Bandon Beach & the Southern
Oregon Coast
May 21-26
Gold Beach and Bandon, Oregon

The southern Oregon coast, from Bandon Beach to the California border, features some of the most beautiful marine coastline in the United States. Rocky headlands lashed by waves have been eroded into towering cliffs that plunge as much as 700-800 feet into the Pacific Ocean. Sea stacks rise from the beaches and just off-shore. There’re natural bridges, miles of fine sand beaches, and tidal pools filled with marine life. The area is also known as the Wild Rivers Coast for the number of scenic and wild rivers. Along the more than 100 miles of the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway — historic Highway 101 — are small fishing villages, working harbors and lighthouses, majestic redwood and evergreen forests, and a string of state parks and scenic viewpoints, each with unique landforms.

The photographic opportunities constantly change here with the weather and lighting. There’re sublime sunrises and incredibly colorful sunsets, made more striking when reflected on the wet sand beaches at low tide. Joe and Mark are experts in coastal photography. We’ll be your guides. We’ll photograph sunrises and sunsets, the moody blues of twilight and the mystery of the night sky. The sea stacks on Bandon Beach, lit by the artificial lights of the village of Bandon, create otherworldly nightscapes, and the Milky Way arching over them is an absolutely awe-inspiring sight! We’ll shoot a variety of nightscapes, at Bandon Beach and elsewhere, including time-lapse sequences.

Field lessons will emphasize attention to detail, with tips and techniques on:
  • reading weather and shooting the light
  • the art of seeing and photographing the marine coast
  • fine tuning compositions
  • creating visual flow, compositional balance and dynamic tension
  • using Live View to compose and focus
  • using exposure to create mood
  • shooting color and tonal palettes for creative effect
  • working with your range of lenses
  • shooting Nature's patterns, lines and forms
  • using neutral density filters for artistic long exposures
  • multiple exposure blending for expanding exposure latitude and resolution: layer masks, panoramas and HDR’s
  • focus stacking to maximize depth of field

During informal indoor sessions, we’ll discuss field craft and critique participants’ images. We’ll also cover efficient digital workflow and image optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop.

Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we’ll stay flexible and take advantage of weather and lighting conditions, the tides and other local factors. We’ll optimize our time in the field, giving you the best chances to capture great images. There’re many diverse locations; our goal is to visit them when they’re most conducive to producing special imagery.

Join two of the most approachable professionals working today. Our low instructor to participant ratio guarantees everyone significant one-on-one instruction in the field, and the magnificent southern Oregon coast offers plenty of inspiration to explore your photographic vision.


Mark Bowie, Joe LeFevre

Program Type

Field workshop

Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels are welcome.

Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images. Without one, you will not be able to take full advantage of this workshop.

Description of skill levels - click here

Computer Skills Needed

A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or other RAW processing software will be helpful.

Other Considerations

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible — most near roads or within a short walk — some moderate hiking may be required. Participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines. The coastlines and creek beds are often uneven, with slippery rocks. We’ll avoid dangerous terrain, but as with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Group Size

10 participants max.

Registration Fees

$1295 tuition only.

Tuition includes guiding and instruction only. Lodging, meals, travel arrangements and expenses, park entrance fees, and any other expenses are all the responsibility of the participants.

Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is February 21. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

Click here to register online

Dates and Times

The workshop begins Sunday, May 21st at 5pm in Gold Beach, Oregon and ends Friday, May 26th at noon at the Table Rock Motel in Bandon, Oregon.

Where to Meet

Meet in the lobby of the Gold Beach Inn in Gold Beach, Oregon on Sunday, May 21st at 5pm.


The Gold Beach Inn is located at 29346 Ellensburg Ave in Gold Beach, Oregon. For driving directions go to Google Maps.

The Table Rock Motel is located at 840 Beach Loop Drive in Bandon, Oregon. For driving directions go to Google Maps.


Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Your leaders will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.


Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.

Our workshop will be based out of two locations: the Gold Beach Inn in Gold Beach, Oregon and the Table Rock Motel in Bandon, Oregon. Participants may seek lodging elsewhere, but these lodgings will be our "base of operations” for the two areas. As they are popular, we recommend making lodging reservations as soon as you register. Make lodging reservations for Gold Beach for the nights of May 21st and 22nd, and for Bandon for the nights of May 23rd, 24th and 25th. Be sure to mention you’re with the Adirondack Photography Institute workshop. The Table Rock Motel is offering discount pricing for this event.

Contact info for the Gold Beach Inn:

Gold Beach Inn, 29346 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, Oregon 97444, (541) 247-7091,

Other lodging options in Gold Beach:

Pacific Reef Hotel, 29362 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444, (541) 247-6658,

Gold Beach Resort, 29232 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444, (541) 247-7066,

Azalea Lodge, 29481 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444, (541) 247-4455,

Contact info for the Table Rock Motel:

Table Rock Motel, 840 Beach Loop Drive, Bandon, Oregon 97411, (800) 457-9141,

Other lodging options in Bandon:

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging - 1865 Beach Loop Drive, Bandon, Oregon 9741, 800-842-2407,

Bandon Inn - 355 Highway 101, Bandon OR 97411, 541-347-4417,

A Google search will provide more lodging options for each town.

Feel free to contact Mark or Joe with travel or other logistical questions:

Mark Bowie – (413) 442-9125,
Joe LeFevre – (315) 343-8408,

Getting to the Event

The Gold Beach and Bandon areas are served by two airports: Portland and Eugene. Rental cars are available at each. It’s about a 5-hour, 45-minute drive from the Portland Airport to Gold Beach, 4 hours from the Eugene Airport to Gold Beach. It’s about a 5-hour drive from Bandon back to the Portland Airport, 3 hours from Bandon to the Eugene Airport. If flying into Portland, you may want to do so on Saturday, May 20th or earlier, drive part way to Gold Beach and spend the night at a local hotel, then complete the drive the next day.

For your return flight we recommend either scheduling at an appropriate time on Friday, or spending Friday night in lodgings near the airport before flying out on Saturday.

If you’d like to stay in Oregon longer, we can make recommendations for more great photography locations.

Transportation During the Event

Transportation to and from the workshop is the responsibility of the participant and the cost is not included in the registration fee.  Rental cars are available at the airport.  During the workshop, we will encourage carpooling when possible.

Note that the instructors are not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

The Program Schedule

The adventure begins the very first day. After a welcoming session covering the itinerary and a brief presentation on photographing the Oregon coast, we’ll head out for a sunset, twilight and night shoot. Depending on the weather, we plan to photograph at sunrise, sunset, twilight and at night each day. If we stay out late at night, sunrise shoots will be optional. Between times we’ll have meals in town, do informal indoor sessions on field and digital processing techniques, and critique participant images. It’s a power-packed schedule, but we’ll be sure to allow time for rest and relaxation so that everyone can get re-energized for shooting.

Sunrise is at about 5:45am, sunset at about 8:40pm. Moonrise varies between about 3:30am and 6am. Moonset varies between about 3:50pm and 8:45pm.

Here’s a general itinerary for our trip:

Day 1 – May 21st

•Participants gather at the Gold Beach Inn in Gold Beach, Oregon at 5pm.
•Introductory session on the region by Mark and Joe. Dinner together. Sunset, twilight, night field trip.

Day 2 – May 22nd

•Morning coastal shoot followed by breakfast.
•Field trip along the southern Oregon coast. Trips along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway may include the following state parks: Samuel Boardman, Port Orford Heads, Humbug Mt, Sisters Rock, Cape Sebastian, Pistol River and Harris Beach.
•Sunset, twilight, and night shoot along the coast.

Days 3, 4 & 5 – May 23rd, 24th, 25th

•Morning shoot at a coastal location followed by breakfast.
•Drive north to Bandon, with photographic excursions along the way. Bandon area trips may include visits to: Cape Blanco, Sunset and Shore Acres State Parks, Cape Arago and of course, Bandon Beach.
•Sunset, twilight, and night shoot along the coast.

Day 6 – May 26th

•Morning field trip followed by breakfast.
•Group critique and participant slideshow, workshop wrap-up. Finish in Bandon about 11am.

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.

What To Bring

The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact the leader directly with questions.