About Sea to Summit Workshops

landscape photography workshop instructors

Founded in 2010 as a collaborative effort between Jim Patterson and Joshua Cripps, Sea to Summit 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 ZealandYosemiteDeath Valley, the Eastern Sierra, the California coast, and more.

Meet the Instructors

Joshua Cripps

Joshua Cripps

Co-Founder and Co-Lead Instructor at Sea to Summit

Josh Cripps is a wilderness landscape photographer living in the heart of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He has traveled to 30+ countries in search of spectacular photography finds the landscapes of New Zealand, Peru, California, and Utah to be especially inspiring. Josh is a contributing photographer for Nikon (including the worldwide launch campaign of the D750) and his work can be seen in homes around the US.

In addition to shooting, Josh loves to teach and has done so not just in photography but also in fields as wide-ranging as math and EFL (English as a foreign language). When he is not out taking pictures, Josh loves helping photographers of all abilities push their photography to new heights.

Alongside Sea to Summit Josh runs Professional Photography Tips, one of the most popular photography channels on YouTube.

You can see more of his work on his Website.

Jim Patterson

Jim Patterson

Co-Founder and Co-Lead Instructor at Sea to Summit

Jim Patterson is a photographer living and working north of Seattle, Washington. His background in marine biology led to explorations beneath the sea where an appreciation for the natural world and photography began.

After years of dedicated underwater work, his focus has shifted to coastal landscape photography, a natural progression born from the inspiration found in and around the ocean. Coastal photography soon expanded into landscapes inland. Through photography as an art form, Jim works towards creating images which are both personally meaningful as well as making an impact with the viewer. His main joy with teaching is to see that switch flip in the mind of a photographer, when an idea grabs hold and creativity follows.

You can learn more about Jim, view his work, and purchase prints at his Website.

Why Choose Us

Spectacular Locations
Our workshops combine the very best scenery we can find along with in-depth knowledge of the areas we’re visiting. From the coast to the mountains to the desert, our workshops visit some of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. And with hundreds of hours spent scouting and shooting in each location, Jim and Josh know the best times to visit, the best things to see, and the best shots to get. Plus, we’re constantly adding new and cool locations to our line-up so you can keep expanding your photographic horizons.

A “Go Happy or Go Home” Attitude
We believe that photography is as much about enjoyment as it is about scoring a keeper for your portfolio. We create a fun and dynamic environment where you can meet other photographers, learn at your own pace, enjoy the beauty of nature, and have a great time while doing it.

1-on-1 Instruction at Your Level

We take a three-tiered approach to our photography instruction: Philosophy. Theory. Technique. This means that no matter what level of photographer you are, you can expect to walk away from a workshop with your head bursting with ideas about how to refine your vision and find your own style, an understanding of camera technicals and compositional concepts that will springboard your photography, and the actual “How-To” of nailing a shot in the field. And with our relaxed, casual, 1-on-1 approach, you can soak up just the information YOU need to become a better shooter.

Small Class Size
Our 1-day workshops are capped at 10 while our multi-day and international workshops are limited to  an 8 person maximum to ensure you get ample one-on-one time with the instructors. Our small groups also help us build camaraderie, plus we can go places big photography tours can’t. Also, we always have two full time instructors leading our workshops, so there are never more than four participants for each instructor.

We Never Stop Scouting
Sea to Summit is never content to rest on its laurels. Before and after every workshop we are scouting, scouting, scouting. Whether it’s to find new and exciting locations to shoot or to provide a different view of the old icons, we strive to show you the absolute best places for photography.

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates 
Sea to Summit takes pains to ensure our activities are 100% above board. We obtain all the necessary permissions and insurances required in order conduct our workshops.

We are also strong advocates of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. We teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. Our goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than the way we found them.