Workshops

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 $375 for repeat “Best of the Northwest” customers ($100 deposit required). For more information, please contact us.


The Palouse OneThe Palouse (One) (filled)
June 3-6, 2016 (with Zack Schnepf)
$425
We’ll be visiting the Palouse during the growing season of spring – photographing some of the barns, landscapes, and the vibrant green fields during the beautiful month of June.

 


The Palouse TwoThe Palouse (Two) (filled)
June 10-13, 2016 (with Zack Schnepf)
$425
We’ll be visiting the Palouse during the growing season of spring – photographing some of the barns, landscapes, and the vibrant green fields during the beautiful month of June.

 


Stevens PassStevens Pass (filled)
October 21-24, 2016
$425
Based in Leavenworth, Washington we’ll be photographing the spectacular fall color display during the town’s Octoberfest activities.

 


Southern Oregon CoastSouthern Oregon Coast (filled)
November 11-14, 2016 (with Sean Bagshaw)
$425
Based in Bandon, we’ll be photographing picturesque shorelines, dramatic cliffs, lighthouses, and sea stacks of the southern Oregon coast. If conditions permit we’ll try light painting and night photography.


 

Other Workshops


Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks
$2,680
May 19-26, 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.


Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

Mount Rainier National Park (filled)
July 28-31, 2016
Price: $550

You’ll photograph picturesque Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding forests, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows at the peak of wildflower season. Students will have plenty of time to practice on grand landscapes, alpine flower photography, and macro images. This workshop is based in Ashford, Washington where there will be in-class critiques and instructional sessions.

This is not part of the “Best of the NW” workshops, but through the Pacific NW Art School. Find out more here:
pacificnorthwestartschool.org/product/cobb-david-on-location-mount-rainier-national-park-july-28-31-2016/


Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

Mount Rainier National Park (filled)
August 4-7, 2016
Price: $550

You’ll photograph picturesque Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding forests, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows at the peak of wildflower season. Students will have plenty of time to practice on grand landscapes, alpine flower photography, and macro images. This workshop is based in Ashford, Washington where there will be in-class critiques and instructional sessions.

This is not part of the “Best of the NW” workshops, but through the Pacific NW Art School. Find out more here:
pacificnorthwestartschool.org/product/cobb-david-on-location-mount-rainier-national-park-august-4-7-2016/


Smith Rocks State Park at sunrise. Crooked River. Oregon. Winter. USA

Capture the Light (with Sean Bagshaw) (filled)
August 19-21, 2016
Price: $425

Join northwest photographers and Photo Cascadia members, Sean Bagshaw and David Cobb to photograph the dramatic landscapes of Central Oregon. This weekend workshop will focus on landscape photography techniques at three different locations and also includes classroom image developing instruction.

During the sessions in the field Sean and David will be on hand to help with various techniques including camera settings, depth of field, composition, high dynamic range exposures and understanding light. The field shoots will take place in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday and in the Evening on Saturday. Each day after the morning shoot the group will convene at the Cascade Center Of Photography for a lesson in the digital developing techniques Sean and David use to create their mastered fine art landscape images. This workshop will have a good balance of Photoshop instruction and shooting in the field. We will spend about three hours in the classroom each day. This includes time to work on your own images with guidance. Instructions will be done using Lightroom and Photoshop CS so bring a laptop.

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: ccophoto.com/capture-the-light/


A woman sitting in Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon. USA

“Exploring the Business of Photography: From Travel to Nature”
August 26-28, 2016
Price: $425

Do you have a passion for photography and wish to earn money, possibly a living at it? Passion and lifestyle are the reason photographers wish to do it full time. Many photographers have fabulous and very marketable images, but no idea how to get them to market, let alone, into a clients publication. The business is competitive and the sooner you learn how to shoot for the market, who buys your photography, the sooner you can realize that dream. But if you have no experience, where do you start?

Exploring the Business of Photography: From Travel To Nature and beyond workshop is designed for photographers eager to enter into the world of nature, travel, and assignment photography. This workshop is taught by industry veterans David Cobb, Charlie Borland and Christian Heeb. We explore what makes a good selling photo, who buys stock photography, gallery sales, pricing your photography, and how to get assignments.

Based in scenic central Oregon, this workshop is designed for photographers interested in learning more about the business of professional photography.

This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is through the Cascade Center of Photography. Find out more about this workshop here: www.ccophoto.com/exploring-the-business-of-photography/


International Travel


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: nsphotoworkshops.com/new-page/


 alt=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: phototoursabroad.com/lavender-fields-discovered


Lake Louise R web

Autumn in Banff (filled)
September 14-18, 2016
Price: $650

Banff in autumn is a photographer’s paradise—there is no shortage of dazzling scenic vistas. Picturesque emerald green lakes laced with red, yellow and gold shrubs reflect glistening glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Groves of larch and aspen create checkerboard patterns of green and gold that add colour to the granite mountain slopes. Scenic meadows of deep gold, red and burgundy frame the meandering Bow River Valley and it’s abundant wildlife. From Peyto Lake to Wedge Pond, the ‘Autumn in Banff’ workshop takes you to Canada’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to the best that the Canadian Rockies has to offer.

This is not part of the ‘Best of the Northwest’ workshops, but is offered by Northern Straights Photo Workshops. For more information go to: www.nsphotoworkshops.com/new-page


Glacier Perito Moreno, Ventisquero, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia Photo Tour 2017
Patagonia with Atacama Desert, Altiplano, & Bolivia
March 26 – April 7, 2017 (Main Tour) Argentina and Chile (with Christian Heeb) $7,575
April 7 – 16, 2017 (Addition) Atacama Desert, Altiplano and Bolivia (with Christian Heeb) $4,720

Thinking of the far away land of Chile and Argentina at the tip of South America evokes images of soaring mountain ranges, picturesque peaks and photogenic lakes and prairies. Renowned landscape photographer David Cobb and internationally published travel photographer Christian Heeb have teamed up for this once in a lifetime Patagonia Photo Tour to some of the worlds most spectacular sights for Nature and Landscape photographers.

A small group of photographers will have the opportunity to join us while we travel in all-wheel vehicles from the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas along the Andes Mountains our main shooting areas. We will visit and photograph a penguin colony, the incredible glacier Perito Moreno, the granite mountain peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and the legendary mountain, Fitz Roy. We will have the opportunity to experience the wide open spaces of Argentina’s high plains with opportunities to meet the Gauchos, Argentina’s Cowboys, and observe an array of wildlife from foxes, to guanacos and condors while traveling through this great land.

David and Christian will help you in creating stunning images in a little visited part of the world. We will have time to explore and shoot for several days in these majestic locations.

You can also join us for an extension of the trip going to the high Altiplano of Chile and Bolivia. Barren high altitude landscape of barren deserts with salt pans, rock formations and geysers Think Death Valley high up in the high Sierra with Saguaro cactus from Arizona and Flamingos and remote Andean villages.

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: www.ccophoto.com/patagonia-photo-tour-2017/


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) (3 spots left)

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) (3 spots left)

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.)


 

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.

For more workshop information please visit www.nwphotoworkshops.com

To register, or for more information, please contact us.

 

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