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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination: California  
Category: Photography and Film Workshops
Specialty: Digital, Fine art, Travel  
Season: March - October
Courses Per Year: 4
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 370 US Dollar (USD) per course
Max Price: 800 US Dollar (USD) per course

Join a group of seven to eight photographers, as we explore the finer, lesser-known parts of California: San Francisco, Marin, Mendocino, Big Sur and the Northern California area, rarely visited by tourists. Chase the morning light from San Francisco’s mysterious Chinatown to sunset at the lost ruins at Sutro Baths.

Day trips will include shooting tours in San Francisco from the exotic Chinatown to the foggy ruins at Lands' End, tours of scenic Marin County across the Golden Gate, including the pristine Muir Woods, the Marin Headlands, colorful Sausalito, and will include an overnight trip to Carmel and Point Lobos, former home of Edward Weston. In the spirit of the Steiners’ Greek Island Workshops on Santorini, Glenn and Rose will provide a curriculum of shooting on location balanced with in-depth classroom instruction.

* "Mendocino Light" - Mendocino, Albion, Fort Bragg" Open!
- Dates - March 18th to March 22st.
- Maximum students: 5-6.
- Level: Open Digital + Film.
- Itinerary: Mendocino, Albion, Fort Bragg, site to be named

* "In Search of San Francisco" - San Francisco + Marin County" Open!
- Dates - March 27th to March 31st.
- Maximum students: 5-6.
- Level: Open Digital + Film.
- Itinerary: San Francisco - Marin County

* "Mendocino Light" - Mendocino, Albion, Fort Bragg" Open!
- Dates - Sept 8th to Sept 11th.
- Maximum students: 5-6.
- Level: Open Digital + Film.
- Itinerary: Mendocino, Albion, Fort Bragg, site to be named

* "The Lost Coast" - Carmel/Monterey, Point Lobos, Big Sur Open!
- Dates - October 15th to October 18th.
- Maximum students: 5-6.
- Level: Open Digital + Film.
- Itinerary: Carmel, Monterey, Point Lobos, Big Sur

- What You Can Expect

The student should plan to arrive the day before the workshop begins. We can help provide lodging for that night. For the next seven days, we rise with the sun's first rays to shoot the morning's light. We have a mid morning continental breakfast and shoot until lunch. After lunch, we break to recharge our creative batteries, following the siesta within the Mexican/Californian culture.

More often than not, we will also download and review our latest work, recharging our camera batteries as well. We shoot from late afternoon to daylight's end. Then, we will all enjoy dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Most of the Workshops have two review periods, at the middle and at workshops' end. This critique is an essential part of your journey.

Glenn uses a high definition digital projector to demonstrate the powers of Adobe Bridge, and the flexibility of the RAW digital negative format. When there is mandate from the participants, Glenn will share his post-production techniques in the new Photoshop CS-5 and Bridge CS-5.

- What You Will Need

Bring your imagination! Bring your camera from large format to small format, digital or film. With digital cameras, plan also to bring your laptop or notebook computer to review and work on your images. Glenn will calibrate and color correct your notebook’s color monitor to bring it to its highest level of efficiency.

All digital and film photography supplies are available at short notice at Seawood Photo in neighboring San Anselmo or at Calumet Photo two blocks from the Steiners’ downtown studio. Students are expected to be proficient in the use of their particular cameras and computers.

- Workshop Fees

In Search of North Coast Light Mendocino - (3/18/-3/22) - $360.00
In Search of San Francisco - (3/27-3/31) - $800.00
In Search of Mendocino - (10/8-10/11) - $390.00
Lost Coast: Big Sur - (10/15-10/18) - $800.00

- Lodging Details

These Workshops are self accommodation. We will be glad to provide lists of available hotels nearby. The Workshop fees include all continental breakfast and all transportation within and between Mendocino/San Francisco/Marin/BigSur/Carmel, instruction in Photoshop CS-5, and several critiques of student work.

Our house has a lovely, sun drenched deck which faces Mount Tamalpais high above our town of Fairfax. We often gather there at noon, discussing the days' shoots. Continental breakfasts and all island/inter-island transportation are included in this cost.

Payment may be made by personal check, or by PayPal via the Internet. Single occupancy residency will be available at additional cost.

Regarding cancellation fees, within 60 to 45 days of the workshop we offer a 50% refund; within 44 to 20 days of the workshop we offer 15% refund; and within 19 days or less, we offer no refund.

Workshop's fees include neither personal insurance nor health insurance. If you think you need insurance, please contact your local insurance or travel insurance dealer.

Faculty Information:
Glenn Steiner has been shooting award-winning, corporate assignments for the past thirty-three years in San Francisco, working for many of the world’s largest corporations and magazines, including the prestigious National Geographic. Glenn’s corporate assignments have taken him shooting across the continental North America, Europe and Asia. Glenn has been studying and shooting digital since 1999.

Rose Steiner is a world renowned Muralist and printer, having designed, painted and produced murals as large as twenty feet by forty feet for clients in the United States and in Europe. Glenn and Rose have led the Greek Island Photography Workshops on the island of Santorini since 2004. We speak English, German (Rose is a native from Hamburg), Danish, some French and Greek. The San Francisco Photo Workshops present a balanced philosophy of shooting, technical learning, and insightful critique. Glenn teaches best on location, balanced with classroom demonstations of Adobe CS-5 Bridge, Photoshop CS-5 and Adobe Lightroom III.

The amateur artist takes a photograph, but a professional makes a photograph. Glenn will help guide you how to conceptualize and realise your photograph. By workshops' end, you may find yourself shooting not only less shots, but finer ones than you had ever thought possible. Glenn has found that it is this difference between taking and making, the learning of how to "engineer" one's photography for success, that lifts the superior artist from the masses. San Francisco has been Glenn's and Roses' home for more than thirty-four years. In their explorations of America's finest city, the Steiners have researched and discovered many out-of-the-ordinary, exciting places to shoot.

Glenn and Rose promise to share a new vision of Northern California with you, rarely seen, through the eyes of a San Francisco professional photographer. Glenn, a member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals, regularly studies with NAPP and Adobe to keep abreast of the latest insights and techniques within Adobe Photoshop CS-5. Glenn is also a 30-year+ member of the American Society of Media Photographers in Northern California and serves on their advisory board.

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Facility Information:
Classroom and darkroom facility is at the Steiner house in Marin County. Glenn demonstrates the powers of Adobe Bridge CS-5, and the flexibility of the RAW digital negative format, which adds a range far beyond that of traditional films. If there is time and mandate from the participants, Glenn will share his post-production techniques in Photoshop CS-5. Glenn will give lighting and printing demonstrations at his professional studio in downtown San Francisco, using his state-of-the-art Hewlett Packard z3100 large format printer. Full "wet" darkroom facilities available at the Steiner residence.

Lessons and critiques will be given on Adobe Photoshop CS-5, Bridge CS-5 and in Lightroom 3, as well as in photochemical processes (if desired) at our full service black+white darkroom.

Whilst at the studio, students will be given instructions and the opportunity to work with our high-end professional 24” gate Hewlett Packard z3100 twelve-color printer. Both digital and photochemical disciplines are welcomed and encouraged. Expert state-of-the-art processing of B+W and Color films are available on short notice in San Francisco.

Our days will be filled with shooting in secret little hide-a-ways that Rose and I have discovered in our thirty four years of living on the "Left Coast." At workshop's end, we will meet at our house in Marin for a final day of shooting, critique, dancing and celebration. All photographic medias, film or digital, are welcome.

We will have midweek and final critiques of workshop photography. Night photography is encouraged, but only balanced with nocturnal explorations of the local restaurants. Lodging, continental brunch, and transportation between and within San Francisco/ Marin /Carmel are included.

Price Includes:
- Photographic tours
- Breakfast each day,
- All transportation within and between San Francisco, Marin and Carmel
- Lessons in Photoshop CS-5
- Multiple Critiques of student work.

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