Art of Natural Light Landscape Photography

Art of Natural Light Landscape Photography with Leanne Hansen at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA

Photos © Leanne Hansen

Join Leanne Hansen in her Natural Light weekend intensive Workshop!

In this landscape photography workshop, we will focus on seeing the properties of light even before we frame our photographs. Indeed, the light we see will ultimately help dictate the photograph we choose to frame.

Fall is one of the best times of year to photograph the natural light on the San Francisco Bay area landscape. Early winter storms mean dramatic sunrises and sunsets, and as winter approaches the sun’s angle is lower in the sky, creating long shadows and soft highlights that are essential for eye-catching images.

Put your technical knowledge to work in this field-intensive workshop for photographers who wish to work outdoors in our stunning natural landscape to create artistic, expressive images. In the first meeting, we will discuss ways to see beyond our subjects and to compose our photographs around the qualities of light available to us. With this knowledge, we will focus on seeing the properties of light at locations around the Bay Area selected for the variety of interesting and challenging natural light conditions they present.

Art of Natural Light Landscape Photography with Leanne Hansen at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA

Photo © Leanne Hansen

Photographers often think in terms of a subject to photograph: a building, a close-up, a mountain, or a person. Yet we cannot move beyond basic documentation without fully understanding the qualities of light that surround our subject. Light is one of the creative tools that photographers use to make the most of our photographs. The way a photographer exposes for that available light makes all the difference. In essence, light becomes the main subject of truly exceptional photography.

Concepts and skills we’ll explore and practice include:

  • The dynamic characters of light.
  • How to manage the technical features of your camera to capture the light you love: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture; RAW vs. JPEG; working with the histogram, multiple exposures, and dynamic range; preparing for shooting outdoors and in low light.
  • Framing and POV; prospecting for personal and compelling shots; using screens and reflections; using different lenses; and learning from the pros.

Class Schedule:

Wednesday, November 8, 7–8PM:  In Class “Language of Light” Introduction

Friday, November 10, 4PM: Photo Shoot at Muir Beach.

Saturday, November 11, 5:45AM: Sunrise Photo Shoot at China Camp State Park.

Sunday, November 12, 4PM: Photo Shoot at Rodeo Beach

Thursday, November 16, 7–9PM:  In Class Critique and Discussion

Price: $400.00 Sold Out

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

Five sessions (2 in-class, 3 in-field):
November 8, 10, 11, 12, and 16

Who should take this workshop: 

Advanced beginning to advanced intermediate photographers.

Pertinent details:

  • 4 11×17 prints on Epson Premium Luster paper are included in workshop price
  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Participants must be physically capable of carrying their camera equipment during a moderately strenuous hike

Required materials:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual settings
  • Tripod
  • Laptop computer with Lightroom installed

Suggested equipment:

  • Neutral density filter for motion and blur photography

Further reading:

“Leanne taught us all so much! I had never shot a landscape or used a tripod (maybe once before) prior to this class. I gained an appreciation for taking my time and really studying and understanding the quality of light before making an image.” — Liz H.


Leanne Hansen motion blur long exposure photography workshopInstructor Bio:  Leanne lives and works as a commercial and fine art photographer in Marin County, CA. She has participated in numerous group shows at The Image Flow, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and Marin Open Studios has been published in the Bay Area Where Guestbook and Edible Marin and Wine Country, and her fine art prints are included in private and corporate collections across the country. This will be Leanne’s fourth workshop at The Image Flow. Her other popular workshops include Motion Blur for Expressive Images and Still Life Photography: Lighting Technique for Flowers. See more of Leanne’s work on her website.