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Your most inspiring and fulfilling creative experience this year.

Kando is Sony’s core philosophy, which roughly translates into the power of emotional connection and serves as the foundation for Kando Trip, our unique experience for content creators. Set in Sunriver, Oregon the Kando Trip experience will stretch your creative boundaries. Under the guidance of leading photographers, filmmakers, educators, and social experts, you’ll explore new ways to create, share, and build your brand. You’ll be in the company of like-minded creatives and leading representatives of one of the best brands in the world, with food, tech, and cheer galore.

Want to know what Kando trip is all about?

See some of the highlights from Kando Trip 2.0 here.


August 13 - 16, 2019


Sunriver, Oregon USA

Double Occupancy


Single Occupancy


Kando Trip Presenters

Teachers and Mentors

kando speaker Taylor Rees
Taylor Rees
kando speaker Nancy Borowick
Nancy Borowick
Photographer and Author
kando speaker Rachel Jones Ross
Rachel Jones Ross
kando speaker Mahesh Thapa
Mahesh Thapa
kando speaker Marvi Lacar
Marvi Lacar
Documentary Photographer & Filmmaker


Underwater Photography
Instructor: Ben Lowy

Pool shoot with models

We will be jumping into the pool to shoot models in both the daylight and the night. The class will revolve around how to shoot in water, how light behaves in water, how to use fabric, and how to communicate with models to create the image you want to produce.

Intro to Video for Still Shooters
Instructor: Bob Krist

The successful jump from stills to video

For the most part, photographers are well prepared to make the leap into video, but there are a few common pitfalls that still shooters face when moving into video. This introduction to video shooting addresses the common pitfalls (and how to avoid them) that still shooters face when the first try to shoot storytelling, cinematic video.

Create a Stop-Motion Video
Instructor: Caroline Jensen & Colette Robinson

Bring magic into your work with stop motion

Learn how to create stop-motion animations and bring magic into your work! In this class, we'll have a short demo followed by an interactive exercise using the art of stop motion to create a video of your own!

Colby Brown's Guide to Wildlife Photography
Instructor: Colby Brown

How to create incredible wildlife images

Join Colby Brown for an in-depth talk and field excursion that focuses on creating incredible wildlife images. This class starts out with a 30 minute classroom session that dives into the gear, techniques and skills required to master wildlife photography. This will be followed by an hour walk along the rivers found in Sunriver, Oregon, which should provide a variety of different wildlife opportunities for the class.

Sunrise Shoot at Sparks Lake (4:45 am departure)
Instructor: Colby Brown

Sunrise photo excursion

Join Colby Brown for a sunrise shoot at the gorgeous Sparks Lake, located 45 minutes from Sunriver, Oregon. We will focus our time in the field talking about gear, composition, exposure and storytelling. A tripod will be required—tripods will be available to check out on site. Filters such as ND or CPL can be used, but are not required. Return by 8 AM at the latest.

Creating Live-Action 4k Timelapse
Instructor: Drew Geraci

Learn the art of timelapse video

A primer in video specifically designed for still shooters who want to make the move.

A Cinematic Journey into the American West
Instructor: Jeff Berlin

The basics of creating a cinematic short film

Filmmaker, photographer and Sony Artisan Jeff Berlin is no stranger to the worlds of rodeo and western lifestyle. Join him in this session at the Sunriver stables as he breaks down the basics of creating a cinematic short film. He will cover everything from building up your camera with accessories and how to best set and configure your camera for your projects, to discussing lighting for motion and thinking about film structure and shot construction. Jeff will go over some of the techniques, tips, and tricks he’s learned working on feature films, short films, music videos and commercials. Bring your cameras since you will be creating and shooting sequences, and discussing what to expect in post production. This will be a fun and informative workshop with a bit of western twang. Let’s get ‘er done!

Through The Looking Glass Photo Walk
Instructor: Jose Silva

Create better portraits with eye AF

In this walk we will explore different techniques aimed at creating more compelling portraits through the use of depth, lighting, and with the help of Sony Alpha's eye AF.

Cross Train: Bike & Shoot
Instructor: Katrin Eismann

Rev up your metabolism and fill your camera card on a fun bike ride

Burn some calories, rev up your metabolism and fill those camera cards one a fun, photo bike ride. We’ll explore the neighborhood and experiment with shutter speed and flash to make exciting daytime action photos. While we pedal we’ll play with panning techniques and using flash to freeze action with high-speed sync.

Water(fall) Photography - Long and Short Exposure Methods
Instructor: Mahesh Thapa

Chasing the perfect waterfall shot

Join @StarvingPhotographer on location as he demonstrates several methods to capture flowing water. Weather you’re into silky smooth or crisp textures, this is the class for you. Learn to optimize aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings to capture the perfect shot!

Awesome Apps for Better Photography
Instructor: Mahesh Thapa

Apps to plan, organize, edit, and make great images

A camera phone or App can’t replace your Sony gear, but they sure can make your photography life easier! In this course, you’ll learn which apps @starvingphotographer relies on to plan, organize, edit, and make stunning images with his iOS device. Discussion will focus on the key elements of each app and how best to use the available features to achieve maximum efficiency and success. Wanna use your mobile device to become a better photographer? There’s an App for that!

Personal Project To Advertising Pitch: From Concept To Creation
Instructor: Marvi Lacar

Planning and executive the best ad pitch

Marvi Lacar is a director and content strategist, and she will detail the dynamic growth and logistical planning of both personal and advertising projects.

Exploring Empathy in Personal and Creative Works
Instructor: Nancy Borowick

Strengthen your work through emotion

Documenting personal stories are as much about the photographer as they are about the subject. Nancy Borowick never planned to photograph her family, but when she found herself in the chemotherapy room with both of her parents who had been diagnosed with stage-4 cancers, she found that photography allowed her to process, heal and understand what was happening through a familiar context, and in a language she could understand. The story she was living, and narrative she was photographing, was not about cancer and death, however, it was about life, love and family in contrast.

Run-n-Gun Interviewing
Instructor: Taylor Rees

Supercharge your career and produce more income

Learn deck creation, creative calls, and promotion of projects to help supercharge careers and produce income.

Merging Photography & Design
Instructor: Temi Coker

Turn your photography into a poster or art piece

This workshop will focus on how to turn your photography into a poster or art piece. This could be useful for those who make album covers and those who want to add graphic elements to their images. A lot of creative companies are now merging these two mediums and I believe it will be a good asset to have as a creative.

Long Exposure: A Hands-On Experience
Instructor: Thibault Roland

Manipulate time and create unique images

Long exposure is a unique technique that allows you to manipulate time and create unique and breathtaking images when increasing exposure. It transforms waterfalls and fast moving rivers into milky ethereal shapes, quiets down the oceans, blurs out clouds moving in the wind or even turns cars and stars into trails of light. If you want to learn how to integrate this technique to your photography in the wonderful settings of Oregon, this workshop is for you! Come and join Sony Artisan Thibault Roland for this is shoot off site. Unless you want to bring your favorite accessory all you need are memory cards. All other equipment will be provided for this workshop.

Intro to Photo Lighting
Instructor: Tony Gale

Photographic lighting with constant lights and studio flash

Available light can be beautiful, but it isn’t always great and can be quite limiting. In this class Sony Artisan Tony Gale will introduce you to photographic lighting with both constant lights and studio flash. We will go over the pros and cons of each as well as how to get started with controlling light to get those great shots when available light just isn’t enough.

Shooting Liquids
Instructor: Tony Gale

Dramatic splash and pour photos using Sony Speedlites

Photographing liquid can be tricky, this class will cover how to get dramatic splash and pour photos using Sony Speedlites. We will cover how to light for dramatic effect and what goes into freezing the motion (it’s not just shutter speed) so you can make amazing photos. You will have the opportunity to try out the techniques in class.

Ten Tools for Processing Night Images in Photoshop
Instructor: Rachel Ross

Bring dimension to your night images

Just like in the days of the dark room, digital image processing is as important as solid field techniques.

Learn how to bring dimension to your night images with Alpha Collective member Rachel Jones Ross. This class will cover concepts such as blending focus stacked images, working with colour, and noise reduction.

Chasing Moonbeams - Creative Nightscapes Under a Full Moon
Instructor: Rachel Ross

Unique approach to photographing nightscapes

We seldom think about moonrise the way we do about sunrise. However, just like sunrise, moonrise can bring the landscape to life in a whole new way with unique color, soft light, and deep shadows. Join Alpha Collective member Rachel Jones Ross for a unique approach to photographing nightscapes.

Travel Light
Instructor: Katrin Eismann

Edit great images on the go

Katrin will show you how she travels lighter and makes more successful images with Sony cameras and a mobile phone or tablet. In this session you’ll learn how to: Import and manage camera RAW files with a tablet, Quickly rank, rate and apply professional development settings, Refine images with selective editing and creative black and white conversion, Share your images across many social media outlets, Sync your images on your phone and/or tablet with your laptop or desktop.

Portraits with Character -- Part 1: Shoot | Part 2: Post Processing
Instructor: Brian Smith

Character portraits that capture the subject's essence

Portrait photography that captures character is a hallmark of "real and true" people photography. Magazines seek to show us perfection retouching any imperfections of models and actors and other celebrities. This class will focus on how to reveal character portraits that capture the essence of the subject.

The Art of the Cinemagraph: Creating Artistic Photos that Surprise
Instructor: Caroline Jensen

Blending video and stills into eye-catching cinemagraphs

Caroline Jensen is well known for her storytelling images, but sometimes a photo is not enough. Join her as she takes you through her process for blending video and stills into eye-catching cinemagraphs. Come prepared to shoot along and create a unique cinemagraph in class.

Intro To Aerial Photography
Instructor: Chris Burkard

Learn to shoot from a plane

Going over the basic principals and methods of shooting from a plane.

What You Get

What You Get

  • Three nights all-inclusive room & board in Sunriver, OR. All food, drink and good times covered
  • Choice of 20+ interactive classes on site and on location taught by high-caliber professional photographers & videographers
  • Extensive shooting opportunities including landscape, portraiture, astrophotography, timelapse, action and more
  • Welcome kit packed full of goodies from Sony and partner brands
  • Access to test and try the latest cameras and lenses from Sony’s Digital Imaging lineup while on site
  • Opportunity to meet the Sony Digital Imaging marketing and executive team
  • Give direct feedback to Sony’s product planning and engineering teams from Tokyo
  • Plus many other surprises and chances to win Sony gear!

Double Occupancy


Single Occupancy
(very limited spots available)

* Airfare is not included in the price.

Schedule of Events

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
  • Afternoon to Evening Arrivals
  • Early Sunrise Activity
  • 7:30am to 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am to 10:30am Class Block 1
  • 10:45am to 12:15pm Class Block 2
  • 12:15pm to 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm to 3:00pm Class Block 3
  • 3:15pm to 4:45pm Class Block 4
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm Freestyle
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm to 9:00pm Sunset Shoots
  • 10:00pm to 12:00am Astro Photography
  • Early Sunrise Activity
  • 7:30am to 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am to 10:30am Class Block 1
  • 10:45am to 12:15pm Class Block 2
  • 12:15pm to 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm to 3:00pm Class Block 3
  • 3:15pm to 4:45pm Class Block 4
  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm Freestyle
  • 6:00pm to 12:00am Stay tuned!
  • Morning Departures