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WSP 190 — California Coastal Photography: From the Monterey Peninsula to Big Sur

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 5 days
Date(s): Sep 27—Oct 4
Time: Various
Drop Deadline: Sep 20
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $560
Limit: 16
Status: Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: Tuesdays, September 27 and October 4, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field sessions on the Monterey Peninsula: Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, October 2, 8:45 am – 6:00 pm
Fall
On campus
Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun
Various
Date(s)
Sep 27—Oct 4
5 days
Drop By
Sep 20
2 Units
Fees
$560
Limit
16
Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: Tuesdays, September 27 and October 4, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field sessions on the Monterey Peninsula: Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, October 2, 8:45 am – 6:00 pm
The California coastline stretching from Monterey to Big Sur is a natural collage of bold headlands and beaches strewn with rugged stone, brightly colored aquatic plants, and sand. For decades, the natural beauty of this place has played an important role in the evolution of modern photography, inspiring such masters as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham.

This workshop begins with two class meetings on the Stanford campus, where we will cover field session logistics and outdoor photography skills, including understanding light, modifying light with reflectors and flash, lens selection from wide-angle to telephoto to macro, effective composition, and digital tools. In the weekend field sessions on the Monterey Peninsula, we will sharpen our photographic skills at the famed tide pools of Point Lobos and at spots along the dramatic Highway 1 coastline between Carmel and Big Sur. With a thoughtful blend of guided and independent photography carefully choreographed with the low tides to allow for macro and wide-angle opportunities, this workshop will offer valuable resources for the novice and experienced photographer alike. After the field sessions, we will have a final class meeting to review student work.

This workshop is for students of all levels, although some prior experience with photography and computers is expected.

Transportation, lodging, meals, and park entry costs will be the responsibility of the student.Tuition discounts are not available.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon has worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian with Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)