Basics & Beyond, A Photography Weekend In Julian, California - ColdSnap Photography

Basics & Beyond, A Photography Weekend In Julian, California

March 7-8, 2020

Are you looking to take your photography to the next level? Take control of your camera, and your photographic vision in this intensive 2 day workshop!

Professional Photographer and Photographic Educator John Gregor with over 30 years experience will share with you his techniques and knowledge. Experience the best in learning through a  combination of field shoots and classroom lectures. We cover a wide range of subjects including: understanding proper exposure, when bad light is good, basic camera technique, composition for impact, and most importantly how to see photographs!

For more information about John,  his experience and career go here.


This workshop is a combined field and classroom experience and designed for photographers that are beginners to intermediate in level.  Special interest in the following subjects: nature, scenic, candid people, landscape, wildlife, and street photography.  The small group size ensures that everyone will have lots of one on one time with the instructor.

Classroom topics are: Camera technique, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, calculating exposure, how to read a histogram, post processing for print and social media, composition, and approaching your subject in order to capture the moment. Many of these same topics are also covered one on one in the field. Instruction in the field is tailored to the level and desires of the individual.


The most important thing to possess for this workshop is an open mind. Cameras don’t create great photos, photographers do. Having said that you will get the most out of this workshop if you have a camera that offers manual controls for the shutter speed, aperture, and focus. A laptop with photography editing software is a plus but not necessary. A tripod is also useful.


Julian California, and surrounding hillsides. Spencer Valley School will serve as our base of operations.

Julian is a beautiful Mountain village located about an hour’s drive east of San Diego. Known for its charm and beautiful surrounding countryside  it makes a perfect place for a weekend getaway.


Day One:

8:00am field shoot location to be announced.

One on one field shoot with instructor.

11:00am Classroom Instruction Spencer Valley School.

Lunch break.

1:00pm Classroom Instruction cont. Spencer Valley School.

4:00pm End of instruction Day One.

6:30pm Optional sunset photo shoot, location to be determined.

Day Two:

6:00am Field Shoot location to be announced.

9:00am Classroom instruction, Spencer Valley School.

1:00pm workshop ends.

Times and locations will be verified prior to the first session. Instructor reserves the right to deviate from the itinerary! 


Cost: $249.

Deposit of $125 will hold your registration until 30 days prior to the workshop.

Includes instruction and classroom fees only. Not included in the cost are: transportation, food, accommodation, and entrance fees if any.  

Please read our cancellation policy before registering.

For questions please call John at (218) 830-0767.

This is a past workshop

To see our current list, see our workshops page