Puerto Vallarta Sunset Photography Workshop

If Puerto Vallarta were famous for only one thing, it would be its spectacular sunsets! There is no better location for a photography adventure. You will be learning new skills and techniques as you capture wonderful images of our stunning Puerto Vallarta at its most lovely time of day.


Our Photography Workshops are a unique and fun experience for creative people. We are proud to host the only Sunset Photography Workshop in Puerto Vallarta including hands-on assignments such as shooting long silhouettes, learning creative techniques for capturing colorful sunsets, using flash, camera-specific lessons, and more! 

Get a front row seat for the sunset as we gather on the Malecón for lessons on exposure, color, silhouettes, and metering modes. Then we will shoot the setting sun from the beach using a variety of apertures and shutter speeds for different effects and practice shooting flash at sunset. You will leave this course with a variety of sunset photographs and learn to take advantage of what is known as the golden hour of photography with incredibly beautiful lighting. You will also learn how all of these techniques apply to sunrise photographs for future application.

Receive comprehensive lessons that can be applied to all of your photography subjects. Each workshop comes with a detailed handout highlighting all of the topics we covered over the course. All of our students are invited to join our online community where they can continue to receive photography support and participate in our themed challenges. 

All skill levels and camera types can benefit from our courses as we tailor our workshops to each individual student’s needs, interests, and skill levels. You can expect to have a better knowledge of exposure and your own camera by the end of the workshop. From hobbyist to amateur photographer, or the entrepreneur trying to reach customers with better quality images, our workshops are for everyone! 

AMP_1706AMP_1706 In this 90 min. course you will be learning new skills and techniques as you capture wonderful images of our stunning Puerto Vallarta at its most lovely time of day. Lessons include composition, lighting, exposure, focal lengths, white balance, different lenses, metering modes, long exposures, camera specific questions, and more!

Our Sunset Photography Workshop has varying start times but will always begin 45 minutes before the sunset on the day of the workshop and will continue until 45 minutes after the sunset. This will allow us to shoot silhouettes along the Malecón, as well as the sunset from the beach. 

The workshop takes place on the Malecón as well as Rosita Beach, the beach adjoining the Malecón. The workshop will last 90 minutes. The intent of this instructional workshop is to teach or enhance your techniques for shooting better images of the sunset. 


We begin the session with an informative lecture and follow it with a comprehensive, hands-on portion where you will practice the discussed techniques and assignments. This is repeated with each subject. During the hands-on portion, each student will receive one-on-one instructions and review with the instructor. 

We will meet at the Origin & Destination Statue, a Platform featuring a statue of an hourglass, an eagle, a whale and a boat. It is the first statue on the North End of the Malecon, just in front of La Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant. (Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.)


About the Lesson: Students will learn how to control the colors of their sunset images with white balance, and using fast and long exposures of the setting sun. First, we will have a group lesson on the Malecón to gauge everyones interests and skill levels. We will take some time discussing metering modes and practicing silhouettes of the statues. Next, we will use fast shutter speeds to capture the sun as it sets from the beach and then experience the difference when using smaller apertures and longer exposures. In addition to the gorgeous sunset, this beach is often graced with pelicans and other water birds. 

Need to Know:

  • Tripods are highly recommended for this course so we can practice long exposures. You can rent a tripod for a small fee. Availability is limited. Please inquire at the time of booking. 
  • Some fun lenses to use for this workshop would include wide angle and telephoto lenses. 
  • All skill levels and camera types are welcome to join this course. We will be able to adapt the lessons to suit your needs and equipment. 
  • We will be setting up on the beach for a large portion of this workshop. I will typically bring blankets to sit on. You are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or sit on the rocks if you prefer. You can also stand, but we will be exploring low angles when we capture motion in the water, so you should not be standing for this portion of the lesson.
  • I will also typically bring bug spray as some people, myself included, are highly attractive for mosquitos. 


(You can also inquire about our Sunset Photography Cruises!)

After leaving this workshop, you will have the confidence to capture stunning sunset and sunrise photographs on your own!

Due to the constantly changing regulations concerning prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the details of this workshop, including locations, subjects, routes, etc. are subject to change without notice. If a regulation does prevent certain parts of a workshop from operating  as described, every effort will be taken to address the technique or techniques in a manner that is consistent with the regulations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Policy.