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 $450 for all customers ($500 National Parks). A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on the roster. For more information, please contact us.


A wave crashes along the cliffs of Secret Beach in Brookings State Park, Oregon. USA

Wild Rivers Coast (with Erin Babnik) (filled)
November 3-6, 2017
Based in the town of Brookings, Oregon we’ll be photographing the northernmost stand of Redwoods, and the many harbors, coves, arches, and beaches of this spectacular stretch of the Oregon coastline.

Reflections in Newport Harbor, Newport, OR. USACentral Oregon Coast (filled)
March 16-19, 2018 (with Chip Phillips)
Photograph Oregon’s scenic central coast’s lighthouses, harbors, dramatic seascapes, old-growth forests, and marine life.


Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) and lupine in bloom in the Columbia Hills State Park, at the Dalles Mountain Ranch, Washington, USA in the spring.Columbia River Gorge (filled)
April 27-30, 2018 (with Zack Schnepf)
We’ll work on macro and landscape images of stunning wildflower fields, and also explore the many waterfalls in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.


A fern unfolds in spring time. Oregon. USAGardens, Waterfalls, & Wildflowers (filled) 
May 18-21, 2018
We’ll lodge on the grounds of the Oregon Gardens, photograph the spectacular Silver Falls State Park, and visit the Iris Gardens. Prepare to learn how to photograph garden landscapes, macro flower photography, and impressionistic flower images. Lensbabies will be available for your practice with creative flower photography.

A blur of bamboo and fall color in Ohara, Japan created by panning the camera while shooting.Absolutely Abstract (filled)
June 8-11, 2018 (with Adrian Klein)

I’m a firm believer that improving your ability to see abstracts in your photography improves all aspects of your photographic eye. This workshop based in and around the region of Astoria, Oregon will feature night photography and lab work.

Mammatus clouds and a rainbow at sunset in the Palouse. Washington. USAPalouse (filled)
August 3-6, 2018 (with Kevin McNeal)

We’ll be visiting the Palouse during harvest season – photographing some of the barns, landscapes, and the golden fields during the month of August.

Boyd granary at fall at sunset. Oregon. USAColumbia River Plateau (filled)
October 26-29, 2018 (with Zack Schnepf)

We’ll visit the high country along the rim of the Columbia Plateau during the fall season. Visiting and photographing some of the fall color in the valley, the surrounding peaks, and some of the abandoned buildings along the plateau.


Other Workshops


Yosemite National Park Waterfall by David Cobb

Yosemite National Park – Fall (filled)
October 26-30, 2017
Price: $1,350

Yosemite National Park’s autumnal beauty is something to behold—and photograph. Now you can experience its majestic grandeur in person. Dramatic spires, cascading waterfalls, rich fall colors and beautiful mountain vistas are just some of the dream landscapes that make Yosemite a photographer’s paradise.

This workshop is part of the Canon Live Learning destination workshops and you can find more information here:

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii
February 11-17, 2018
Price: $2,995

Kauai is arguably the most beautiful and photogenic island in Hawaii! We have a playground of countless beaches, canyons, waterfalls, and many other hidden treasures to photograph!

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshop schedule, but is through Destination Earth. Find out more here:


Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park (David Cobb, Instructor)
September 13-17, 2018
Tuition: $600; Materials $40

During late September, the snow begins to dust the steep mountains of Glacier National Park, and most of the tourists have gone home.  Deer and elk can still be spotted, and bear, moose, bighorn, and mountain goat still roam the park in full view.  Beginning on the western side of the park we’ll photograph some of the spectacular scenery along the Continental Divide.  Moving to the eastern half, we’ll concentrate on the landscape filled with colorful aspen, hike to spectacular waterfalls and lands dotted with beautiful lakes.  For some of the areas we will photograph, plan on occasional light hiking up to 2 miles each way.

This is not part of my “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is through the Pacific Northwest Art School. You can find out more here:


Big Trees of the Bayous

Big Trees of the Bayous
November 9-16, 2019
Price: $3,950

There are few wild places in North America more magical than the hidden bayous of Louisiana and the last remaining stands of old growth cypress trees. Join David Cobb and Christian Heeb during the cool fall season to explore and photograph these hidden gems of the Deep South, where you’ll spend the mornings and evenings exploring and photographing the “Big Trees of the Bayous.”

Overnight at the world-famous Oak Alley Plantation with its iconic Antebellum house and grand life-oak trees, and have the opportunity to photograph this location before and after regular visiting hours. We’ll also join local guides to search for bald eagles, alligators, and snapping turtles while cruising “Cajun Country.”

The trip will round out with a foray into America’s charming and picturesque city of New Orleans.

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is through the Cascade Center of Photography. You can follow the link here:

International Travel


Plitvice WaterfallsExploring Croatia (1 spot left)
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 (filled)
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.)

Bled & AlpsHolland and Belgium Spring
April 11-21, 2018
Price: $2,975

Join us in exploring the gardens and tulip fields of Holland during spring. We’ll also be visiting the traditional Dutch villages and windmills during our exploration of Holland. Next we’ll visit Belgium and the beautiful town of Bruges along with the Hallerbos Forest of beech trees and wild bluebells. 

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is through Northern Straits Photography and you can follow the link here:

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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