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Carmel-by-the-Sea Workshop 2024

May 16 - May 19

| $3500

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Based in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea this workshop is designed to combine the best aspects of a relaxing vacation, inspiring seminar, and hands-on workshop all into one exquisite trip. If you have attended Art’s popular “Photography As Art” seminar, images from this location may look familiar to you. Not only is the area home to gorgeous beaches, renowned dining options, and a variety of wildlife and shorebirds – it also happens to be an excellent location to capture abstract images.

This location is brimming with variety – not only is there a plethora of abstract subjects all within a close proximity, but there are also fantastic ocean landscapes, and of course sea otters which we will photograph from kayak.  You did read that correctly – we are also going to bring our group to a fantastic location where they can comfortably photograph sea otters from kayaks. If you have never been in a kayak before, fear not! We have guides available that will be doing all the paddling work so you can sit back and focus on soaking up the views and taking stunning photos that you can proudly share with friends and family – the kind no one else is bringing home!

This special workshop is beginning on Thursday, May 16th, with a welcome gathering at the hotel meeting room in Carmel. Though the location is visibly fabulous on the surface, we will strive to peer deeper into our surroundings and find the landscapes-within-landscapes; metaphors and visualizations beyond the obvious. With guidance and challenges from Art followed by critiques to cap the day, there is no doubt that you’ll come way from this retreat improved as a creative photographer, and hopefully with new like-minded friends as well!

Added bonus: Exclusive One Time Offering of Art’s Limited Edition book Human Canvas which comes with a clam-shell case and limited edition print (a $1000 value)!

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Led by Art Wolfe and Libby Pfeiffer
Limited to 10 participants
Minimal hiking involved

Transportation and Accommodation

  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the hotel, lodging and meals.
  • Upon registration you will download a PDF that includes the hotel information. Please call the hotel directly to make your reservations.


Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.

Day 1:
  • Meet and greet at 6pm at a meeting room of the hotel. Everyone can introduce themselves, and Art will give a brief description of the proposed itinerary.
  • Group no host dinner
Day 2:
  • Field shoot
  • Download images from the day of shooting
  • Dine together with Art and staff (no host dinner)
Day 3:
  • Field shoot: Special morning “we paddle you photo” kayak photo session in the Elkhorn Slough, one of the top 10 wildlife viewing destinations in the nation.
  • Continued Field Session
  • Dine together with Art and staff (no host dinner)
Day 4:
  • Lecture and critique. Learn from each others images while they are projected for the group. Art will adjust them in Adobe Lightroom and provide instruction.
  • Workshop will conclude by 12pm


May 16
May 19
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