3-Day Workshop

4 photo tours

6 people max

July 15-17, 2022  

July 29-31, 2022

  • Mount Hood + Trillium Lake

  • Portland Photo Hotspots 

  • Cannon Beach + Haystack Rock

  • Columbia River Gorge + Multnomah Falls

This workshop combines my best photo tours from the past 10 years of teaching! We'll go from capturing the iconic Mount Hood reflection at Trillium Lake to walking the "weird" streets of Portland to exploring beautiful Cannon Beach crowned by Haystack Rock and lastly, visiting waterfall alley in our beloved Columbia River Gorge. You will receive hands-on, in the field learning and the opportunity to take your photography skills to the next level!

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What's Included:

  • Advance preparation material provided 14 days before the workshop in order to optimize your time in the field.

  • Meet + Greet

  • 4 Photo Tours with hands on, individualized photography instruction

  • Strategy and settings discussion before each photo tour

  • Recap discussion including post production plan

  • Follow up is provided with membership to the Portland Photo Tour Forum, a collaborative photography Facebook group.


Day 1

  • 30 Minute Meet + Greet

  • Mount Hood + Trillium Lake Sunset

First we'll meet up in Government Camp for introductions and share our workshop goals. We'll also discuss our approach and settings for the evening before caravanning down to the stunning shore of Trillium Lake for an alpine sunset. Each participant receives hands on in-the-field guidance. 

Day 2

  • Portland Photo Hotspots Morning

  • Cannon Beach + Haystack Rock Sunset

The next morning does not require a sunrise start, but we'll meet early and wander the city including downtown, Chinatown, the cultural district and the waterfront focusing on an urban setting. After the Portland Hotspots photo tour, you'll have downtime to rest, grab lunch or see more of the city. We'll meet up again in the charming coastal town of Cannon Beach for a dramatic beach sunset. Prior to each photo tour, approach and settings are discussed.

Day 3

  • Columbia River Gorge + Multnomah Falls Sunrise

  • 30 Minute Recap Discussion

On the last day, we'll meet for sunrise and beat the crowds to the stunning vistas and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Afterward, we'll review the discoveries and challenges of the weekend. A post processing plan is also discussed before we part ways after an adventure filled weekend!

Topics Covered:

  • Landscape and close-up photography

  • Urban photography - landscape, architecture, abstract, fine art, details 

  • Lighting direction + quality

  • Metering

  • Exposing for the highlights

  • Focusing

  • High contrast lighting

  • Low light

  • Composition + Perspective

  • Manual Mode vs Aperture Priority

  • RAW vs JPEG

  • Lens selection

  • Equipment review

  • Using filters

  • Location scouting 

  • Sunbursts

  • Post processing discussion

Gear Requirements:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera 

  • Wide angle lens

  • Standard lens

  • Telephoto lens (fun to use, but completely optional)

  • Lens Cloths

  • 6 or 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter fitting your wide angle lens.

  • 2 or 3 Stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter fitting your wide angle lens. Please note this is a graduated ND filter not a variable ND filter. It will be used to bring in detail to the sky.

Skill Level:

This workshop assumes you have basic photography knowledge. No advanced knowledge of photography or experience is necessary, but you should be familiar with the basic settings of your equipment. You should be shooting in manual or aperture priority mode as opposed to auto mode and therefore understand what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are and how to change these settings on your camera. 

Physical Level:

Capable of walking 1-2 miles carrying your equipment on easy terrain or pavement. Mount Hood involves very little walking. Portland Hotspots is about 2-3 miles of walking on paved city streets. Cannon Beach involves a 1/2 mile walk on the beach to Haystack Rock. Columbia River Gorge has a 1/4 mile walk on a paved trail to Latourell Falls.


Portland Photo Tour Workshop includes a meet and greet, 4 photo tours and a workshop recap, 6 people maximum.

Price: $1,650

Transportation, lodging, meals and parking fees are not included.

Trillium Lake has a $10 day use fee (cash) or you can use a Northwest Forest Pass.

50% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 14 days before your photo workshop.


Workshops are rain or shine.

If you cancel greater than 180 days: full refund minus $200 service fee

90 days or more: 50% refund

60 days or more: 25% refund

Less than 60 days: no refund

If I can rebook your space, I am happy to refund the full amount!


If you are traveling from out of town, you will most likely find it most convenient to stay in the Portland area for the weekend, rent a car and make day trips to the workshop locations. This will allow you to have a home base where you can come back and rest during the afternoon. Mount Hood and Cannon Beach are approximately 90 mins from Portland and the Columbia River Gorge is about 30 mins.

More Info:

  • This workshop is taught from the approach of shooting a single image (as opposed to shooting multiple images and combining them in post production). Although, participants are welcome to shoot multiple images for composite, if that is their preference. 

  • Locations are subject to change due to unforeseen current conditions.  

  • Portland Photo Tours are designed for adults 18 and over.

  • Meeting locations, times and additional information are provided at the time of booking.

  • I will also reach out within a few days of booking to find out more about you!