3 hr |  $429

Trillium Lake

private tour for 1-2 people

You've seen the amazing images of Mount Hood reflecting in a serene mountain lake, I'll show you how and where to capture them. At an elevation of 3,600 feet and surrounded by a peaceful conifer forest, Trillium Lake is must see in the Mount Hood area. We'll be there to capture its beauty at sunset and magic hour.  

This is a seasonal group tour offered June-Sept.

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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.


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 also discuss the use of filters in landscape photography. This photo tour also covers how to capture the unique details of an Oregon forest.

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!


Landscape + close up photography

Lighting direction & quality

Using a self timer or cable release

Using filters + a tripod


Exposing for the highlights

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

Graduated neutral density filter, 3 stops (optional, but highly recommended)

Capable of walking 1 mile carrying your equipment. 

Meeting Location:

Trillium Lake Day Use Area

Trillium Lake Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028

Meet on the fishing pier by the day use area.


More Info:

This is one of the only photo tours I offer where it kind of has to be a somewhat clear day. For the best images, we need to be able to see part of the mountain. If it looks like we are going to be out of luck the day, I will reach out to reschedule or refund your tour. Please be sure to leave a number where you can be reached that day. 


Minimum age requirement is 18.