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3 hr |  $359

Downtown PDX 

private tour for 1-2

Explore the streets of Downtown PDX after dark during the holiday season. This photo tour focuses on following the light and capturing artistic images at night with and without a tripod. Dramatic light is everywhere, if you are looking for it!

This is a seasonal private photo tour offered in December.

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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 at night.


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

We will shoot scenes that will require a tripod and we'll practice how to shoot at night without a tripod. We discuss how to hold your camera in order to take longer exposures without camera shake. We also practice improving composition, perspective and looking for "good light".

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!


Camera settings when shooting at night without a tripod

Long shutter speeds and shooting with a tripod

Shooting in manual mode 

Using a self timer or cable release

Lighting direction and quality

Metering and exposing for highlights

White balance with different light sources

Composition + perspective

Hand holding long exposures

Meeting Location:

Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Meet outside the building.


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

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Minimum age requirement is 18.

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