The rolling, manicured agricultural fields of eastern Washington tap into some serious “Americana“. This area, often referred to as the “Palouse” is actually an expansive area filled with old farmsteads, dilapidated houses, farm equipment, and often dramatic skies. Come explore the rural landscapes of this scenic region! When you join my Palouse photography workshop, I will help beginning and intermediate photographers create wonderful images of this beautifully unique region. The workshop focuses on producing striking and powerful compositions, as well as telling a story with your photos. There is a strong emphasis on understanding your camera’s settings in order to use them creatively.
Best Season for Color & Light
The Palouse region has sweeping vistas, wildflowers, old and new farms, and plenty of macro opportunities and should have peak greens mixed with freshly harvested earth tones. If we’re lucky, we’ll find golden fields of canola and experience the dappled light this region is famous for.
Small Group Size
Our workshops are kept small and personable. You are sure to get ample time with the instructor over the course of the workshop.
A Focus on Composition
The Palouse region contains a wide variety of subject matter that can be challenging to compose compared to other types of landscape photography. We will focus on how best to compose use wide angle and strong telephoto lenses. We will discuss ideas such as repetition, creating depth, and visual flow during the course of the workshop.
*$1000/day rate for private 1-on-1 sessions in 2024
A $700 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
I have decided in 2024 to skip a group workshop in lieu of offering private sessions. Steptoe Butte, arguably one of the most iconic locations in all of Palouse, will be closed during peak months in 2024. While there is still plenty to see without visiting Steptoe Butte, I will instead offer private tours where we can focus on night photography (milky way or full moon) and explore the area with more freedom.
- Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer.
- Free shuttle from the airport (prior notice required).
- Image critiques and post processing sessions.
- Snacks throughout the workshop.
- A fun, positive, interactive learning environment.
What’s Not Included
- Transportation. While participants need to provide their own transportation during the workshop we will be carpooling as much as possible.
- Meals, though the group often eats together throughout the workshop.
- Trip Insurance: I highly recommend trip insurance due to unforeseen circumstances that may require your cancellation.
Getting to the workshop
This workshop is based out of Pullman, Washington, and ventures into the vast agricultural fields surrounding Palouse, Colfax, Garfield, Pullman, and more. We will use Pullman as our home base and have rooms reserved at the Hilltop which are included unless you opt out or choose to book elsewhere.
Our Eastern Washington Palouse photography workshop begins on Thursday afternoon where we will go over logistics and introductions before heading out to photograph sunset. Friday and Saturday will be spent photographing from sunrise until sundown with a mid-day break. The workshop wraps after sunrise on Sunday. Our weekend will be spent chasing clouds, photographing the fields, old barns and houses amidst the rolling agricultural lands around Colfax, Palouse, Pullman, and more.
This workshop is organized to take advantage of the best and most interesting locations in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. However, the exact itinerary and places we visit may change depending on the group and weather conditions.
Eastern Washington in the late spring can have cool and crisp mornings with temperatures in the mid 40s with average highs in the mid to high 70s, and sometimes into the 80s. There can also be a high chance of thunderstorms and high winds.
Palouse 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
• Interchangeable lens camera: either mirror less or DSLR
• Lenses: Wide and ultra-wide angle lenses are highly recommended as are mid-range, medium telephoto, and possibly macro
• A sturdy tripod
• Circular polarizer and neutral density filters
• Rain fly
• Remote shutter release
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.
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.
My 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, I know the best times to visit, the best things to see, and the best shots to get. Plus I’m constantly adding new and exciting locations to our line-up so you can keep expanding your photographic horizons.
1-on-1 Instruction at Your Level
I take a three-tiered approach to my 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 to springboard your photography, and the actual “How-To” of nailing a shot in the field. And with my relaxed, casual, 1-on-1 approach, you can soak up just the information YOU need to become a better shooter.
Small Class Size
My workshops insure you get ample one-on-one time, and the small group size also helps build camaraderie. Plus, we can go places big photography tours simply can’t.
A “Go Happy or Go Home” Attitude
I believe photography is as much about enjoyment as it is about scoring a keeper for your portfolio. I strive to create a fun and dynamic environment in which you meet other photographers, learn at your own pace, enjoy the beauty of nature, and have a great time while doing it.
I Never Stop Scouting
I’m never content to rest on my laurels. Before and after every workshop, I am scouting, scouting, scouting. Whether it’s to find new and exciting location to shoot or to provide a different view of the old icons, I strive to show you the absolute best places for photography.
Fully Insured and Permitted, Leave-No-Trace Advocates
My workshops are 100% above board, and I obtain all necessary permissions and insurances.
I am also a strong advocate of Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. I teach responsible photography practices and never sacrifice the environment for the sake of a photo. My goal is to leave our photography workshop locations in better shape than how we found them.
I reside in the Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest and have made annual visits to eastern Washington for close to a decade. Always scouting before and after workshops, I continually add new locations and ensure the classic ones are worth photographing. Through a combination of theory, philosophy, examples, and on-the-spot feedback, I strive to help students reach those “a-ha!” moments which take their photography to the next level.