COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
3 hr | $199
*Announcement* In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the Columbia River Gorge Photo Tours have been canceled for the summer of 2020. Should this change I will post an announcement on this page. Thanks for your understanding.
Landscape photography is one of the most popular forms of photography, enticing many people to want to learn photography. But learning how to create powerful, crisp landscapes takes practice and skills. Learn the tips and tricks of mastering the light, composition and exposure of landscape photography in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
This is a small group tour that includes up to 3 participants.
Where We'll Go:
Multnomah Falls - The "Granddaddy" of Oregon's waterfalls. This will be our first stop and we'll arrive early enough to beat the crowds, capturing the majestic falls from multiple levels and angles including Benson Bridge. It is a short .4 mile round trip hike on a paved trail to the Benson Bridge with a few switchbacks and incline.
Latourell Falls - A unique Columbia Gorge waterfall, in the way that it drops straight down from an overhanging basalt cliff. Most of those falls tumble to some degree. Best known for the chartreuse colored lichen covering the columnar basalt formations surrounding the falls. A short .3 round trip with a gradual decline.
Vista House - You can't go to the Gorge without making a stop at the Vista House, a museum in the Crown Point State Scenic Corridor with a fantastic sweeping view of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
What You'll Learn:
Upon arrival we'll scout the locations, exploring lighting and conditions. We'll discuss lighting quality, lighting direction, metering, exposing for the highlights, composition and perspective. This photo tour does not deep dive into basic camera settings. If you are interested in learning camera basics, F-Stops and Shutter Speeds 101 is for you. However, we will discuss the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and how to apply it when shooting landscapes and waterfalls.
We'll cover how to find the sweet spot of your lens and discuss the difference between being "sharp" or "in focus". We review how to use manual focus, white balance and a cable release or self timer. If you are not already shooting in manual mode, I will help you make the transition easy. We work with a neutral density filter to create a desired blurred effect of the water and we discuss the use of other filters in landscape photography.
At the end of the photo tour, you will be sent an invite into Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a group open only to those who have participated in a Portland Photo Tour and are interested in learning, inspiring and having fun with photography. Tag me on the images you post in the forum and I will give you feedback!
Lighting direction & quality
Using a self timer or cable release
Using filters + a tripod
Exposing for the highlights
Sunbursts (dependent on weather)
Composition + perspective
Shooting in manual mode
Discussion about focus stacking and composite images
DSLR or mirrorless camera
Wide angle lens - 28mm or wider is preferred (18mm on crop sensor)
Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera
6 or 10 stop Neutral Density Filter for your wide angle lens - necessary if you want the water to looked very blurred
Polarizing Filter (optional)
Cable release (optional)
Capable of walking 1.5 miles carrying your equipment. There is an incline up to Benson Bridge. Please read the above location descriptions to assess if this photo tour is appropriate for you.
53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010. Meet at the concession stand in front of the lodge.
Participants should plan on meeting at Multnomah Falls using their own transportation and we'll caravan from there.
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