Join National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting for one of his immersive workshops where he shares his skills and vision and helps to unleash creativity. Learn to express your personal vision with expert instruction from Frans and his team of professional assistants.
Between field trips we return to our classroom for indoor sessions about technical and creative topics. Participants will be able to have images made during the workshop critiqued by Frans during group reviews.

The Art of Photographing Birds

January 3 – 5, 2020

Sacramento Valley, California

Join Frans for an exciting weekend of photographing birds in a National Wildlife Refuge three hours from San Francisco where many thousands of migratory waterfowl gather every winter, creating great photo opportunities. This will be a hands-on experience for only six participants, who will learn from Frans how he achieves his compelling images of birds, which combine an intimate understanding of their behavior with creative applications of modern camera technology.

Enrollment limited to 6 participants. 

Workshop Fee: $2750

Fee Includes: The fee for this workshop is all-inclusive—it covers instruction, lodging, and meals. The program includes early morning and afternoon field trips as well as midday indoor sessions and image reviews.

Requirements: A digital camera and long lenses. A laptop with image processing software (Adobe Lightroom) for classroom sessions.

Schedule: Starts: Friday, January 3 at noon in Williams, CA. Ends: Sunday, January 5 at sunset in Williams, CA.

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This image was made by Thomas Vogelsang during the 2019 California Spring Workshop. Thomas used a shutter speed of several minutes to achieve this ethereal effect of water flowing around rocks at the tideline.

California Spring

April 15 – 19, 2019

Santa Cruz, CA

Join Frans in photographing California’s wild and scenic Central Coast at the peak of springtime. This workshop experience covers prime photographic locations from Santa Cruz to Monterey.

This workshop is a great choice for photographers who want to improve their techniques and find ways to express a more personal vision. Frans and his team will introduce participants to creative ways of interpreting the natural world. Participants will have their images critiqued by Frans and his team during group sessions. Instruction will cover digital camera techniques and workflow topics, with presentations by Frans and his expert assistants, all professional photographers with a wide range of skills, who provide one-on-one assistance both in the field and in the classroom.

Limited to 15 participants.

Workshop Fee: $2850

Fee Includes: Presentations, instruction, and field trips; Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening; Breakfast and Lunch each day

Requirements: A digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a laptop with image processing software. We recommend Adobe Lightroom.

Schedule: Starts: Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 pm. Ends: Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 pm.

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This image was made by Mark Diekhans during the 2019 Floral Wonderland Workshop. Mark always surprises us with his experimental approach to photography, no matter whether he uses soft focus, deliberate blurs or double exposures. We will explain how he made this image.

Playing with Plants

April 24 – 26, 2020

Santa Cruz, California

Join Frans for a weekend of playing with plants in one of his favorite places in the Monterey Bay region—the world-class botanical gardens of UCSC’s Arboretum. You will learn how to photograph plants and flowers using a variety of creative approaches and photographic techniques ranging from impressionistic soft focus to sharply detailed studio-style setups.

Limited to 15 participants.

Workshop Fee: $995

Includes: Welcome reception on Friday evening; Continental Breakfast and Lunch each day.

Requirements: A digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a laptop with image processing software. We recommend Adobe Lightroom.

Schedule: Starts: Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm. Ends: Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm.

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This image was made by Thomas Edwardson during the 2019 Intertidal Workshop. Thomas got down really low to reveal sea urchins and other wonders in a crevice. A light aimed from the side helped create highlights while water dripped down from the rocks.

Between the Tides

June 5 – 7, 2020

Santa Cruz, California

Join Frans for a special weekend workshop focused on the wonders of the intertidal zone along California’s Central Coast. Our workshop dates coincide with low tides at sunrise, when tide pools are fully exposed.

Tide pools are amazing places, but hard to photograph. During this weekend we will demonstrate a range of lighting techniques and creative concepts to help you capture them in new ways.

Limited to 12 participants.

Workshop Fee: $1250

Fee Includes: Presentations, instruction, and field trips; Welcome Reception on Friday evening; Breakfast and Lunch each day.

Requirements: A digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a laptop with image processing software. We recommend Adobe Lightroom.

Schedule: Starts: Friday, June 5 at 6:00 pm. Ends: Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 pm.

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