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2.5 hr  |  $169 

Portland Art Museum

Group (Max 4 people)

*$20 admission not included

Learn how to capture dramatic images in challenging lighting situations. There are unique and creative opportunities around every corner of the Portland Art Museum. Expand your mind and embrace low light photography without flash or a tripod! 

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What You'll Learn:

This photo tour begins with a lesson on camera settings for low light when a tripod and flash are not an option. We discuss optimal aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings and the delicate balance of the exposure triangle in low light scenarios. If you are not already shooting in manual mode, I'll help you make the transition easy. 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.

We cover exposing for the highlights in order to capture dramatic light. Center point focusing, metering and understanding lighting quality and direction are discussed. You will be given tips on how to hand hold your camera in low light for extra stability and longer exposures.

We'll address how to color balance your images for indoor lighting. We also review how to color balance in complex lighting situations with multiple light sources.

At the end of the photo tour, you will be invited to join Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a Facebook 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 and I will give you feedback on your images!


Low light camera settings

Color balance in low light and complex white balance situations

Transition into manual mode

Lighting direction + quality


Exposing for the highlights

Composition + perspective

Hand holding long exposures

Equipment review


DSLR or mirrorless camera

Wide angle and/or standard lens

Meeting Location:

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205.


The museum only permits bags smaller than 11″ x 17″ x 6″ which can be carried at your side or in front of you. No backpacks. You will be asked to check anything larger. Bring only the required equipment for this photo tour which can be fit in a small side bag.


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Minimum age requirement is 18 for group tours and 13 for private tours.

Admission to the Portland Art Museum is $20 and is not included. You can pay admission at the door directly to the Portland Art Museum.

Max #:

Group tours are 4 people max.

Private tours are for 1-2 people. Custom pricing is available for additional time or participants.

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