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Seattle Photography Workshop

Come join me for a tour filled with photography around the Emerald City of Seattle. We will explore two locations during the Seattle Photography Workshop, one for sunset, and the other as night falls and the lights start to glow. Conversely, we can meet early in the morning and shoot through sunrise. Seattle offers many unique locations for photographing the skyline and the iconic Space Needle.  This photography workshop is a custom booked outing, so please fill out the contact form below under the “Booking” tab. The workshop can be customized to cover a variety of subjects including long exposures, balancing natural and artificial light, and creating high resolution panoramas.

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Seattle Highlights

Unique architecture and city skyline with colorful sky

Iconic Views at the Right Time

Based on the season and time of day, we will visit locations in order to take advantage of the best light.

Sunset panorama of Seattle skyline at sunset

Scenic Skylines

Multiple vantage points offer ample opportunity for creating striking panoramas.

Black and white car lights streaking around corner

Using Contrast for Creative Effect

We will use the city lights and long exposures to create contrast with the darkness of night.

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Our Seattle Photography Workshop topics include:

• Transforming your artistic vision into memorable photographs
• Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – their relationship to one another and how to change them for exposure control
• Metering and getting a correct exposure
• Histograms, how to read them, and how to fine-tune exposure
• Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control
• Capturing motion within your photos using different shutter speeds
• White balance and creative coloration
• Creating perspective, depth, and a sense of “being there” in your photos
• Creating powerful compositions with impact
• Composing to control your viewer’s attention in your photos
• Composition balance, tension, and visual flow
• How to use filters to capture dramatic light or create long-exposure effects
• Shoot planning and how to be at the right place at the right time
• Aspects of post-processing and digital workflow
• Shoot planning and how to be at the right place at the right time

Getting to the workshop

This photography workshop is based out of Seattle, Washington, and ventures into various parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Our Seattle photography workshop begins in the late afternoon before sunset or early in the morning prior to sunrise based on your preference. Our time will be spent chasing the light and angles of the Seattle skyline in a variety of ways.

This workshop is organized to take advantage of the best and most interesting locations in Seattle, however, the exact itinerary and places we visit may change depending on the group and weather conditions.


Based on the season and time of day, Seattle can have such a wide range of weather, we will discuss do our best to be out shooting no matter the conditions. Even if it’s raining, proper planning can still allow for ample photo time.

  • $300 for 1 person for the workshop
  • $450 for 2 people 
  • $600 for 3 people

A deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

What’s Included:

• Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer
• In-field shooting and instruction
• A fun, positive, interactive learning environment

What’s Not Included

• Getting to the meeting location in Seattle, WA. Sea-Tac airport is the closest airport and is approximately 20-30 minutes from the initial meeting location.
• Transportation during the workshop. While students need to provide their own transportation during the workshop we will be carpooling as much as possible.
• Meals

Cancellation Policy

Please view our cancellation policy here.

Camera Gear

• Digital SLR camera
• Lenses. Wide and ultra-wide angle lenses are highly recommended
• A sturdy tripod
• Closed footwear with good traction
• Creativity and a positive attitude
• Warm clothes in layers, gloves, a warm hat, and a rain jacket
• A wide-brim hat and sunscreen
• A one-liter (or larger) water bottle

Recommended clothing

Most participants will be comfortable with a jacket and hat for the mornings and evenings, and pants and a sweater during the day. For our late night and early morning shoots, we recommend a very warm jacket, hat, and gloves. A wide-brim hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, and a large water bottle will also be indispensable.

Highly recommended items

• Filters (ND, Grad ND, Polarizer)
• Remote shutter release
• Camera rain sleeve
• Flashlight

Fitness level

This workshop is appropriate for photographers of most fitness levels. We will walk approximately 1-2 miles over the course of the workshop over mostly even terrain. All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear, and water during the workshop.

Spectacular Locations
Our workshops combine the very best scenery we can find along with in-depth knowledge of the areas we’re visiting. From the coast to the mountains to the desert, our workshops visit some of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. And with hundreds of hours spent scouting and shooting in each location, we know the best times to visit, the best things to see, and the best shots to get. Plus we’re constantly adding new and cool locations to our line-up so you can keep expanding your photographic horizons.

1-on-1 Instruction at Your Level
We take a three-tiered approach to our photography instruction: Philosophy. Theory. Technique. This means that no matter what level of photographer you are, you can expect to walk away from a workshop with your head bursting with ideas about how to refine your vision and find your own style, an understanding of camera techniques and composition concepts that will springboard your photography, and the actual “How-To” of nailing a shot in the field. And with our relaxed, casual, 1-on-1 approach, you can soak up just the information YOU need to become a better shooter.

Small Class Size
Our multi-day workshops insure you get ample one-on-one time with the instructors. Our small groups also help us build camaraderie, plus we can go places big photography tours can’t.

A “Go Happy or Go Home” Attitude
We believe that photography is as much about enjoyment as it is about scoring a keeper for your portfolio. We create a fun and dynamic environment where you can meet other photographers, learn at your own pace, enjoy the beauty of nature, and have a great time while doing it.

We Never Stop Scouting
Sea to Summit is never content to rest on its laurels. Before and after every workshop we are scouting, scouting, scouting. Whether it’s to find new and exciting locations to shoot or to provide a different view of the old icons, we strive to show you the absolute best places for photography.

Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates
Sea to Summit takes pains to ensure our activities are 100% above board. We obtain all the necessary permissions and insurances required in order conduct our workshops.

We are also strong advocates of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. We teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. Our goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than the way we found them.

Your Instructor

Jim Patterson

Jim Patterson has been living in the Seattle area for almost four years and has been photographing city skylines in both the San Francisco and Seattle areas for over a decade.