June 11-13 2020 • Six Participants • $775
Join me in June 2020 for a waterfall photography workshop that will take us to some of Oregon's most stunning forests and waterfalls during the peak of spring foliage! The temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest will be on full display during this workshop as we walk amongst dense ferns, moss covered branches, and carpets of clover. The sounds and smells of these fairytale scenes will fill your senses as picturesque waterfalls and streams fill your viewfinder. Few places in the world have as much diversity and accessibility as Oregon and I am certain that you will leave with a full heart, a smile on your face, increased photographic knowledge, and images to remember it all by.
While the workshop will have a laid back approach, I am dedicated to guiding you through the entire photographic process from in-field technique to image processing. I will instruct you on choosing compelling compositions, how to utilize shutter speed for the best looking water flow, how to capture the proper amount of dynamic range and focal points, how to approach raw conversion, blending, sharpening, and artistic choices. Looking for Photoshop instruction as well? It's included! Each participant receives free copies of my video tutorials. Learn my entire nondestructive workflow and acquire tools that enable you to take total control over your images. Learn advanced processing skills and discover how to make your images stand out above the rest. Workshop instruction goes far beyond the basics, although those who need more basic instruction will certainly be accommodated and with a small group size, you will enjoy a more intimate experience, having more time to work with me on an individual basis.
You'll get to enjoy the company of a fun-loving instructor who is passionate about photography, eager to teach others all that he knows, and who values being able to help others connect to nature through art. I'd be honored to guide you along and show you some of the reasons I am so in love with Oregon!
I advise reading my Photography Workshop FAQ and Cancellation page if you are interested in attending. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever. If you'd like to join the adventure, you can reserve your spot at the bottom of the page.
"I recently attended a workshop in the Columbia Gorge with TJ. I found the instruction and knowledge of the area to be excellent. I have attended a number of workshops over the years and I found that the instruction on this particular workshop was among the best I have ever attended. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography. Thank you TJ!"
Neil B. - Vancouver, BC
WHAT'S INCLUDED/ WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Expert guidance to some of the best waterfall locations in the Pacific Northwest.
- Thoughtful in-field instruction on capture technique including:
- Visual exploration of the scene to identify compelling compositions that tell a story.
- Thinking beyond the obvious to create unique images that you are personally connected to.
- Creative use of every kind of light from soft to direct to backlit. We will explore the potential of all kinds of light and not rely solely on sunsets and sunrises.
- Everything technical: compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, exposing to the right, reading your histogram, tricks and tips for proper focusing, full manual control of your camera, and everything else!
- Processing instruction including my entire non-destructive workflow. I'll teach you how to have the utmost control over each part of your image, shaping the scene to create a dynamic and compelling photograph. The processing session will be recorded for you so that you can continue to learn at your own speed after the workshop has ended.
- Guaranteed adventure with an instructor who is eager to share his knowledge and help you grow as an artist and person.
- Meals and Snacks
- I highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to protect your investment in the case that your trip is jeopardized due to unforeseen circumstances.
While adventure and great photos are our main goal, your safety is a priority along with treating the land we travel on with respect, practicing "leave no trace" ethics. I am a seasoned backcountry traveler, first aid certified, and insured. Photographing in creeks and streams comes with it's inherent risks and while I prioritize your safety and alert you to potential hazards, your personal awareness is also a must. Slippery rocks and logs, steep drop-offs, and uneven/steep terrain are just some of the hazards that you may encounter. It is advised that participants be able to hike comfortable up to four-six miles per day on uneven surfaces. While great shots can be had from safer spots, some of the more dramatic photographs may require you to stand in streams, on rocks, or near cliff edges.
In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you have proper attire consisting of non-cotton outdoor dedicated clothing, including an assortment of layers to keep you warm down to the occasional 40-50 degree temperatures.
"I can't thank you enough for providing an adventure of a lifetime. I have been on a few workshops over the past 4 years and I must say this was by far the most professionally run workshop. My experience during this past week far exceeded my expectations!! Your knowledge of photography and willingness to share your passion and love for the outdoors is second to none. The sights, sounds, hikes, conversations, your patience, attention to detail, sense of humor and willingness to teach myself and others have given me memories for life. Your command for PS post processing techniques were very impressive, informative and the added touch of providing us the video and audio will be an invaluable teaching tool. I am so happy that I can do my little part in helping you follow your dream."
Bob K. - Tucson, AZ
WHAT TO BRING
- Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended and give you the best experience. It is advised that you fully understand how to operate your camera.
- Lenses. There are opportunities to use any focal length possible, so bring all that you can, wide to long.
- Tripod. We will often be shooting in low light or capturing water motion, requiring longer exposure times.
- Filters. Generally all you will need to use is a polarizer and neutral density filters. Although, it is possible to get great shots without either.
- Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies (I highly recommend kimwipes).
- Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions in Oregon at this time of the year can range from 40-70 degrees. Layers including a hat and gloves can help keep you comfortable. Waders and water shoes are highly recommended.
- Snacks and hydration. Maintaining energy and hydration is very important when out in the wilderness. Energy bars, nuts, seeds, and water are recommended. At times we could find ourselves in remote areas, hours from the nearest store, so a good stock of snacks is highly advised.
- Willingness to learn and discover.
A nonrefundable deposit of $300 will be required upon sign up. Balance of $475 is due 45 days (April 27, 2020) prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations that occur 45 days or more before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment. There are no exceptions to these terms. After payment is made, a PayPal invoice will be sent so that further payments are simple and easy. I advise reading my Photography Workshop FAQ and Cancellation page if you are interested in attending.