What level of fitness do I need?
There aren’t any epic hikes. You do need to be sufficiently fit to walk a mile or two on uneven terrain. Several of the locations involve steep grades or longer staircases to reach - meaning the hike out is the tougher part!. If you can hike on a steep grade for a 10 to 15 minute clip, you’re in good shape for this workshop. Of course, I’ll never force you to go somewhere out of your comfort zone. We’ll figure out alternatives if and when called for.
Is Oregon cold in November?
On average, temperatures at the coast are about 50F/10C. The wind can be strong and in the early mornings and evenings it is colder. Layers of clothing is advised, along with a waterproof jacket with a hood. I also recommend bringing a hat and gloves.
What is the beach house like?
It’s really cool! It’s along Beach Loop in Bandon. Bandon Beach itself is a short walk from the house and Face Rock is visible from the house. Each bedroom has a privacy door and a queen size bed (one has a king!). There are 3 bathrooms to share among the group. The house has plenty of other amenities, too. There's a 55" TV (although I don't think we'll be watching it much), an open space for post processing lessons (or just relaxing and recharging) and wifi (of course!). Downtown Bandon is just a short drive away and we will take several meals in town.
Do I need a rental car?
Yes. You are responsible for getting yourself to Bandon. I suppose you could Uber your way there, but it'll be one heck of a fare. And after the workshop, you might want to spend a couple of extra days exploring the Oregon coast yourself. There's just so much to see and photograph!
What post processing software do I need?
Anything you are comfortable with using. I use Lightroom and ON1 Photo. I am also familiar with Luminar, Aurora HDR, Capture One, and Apple Photos. If you don't have any post processing tools, read this blog post and download a free trial.
My focus in the workshop is to teach you why a photo needs adjusting and what should be adjusted to make your photo stronger. The mechanics of how to do that will vary from tool to tool... and it's usually straightforward to figure out once we know why we want to change something in a photo.