Long Exposures & Time-Lapse Manzanita, Oregon

August 03, 2019 - August 06, 2019

The rugged and expansive coast of Oregon is the perfect place to practice long exposures and time lapse photography. Join instructor David Marx on the adventure of a photographer's lifetime, exploring the coast with your camera. As he leads you to the most photogenic spots at the best times of the day to photograph them, you will create striking images and time lapses, and learn exactly how to process them to perfection.

One of the best parts about attending a workshop with David Marx is that he will make sure you walk away with a complete understanding of what he has taught. He teaches you the ins and outs of creating pleasing images using long exposures and crafting perfect time lapses, making these very technical processes easily understandable.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to shoot images that explore the passage of time in ways that the human eye cannot see.
  • How to get the most out of your landscape images by shooting with live view, manual exposure and manual focus.
  • How to shoot amazing images of flowing water and other moving subjects, using slow shutter speeds and neutral density filters.
  • How to capture a long series of still photographs and turn these images into a smooth time-lapse video clip using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • How to predict where the sun, the moon and the Milky Way will be on any day, using your smartphone or tablet.

Students should arrive with:

  • A working knowledge of camera exposure controls, including using manual exposure.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic.

Oregon Coast Time-Lapse Photography Workshop Promo Video from David Marx on Vimeo.


This workshop begins Saturday, August 3, at 9 a.m. and ends Tuesday, August 6, at 5 p.m.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Saturday, 8/3
Morning: Lecture: Shooting in Manual Mode
Afternoon: Field Shoot: Oswald West State Park
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot: Hug Point State Park
Sunday, 8/4
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot: Nehalem State Park and Lecture: Long Exposures, Neutral Density Filters & Shooting for Time-Lapse
Afternoon: Field Shoot: Ecola State Park
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot: Ecola State Park
Monday, 8/5
Morning: Sunrise Field Shoot: Neahkahnie Beach State Park and Lecture: Basic Time-Lapse Image Processing
Afternoon: Critique
Evening: Sunset Field Shoot: Haystack Rock/Cannon Beach
Tuesday, 8/6
Morning: Lecture: Working with Video in Adobe Photoshop CC
Afternoon: Slide Show and Farewells


Meeting Space

Classroom sessions for this workshop will be held at the North County Recreation District, located at 36155 9th Street in Nehalem, OR (a 5-minute drive from Manzanita). We will meet regularly in the Doyle Room. This workshop starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6.
North County Recreation District


In order to provide a variety of sleeping room options and rates, there are room blocks for this workshop set up at both the Inn at Manzanita and their sister property, The Sprindrift Inn (located across the street), for the nights of August 2 through August 6 (5 nights, departing August 7). For either property, contact the Inn at Manzanita at (503) 368-6754.

Inn at Manzanita
67 Laneda Ave.
Manzanita, OR 97130
(503) 368-6754
Inn at Manzanita

Spindrift Inn
114 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97130

Rates: Guest rooms have been blocked at rates ranging from $135 to $215 per night + tax.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservation by June 1, 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. 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 Portland International Airport, located approximately 100 miles from Manzanita. Visit the airport website for information on carriers and flight schedules.

Portland International Airport
7000 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218
Portland International Airport (PDX)

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.


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.

For RMSP’s general list of recommended gear, click here:

Note: Not everything on the website linked above is required for the workshop. Use the list below as your guideline and the link above if you would like a recommendation on a lens, body or accessory to purchase. Also, please register for the workshop before buying gear, as registration will make you eligible for the B&H EDU program which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars on gear. Learn more here: https://rmsp.com/bhedu.


  • 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
  • A fast, wide-angle lens with internal focusing
  • A 3-stop and a 5-stop neutral density filter that fit securely on your wide-angle lens. Additional strength neutral density filters are useful too.
  • Polarizing filter that fits on your wide-angle lens
  • An intervalometer that connects to your camera. Avoid wireless intervalometers, if possible.
  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC
  • 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 (commonly called "USB dongles").
  • Memory card reader (or slot on computer)
  • Flash drive
  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera)
  • Extra memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Headlamp or flashlight (having a red light is nice to have as well!)
  • Cell phone charger


  • 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)
  • Cable release/wireless remote
  • Additional filters including split neutral density and reverse graduated neutral density filters
  • Lens hoods for all lenses
  • 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
  • A roll of gaffers tape
  • Second camera body to use while your main body is shooting time lapses

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
What is the 2019 workshops schedule?

Please see our Workshops page.

Which workshop is right for me?

Depending on the workshop, varying levels of photographic knowledge are recommended for enrollment. For those interested in building a solid photographic skill base, we have designed a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. We call these our "Foundation" workshops. Beginners should start with Basic Photography, then progress to Intermediate Photography. Additional Foundation workshops such as Adobe Lightroom CCAdobe Lightroom ClassicIntroduction to Flash Photography, and Introduction to Professional Studio Lighting will help to round out your technical know-how.

Our "Travel" workshops invite you to some of the U.S.'s most stunning locations, under the wing of our accomplished instructors. For most of these workshops, we require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. Check individual workshop listings for more information.

If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.

What is the cutoff date for registration?

We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full, ask to be put on a wait list.

How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?

Depending on the workshop, there can be a maximum of 8 to 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.

What is a "Friend of RMSP"?

Once you ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50 off workshop tuition.

What is included in the tuition?

The tuition for most workshops includes the instruction only. Hotel stays are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the "Details" section of each workshop. Some transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.

Do I pay a deposit to reserve my spot on a workshop?

Yes. Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

What is RMSP s cancellation policy?

Please read our cancellation policy.

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. A change of instructor is also possible, though it rarely happens. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes.

RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance

RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified, workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.


On most workshops, travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.


You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.

Free Time

RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you re coming to an outdoor workshop, remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!

Spouse / Partners

On most RMSP workshops, non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.

What should I bring?

You'll find a list of recommended equipment on the "Equipment" tab for each workshop on this website.


All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop.

Will I have to pay for parking during workshops?

For most workshops, parking at the meeting location is complimentary. There are, however, some exceptions. Please check the hotel website for information. For workshops located in Missoula, parking downtown is metered Monday through Friday. There are two convenient parking garages located within one block of the school (www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parking). Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!

Cancellation Policy

US-Based Workshops

  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

International Workshops

Please see the individual workshop page for the applicable cancellation policies.

Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
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  • Friend of RMSP Discount
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David Marx

David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel, and night photography. Over the past twenty years, David’s images and time-lapse video clips have been used in dozens of publications, movies, and advertisements.

David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC and his entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels.

You can find David’s ever expanding Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial library at focusphotoschool.com and follow him on Instagram, and YouTube

Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

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