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Tillamook, Oregon - Lowest Tides of the year - Photography workshop July 20th-23rd, 2024

Updated: May 1

Investment - $1395

Group size limited to 6 people / no minimum / 4 spots left

This includes 3 full days of photography. You'll get professional guided, infield instructions while on location (see the Why & What you will learn sections below for more) Full Payment secures your spot.


Tillamook, Oregon 3 Days - July 21st - 23rd 2024 (We will visit a sea cave or 2)

We will cover from Pacific City up to Oceanside

Arrive eve the 20th for meet and greet and additional sunset shoot

Workshop ends after sunset on 23rd.

Full Moon Setting over the ocean in the morning near sunrise

Lowest tides of the year during and just after sunrise should allow us to visit 2 different sea caves. Some potential scrambling over large rocks to get to the cave.

Sunrise 5:56am - Sunset 8:50pm

This workshop is timed directly with the lowest tides of the year to take advantage of some unique opportunities along the northern Oregon Coast. This is where I grew up and an area I know very well. The above image was shot this year during the lowest tides of the year in a sea cave that's only accessible a couple times a year. You will see starfish and other sea life that clings to rocks. You may even see an Octopus (not promised but I saw one this year)

This Octopus had a head the size of a basketball and was safe in this small pool of water as the water came in from time to time to cover him (her) how do you tell the sex of an octopus?It was only an hour or so until the tide came back in and it was back in the ocean.

While technically, this is a photography workshop, It's also a chance to see and experience things that most other people don't get to see since some of the locations are only accessible a couple times a year. Even if you only use your phone for photography, this is a great opportunity to capture some incredible scenery.

One of the many things you'll learn is how to take and process images like these so that when you want edge to edge sharpness you can do it. Focus Stacking is just one of the things you'll learn through the videos and on location.

I'll be your personal guide to show you amazing sea stacks and this natural arch in a safe and fun manner. One of the beautiful things about the Oregon coast is the light and how it can change quickly... The above image was shot at sunrise but before the sun had fully came up over the horizon.

This image was shot a couple hours later as the sun was hitting the tops of the sea stacks and the water had went out a little further, leaving a nice little pool with some reflection.

This section of the coast has a lot of offer if you know where to look - from wide angle scenes like this to more intimate scenes using a macro lens or telephoto lens to isolate your subject.


During this workshop we will also visit Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda - Home to the other "Haystack Rock" This will give us quite a bit of variety during our 3 days together.



Who - Darren White - I have been photographing the Oregon Coast for over 30 years. I was born and raised on the North Oregon Coast in Tillamook and have a deep love and respect for the Ocean. I've been leading workshops for over 15 years in various locations and while I do love the places I get to visit and teach, Oregon is my home and Oregon is where my heart is. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share my knowledge and love for the Oregon Coast with you as we work together to create images that will last for lifetimes to come.


What - Low tide Oregon Coast guided photography workshop. Put yourself in the middle of the Oregon Coast and feel the waves pound against the sharp rocks as the sounds of seagulls fly overhead all while shooting beautiful images. Darren's knowledge of the area will make sure you are in the best spot at the best time. By keeping the group small Darren can focus his attention on you to make sure all your questions are answered and you get lots of great shots.


Where - Tillamook, Oregon - Meeting time and place will be determined and distributed before the workshop


Why - To learn how to take more than just a snapshot. Learn how to create moving images that will spark a sense of emotion in the viewer. I will teach you how I capture the movement of the water at just the right time. How shutter speed can have a profound effect on the end result of your images. You will learn my post processing techniques via Zoom videos (pre recorded). Once you have taken a workshop with me you have unlimited access to my knowledge about anything related to photography. You will also get several ongoing videos as they are made.


What will you learn - Including but not limited to, proper exposure, shutter speeds, composition and why one is better than the other. You'll learn long exposures, how to shoot on manual mode, focus stacking (how do you focus stack with moving water) it can be done. Post processing via ongoing video tutorials and free zoom sessions (no limit)...If you have questions, I'll zoom with you and answer them and show you how. You'll learn how to blend, exposure blending, how to create realistic HDR images that don't look like HDR and much more.


Locations - Tillamook County is a target rich environment for landscape photography. Places I like to bring groups on these workshops - Oceanside, Tunnel Beach, Short Beach, Cape Meares, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Pacific City and more if time allows.


What's included - 3 days In field guiding and instruction. Unlimited and ongoing support from me when you need it via Zoom or email or phone calls. Why is this important? Most people get home from a workshop and they get back into their daily lives and don't retain all the info they learned. By offering continued support, ongoing training videos and unlimited Zoom sessions I have found that this works best for everyones schedules and it allows you to learn at your own pace. Once you sign up, I am happy to answer any questions you have to help better prepare you for your time on the coast.


What's not included - Lodging, Airfare, Rental Car, Travel insurance, meals, spa treatments, camera gear, camera insurance (highly recommended).


How do I get there - You can fly into Portland International Airport (2 hr drive to Tillamook)


Where should I stay - Tillamook and Oceanside have quite a bit of lodging, hotels and VBRO/Air BNBs. It really depends on your preference in proximity to the beach. We will start each day at the beach and we will decide that the night before. I would suggest a place in Tillamook (8 miles from Oceanside) or Netarts/Happy Camp or Oceanside itself. Book early for best options.



What do I need to bring?

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

  • Wide angle lens in the 14mm-24mm range

  • Normal lens in the 35mm-50mm range

  • Telephoto lens in the 70mm-200/300mm range (there is potential for birds and other wildlife)

  • 3-6 stop ND filter for your lenses - not required but recommended

  • Cable release - not required but recommended

  • Sturdy Tripod

  • memory

  • batteries

  • laptop - not required but helpful if you want to edit and get help

  • positive attitude with a willingness to learn

  • smile - We love seeing people smile.

  • Rain gear - waterproof boots

  • towel to help keep camera dry from rain or ocean mist

  • lens cloths to keep your lens free of mist and small water drops

What type of weather can I expect - nothing promised.

  • Sun

  • Rain

  • Storms

  • Rainbows

The Oregon Coast can always make us guess on the weather. I will watch closely to make sure we are in the best spots possible. We will shoot in most conditions unless it's just too wet. When this happens we like to meet back in the nice warm lobby and do some processing on images we have or I can teach you various processing techniques and answer questions.

The workshop isn't a bootcamp and it's intended to be fun and allow you some free time during the day to enjoy at your own pace. While we strive for sunrise and sunset there also may be some shooting during the day when the tide is at a good level.


Terms and Conditions

This workshop is intended and designed to help you create better photos, enjoy

nature and the beauty of the Oregon Coast. Due to the terrain we will be shooting from you agree that by attending this workshop that you are in good physical shape, can stand, walk and move quickly on uneven ground. You will never be forced to do anything you don't feel comfortable doing and while generally we are on good solid ground, you understand that ocean can be unpredictable and anything can happen at anytime. Darren White and Darren White Photography are not responsible for any losses you may incur while attending the workshop. Any place you decided to shoot from you do so at your own risk. Travel and Camera insurance highly recommended.


Cancellation Policy


Full payment secures your spot - If you cancel 90 days before you will be granted a full refund, 45-89 days before the workshop 75% refund or credit, 31-44 days before the workshop a 50% refund and 0-30 days before the workshop no refund will be given. I highly recommend you purchase Travel Insurance to help cover any losses that may occur if you cannot attend the workshop.


How do I sign up?

Simply click the "Request Invoice" button

and let me know you want the Tillamook Low Tide Workshop!




Darren is a licensed Guide/Outfitter through the Oregon State Marine Board




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