The “elbow,” Or the Lower Cape, includes the towns of Eastham, Chatham, Orleans, and Brewster. Squeezed between the Atlantic waters of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this area runs the length of the eastern side and includes the more protected Cape Cod Bay.

We will explore the beauty of the dunes and marshes of Salt Pond. We will photograph into sunset on the expansive and ever changing beach of Rock Harbor at low tide with rippling sand, the “clam trees” and rock formations. The workshop will end with a one-mile hike out to Stage Harbor Lighthouse, which has minimal light pollution to shoot the Milky Way, which is visible in the southern sky from 10:30 PM to 2:00 AM.

This half-day workshop will also offer an optional dinner or you can bring along your own snacks. The workshop is designed for the beginning to intermediate photographer looking to improve their landscape compositions, use of filters, and to learn about Milky Way photography. The walking is easy on flat surfaces or packed sand. Waterproof boots or waders are recommended for Rock Harbor beach. 

All travel for this workshop is done on your own. If you are interested in carpooling, please let us know upon sign up!


5:00 PM: Arrive Point Rocks Beach
5:15 PM: Yellow Dory
6:15 PM: Head to parking lot
6:30 PM: Drive to and Arrive at Rock Harbor Beach in Orleans
8:30 PM: Depart for Harding Beach
9:00 PM: Arrive (box dinner)  
9:30 PM: Walk to Lighthouse (approx 1 mi)
10:00 PM: Milky Way at Stage Harbor Light
12:00 AM: Workshop Ends

Free ebook

All registrants will receive a free copy of David's ebook about the Lower Cape for photographers!


  • Composition
  • Importance of Lighting and Timing
  • Exposure refresher
  • Exposure compensation
  • White balance
  • Long exposure
  • How and when to shoot the Milky Way
  • The answers to your questions!

David Long

David Long has been photographing environmental landscapes for eight years using the digital format, but has a background in film dating back to the 70s. From the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont to the seacoast locations in Maine and Massachusetts, he looks for iconic locations during the best seasons with incredible light. He strives to include a story in each of his images to communicate the feelings and emotions of this part of the world.

Dave has spent countless hours scouting and exploring Cape Cod, and has assembled a self-guided tour based on his research and travels for photography. His first ebook - Provincetown, is available for purchase here. Dave is working on producing more for New England. 

You can see his incredible work at