PRIVATE WORKSHOPS & TOURS

One-on-one in-field training and workshops are also available throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through my knowledge of the areas, we'll devise a schedule and plan tailored exactly to what you're looking for and I'll provide personalized training to help you capture the perfect shots. Scouting, composition, camera settings and post-processing are all covered in personalized training sessions. 

Typically one-on-one instruction sessions start at $400/day/person for roughly 10 hours of shooting that includes an associated post-processing video based on a shot we take together. With that said, I'm open to discussing a tailored pricing structure based on your individual goals and needs. If you're interested, shoot me a message to let me know what you're thinking about and to check my availability - I most likely have a number of personal trips planned already that would be great to tag along on if you're looking for ideas.

 

POST-PROCESSING INSTRUCTION

I offer one-on-one processing instruction via Skype, or in person if you're in the Portland area, to teach you the processing techniques that I use in my photos. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, we can work through one of my images (or yours if they are suitable for demonstration) from start to finish or focus on the specific concepts you're most interested in. Each session will be tailored to your goals and a recording of the session will be provided for you to refer back to.

Concepts such as focus blending, exposure blending, color theory, luminosity masks, dodging and burning, targeted adjustments, and many more techniques are all fair game. I offer a very reasonable rate of $75/hour and recommend at least 2 hours for the first session to have enough time to work through an image and achieve your goals.

GROUP WORKSHOPS

FALL BACKPACKING IN THE ENCHANTMENTS CORE ZONE

Very Small Group Workshop (2)

Dates: October 16th – 20th

Description: Join me this fall for an extremely rare and unique opportunity to backpack and shoot the Core Zone of the Enchantments in central Washington. The Enchantments is an iconic hiking destination in Washington with gorgeous alpine lakes and larch trees that turn bright yellow/orange during the fall. The area is divided into multiple zones, with the Core Zone being the best and most popular. Overnight permits are heavily restricted and most are only given out on a lottery basis – some people spend years attempting to get an overnight permit for the Core Zone.  With that said, I have a permit for a group of 8 to enter on October 16th and am opening 2 spots to workshop participants. The remaining spots will likely consist of other photographers who won’t necessarily provide direct guidance, but may act as ancillary resources that you’ll likely be able to learn indirectly from.

This will be a truly immersive experience as it will also be my first time in the area and we’ll spend virtually the entire time shooting and exploring the area. Our group will need to enter the area at the same time, but you’re welcome to stay there beyond the 20th (up to 14 consecutive days total) and enter other zones as the Core Zone permit acts as a master permit so to speak. We’ll plan to get to Leavenworth (a great Bavaria inspired town nearby) on Sunday the 15th, enjoy the town during the evening and spend the night there, then head out as a group in the morning to begin hiking.

Participants will receive personalized instruction as part of a small group setting that emphasizes the following techniques: shooting to process (focus stacking and exposure blending), composition with a focus on compelling foregrounds, optimal settings with relation to the exposure triangle and the subjects we shoot, star shooting, and use of filters and other recommended equipment. Participants will also receive a comprehensive start-to-finish processing tutorial/video covering Lightroom and Photoshop techniques on one of the images shot that week.

This workshop will require a good amount of hiking, made more difficult by the fact that we’ll be backpacking with camera gear for 4 nights. As such, I would not recommend this workshop to those who are not in decent shape and/or have little to no experience backpacking. Not to say that this is a super difficult trip, I would just prefer to focus on photography and not backpacking/camping issues. Weather could also play a big role in this trip as snow is not uncommon to the area at the time of the year so please keep that in mind.

Price: $999

What’s Included:

  • Shooting and post-processing instruction
  • Lodging in Leavenworth (double occupancy room) for Sunday the 15th. I also reserved a campground for Friday night that has showers if you would like stay in the area and shoot fall colors around Leavenworth.
  • Limited transportation: Ask – willing to coordinate things if it fits the schedule and isn’t completely out of the way. There’s also a small chance I could get one of the other photographer attendees to carpool but I wouldn’t necessarily rely on it.
  • Limited backpacking equipment: I have 2 extra packs, 1 extra sleeping pad, potentially an extra tent if I just use a bivey, and we can share a jetboil and water filter.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Food and snacks
  • Transportation outside of the purview above
  • Equipment not described above

What to Bring & Recommended Gear:

  • Backpacking clothes and hiking shoes
  • General backpacking equipment as needed
  • Camera Equipment: I’ll leave this up to you but generally there’s a careful balance of minimalism vs. range. Here’s what I plan to bring:
    • Canon 5DIV Body
    • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L III, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II, Canon 2x extender
    • Lightweight Tripod (Induro)
    • A few filters
    • 4+ batteries and a few SD/CF cards

 

2017 FALL COLORS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Small Group Workshop (4)

Dates: October 21st – 22nd

Description: Join me this fall for a rewarding weekend throughout the Columbia River Gorge to experience its iconic waterfalls and beautiful fall colors. A detailed schedule will be provided circa a few weeks prior to the workshop but we’ll plan on beginning shortly after sunrise (7:35am) on Saturday and end at Sunset (6:15pm) on Sunday.

Participants will receive personalized instruction as part of a small group setting that emphasizes the following techniques: shooting to process (focus stacking and exposure blending), composition with a focus on compelling foregrounds, identifying the optimal shutter speed (and the exposure triangle in general), and use of filters and other recommended equipment for shooting waterfalls. Participants will also receive a comprehensive start-to-finish processing tutorial/video covering Lightroom and Photoshop techniques on one of the images shot that weekend.

This workshop will require moderate amounts of hiking. Most, if not all, of the locations we’ll visit will be relatively accessible with limited off-trail hiking (some paved paths, some dirt trails, some waterfalls just off trails, etc.). Depending on the group profile, we may have opportunities to visit lesser-known (and less accessible) locations as well. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding your physical ability and whether this workshop is a good fit for you.

Price: $699

What’s Included:

  • Shooting and post-processing instruction
  • Food: Sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and other light snacks
  • Water and liquid fuel (Red Bulls, coffee, etc.)
  • Limited transportation (if needed): to and from locations, airport pick-up/drop-off if Saturday morning and/or Sunday night, and hotel pick-up/drop-off from the designated hotel (Best Western Cascade Locks).

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Transportation not listed above
  • Lodging: You’re welcome to stay wherever you’d like but transportation will only be provided to and from the designated hotel, Best Western in Cascade Locks https://goo.gl/MY7Lgj
  • Dinner irrespective of the food described above

What to Bring & Recommended Gear:

  • Hiking shoes and adequate clothing: rain jacket, warm clothes that you can shed if you get hot, and dry pants are also convenient to have.
  • Waders: not required but highly recommended. The best photos usually require getting wet, so you’ll get the best experience if you’re prepared to do so. I use these (https://goo.gl/FGvxE9) with a pair Keen water shoes that I pull over the wader socks.
  • Camera Equipment:
    • Camera (full-frame recommended but not required)
    • Wide-angle lens (12mm – 24mm tends to be the optimal range for the locations we’ll visit).
    • Tripod
    • Circular polarizer filter (recommended but not required)
    • Rocket blower and/or a lot of lens cloths for wiping water off. A hat or something equivalent is also great to have to block mist/spray off your lens.

 

2017 WINTER WONDERLAND - COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE & MT. HOOD

Small Group Workshop (4)

Dates: December 16th – 17th (w/optional Mt. Hood sunset shoot on the 15th)

Description: Join me this winter to experience the Columbia River Gorge in a completely new (and icy) light as well as the truly majestic area of Mt. Hood. Weather will have a great impact on this workshop and the itinerary so an exact schedule likely will not be created until the week of the workshop. Some winters are very dry and don’t produce much ice, but others (like last year) are the complete opposite so please keep that in mind. Participants should expect to be ready to shoot prior to sunrise (7:45am) on Saturday and to end after Sunset (4:30pm) on Sunday. An optional sunset session will also be provided on Friday the 15th at a location near Mt. Hood, weather permitting.

Participants will receive personalized instruction as part of a small group setting that emphasizes the following techniques: shooting to process (focus stacking and exposure blending), composition with a focus on compelling foregrounds, optimal settings with relation to the exposure triangle and the subjects we shoot, and use of filters and other recommended equipment. Participants will also receive a comprehensive start-to-finish processing tutorial/video covering Lightroom and Photoshop techniques on one of the images shot that weekend.

This workshop will require moderate amounts of hiking in (hopefully) winter conditions such as snow and ice. In heavy amounts of snow, hiking becomes much more difficult so please take that into consideration. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding your physical ability and whether this workshop is a good fit for you.

Price: $699

What’s Included:

  • Shooting and post-processing instruction
  • Food: Sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and other light snacks
  • Water and liquid fuel (Red Bulls, coffee, etc.)
  • Hand warmers
  • Limited transportation (if needed): to and from locations, airport drop-off if on Sunday night, to and from designated hotels in Troutdale.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Transportation not listed above
  • Lodging: You’re welcome to stay wherever you’d like but transportation will only be provided to and from the designated hotels in Troutdale: Best Western Plus Cascade Inn & Suites, McMenamins Edgefield, Holiday Inn Express – Troutdale.
  • Dinner irrespective of the food described above

What to Bring & Recommended Gear:

  • Winter Clothes: sweater/fleece, winter jacket, dry/winter pants, hat, gloves, etc.
  • Snowshoes and crampons/micro-spikes – snowshoes may not be needed but hopefully they are!
  • Waders: not required but highly recommended. The best photos usually require getting wet, so you’ll get the best experience if you’re prepared to do so. I use these (https://goo.gl/FGvxE9) with a pair Keen water shoes that I pull over the wader socks.
  • Camera Equipment:
    • Camera (full-frame recommended but not required)
    • Wide-angle lens and zoom lens would be ideal (12mm – 100mm tends to be the optimal range for the locations we’ll visit).
    • Tripod
    • Circular polarizer filter (recommended but not required)
    • Rocket blower and/or a lot of lens cloths for wiping water off. A hat or something equivalent is also great to have to block mist/spray off your lens.

 

2018 SPRING WILDFLOWERS & WATERFALLS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Group Workshop (4)

Dates: May 18th – 20th

Description: Join me next spring for a great weekend throughout the Columbia River Gorge to experience its iconic waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers. A detailed schedule will be provided circa a few weeks prior to the workshop but we’ll plan on beginning shortly after sunrise (5:30am) on Friday and end near Sunset (8:40pm) on Sunday.

Participants will receive personalized instruction as part of a small group setting that emphasizes the following techniques: shooting to process (focus stacking and exposure blending), composition with a focus on compelling foregrounds, identifying the optimal shutter speed (and the exposure triangle in general), and use of filters and other recommended equipment for shooting waterfalls. Participants will also receive a comprehensive start-to-finish processing tutorial/video covering Lightroom and Photoshop techniques on one of the images shot that weekend.

This workshop will require moderate amounts of hiking. Most, if not all, of the locations we’ll visit will be relatively accessible with limited off-trail hiking (some paved paths, some dirt trails, some waterfalls just off trails, etc.). Depending on the group profile, we may have opportunities to visit lesser-known (and less accessible) locations as well. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding your physical ability and whether this workshop is a good fit for you.

Price: $899

What’s Included:

  • Shooting and post-processing instruction
  • Food: Sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and other light snacks
  • Water and liquid fuel (Red Bulls, coffee, etc.)
  • Limited transportation (if needed): to and from locations and hotel pick-up/drop-off from the designated hotel (Best Western Cascade Locks).

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Transportation not listed above
  • Lodging: You’re welcome to stay wherever you’d like but transportation will only be provided to and from the designated hotel, Best Western in Cascade Locks https://goo.gl/MY7Lgj
  • Dinner irrespective of the food described above

What to Bring & Recommended Gear:

  • Hiking shoes and adequate clothing: rain jacket, appropriate clothing for hiking that can layer up or down depending on weather.
  • Waders: not required but highly recommended. The best photos usually require getting wet, so you’ll get the best experience if you’re prepared to do so. I use these (https://goo.gl/FGvxE9) with a pair Keen water shoes that I pull over the wader socks.
  • Camera Equipment:
    • Camera (full-frame recommended but not required)
    • Wide-angle lens (12mm – 24mm tends to be the optimal range for the locations we’ll visit).
    • Tripod
    • Circular polarizer filter (recommended but not required)
    • Rocket blower and/or a lot of lens cloths for wiping water off. A hat or something equivalent is also great to have to block mist/spray off your lens.