4 hr |  $199 


Includes transportation from Downtown PDX

*Announcement* The last small group Columbia River Gorge Photo Tour of the season took place on Oct 12, 2019 and will resume in May 2020. Private photo tours to the Gorge are available throughout the year. Please submit an inquiry form if you are interested in a private photo tour.


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 and transportation with pick up/drop off in Downtown Portland.

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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.

Meeting Location:

Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Meet in the back of the lobby by the David Hume art collection.

Prefer to meet us at Multnomah Falls? No problem! Just send a quick note to letting me know.


More Info:

You can sit back and relax while I drive you to the shooting locations in my commercially insured, all-wheel drive, SUV. Hours are consecutive and include drive time from Downtown Portland.

Max # attending:

3 participants 


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