private tour for 1-2 

*includes transportation from Downtown Portland

When you are in the Pacific Northwest you don't have to go far to find stunning landscapes! Learn the tips and tricks of mastering the light, composition and exposure of landscape photography in the beautiful Oregon.  

This private photo tour can be technical (covers camera settings, composition and lighting) or non- technical (covers composition and lighting, but does not deep dive into technical camera settings).

Let's have an adventure!

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

hr  |  $299 includes transportation

Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, 

and Vista House

5.5 hr  |  $399 includes transportation

Multnomah, Bridal Veil, Latourell Falls, Women's Forum Viewpoint and Vista House

hr  |  $499 includes transportation

Multnomah, Bridal Veil, Latourell, Horsetail Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Women's Forum Viewpoint and Vista House


Cannon Beach

7 hr  |  $499 includes transportation

Haystack Rock, Oswald West State Park and Devil's Cauldron (or Hug Point)


Silver Falls State Park

hr  |  $449 includes transportation

South Falls, North Falls and

Middle North Falls


Mount Hood

7 hr  |  $499 includes transportation

Trillium Lake, Timberline Lodge and

Tamanawas Falls (or Mirror Lake)


Custom Photo Tour

We'll work together to craft an itinerary that fits your needs and schedule. 
Please submit a PRIVATE TOUR INQUIRY FORM and I'll be back to you shortly!


What You'll Learn:

Upon arrival we'll scout the location, exploring lighting and conditions. We'll discuss lighting quality, lighting direction, metering, exposing for the highlights, composition and perspective.


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. You will also have the option of learning how to shoot for focus stacking.

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

Discovering your lens' sweet spot 

Manual focus  


Exposing for the highlights

Composition + perspective

Transition into manual mode

Sunbursts (dependent on weather and location)

Focus Stacking (post production is not covered)


DSLR or mirrorless camera

Wide angle lens - 28mm or wider is preferred (18mm on crop sensor)

Filters (depends on photo tour and time day)

Cable release (optional)

Food/Drinks - please pack a lunch and water

Capable of walking/hiking a minimum of 2 miles carrying your equipment. 

Extra lens cloths- spray from waterfalls will get droplets on your lens!

Waterproof hiking shoes and appropriate hiking attire for the weather.



Filters are a must in any landscape photographer's bag. Neutral density filters create blurred water and/or clouds. Polarizing filters and graduated neutral density filters help darken skies. We will discuss which filters would be best for your photo tour and time of day you chose.


Photo tours are typically rain or shine, but can be canceled under extreme weather conditions. I want you to receive the best images possible and if heavy rain (not your typical Portland sprinkle) or other weather conditions prevent that, we will reschedule. If a photo tour is canceled, you will have the choice of receiving a full refund or rescheduling. Please be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached the day of your photo tour.

Meeting Location:

Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. Please meet in the back of the lobby by the David Hume art collection.


More Info:

You can sit back and relax while I drive you in my commercially insured, all-wheel drive, SUV with all weather tires. 

If you are not interested in f-stops, shutter speeds and other camera settings, but want to be shown some of the top photo locations in Oregon, this photo tour can be non-technical. Although, we will discuss lighting, composition and best angles. 

Pricing is for 1-2 people. Additional hours are $75 per hour. Hours are consecutive. Please inquire for pricing for 3+ people. Children ages 10-17 may attend with a registered legal guardian.

I can teach you how to shoot for focus stacking and image blending, but post production is necessary for each of these techniques. A post processing lesson can be added for $100 for 1 hour.


The Columbia River Gorge Photo Tour can be booked now through the ONLINE CALENDAR. Please submit a PRIVATE TOUR INQUIRY if you don't see a time that works for you. Scheduling is flexible!

For all other Explore Oregon photo tours, please submit a PRIVATE TOUR INQUIRY FORM
 and I'll be back to you shortly!


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