtaking seascapes and diverse ecosystems, Bandon Beach offers a spectacular canvas of unique geological features and a variety of flora and fauna.

Its dramatic sea stacks rising majestically from the shoreline create a striking visual contrast against the crashing waves, while the beach's vast stretches of sand are adorned with intricate patterns sculpted by the wind and tide.

The area is also home to a rich array of coastal grasses and vibrant wildflowers, as well as hardy shrubs and trees. Embrace the enchanting beauty of Bandon Beach, and let your lens tell the story of this coastal paradise.  

  • Capture Face Rock, a sea stack resembling a human face, Wizard's Hat, a cone-shaped rock formation, and other formations that line Bandon Beach. Experiment with different angles and perspectives to emphasize their unique shapes and textures.
  • Walk on the Bandon Boardwalk to capture panoramic shots of the stunning coastline, sea stacks, and the ocean.
  • Visit the nearby Coquille River Lighthouse, situated at the mouth of the Coquille River, and capture its historic charm and architectural beauty against the backdrop of the ocean and surrounding landscape.
  • Photograph the wide stretches of sandy beaches, tide pools, and dramatic cliffs. Allow the interplay of light and shadow at different points of the day to create visual curiosity within your images.

Sunset over rock formations on the rugged oregon coastline

Photo: Michal Balada/Shutterstock

Plan to spend a few days exploring the dramatic vistas along this stretch of the coast.

Landscape photography, sea birds, geological features, secluded beaches, panoramic viewpoints

At long last, we reach the 12 miles of highway between Brookings and Gold Beach, the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, which stands out as one of the most stunning routes in the US.

This rugged panorama offers photographers an unrivaled opportunity to visit numerous Oregon Coast photography locations to capture the majestic beauty of the coastal Pacific Northwest.

From the breathtaking coastline and its secluded beaches to mesmerizing geological features characterized by natural arches, dramatic crags and cliffs, and sea stacks to the western gull, bald eagle, and common murres that call the area home, the Boardman Scenic Area is truly a sight to behold!

  • Capture the stunning Arch Rock , a natural rock formation carved by the ocean waves. Frame your shot to include the surrounding coastline or focus on the arch itself, highlighting its unique shape.
  • Document the numerous sea stacks (such as the one at Whaleshead Beach!), unique rock formations, natural bridges, and small islands that dot the shoreline. These geological features create captivating silhouettes and provide fascinating subjects for long-exposure photography.
  • Be sure to check out the hidden gem of Secret Beach, with its picturesque cove, cascading waterfall, and tide pools teeming with marine life. This secluded spot offers an idyllic setting to snap an Oregon Coast photo or two.
  • Hike the Indian Sands Trail (a challenging but relatively short trail) or hike to various viewpoints along the scenic corridor, such as the Thomas Creek Bridge or Cape Ferrelo, and on sunny days capture panoramic views of the coastline, ocean, and surrounding forests.

Final notes before you hit the road!

The Oregon Coast offers photographers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in a diverse array of breathtaking environments.

As you venture along this captivating coastline, remember to dress appropriately for the unpredictable weather, pack versatile gear to capture the ever-changing scenes, and most importantly, take the time to truly appreciate the natural wonders surrounding you.

By embracing the challenges and rewards of nature photography on the Oregon Coast, you'll walk away with stunning images and unforgettable memories of your journey through the Pacific Northwest's most picturesque destinations.


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Oregon is blessed with a wealth of spectacular natural features, and the coast in particular offers the traveler and photographer plenty of opportunities for whatever time they have to spend. Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline includes a diverse landscape of beaches, sand dunes, rocky cliffs, forested headlands, hidden coves, sheltering bays, and river estuaries. Sea stacks, tide pools, wildlife, and lighthouses are also among the favored subjects for photography. Small cities and little towns are dots on a map connected by US Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, which runs the length of the Oregon coast.

This guide covers the entire Oregon coast, from the Columbia River in the north to the California border in the south. Included are all the major locations of interest to photographers, and many lesser known sites with great photo potential.

While there are some remote stretches of wild coast in Oregon, the vast majority of locations of interest to photographers are easily accessible from Highway 101 via numerous state parks, waysides and trails. Oregonians are fiercely protective of the state’s natural resources, and years ago passed a law guaranteeing public access to all beaches. You may not cross private property to get to the beach, but once on the beach you’re okay right up to the vegetation line.

When photographing anywhere on the Oregon coast, it is extremely important that you are always mindful of “sneaker waves”, surf, and tides. Be vigilant and never turn your back to the ocean.

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There are fantastic photo opportunities all along the Oregon coast and it’s a bit of a challenge to name a few as favorites. When people ask what I recommend most, I take into consideration time of year, weather, and how many days are planned for a photo trip.These are the locations I tell people not to miss:

Northern Coast:

- Ecola State Park

- Cape Kiwanda

Central Coast:

- Cape Perpetua

- Oregon Dunes NRA (Umpqua Dunes section)

Southern Coast:

- Sunset Bay-Shore Acres-Cape Arago trio of state parks

- Bandon Beach

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A good tip is to plan your itinerary for a north to south route along Highway 101 as almost all of the sites you want to visit will be an easy right turn. Ideally make advance reservations for lodging or campgrounds, especially in summer and on holiday weekends.

Great photographs can be made at any time of year on the Oregon coast, but plan your visit with the seasonal weather in mind. Summer sees the most visitors, but this is not the best time for great sunsets. When temperatures reach the 90s in Portland and the Willamette Valley, a fog bank frequently sits offshore and the sun will just drop into the gray without putting on much of a show for the cameras.

Winters are mild, with snow and freezing temperatures rare, but storms with high winds and heavy rain are frequent (great for storm watching!) Dramatic skies and surf afterwards make great images; winter sunsets can be epic.

Late spring and early fall bring what most people consider the best weather -blue skies, passing clouds and sunshine, comfortable temperatures and a lack of heavy rain. Spring wildflowers abound in grassy meadows and headlands and with autumn rains mushrooms pop up on the forest floor. These seasons are also best for photographing coastal seabirds and wildlife.

In any season, bring a long-sleeve fleece shirt and a water-repellant windbreaker. Footwear should include shoes or sandals for standing in water between waves or crossing coastal creeks, or bring knee-high rubber boots. If you are planning to visit the estuaries, marshes or dunes, you’ll need mosquito repellant. Sunscreen is also highly recommended.

Some sites require a parking or day use permit. On-site kiosks are available for daily permits, or you can invest in an annual Oregon State Parks permit. The multi-agency Oregon Coast Passport. Federal “America the Beautiful” access passes are good for entry and day use at all US Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites. If you camp at an Oregon State Park, your daily permit includes day use for any other state park, wayside or viewpoint that is posted as requiring a fee – just put your campground permit on your vehicle dashboard.

Parking areas listed in this guide are quite safe, but take usual precautions and make sure anything of value left in the car is hidden from sight.

Mobile phone service on the Oregon coast is very good, with the exception of a few areas, mostly on the central and southern parts of the coast. This being Oregon, good coffee and microbrew beer are available just about everywhere!

Please be mindful of your impact on the environment, flora, and the fauna in your photographic endeavors. If photographing tide pools and inter-tidal areas, avoid walking on mussel beds, and don’t move starfish for the benefit your composition. Most rock formations, larger sea stack, headlands and cliff areas are important nesting and roosting sites for seabirds, and climbing on them is prohibited. On the central coast, you may find seasonal closures to beaches to protect the nests of the snowy plovers. If you are lucky to happen upon a young seal pup on the beach, enjoy the experience but don’t get close even if you think the pup needs help - a mother may abandon her pup if she senses human involvement. Remember no photograph is worth jeopardizing the wellbeing of wildlife or causing damage to a sensitive environment.

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- Oregon Coast Shorebird Festival – September. fws.gov  

- Lincoln City Kite Festivals – June and October. oregoncoast.org  

- Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest – June. cannonbeach.org  

- Shore Acres Holiday Lights – Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. shoreacres.net  

- Florence Rhododendron Festival – Late May. ci.florence.or.us  

- Finders Keepers on the Beach: Lincoln City Glass Balls - Mid-October through May 30. http://www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers/ 

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A spring photography workshop of the beautiful oregon coast and california redwoods., may 31 - june 5, 2024, the oregon coast is a wild and untamed gem in the pacific northwest, one that can surely challenge a photographer’s creativity as fog and mist are more common than epic sunsets. from grand landscapes to intimate small scenes, this workshop will have it all. i am offering a small group workshop to explore this landscape with a flexible itinerary to chase the best conditions up and down the coast. the many sea stacks and raging surf in this location offers limitless compositional possibilities. we will have the ability to cover a lot of ground and photograph the best subject matter we can find, whether it be foggy redwood forests, the milky way above the pacific ocean, or a blazing sunset over towering sea stacks on the beach., on this 6 day, 5 nights photography workshop you will be guided you to some of the best spots along the coast and also have the opportunity to explore some lesser known locations. our loose plan will be to find a great sunrise location and then stay on the move along scenic highway 101 for other interesting subject matter to photograph during the day - the goal is to find the best photography spots on the oregon coast weather will dictate where we move each day, but our three main hotel stops will be in the towns of yachats, bandon, and brookings, all scenic locations in the heart of the pacific northwest. the group size will ensure plenty of individual attention and instruction for those that attend and helping clients create beautiful images will always be priority number one. additionally, because of the weather, there can be difficult shooting conditions, but there will always be something to photograph. the goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life.     , instructors: gary randall & nicole pino                          , group size: 8 - 10 participants, included: expert instruction and in field guiding, classroom post processing sessions. single occupancy lodging (5 nights) is optional and charged at cost., not included: airfare, meals, transportation, camera gear, cost: $2950 (no lodging) / $3750 (single room lodging included), deposit: a 50% deposit is required to secure a spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to workshop..


We will meet the afternoon of Friday May 31 in the town of Yachats, Oregon. From there, we will follow Highway 101 all the way down to northern California and hit Cape Perpetua, the Samuel H. Boardman corridor, Bandon, Del Norte Redwood Forest, and plenty of places in between. Expect some back tracking and repeating of some favorite spots. Each afternoon we will check into our new hotel, grab some food, and rest up a bit before heading out for sunset. If there are clear skies, then photographing the milky way will be a possibility as well (depending on the moon cycle). In the afternoons and evenings we will also mix in post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested. The workshop will end after our sunrise session on Wednesday June 5 near Brookings, Oregon.

Useful info / physical difficulty, the sun rises at approximately 5:40am and sets at 8:40pm during this time of the year. add in driving time to and from locations and this will make for very early mornings and late nights. temperatures typically range from the 50’s to 70’s but can be colder, windy and rainy. prepare for variable weather., physical difficulty of the locations will be easy to moderate. it is important for participants to be in good physical health. while many locations will be a short distance from a parking lot, there won’t be any long hikes but there may be some short steep sections to get down to beach areas..



Participants should fly into either portland international airport (pdx) or eugene (eug). we will meet on friday may 31 in yachats, oregon which is approximately a two and a half hour drive from portland, and one hour forty-five minute drive from eugene. we will be carpooling as much as possible and this will be coordinated prior to the workshop so that not everyone may not need to rent a car. a standard mid-size rental car will be sufficient. lodging is optional on this workshop and will be included for those that choose it for the nights of may 31 - june 4, checking out on wednesday june 5., what you can expect, a wonderful week chasing light and photographing some of the most dramatic seascapes in the united states. nothing quite compares to the rugged oregon coast with its incredible scenery and always-changing weather. our small group will be nimble and able to cover a lot of ground. having a flexible travel plan gives us the opportunity to move on a whim and be in the best position to create memorable images. with the saltwater smell in the air and the sea birds chirping over head, standing on an oregon beach in the springtime is one of the best environments to learn and grow as a nature photographer. this corner of the pacific northwest is hands-down one of the most scenic places to explore and improve your landscape photography., as stated previously there will be early mornings and late evenings but the days are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. i will provide tips in the field to capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal being that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into lightroom to processing images in lightroom and photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. i am an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks he's learned to help you turn your photos into art, field & classroom instruction will include:, creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images, controlling your camera in manual mode, understanding and using the histogram, finding foregrounds, filters - when & how to use them and avoiding their pitfalls, how lens selection affects the scene, technical tricks: bracketing, focus stacking, perspective blending, understanding and using light, capturing difficult scenes (getting all the pieces in the field to put together in post processing), lightroom - importing and organizing, lightroom development tools, cleaning up images - cloning tools, warping and stretching, eliminating distractions, blending images in photoshop, dodging and burning, using layers and masks, mindful sharpening (depending on the output), image critiques.



Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts, fleece or warm jacket, shoes that can get wet, muck boots are ideal, recommended camera gear, etc, dslr & lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm). a macro lens will also useful to bring as well., camera manual, memory cards, a very sturdy tripod, cable release trigger, filters (circular polarizing filter, graduated nd filters and solid nd filters for long exposures), lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. , computer with adobe lightroom and photoshop, what's not included, meals and snacks, transportation, park entrance fees.



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Gary randall is an award winning professional photographer, artist, writer, traveler and adventure seeker who lives in the foothills of the south side of mount hood, oregon. he has been a lifelong resident of all sides of mount hood and the columbia river gorge and has spent his life exploring the outdoors. gary has been taking photos since he was about six years old when he was given a brownie hawkeye. taking photos has been a passion since. he bought his first 35mm slr, a yashica, when he joined the u.s. navy and immediately wanted to learn how to develop his own photos. he joined a camera club and started spending hours at a time in a darkroom learning new techniques from the “old guys” there that were willing to teach what they knew. it was during his stay on the little atoll in the middle of the pacific ocean, midway island during the late 1970’s that he got his first taste of the world of travel, adventure and was where he first became serious about the hobby of photography. after raising a family, he has two grown sons chris and matt, and a career change that lead back to the use of a camera, he has transitioned to photography full time. since digital photography has come into play and has developed into a high quality method, it has allowed him the ability to do many of the darkroom processing techniques that he learned in the past, plus a lot more – all with the lights on., through the last 15 years gary has been recognized for his work both for photography and volunteer work in his community. he is a licensed outfitter and guide who conducts photography tours, classes and workshops. he earned a silver medal award from the professional photographers association 2017 international photographic competition. whenever he’s not at home taking care of business, you can find him wandering near and far to find the the unique scenery that makes up his work. he shares his adventures with his wife darlene, his dog betty and his ppv (photographic pursuit vehicle) his 1990 jeep cherokee. photography is his life. photography is his reason..

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Born and raised in utah, nicole adopted an outdoor lifestyle and love of photography at a very early age. exploring the many natural wonders of her home state fueled her passion for photography, prompting her to take things to the next level. she soon found herself happily immersed in the industry, leading photo workshops in the southwest and beyond., having an adventurous spirit, and incurable wanderlust, nicole spends most of her free time traveling, exploring and capturing the beauty around her. she is also a licensed boat captain and never passes up to a chance to get out on the water., nicole loves sharing her passion for photography with others and is most at home in the field helping clients improve their skills as well as gain confidence in themselves and their photographic vision. in addition to being an accomplished guide and instructor, nicole is familiar with the technical aspects of photography as well as various camera systems and gear., testimonials, “i just wanted to take a minute and thank you for an amazing workshop on the oregon coast. your planning and execution on every place we visited was outstanding. i think i can speak for the incredible group we had when i say your leadership and attention to everyone's needs did not go unnoticed. you and gary randall were truly a great partnership. i personally appreciated your help on anything i needed and couldn't be any more satisfied with the entire experience, friendships, knowledge and most of all memories documents within my photos. i have no-doubt i will see you on another workshop very soon.” - greg chimenti, "if you are interested in a photography workshop, i strongly encourage you to book a trip with chris as a testament to my endorsement, i have been to three workshops with chris in the last 10 months. his workshops are well thought out and managed. he makes sure you have what you need and helps you to get better at your craft. if you get great conditions you will walk away with some outstanding images either way, you will learn a lot and be happy with the images you capture. you won't be disappointed" - dan kayser, cancellation policy, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. in the event of emergency where chris cannot personally attend, then a replacement guide will be the first option. if a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. we are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs., a $200 change fee will be charged for changes or cancellations. participants who cancel prior to 90 days before the workshop will receive either a full refund or credit to a future workshop minus the change fee. any cancellations within 90 days of the workshop cannot be refunded under any circumstances. only if we are able to fill the vacancy, will the participant will receive a credit to a future workshop minus the change fee. workshop credits are good for one calendar year from the date of the missed workshop., any cancellations within 30 days of the workshop (for any reason) will forfeit their entire registration fee as it is extremely difficult to fill the space on that short of notice. if a true emergency arises last minute we will do our best to work with you granting a partial credit towards a future workshop, but this is not guaranteed. again travel insurance is strongly recommended..

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  • Photograph rugged coastlines, old-growth redwood forests, seastacks, cliffside vistas and abundant marine life. There is so much diversity to enjoy!
  • Dates are timed for some of the best photographic conditions along the coast.
  • Learn many new photographic techniques from pro-instructors. Small group capped at 8 will ensure plenty of individual attention.
  • The exact workshop itinerary is kept flexible so we can make best use of the weather, tides, and current conditions.
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions will be scheduled throughout the workshop to help make the most of your images.

The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather, tides, and current conditions along the coast. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography.  The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.

  • Day 1:  Meet at 2PM in Bandon, OR for a mandatory introductory session. We'll cover logistics and many of the shooting techniques you will use throughout the workshop. After an early dinner we head to Bandon Beach for sunset among the dramatic and rugged seastacks, tidepools, and reflections.
  • Day 2:  We wake up early to catch sunrise at the historic Cape Blanco Lighthouse.  We continue to shoot along the coastline, taking advantage of the soft early morning light. After a rest break, we reconvene for a midday post-processing session.  Sunset will be at one of our favorite beaches that is lesser known along this diverse coastline.
  • Day 3:  It's an early start to catch sunrise at the historic Coquille Lighthouse.  After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head for Brookings, stopping for photo ops along the way.  We check into our hotel and take a short rest break before meeting for dinner and a sunset shoot at Cape Sebastian.
  • Day 4:  It's another early morning to catch a colorful sunrise at Harris Beach State Park.  We spend the early morning hours shooting along the Oregon Coast before returning to the hotel for breakfast, a rest break, and another post-processing session.  We spend the afternoon in the Samuel Boardman Corridor catching sunset at one of our favorite locations.
  • Day 5:  It's hard to believe this is our last day together!  After sunrise at Lone Ranch Beach, we enjoy our last breakfast together before checking out of the hotel.  We have so many great images to remember the amazing time we spent together! The workshop will end no later than 11AM.

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Each participant is responsible for getting to Bandon, Oregon no later than 2PM on the first day. If you drive your own vehicle, you will drive from Bandon to Brookings on the 3rd day. That way you'll have your car once the workshop concludes to either make your way home, or spend some extra time exploring the area. If you don't have a vehicle, you can ride with us. Transportation will be provided for all workshop outings.

Lodging is in short supply so we have pre-paid for 4 nights of hotel accommodations for all workshop participants.  During checkout you will add your lodging package based on either single or double occupancy.  See the Pricing section for more details.

Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition.  We aren't planning any long hikes but you should be comfortable walking 1-3 miles per day while carrying your photo gear.

Food is not included as part of the workshop.  You are free to bring your own food or eat at restaurants in town.  We will make food stops when we are driving between photo stops.

Since we are photographing so much along the coast, we recommend each participant bring a pair of hip or chest waders. Without waders, you will get very wet trying to photograph close to the water. A sturdy tripod is a must for photographing along the coast!

Temperatures are pretty mild in spring but it can get chilly along the coast, so come prepared with some warm layers and a jacket. Rain is not uncommon, so make sure you bring a rain jacket and backpack rain cover. An umbrella can come in handy, especially if we are shooting in light rain.  Please see the gear list further down.

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Trip Includes:

  • Ground Transportation During the Workshop
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • In-Field Photography Instruction
  • Post-processing and Image Critique
  • Pre-Workshop Zoom Meeting
  • 4-night lodging package will be added to your booking based on single or double occupancy. Cost is $425 or $850 for double or single respectively.

Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Bandon, OR
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Instructor Gratuities.

When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit.  If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 120 days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.

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Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters.
  • Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses.  If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.  A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
  • Backpack to carry your gear along with a rain cover for the pack.
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

Personal Gear List

  • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
  • A rain jacket and several warm layers.
  • Hip or Chest Waders
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, and Gloves
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.

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Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States.  He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C..  He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.

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“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles

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Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Artist's Statement: "The more one travels, the more one sees how small our world is. Landscape photography is often an idyllic vision of nature that stretches the truth. While most of my photos are taken in the wilderness, the reality is that modernity and progress has shrunk the wild into small islands of untouched land, flanked on all sides by development and exploitation. Before becoming a full-time photographer, I pursued a career in sustainability. While I've since changed directions, I still have a strong sense of urgency to protect nature and keep the wild wild. I hope my photos can inspire others to explore and let our world be untamed."

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Oregon Coast Photography Workshop

On my Oregon Coast Photography Workshop, you will experience some of the finest coastline in the world. This intersection of rock and water contains an endless array of fascinating rocky points, arches, sea-stacks, and sandy shores. From the dramatic beauty of Samuel Boardman and Bandon to the south, all the way up to Cape Kiwanda and Cannon Beach in the north, this stretch of coast is as beautiful as they come. Depending on the itinerary, we will cover the south to central portion or the central to north region. Explore and photograph this world-class coastal environment. The workshop will help photographers create entrancing photos of the breathtaking landscapes found here, and it will focus on understanding your camera’s settings in order to break into new creative realms. There is a strong emphasis on producing striking and powerful compositions, as well as telling a story with your photos. We will cover how to plan for a shoot and how to be in the right place at the right time.

Oregon Coast Highlights

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Learn to Manage Light

Whether you want to use filters for the “all-in-one” approach or bracket for HDR, we’ll help you master dynamic light.

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Stunning Seascapes

The rugged Oregon coast offers a wide range of interesting seascape photographic options.

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Learn to See

We will be teaching you how to see the unseen. Pre-visualizing long exposures and use of wide and long lenses when out shooting will be part of our focus.

Oregon Coast Photo Workshop Information

Workshop fee $1995.

A $700 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.

What’s Included

  • Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer.
  • Small group size of 5 or less with one guide (8 or less with two guides).
  • 3 full days and 2 half days of in-field shooting and instruction.
  • Image critiques and post processing sessions.
  • Snacks throughout the workshop.
  • A fun, positive, interactive learning environment.

What’s Not Included

  • 4 nights lodging. I will be booking rooms in Bandon and Yachats to be updated later.
  • Transportation. While participants need to provide their own transportation during the workshop we will be carpooling as much as possible.
  • Meals, though the group often eats together throughout the workshop.
  • Trip Insurance: I highly recommend trip insurance due to unforeseen circumstances that may require your cancellation.

Cancellation Policy

Please view the cancellation policy here.

Getting to and from the workshop

The Oregon Coast Photography Workshop will start in Bandon at 3pm (about a 4.5 hour drive from Portland). Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning, we will photograph some of the highlights in the area along the rugged and scenic Oregon coast. If you’re flying in, Portland (PDX) is your best bet. We will then travel north to Yachats in the central portion of the Oregon coast where the forest covered coastal mountains drop into the sea.

Below is a sample itinerary which is subject to change as more details on the workshop develop.

Tuesday Sunset through Thursday Sunrise Participants arrive in Bandon and are free to explore the area on their own. A few hours before sunset we will meet to introduce the group, talk a bit about the workshop, and go out to shoot our first sunset then head to dinner. Then we turn you loose to get a good night’s sleep. An early wake up on Wednesday ensures we’ll be at our first beach and shooting when the sun rises. Then it’ll be a full day of shooting mixed in with breaks for meals and rest. From sunrise to sunset, we’ll be covering the absolute best and most beautiful beaches along the Oregon coast. Some of my favorite locations include Samuel Boardman State Park and Pistol River along with Shore Acres and the Cape Arago area.  During the midday break, we can rest, get something to eat, and recharge our batteries as well as an optional image critique session where even if you don’t want to share your images, you can learn from others’ critiques. Thursday, we will again get up for the early sunrise before packing up to head north.

Thursday through Saturday Sunrise Thursday ends our time in Bandon and we will travel north to the little fishing and tourist town of Yachats. In this region of the Oregon coast, we will visit Thor’s Well, Heceta Head, Seal Rock, and Cape Perpetua to name a few. Saturday after sunrise, we will wrap up and say our goodbyes until next time. The workshop should be wrapped up by 9:30-10am in Yachats which is about a three hour drive back to Portland.

This workshop is organized to take advantage of the best and most interesting locations the Oregon coast has to offer. However, the exact itinerary and places we visit may change depending on the group and weather conditions.

The Oregon coast has a varied climate, with temperatures ranging from the 30s to high 50s. This time of year generally brings relief from the fog that often blankets the coast in the summer. Moreover, the Oregon coast receives the vast bulk of its annual precipitation during the months from November to March. While we hope for dramatic weather, we could easily have rain or clear skies but will always make the best of it!

Our Oregon Coast Photography Workshop  topics include:

• Transforming your artistic vision into memorable photographs • Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – their relationship to one another and how to change them for exposure control • Metering and getting a correct exposure • Histograms, how to read them, and how to fine-tune exposure • Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control • Capturing motion within your photos using different shutter speeds • Timing waves to capture crashing spray, water streaks, and sandy reflections • White balance and creative coloration • Creating perspective, depth, and a sense of “being there” in your photos • Creating powerful compositions with impact • Composing to control your viewer’s attention in your photos • Composition: balance, tension, and visual flow • How to use filters to capture dramatic light or create long-exposure effects • Shoot planning and how to be at the right place at the right time

Camera Gear

• Interchangeable lens camera: either mirror less or DSLR • Lenses: Wide and ultra-wide angle lenses are highly recommended as are mid-range, medium telephoto, and possibly macro • A sturdy tripod • Circular polarizer and neutral density filters • Rain fly • Remote shutter release

Recommended clothing

Due to the cool days and chance of getting wet (either from the ocean or a rainstorm), we HIGHLY recommend bringing multiple layers of non-cotton clothing, a sturdy rain jacket and rain pants, a warm hat, gloves, lots of changes of socks, some dry shoes, and waterproof or rubber boots to wear while shooting. A wide-brim hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, and a large water bottle will also be indispensable.

Fitness level

This Oregon Coast photography workshop is appropriate for photographers of average fitness levels. We will walk approximately 2-5 miles over the course of each day of the workshop. This includes walking on sandy, uneven, and slippery terrain. All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear, and water during the workshop.

Spectacular Locations My workshops combine the very best scenery we can find along with in-depth knowledge of the areas we’re visiting. From the coast to the mountains to the desert, our workshops visit some of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. And with hundreds of hours spent scouting and shooting in each location, I know the best times to visit, the best things to see, and the best shots to get. Plus I’m constantly adding new and exciting locations to our line-up so you can keep expanding your photographic horizons.

1-on-1 Instruction at Your Level I take a three-tiered approach to my photography instruction: Philosophy. Theory. Technique. This means that no matter what level of photographer you are, you can expect to walk away from a workshop with your head bursting with ideas about how to refine your vision and find your own style, an understanding of camera techniques and composition concepts to springboard your photography, and the actual “How-To” of nailing a shot in the field. And with my relaxed, casual, 1-on-1 approach, you can soak up just the information YOU need to become a better shooter.

Small Class Size My workshops insure you get ample one-on-one time, and the small group size also helps build camaraderie. Plus, we can go places big photography tours simply can’t.

A “Go Happy or Go Home” Attitude I believe photography is as much about enjoyment as it is about scoring a keeper for your portfolio. I strive to create a fun and dynamic environment in which you meet other photographers, learn at your own pace, enjoy the beauty of nature, and have a great time while doing it.

I Never Stop Scouting I’m never content to rest on my laurels. Before and after every workshop, I am scouting, scouting, scouting. Whether it’s to find new and exciting location to shoot or to provide a different view of the old icons, I strive to show you the absolute best places for photography.

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates My workshops are 100% above board, and I obtain all necessary permissions and insurances.

I am also a strong advocate of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. I teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. My goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than how we found them.


Thank you for a FABULOUS experience in Oregon. I really see a huge improvement with my photos I have so many from this trip that I am so very happy with the final look. . I am also more aware of what I should be aiming for with my shots. I can also self critique and know what I need to do better next time…I am looking forward to my next Jim Patterson workshop – See you soon!

Thank you and Vinny for bringing us this opportunity to visit these sites, giving us perfect weather, plenty of information and lots of fun. Jim, my best tip from you was how to get to my ISO 50 on my camera – so valuable! Vinny, thank you for all your suggestion on composition and exposure timing for my goal. It helped that you knew my camera. Best tip – HAND WARMERS!

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I reside in the Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest after moving from coastal California in 2015. The varied coastline of Oregon has captured my heart as the terrain is varied and beautiful. Each visit reveals new depths to explore with a camera. My first experience with this area began with a trip in 2010 exploring the area in as much detail as possible. Further scouting trips have added to the list of locations to visit based on weather conditions and light.

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This was a fantastic experience. I wanted to work on my photography skills in a low key, personalized way. Jaymi didn't disappoint. Before our outing she asked me about my skill level, what my interests were and made sure that my photography adventure really fit me. Our all day adventure started off with wonderful sunrise light and sea creatures. Once my brain was full of new info, not only about photography, but the natural world around Newport, we had a great lunch with time to review what I'd learned and what I can practice in the future. More fun in the forest and a wonderful finish back at the coast made this a perfect day. I'd highly recommend Jaymi Heimbuch as your photo tour guide if you're traveling through the Newport Oregon area or looking for a patient and inspiring wildlife and landscape photography professional.

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Oct 21, 2018

Jo - it was a blast to spend the day with you! You soaked up information for new landscape photography skills like a sponge. It was so fun working with you! I hope you come back to the Oregon coast again soon.

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I recently spent a full day session with Jaymi Heimbuch of Oregon Coast Photo Tours expanding my photography skills on the beautiful Oregon coast and would recommend this experience to anyone at any skill level who is interested in growing their photography skills as a hobbyist or professional. Prior to our session Jaymi and I spoke at length about what skills and knowledge I had hoped to gain during our outing. All aspects of our conversation were addressed and incorporated just as we discussed. I was very impressed with the location choices, overall itinerary, and exceptional guidance that Jaymi provided throughout the day. Every detail and minute of our session was well thought out and planned with my goals and interests in mind. I can't begin to express how grateful I am to have connected with someone as talented, sharp, and ethical as Jaymi. She is more than just a phenomenal photographer and instructor. She is a phenomenal naturalist and human being. Just a few days removed from our amazing session and I am seeing immediate improvements not just in my photography skills but in my mindset and outlook as a wildlife and conservation professional as well.

Sep 12, 2018

It was wonderful to spend the day with you! Your energy and enthusiasm for nature photography is contagious. I hope you can visit again soon!

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The best investment you can make in your photographer journey is to take a class from Jaymi. She is a superb photographer, excellent teacher and a lot of fun to be with. She converted me from 'automatic' to 'manual' mode, showed me how to frame the photo and consider different angles, helped me improve my lightroom skills, etc. I can't wait to continue this journey with her.

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Jaymi did the impossible. She took an experienced photographer and an always-on-automatic shooter and gave them both the same incredible experience. She worked magic in coordinating diverse goals with tides and the sunset schedule and found nearly deserted beaches for us to shoot on. My cousin and I both got shots that we are proud of and will treasure forever. Even the experienced photographer learned a lot! No matter your level of experience, having someone who knows specific locations and how to compose the best photos at those locations is a great addition to any vacation. You get a tour of the area, see some of the locals-only spots, and get tips for other places to go on your own. But Jaymi makes all this special with her fun personality, her low-key suggestions, and her passion for photography. I can't wait for my next trip to the Oregon coast so that I can take another tour with her. PS. Her snacks ROCK.

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Oregon Coast Sunset, September, 2018.

I just completed a 2000-mile trip to revisit some of my favorite places in Oregon. Although I lived in Oregon for years in the 1980s and revisited a lot in the mid to late 2000s, I hadn’t been to some of these places in years. Even with 2+ weeks it wasn’t enough time, so I’ll just have to go back soon!

We’ll bring photographers back to our favorite places with a photography workshop in July 2019 . It’s fun to return to the state where my career in digital imaging began, way back in 1985 at the Digital Printing and Imaging Division of Tektronix in Wilsonville, Oregon.

What’s your favorite place along the Oregon Coast?

I don’t know when I’ll get around to uploading all of my photos from my recent Oregon Coast photography tour, but here are a few images that I’ve uploaded so far.

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Thank you Outdoor Photographer Magazine for honoring one of my photos from the Oregon Coast!

  View this post on Instagram   Congratulations to @jeffsullivanphotography for winning the recent Your Best Photo of 2018 Assignment with the image, Golden Hour on the Oregon Coast. “Sometimes, the most interesting photos we take are from a new location or from a fresh look at a place that we haven’t visited in a long time,” says Sullivan. “In 2018, I took a 2,000-mile road trip to revisit some of my favorite places in Oregon. Although I lived in Oregon for years in the 1980s and revisited a lot in the mid to late 2000s, I hadn’t been to some of these places in years. I had a great time on this latest lap, but even with 2-plus weeks it wasn’t enough time, so I’ll just have to go back soon! “My main exposure here was 1/8th of a second at f/16, ISO 200, and that produced a useful result, but HDR processing in Photomatix provided more shadow detail and highlight color, for a better overall result. The images were adjusted in Adobe Lightroom prior to HDR processing, then additional adjustment was conducted afterward as well.” * * * #OPAssignments #Oregon #landscape_lovers #sky_captures #landscapephotography #fantastic_earth #landscape_captures #ic_landscapes #ig_exquisite #ourplanetdaily #landscape #landscapelovers #instanaturelover #welivetoexplore #allnatureshots #specialshots #landscapestyles #nature_perfection A post shared by Outdoor Photographer Magazine (@outdoorphotomag) on Feb 26, 2019 at 10:30am PST

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