Natural rock arch along central California coast at sunset

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Whether you know a seasoned photographer or someone just starting out, give the gift of photography with our Gift Certificates!

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group photography workshop along California coast

Small Group Size

Our small groups insures quality, professional instruction on par with your level as a photographer.

Use GND filters to tame bright skies and capture rich color

Learn New Skills

Whether you want to use filters for the “all-in-one” approach or bracket for HDR, we’ll help you master dynamic light.


Photography should be an enjoyable experience. Our workshops feature a fun, positive, interactive learning environment.

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Your Instructors

Josh and Jim are both professional photographers from California. Together they have 15+ years of shooting and scouting the Santa Cruz area. They have been teaching together since 2010 (and separately since 2008) and have developed a tag-team approach to helping students understand photography concepts. Through a combination of theory, philosophy, examples, and on-the-spot feedback, they help students reach those “a-ha!” moments that take their photography to the next level.

Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson has lived in Santa Cruz for over 16 years and practically put the area “on the map” with his spectacular seascape photography. From Half Moon Bay south all the way through Big Sur, Jim knows the area’s beaches like no one else due to countless hours spent scouting and photographing the central California coast.

Josh Cripps
Josh Cripps lived in Santa Cruz from 2009 to 2013 and has spent countless hours exploring the central California coast’s beaches. He knows the sea stacks and shelves by name and can dodge a rogue wave with one hand tied behind his back. He loves helping students get their feet wet with seascape photography.

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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, we 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.

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 techniques and composition 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
An 8 person maximum on all our workshops ensures 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. And with two instructors running every single workshop themselves, there’s never more than 4 students for every instructor.

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.

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.

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