5 hr |  $199

2021 TBD

*hrs include transportation from Downtown PDX

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm puts on a spectacular display of tulips each year which cannot be missed by any photography enthusiast. We'll produce stunning imagery of the rows of multicolored tulips in full bloom. Join us for a special admittance to the fields at sunrise before general entry opens!

This is an exclusive photo tour which means it is only offered 1-2 times yearly with a maximum of 3 participants. Book early! 

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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 cherry blossoms at sunrise.


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

We also review camera settings and exposure for shooting a landscape at sunrise using a tripod. If we are lucky, we'll have an early morning view of Mt Hood! Composition, perspective and what is "good light" are discussed. We practice a variety of techniques for shooting creative flower photography.

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!


Creative flower photography  

Landscape photography at sunrise

Lighting direction + quality

Composition + perspective

Using a cable release (or self timer) + tripod

Shooting in manual mode 

Metering and exposing for the highlights

Sunbursts (dependent on weather)

Discussion about focus stacking and composite images


DSLR or mirrorless camera

Any wide angle and/or standard lens you may have

Tripod capable of holding the weight of your camera

Cable release (optional)

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

Meeting Location:

Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Meet in the back of the lobby by the David Hume art collection.

Prefer to meet us at The Wooden Tulip Festival? No problem! Just send a quick note to info@portlandphototour.com letting me know.


More Info:

You can sit back and relax while I drive you to the Tulip Farm in my commercially insured, all-wheel drive, SUV. Hours are consecutive and include drive time from Downtown Portland.

Max # attending:

3 participants 


The ONLY photography instruction

in Portland:

  • offered on a weekly basis

  • taught in the field

  • locally owned + operated


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