2017 Oregon Coast Workshop (Three days December 8th-10th) - TJ Thorne|Photography

Join myself and Erin Tolie on a photography workshop along the Oregon Coast this December. 

The Oregon Coast is known for its rugged cliffs, dramatic weather, and charming towns. Starting in picturesque Bandon, we will have an open itinerary as we follow the weather and tides for three full days, shooting both sunrise and sunset and taking advantage of unique light and smaller scenes during the hours in between. Erin's many years spent living on the coast gives her a depth of  knowledge that will take us to some of the classic spots as well as lesser known locations that often get overlooked. While most people think of the summer as being beach season, photographers chase the winter storm systems moving inland which can create dramatic weather conditions all day long.

While the workshop will have a laid back approach, we are dedicated to guiding you through the entire photographic process from in-field technique to post processing. We will instruct you on choosing compelling  compositions, how to utilize shutter speed for the best looking water flow, how to capture the proper amount of dynamic range and focal points, how to approach raw conversion, blending, sharpening, and artistic choices. Learn advanced processing skills and discover how to make your images stand out above the rest. Instruction goes far beyond the basics, although those who need more basic instruction will certainly be accommodated and with a small group size, you will enjoy a more intimate experience, having more time to work with us on an individual basis.

You'll get to enjoy the company of two fun-loving instructors who are passionate about photography, eager to teach others all that we know, and who are looking to have a good time helping others connect to nature through art.

So join us this December and let us show you some of the reasons we are so in love with Oregon!

You can view Erin's photography at erintoliephotography.com.

"This was hands down the best workshop I have ever attended. You went above and beyond. Thank you for the additional resources for iPhone, web sharpening, luminosity and other photographers' sites. Your photography and processing skills are first rate but your stewardship and thoughtful caring for the natural resources and tending to our individual needs made a lasting impression on me. Please keep on doing what you're doing."

Jeff L. - Lexington, KY

"I tremendously enjoyed working with TJ. In a short 2 day private workshop, not only did I take away many breathtaking photos we did together, most importantly, I took away the knowledge he passed on to help me become a better photographer. The knowledge transfer is what I value most in this workshop. The photos are stunning and epicness of the coastal line and the waterfalls of Portland, but the tips, tricks, and the best practices that TJ offers will stay with me from location to location. TJ is fun to be with, patient, creative, very personable, attentive to the micro detail, and a good listener. BTW, did I also mention TJ is a nature enthusiast and aficionado? I will definitely look TJ up for my next photography adventures."

Anne S. - Virgina



• Guidance to some of the best locations on the coast and surrounding areas.

• In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, capturing smooth water flow, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, among other techniques).

• Processing instruction including everything such as raw processing, blending exposures using luminosity masks, focus stacking, the orton effect, artistic finishing touches in photoshop, and preparation and sharpening for web. We record the sessions and provide them for download following the workshop so that you can learn at your leisure. 

• Plenty of intimate instruction and individual attention due to the low group size. We'll teach you anything you want to know about landscape photography.

• Guaranteed adventure

Not Included


Meals and snacks: We will take a break each day for lunch and dinner. Please plan your breakfast for before our meet up time or bring something to eat after sunrise shooting. 


      • Suggested lodging for the night of 12/8 is the Table Rock Motel though you are welcome to stay anywhere you like. Lodging for the remaining evenings will be dependent on where we are on the coast. Budget about $80-$100/night. Erin and I will likely be camping each night and you are welcome to join if that's more your speed.

I recently attended a workshop in the Columbia Gorge with TJ. I found the instruction and knowledge of the area to be excellent. I have attended a number of workshops over the years and I found that the instruction on this particular workshop was among the best I have ever attended. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography. Thank you TJ!

Neil B. - Vancouver, BC


     While adventure and great photos are our main goal, your safety is a priority along with treating the land we travel on with respect, practicing "leave no trace" ethics. TJ is a seasoned backcountry traveler, is CPR/First Aid certified, licensed, and insured.      

     In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you be physically able to hike comfortably for 1-2 miles in a day, have proper attire consisting of non-cotton outdoor dedicated clothing, wet weather gear (poncho/rain jacket), waders, and equipment for keeping your camera gear protected from wet conditions. 

     While we won't be doing many strenuous hikes, being alert and stable on your feet in moving surf is required. Be prepared to get wet and to spend most of the day in the elements.


Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended and will give you the best experience. It is advised that you fully understand how to operate your camera.

Lenses. There are opportunities on the coast to use any focal length possible, so bring all that you can. Most of the time we will be focusing on wide angle images, so a wide angle lens is highly recommended.

Tripod. Because of often low light conditions, and the desire to shoot longer exposures for smooth water flow, a tripod is an absolute necessity for a successful photography trip to the coast.

Filters. Generally all that you will need to use is a polarizer and neutral density filters, although it is possible to get great shots without either.

Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies (I highly recommend kimwipes).

Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions on the coast can vary so be prepared to adapt with insulating layers! A good rain jacket, or at least a poncho, is advisable. Bring shoes that you are comfortable with getting wet. Chest/hip waders are ideal as they enable you to shoot for extended periods of time in cold water, letting you comfortably focus on capturing images.

Snacks and hydration. Maintaining energy and hydration is very important when out in the wilderness. Energy bars, nuts, seeds, and water are recommended. While we will not be in very remote places, we would rather that our time be spent photographing instead of making unnecessary stops. 

• Willingness to learn and discover.


Cost of the workshop is $675.

A deposit of $200 will be required upon sign up. To reserve your spot, please make a payment of the the $200 deposit or full amount (due in full October 24, 2017) to http://www.paypal.me/tjthorne.

Balance is due 45 days prior to the date of the workshop (October 24, 2017). Cancellations that occur 90-45 days before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment. If your spot can be filled, you will receive a full refund.

Payment will be arranged through PayPal invoices.


Use the contact link at the top of the page or email me at tj.thorne@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

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