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Friday, May 29th - Monday, June 1st, 2020


Northern California Redwoods and the Oregon Coast make for an excellent backdrop for 4 days worth of shooting with Austin.

Join me in May of 2020 for three nights on the picturesque Oregon Coast as we photograph sea stacks, arches, natural bridges, rhododendrons in the California redwoods. The Southern Oregon Coast offers some of the best beach photography of the West Coast, and I look forward to being your travel guide to put you in the right place at the right time. We'll be basing this workshop out of both Brookings and Bandon, Oregon.

This workshop will feature three sunsets and sunrises, and potentially some late morning or early evening shooting, if weather permits. On the final day of the workshop, we will meet for a six hour classroom session (with breaks of course!) where I will teach you how to take the images you just took from RAW files all the way to print or web sharpened files.

I've spent years scouting these locations and finding the perfect spots to compose beautiful images, so all you need to worry about it showing up (and bringing a few things)! I'll be showing you some of the best places to shoot on the Oregon Coast and guiding you on how to photograph them successfully. I can't wait for you to join me!

Price: $995 ($250 due at registration)

This is the price of guiding fees only. It is important to note that Austin James Jackson LLC is not responsible for your lodging or travel to each location. $250 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. The remaining balance of the workshop must be paid no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you fail to do so, your spot in the workshop may be lost, and you will not recieve a refund.

Should you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, the down payment can be refunded within 120 days of the start of the workshop, minus a small processing fee. After 120 days before the workshop, the down payment is non-refundable.

Difficulty: Easy

This workshop will not be very physically demanding, and we will never hike more than a mile from your vehicle. Some of the locations we will be accessing have steep terrain, but nothing too challenging for someone capable of hiking a couple miles on uneven surfaces.

If you have any concerns about your fitness level for this workshop, please contact me.

Group Size: 5 Students

I limit my group size to 5 students so that I can spend as much time as needed working with each student individually. This workshop is open to all skill levels, so I expect that each student will need help directly catered to them, and most instruction will be individual, rather than as a group. This allows me to successfully teach both beginners, intermediates, and aspiring pros all in the same workshop! 

What Will Be Covered:


- Both wide angle and telephoto compositions will be discussed.


Autumn Photography

- Both in the field and in post processing there are certain things we need to do differently when shooting fall color. I'll be discussing what those things are during the workshop!


- We will discuss what apps I use for predicting weather, as well as what kind of weather creates the best conditions. We will also talk about what subjects to shoot when the light is less than ideal.


Camera Settings

- How to properly expose every photo and how to read the histogram.


Focus Stacking and Bracketing

- Overcoming the limitations of the camera to create perfectly exposed and in focus images from front to back.



- We will mostly just use Lightroom as a way to store photos.



- All of the magic happens here. I'll be teaching you my whole workflow.


Adding Light and Glow to a Scene


Dodging and Burning


Luminosity Masks

Much More!

Recommended Skill Level:

My clients have a wide range of skills all the way from beginner to experienced semi-professional. This workshop is open to clients of all skill levels, and I teach each student as much information as they are able to digest in a short weekend. I find that by limiting my workshops to 5 students, no one feels held back by someone who may not learn as fast as others. I'll teach each student as much as you're able to handle in our time together!

What You Need to Bring:

  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera

  • ​Tripod (the sturdier, the better)

  • Lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths

  • Polarizing filter

  • Proper clothing (rain jacket, warm clothes, hiking boots)

  • Waders or Neoprene Socks (not required, but highly recommended)

  • Laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed

  • Camera batteries, chargers, extra memory cards

  • A good attitude and willingness to learn!


Friday, May 29th -

The group will meet in Brookings at 5pm. We will have a brief discussion and then head straight out to our shoot for the night along the beaches of Brookings. 


Saturday, May 30th -

The group will meet around 5am in Brookings. We will then all head down to the beautiful coastal California redwoods for a morning shoot. You will then get the rest of the afternoon to rest up for another busy evening of shooting. We will regroup in Brookings again at around 5pm, and we will be headed for a new beach scene just north of Brookings.


Sunday, May 31st -

The group will have a few options for sunrise on Sunday morning. We will discuss the night before, and decide where we want to end up going. After sunrise, the group will have the chance to rest and we will meet up again around 6pm in Bandon. We will shoot sunset along the beach in Bandon.


Monday, June 1st -

The group will wake up early and meet in Bandon around 6am. We will make the short walk down to the beach and shoot sunrise. The group will then have the opportunity to rest for a couple hours before our extensive post processing session. The post processing session will start in the morning and will run until sometime between 5-7pm. After the processing session in Bandon, the group will say our final "see-you-laters", and part ways.

What's Included:

  • Guiding. As an expert and someone who frequently travels the coast, I will be sharing my knowledge on locations, taking you to the place where I believe there to be the most favorable weather, as well as knowledge of the tide tables and which locations shoot best under which conditions.

  • Post Processing Session. There will be one session at the end of the weekend where we will go over and work through a few of the images we captured together. These sessions will talk about everything from file storage to workflow to sharpening a final image for print or web. You will be learning post processing techniques that allow you to have full control over your images. Time will be left for a short image critique at the end of the processing sessions.

  • Instruction. I will be instructing the group as a whole, but there will be plenty of one on one time during both the sessions in the field as well as the classroom session. 

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation. Transportation is not included in any way. However, I will connect students in the workshop via Facebook group which will allow you to find a carpool if need be. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility of your transportation.

  • Lodging. Lodging is not included. After registration, you will receive information with recommended lodging options in the area for the dates of our workshop. Many participants choose to camp to save money, while others find a roommate and get a hotel. The choice is yours. Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility for your lodging.

  • Meals. Meals are not included. It is the responsibility of you, the participant, to bring all necessary snacks and meals. 


​Austin is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR by NOLS should an injury or accident come up. However, most accidents can be prevented by wearing the right clothes and proper footwear. My workshops are all in compliance with the State of Oregon, and I am a registered Oregon Outfitter Guide.


I take your safety very seriously, and the overall safety of the group will also be brought into consideration when choosing which locations we will be shooting.


By registering for this workshop, you agree that you will sign and date this waiver and email it to austin@austinjamesjackson.com no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.

Trip and Gear Insurance

I highly recommend getting both trip and gear insurance for any of my workshops. One simple fall or big wave and all of your camera gear may be ruined. As a reminder, Austin James Jackson LLC takes no responsibility for the wellbeing of your gear and will not cover any damages or losses.


Trip insurance is recommended by chance that something comes up and you cannot make the workshop. Austin James Jackson LLC does not offer refunds.

"I recently attended a small group workshop on the Southern Oregon coast with Austin. During our three night course Austin walked us through his philosophy and technique for composing, exposing and shooting sunset, sunrise and, best of all, Milky Way skies. Shooting with Austin was a great experience as he is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject but also a great communicator, motivator and a willing teacher. The class was informal and shaped to our goals and preferences. Locations were top notch and Austin had the timing and spots nailed for the shoots. Best of all was our post-processing session where Austin showed us how to take our photos from the camera to wall-print worthy in just one afternoon. If you want to expand your knowledge on shooting the night sky and do it hanging with one of the coolest guys I've meet, Austin is your guy."

-Tim G.


Image credit: Andrew Herr


Student Images

Check out these images taken by students on my workshops. Many of these students took these images just a couple days after learning to shoot in manual mode, and many of them also had no experience in Photoshop. During one of my four day workshops, they were able to create these images.