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TIME: 9:30AM - 7:00 PM

COST: $150 per person


GROUP SIZE: 6 - 10 people

Join me on a single day photography workshop in Big Sur, California. The day will be spent along the shores and cliffs of Big Sur looking for the best photographic opportunities the coast has to give us.


We will go over various photo taking techniques that will help further your understanding of cameras and how to utilize them to their full potential. After a day of photographing along Highway 1, we will return to Carmel to enjoy dinner in a privately reserved room where we will have at least a full hour of post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and RAW. This will not only be a fantastic day learning more about cameras and taking better photographs, but you will see some of California's most spectacular scenery and wildlife!


  • Born and raised in the Monterey Peninsula giving me years to explore Big Sur

  • 12+ years of experience out in the wild with a wide-variety of wildlife

  • Small group size to make sure you get a lot of one-on-one instruction and information

  • Degrees in both Organismal Biology and Zoology to give up to date information about the wildlife we encounter

  • Deep knowledge and experience with guiding and photographing along the California coastline

  • Knowledge of many secret scenic and wildlife locations that the normal tourist would not know

  • Thorough understanding of the biology, geology, history, and ecology of the California coastline

  • Extensive knowledge of cameras and how to further your photography skills in the field


Bixby Bridge is photographed from a viewpoint along the Big Sur coastline on Chase Dekker's Big Sur workshop.

What you can expect on this trip:

  • Spotting sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, California condors, and much more

  • Heading down to Pfeiffer State Beach to watch the "Sun Portal" at sunset

  • A stop along the historic Bixby Bridge

  • Witnessing waves crash against the rugged cliffs and rock outcroppings

  • Photographing the world famous McWay Falls spill onto the beach

  • Watching gray whales migrate in the kelp forest from 500 feet up a cliff


  • DSLR camera body

  • Wide angle lens (e.g. 16-35,mm 24-70mm, etc. Mostly used for landscapes)

  • Mid range lens (70-200mm)

  • Telephoto (300mm+)

  • Flash

  • Tripod

  • Polarizing filter

  • ND filter

  • UV filter

  • Camera bag capable of carrying gear and daily necessities


Since this is a single day workshop, there is no lodging included in the price of the workshop.


If you are from out of town, looking to extend the workshop into a private tour, or just passing through, I'd be happy to recommend some lodging options. The Carmel Mission Inn is a good and close option.


We will try to carpool, using 3-4 vehicles. 3 days before the tour begins, I will email the participant emails out to everyone so we can arrange a carpools.


We will meet in front of the Starbucks, just outside of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Highway 1 where we will group ourselves into a few select vehicles.


If driving a carpool vehicle, you will receive a $20 refund after the completion of the workshop.


You will be responsible for whatever breakfast you have before the tour. Lunch will be spent on the beautiful outdoor patio of the world famous Nepenthe. From Nepenthe, we will get sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding redwoods.


Thanks for submitting!

When I receive your registration information, I will respond within 24 hours with a registration packet and more information. Once the deposit is paid for, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. The remaining amount for the safari must be paid in full 30 days prior to your departure. Tour fees can be paid through PayPal and will be asked to cover the 2.9% PayPal fee. 

If you wish to speak to me directly, feel free to call: (425) 301-1757, or email:

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