Coastal Redwoods Klamath, California

5/29/2019 - 6/3/2019

Join us as we explore California's stunning Redwood Coast! In this workshop, we'll be photographing some of the most magnificent trees on the planet. There is nothing quite like wandering through an old-growth redwood forest. We'll be visiting groves throughout the Redwood National and State Park system including the Del Norte, Prairie Creek, and Jedediah Smith areas.

From scenic drives to short walks, we'll time our photo shoots to be out early and late in the day, when the light is at its best. Late May and early June also gives us a very good chance to capture blooming rhododendrons and fog in the Redwoods, making it an extra special time to visit this area.

We'll be staying in Klamath, California, in the heart of redwood country. This location will help us maximize our time in the redwoods, while also giving us a comfortable and relaxing place to call home. Our days will typically begin with an early morning shoot, followed by a late morning break. We'll then meet as a group for image reviews and presentations on various landscape photography topics before heading out for the afternoon and evening field shoots. Classroom discussion topics will include: light, composition, camera settings, and Adobe Lightroom Classic processing techniques.

As amazing as the redwood trees are, we'll also take in the other scenic gems this area has to offer including beautiful coastal views, rivers, wetlands, dunes, wildflowers, and a lighthouse. You'll come away with a wide range of landscape photos, from iconic views to subtle details. This workshop will give you the chance to build your landscape photography skills with a small group of fellow photographers, while immersing yourself in nature's finest.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to get proper exposure, even in the trickiest of lighting situations.
  • How to get sharp images with the most detail possible.
  • How to shoot panoramas and HDR’s.
  • How to compose for maximum visual impact.
  • How to work with natural light to greatest effect.
  • Tips for processing landscape images in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Feedback about what is and isn’t working in their images.

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of camera exposure controls
  • The ability to walk trails and paths up to two miles in length carrying camera gear
  • An excitement to explore the best Redwoods locations!


This workshop begins Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. and ends on Monday, June 3, at 11 a.m.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Wednesday, 5/29
Evening: Meet and Greet
Thursday, 5/30
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon: Lecture: Landscape Photography Essentials
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Friday, 5/31
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon: Lecture and Editing Time
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Saturday, 6/1
Morning: Morning off
Afternoon: Lecture and Critique
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Sunday, 6/2
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon: Lecture and Critique
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot
Monday, 6/3
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot
Afternoon: Workshop ends at 11 a.m.


Meeting Space

The workshop will be held at Holiday Inn Express in Klamath, California. Your class will meet regularly in the Oregos meeting room at the hotel. This workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, and ends at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3.


There is a room block for this workshop set up at the Holiday Inn Express for the nights of May 29 through June 3 (6 nights, departing June 4). 

Holiday Inn Express
171 Klamath Blvd.
Klamath, CA 95548
(707) 482-1777
Holiday Inn Express

Rates: Guest rooms have been blocked at the rate of $144.99 per night + tax (2 Queen beds).

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservation by April 28, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for their cancellation policy.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly or going online and using the group code "RMS". If you phone in your reservation, please be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The closest major airport for this workshop is Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport in Medford, Oregon, located approximately 126 miles from the hotel. Visit the airport website for information on carriers and flight schedules.

Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
1000 Terminal Loop Parkway
Medford, OR 97504
Medford Airport

Transportation during the Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.

Major car rental companies are available at the airport website.

Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant. There is no entrance fee for Redwood National Park, but the adjacent state parks -- Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast, and Prairie Creek Redwoods -- collect fees.


We want your experience at an RMSP workshop to be full of learning and fun. We recognize that preparation is one important key to success. The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. If you have questions about what’s needed, please call Bob McGowan, our Student Services Associate, at 800-394-7677.


  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • Sturdy and reliable tripod with a ball head and quick release plate that attaches to your camera
  • You’ll need at least one lens. The “kit lens” that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) will be fine
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful: Wide angle zoom (17-35mm), Normal zoom (35-70mm), Telephoto zoom (70-200mm). Macro is not a focus on this workshop, however avid macro shooters may want to bring a macro lens
  • Laptop and laptop charger
  • If you have a new Mac without standard USB ports, you NEED two adapters to plug in standard USB type-A devices into your computer.
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Flash drive
  • Polarizing filter
  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera)
  • Extra memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Cell phone charger


  • Cable release/wireless remote
  • Filters (split neutral density, neutral density)
  • Lens hoods for all lenses
  • Collapsible diffuser/reflector
  • Speedlite or other external flash (While this is not a course on flash photography, if you already own a flash you are welcome to bring it.)
  • Gray card
  • Professional air blower for sensor cleaning (eg. rocket blower)
  • Camera & lens cleaning supplies
  • Note taking materials
  • Ground cloth, cushion or knee pads
  • Camera rain cover if your camera and lens are not water resistant

Personal Items

  • Weatherproof clothing that can be layered underneath for warmth
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails
  • Light to medium jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks for between meals in the field
  • Travel alarm clock and wristwatch – or smartphone with an alarm
  • Headlamp
Tuition: $1,395
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 2/28/2019
This course is past its starting date.


Sarah Ehlen

Photography has been a lifelong passion of Sarah’s, with a focus on landscape, nature, and travel imagery. She is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Summer Intensive Program, where she currently works as an instructor. She is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom, and loves helping people learn the skills needed to take their photography further, both in the field and behind the computer. She enjoys the process of creating and marketing her images as fine art prints, and her work has also been published in Portland Magazine, Montana Magazine, and Big Sky Journal. Prior to her time at RMSP, she spent a decade working as a Park Ranger at North Cascades National Park in Washington. With an extensive knowledge of the natural world, Sarah is able to bring a unique perspective to her teaching of landscape and nature photography.



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