Alpenglow on Mount Whitney and Lone Pine Peak in the Alabama Hills at sunrise

Autumn in the Eastern Sierra
October 1-4, 2015


Santa Cruz Seascapes
March 21, 2015 - SOLD OUT!
August 1, 2015 - Space Available


The California Coast
Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015 - 1 Spot Remaining

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The Palouse in Eastern Washington
June 4-7, 2015 - SOLD OUT!
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High Sierra Summer Monsoon
July 9-12, 2015 - SOLD OUT!
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California’s Premier Landscape Photography Workshops

Specializing in small group landscape photography workshops, Sea to Summit offers workshops to some of California’s most scenic landscapes. We limit our groups to eight maximum participants with two full-time instructors to insure you get plenty of hands-on time in the field. Photo workshops to Yosemite and Death Valley National Park are offered twice a year in addition to our other offerings to the Eastern Sierra, the California coast, Big Sur, and Santa Cruz. Our 2015 New Zealand South Island Spectacular will certainly be an amazing experience! Private 1-on-1 and corporate photo workshops are also available.

Our Upcoming Workshops

The photographic journey is one of constant learning. Sea to Summit is committed to providing incredible landscape photography workshops that are learning-focused, meaning that we make every effort to have you leave your workshop a better photographer than you were when you came in. Our workshops are designed to immerse you in scenic landscapes while providing a positive, small group learning environment. Rather than spend our time in a classroom, all instruction takes place “in the field” in amazing locations, and is fun, constructive, and personal. Our wide variety of photography workshops visit the stunning vistas found in Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, New Zealand’s dramatic South Island, the rugged and wondrous California Coast, and the majestic Eastern Sierra mountains. New for 2015, we’ve added our Palouse and High Sierra workshops which surely are going to be great! Join Sea to Summit for a landscape photography workshop and take your photography to new heights.

About Sea to Summit

landscape photography workshop instructors

Founded in 2010 as a collaborative effort between Jim Patterson and Joshua Cripps, Sea to Summit Workshops has risen to become one of the premier landscape and seascape photography workshop companies in California. Sea to Summit Workshops is dedicated to providing the absolute highest quality seascape and landscape photography workshops in order to help you take your photography to the next level. Immerse yourself and a positive, learning environment, all while photographing New Zealand, Yosemite, Death Valley, the Eastern Sierra, the California coast, and more.  Read more…


I just wanted to thank you two for an awesome workshop. I thought you guys were terrific. You’re both incredibly knowledgeable about seascape photography and the area – and better yet – awesome instructors. I’d consider taking another workshop just to hangout and see more locations. I especially appreciated that you guys were always available for questions both during the workshop and afterwards. Dinner and lunches were great too. I learned a ton and got all my questions answered. I loved that we were out all day! Best workshop I’ve taken

Tor B.
Tor B.

This was an outstanding trip for multiple reasons. The cost was reasonable, and the instructor to participant ratio was perfect! You guys do a great job at reading our levels and “feeding” us at the right pace….POSITIVE support with great tips and encouragement. I would definitely take another workshop.

Andrew M.
Andrew M.

Thank you for a great class. Both of you were so good at explaining things and so willing to help. Not only are you both good at explaining things, but you are both polite, knowledgeable, and helpful. My favorite part of the workshop was the one-on-one attention. It was so much better than a previous class I had taken. Thanks. A+ from this teacher.

Gwynne M.
Gwynne M.

Josh and Jim were able to work with each person’s needs individually, which is great. Explanations were spot on; [Josh and Jim] worked well together; there was excellent balance of talk time versus shoot time, and the 1 on 1 time was excellent…I’ve paid for classes that ended up being a slide show of the instructor’s work with explanations of the subject matter, etc. Our workshop didn’t do that. It was far more useful than most classes I’ve taken. Josh and Jim, you’ve both really shown me that I don’t need to rush out and buy a full frame and L glass. Your work is crazy beautiful and you’ve proven that it’s the photographer not the equipment. I also loved that the class was only 8 people; there was ample time for everyone to get lens time with you both, and all of the information was usable immediately. I will definitely take another workshop with you.

Joanie U.
Joanie U.

Our Recommended eBooks: Improve Your Photography

Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition

Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of CompositionThis is an outstanding, expertly written book on the subject of composition. One of Ian’s key points that should resonate with every photographer is that good compositions don’t come from the rules, but rather that the rules come from good compositions. So instead of giving you specific formulas of image making, Ian presents the ideas of composition as a series of concepts: ways to think abstractly about space, patterns, depth, and light.  A must read for anyone interested in improving their photography.

Living Landscapes: a Guide to Stunning Landscape Photography

living-landscapes3Living Landscapes will help you move past the point, click, and hope approach to landscape photography. You’ll learn how to capture stunning landscape photos you’ll hang on walls – not hide in albums – by mastering the craft, the tools, and the creativity needed to create stunning and engaging landscape photography.

The Advanced Guide to Photographing Waterfalls and Streams

Photographing Waterfalls

You might think that shooting a waterfall is as simple as finding a good composition, setting a long shutter speed, and hitting go. And while those certainly are the basics, there’s much more that goes into creating a striking waterfall image. Have you thought about how to capture the best looking water? How to ensure you have the best color, clarity, and detail? How to refine your composition till you find the best possible one? How not to freeze to death while standing in a frigid stream? Or how to ensure sharp shots even when shooting in hip-deep water?

Justin Reznick has and he brings his expertise to this book.

Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park

A beautifully detailed guide to the best locations, weather, planning, food, camping, travel, and everything else you need to know about photographing Death Valley. Featuring 150 stunning photos.

The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer

The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer

Have you ever wanted to know what equipment you need to follow your passion for  nature and landscape photography?

Ever been intimidated by suggestions that unless you have this expensive lens or that two thousand dollar plus camera body, your photographs just won’t cut it?

Then, this is the book for you.

Latest Articles

Our blog is an extension of the workshops we teach. Peruse recaps of our previous photography workshops and get a feel for what goes on when we are in the field. View photos taken by our workshop participants and be inspired. Read about camera equipment lessons and discover informative tutorials on filters, seascapes, photography and Photoshop techniques, and much more.