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3 hr |  $359

Hoyt Arboretum

private tour for 1-2

The Hoyt Arboretum is one of the most breathtaking locations in Oregon to witness the beauty of our fall colors. We'll shoot at sunset on the Wildwood and Maple Trails for a spectacular display as we learn how light, composition and exposure can create an amazing fall image. 

This is a seasonal private photo tour offered mid October.


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What You'll Learn:

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 fall colors at sunset.


If you are not already shooting in manual mode, I will show you how to make the transition easy. We'll cover how to expose for the highlights in your scene in order to capture dramatic light. I review center point focusing, metering and white balance. We review how lighting direction and quality can transform your image. 

We also review camera settings and exposure for shooting a landscape at sunrise using a tripod. Composition, perspective and what is "good light" are discussed. We practice a variety of techniques for shooting creative close up 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!


Creative close up photography  

Landscapes at sunset

Lighting direction + quality

Composition + perspective

Sunbursts (dependent on weather)

Using a cable release (or self timer) + tripod

Shooting in manual mode 

Metering and exposing for the highlights

Meeting Location:

Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, SW Knights Blvd & SW Zoo Parking Road in Washington Park (park in Lot C across from World Forestry Center)​

DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera

Wide angle and/or standard lens

Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera

Cable release (optional)

Capable of walking 1.5 miles carrying your equipment. The Maple Trail has some incline.

Peak Season:

If the fall colors at not at their peak (or close to) at the time of your scheduled photo tour, you will be contacted to reschedule. If you are unable to reschedule, you will have the choice of receiving a full refund or applying your credit to another photo tour.

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Minimum age requirement is 18.

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