Join photographers Ryan Cleary and Richard Bacon on a sunrise shoot at iconic Smith Rock State Park. Following our time in the field, we will have a 2 hour post processing session highlighting Lightroom tricks and tips led by Ryan and Richard and time to edit your favorite shots from the morning.


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Tour Length: 4 hours total - 2 hours shooting at Smith Rock, with a 1.5 hour break for food and drive back, then 2 hours of post processing review. nTiming - 5:30-7:30am shooting at Smith Rock | 7:30 -9:00am - break | 9:00 - 11:00am - Post Processing ReviewnnDifficulty: Easy. 1 mile or less of light hiking nnWorkshop Departure: We will meet at Smith Rock State Park at 5:30 am. This is about a 45 minute drive from Bend and please allow time to pick up a state park day pass, if you don't have one, at the automated station on the right as you enter the parking area. The fee is $5 and the machine takes credit cards and exact cash (no coins) only. We will then briefly go over some general recommended settings and answer any questions before walking to our starting location on the canyon rim for sunrise at 6:04 am. Once everyone has had adequate time to get their sunrise shots, we will move down into the canyon to explore more options for interesting compositions. At 7:30 we will break for 1.5 hours so everyone can go get breakfast or coffee if desired and meet back at the Bend Tour Company at 9:00 am for a 2 hour instructional session on post processing the beautiful images you just took. The post processing session will cover basic adjustments and tips for bringing out the best in your images. We will spend approximately 20-30 minutes going through our approach and settings one of our images and then spend the remainder of the time helping each of you get your settings dialed in and looking great. Guides: Richard Bacon is an outdoor landscape and lifestyle photographer based in beautiful Bend, Oregon. He was worked with respected brands such as Hydro Flask, Peak Design, Camelbak, and Garmin as well as having work published in numerous publications including Bend Magazine and 1859. nRyan has been working professionally in the photography industry since 2007. He began his career as a photo retoucher and eventually picked up his first DSLR several years later. His primary interests these days lie in conceptual imagery and portraiture although landscapes still have a special place in his heart. Weather Conditions: Although Bend is notorious for 300 day of sunshine a year there are days where the weather is less than optimal. Smith Rock State Park, however, is impressively beautiful and photogenic no matter the conditions. Note that we cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all, but can definitely reschedule if your availability allows. Also keep in mind that inclement weather often results in some of the most dramatic and stunning photos! Just make sure you dress and prepare accordingly. As we will be meeting before sunrise in the springtime, I suggest being prepared for cold weather with plenty of warm layers that can be shed if things warm up after the sun rises. Food/Water: We do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through during the tour. We will have a brief break between our shooting and our post processing session for you to grab somethingnnWhat to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. Temperatures in the Spring can be unpredictable and at or below freezing in the early morning hours, so I always encourage bringingnlayers and checking the forecast the night before so you know what to be prepared for. Don't forget sunglasses to wear while moving around between shooting. If rain or snow is in the forecast, make sure to have a waterproof shell. nRestroom Facilities: There are restrooms at the park however they will be a bit of a walk from our shooting location. nCell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Group Size: 4-10 max nnGear to Bring: While our guides are all expert photographers, we might not be experts with your specific camera model. In order to get the most out of the tour, you will need a camera that has the ability to control ISO, aperture and shutter speed independently, and know how to access those features on your camera. As for lenses, a wide angle zoom lens (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor) or a mid-range zoom lens (24-70 on full frame orn18-55 on crop sensor) are likely the most appropriate lens choices to capture the grand landscape at Smith Rock State Park. A telephoto can also be great for capturing fine details or focusing in on more distant canyon walls. Tripods are a must since we will be setting up our shots before sunrise and shooting in early morning light. Most importantly you'll need a pack to safely carry your gear around with you. Don't forget extra batteries, memory cards, cleaning supplies and whatever else you may want to use. Also make sure to have some sort of waterproof cover or bag if the forecast calls for any chance of rain. nFor the post processing part of this workshop, please have a laptop with Lightroom installed and a card reader or appropriate cable to load your images onto your computer. n