These intensive Best of the Northwest photography learning experiences will expand your creative vision and technical abilities as you photograph the best of the spectacular Northwest. The workshops are recommended for intermediate to advanced photographers shooting film or digital cameras.

Long Weekend Workshops

Reserve your space by phone, mail or online. The registration fee for each weekend workshop is $425 for first-time customers, and $325 for repeat customers ($100 deposit required). For more information, please contact us.

Storm LandPalouse (filled)
August 7-10, 2015 (with Sean Bagshaw)
The pastoral Palouse is one of the most photographed areas in Washington. We’ll be visiting some of the barns, landscapes, and wheat fields during the peak of harvest season.



Mt McGowan MistThe Sawtooth Mountains (filled)
September 18-21, 2015 (with Sean Bagshaw)
Based in Stanley, Idaho we will be photographing jagged mountains, reflective lakes, colorful fall aspen, and a ghost town. If conditions permit, we will also have a night shoot to photograph star trails over the mountains.


Photographing FallMethow Valley (filled)
October 16-19, 2015 (with Zack Schnepf)
The beautiful Methow Valley of northern Washington rests amongst the drier eastern slope of the North Cascades. If fall, this valley puts on a spectacular display of fall color. Aspens, reflective lakes, and the beauty of the North Cascades will be just a few subjects we’ll be photographing.



Other Workshops

Whidbey Island SunsetWhidbey Island’s Coast
September 10-14, 2015
Photographing the Whidbey Island coastline is about as good as it gets. The mornings will be spent capturing dramatic sunsets, photogenic coastlines, a lighthouse, harbors, bays, beautiful madrones, and one or two gardens. During the afternoon, we’ll direct our attention to the classroom where we’ll discuss the basic tenets of photography that include light, color, form, and expression. During the instructional session, time will be spent working on your compositions and critiquing your daily work—then it’s back out for an evening session in the field. This workshop will inspire your creative vision and enhance your technical abilities as you photograph the beautiful island coast.

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is offered by the Pacific Northwest Art School. For more information go to:

The Blue HourCity Nights: Portland
November 7, 2015 (with Michael Peterson)
Learn techniques of night photography. We’ll spend the afternoon in a classroom session and the evening hitting some photogenic spots to capture Portland at night.


The Big Island: HawaiiThe Big Island: Hawaii
January 12-19, 2016
This all-inclusive photo tour of the Big Island of Hawaii will explore the landscape from its sand beaches to its highest peak. We’ll be photographing the waterfalls, jungles, flora, fauna, and volcanoes of the Big Island, including the more popular areas to some of the island’s hidden treasures. Prepare for a week-long adventure of sun, photography, excellent food, and a lot of fun.

This workshop is not part of the Best of the Rest photography workshops, but is through Destination Earth. Click here for more information.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks
May19-26, 2016
During the month of May, there are more animals than tourists in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park. The bison calves feed, the elk begin calving, moose gnaw on willow branches, and the bighorn lambs are the size of kittens.

Winter hangs on in some parts of these parks and spring flowers appear in others. This will be a photo-intensive tour concentrating on fieldwork. Beginning in Grand Teton National Park we will work on wildlife and scenic images; next we’ll go to the northern area of the Yellowstone National Park to concentrate our efforts on the wildlife and wildflowers of the Lamar Valley; finally we’ll visit the west central portion of Park to photograph geysers, hot pools, and bison on the Madison Plateau.

This workshop is not part of the Best of the Rest photography workshops, but is through the Cascade Center of Photography. Click here for more information: Cascade Center of Photography.


International Travel

Plitvice WaterfallsExploring Croatia
October 9-15, 2017 (with Sean Bagshaw)
Price $2,975
Deposit $500
(To sign up for both Croatia & Slovenia $5,475/deposit $1,000)

Guided by Luka Esenko, we’ll begin in the capitol city of Zagreb to explore its medieval and Austro-Hungarian architecture. Next we’ll head to the spectacular Plivitce Lakes National Park for fall color and stunning scenery of deep gorges and hundreds of waterfalls running through the lakes district. Next up will be the stunningly beautiful Istrian peninsula where we’ll photograph the dramatic coastline and ancient cities along the shore—also heading into the nearby wine growing hill country.

(Transportation within Croatia, daily meals, and lodging included. These rates based on double occupancy)

Bled & AlpsDiscover Slovenia

October 15-21, 2017 (with Sean Bagshaw)
Price $2,975
Deposit $500
(To sign up for both Slovenia & Croatia $5,475/deposit $1,000)

Guided by Luka Esenko, we’ll begin from the capitol city of Ljubljana before heading to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps to photograph the glaciated lakes, stunning gorges, waterfalls, and the iconic island Church of the Assumption on beautiful Lake Bled. We’ll explore Triglav National Park, the Soca River Valley, and some of the high passes of the Julian Alps. The lands are dotted with beautiful and picturesque Baroque churches, which can be fabulous subject matter. The trip will end by circling back to Ljubljana to photograph its old town, hilltop castle, and the bustling marketplace.

(Transportation within Slovenia, daily meals, and lodging included. These rates based on double occupancy)

The Sunken Garden in the spring at Butchart Garden in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Gardens of Victoria (filled)

April 29 – May 2, 2016
Price $475

From Canada’s garden city, we’ll practice photographing garden landscapes and flowers, using traditional, macro, and impressionistic techniques. (Cost does not include garden entry fees.)

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is offered by Northern Straights Photo Workshops. For more information go to:


Lavender Fields Discovered

July 2-9, 2016
Price $4,500

This workshop is timed for the best lavender blooms of Provence. We’ll be out early for the best light and photographing late for sunsets over the lavender fields. We’ll capture the bucolic settings of the local towns, vineyards, mountains, and most of all the lavender of Provence.

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is offered by Photo Tours Abroad. For more information go to:


david-m-cobb-photographyWorkshop leader David M. Cobb is a nature and wildlife photographer who has hiked and photographed throughout the world. A member of NANPA, the PPA, & the GWA, he is a regular contributor to a variety of gardening, lifestyle, nature, and travel publications as well as calendars, cards, books, brochures, and other printed materials.

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