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.
April 24-27, 2015 (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.
Gardens, Waterfalls, & Wildflowers (3 spots available)
May 15-18, 2015
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.
Wallowa Country (filled)
June 5-8, 2015 (with Zack Schnepf)
The Wallowa Mountains are called “The Alps of Oregon” and for good reason. At this time the wildflowers are prime, the mountains have a dusting of snow, and the green fields are dotted with red barns. We’ll also make a side trip to the spectacular Imnaha River Canyon. Our concentration will be on landscape and wildflower macro photography.
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.
The 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.
Methow 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.
March 28, 2015 (with Michael Peterson)
This is a one-day workshop based in the Columbia River Gorge. We’ll include techniques on some of the finer aspects of photographing wildflowers in macro mode. We’ll also cover composition, lens choice, creative depth-of-field, and how to take a more “artistic” approach to your subject.
From out starting point in Dallas, we’ll make our way south towards San Antonio to reach the wildflower “hotspots.” Then we’re off towards Austin and Texas “Hill Country,” before heading north again towards Dallas. Some of the best wildflower displays in the world make an appearance each spring in the state of Texas, so we’ll be working on our landscape and macro photography, along with some night photography as we photograph the skylines of Dallas and Austin. Once you’ve arrived in Dallas, transportation, lodging, and 2 meals/day are included with the cost of this workshop.
Painted Hills/Blue Basin (filled)
May 8-9, 2015 (with Michael Peterson)
A visit to the Painted Hills and Blue Basin of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is always beautiful in the month of May. Here we’ll work on capturing the dramatic landscapes of these areas; photographing the Painted Hills at sunset and the Blue Basin at sunrise. This will be an overnight trip and we suggest you make plans to lodge or camp in nearby Mitchell, Oregon.
June 20, 2015 (with Michael Peterson)
Spend the day photographing action at a nearby rodeo and practice panning, stop-action, and other techniques for rodeo photography as broncos and buckaroos kick up the dust in this photogenic setting.
Join professional photographers David Cobb and Christian Heeb and explore with them some of the most scenic and remote Ghost Towns in the hinterlands of Nevada.
Work on composition and lighting techniques during daylight and at night for stunning visuals of these fantastic subjects. We have scouted all locations first hand and will show you these chosen places.
Tour starts and ends in the city of Reno, Nevada. This is not part of the “Best of the Northwest” workshops, but is offered by The Cascade Center of Photography.
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Whidbey 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:
City 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: 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.
Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks
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.
October 9-15, 2017 (with Sean Bagshaw)
(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)
October 15-21, 2017 (with Sean Bagshaw)
(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)
Workshop 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.