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 first-time customers ($500 National Parks, and $400 ($450 National Parks) for repeat “Best of the Northwest” customers ($100 deposit required). For more information, please contact us.



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 21-24, 2017
We’ll work on macro and landscape images of stunning wildflower fields, and also explore the many waterfalls in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.


Forest GhostRedwood National Park (with Erin Babnik) (filled)
May 26-29, 2017
We’ll be photographing the spectacular giant Redwoods during the wild rhododendron bloom. We’ll also be visiting the beautiful northern California coastline.



Wallowa LakeWallowa Country (with Zack Schnepf) (filled)
June 2-5, 2017
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.

Olympics WS 2017Olympic National Park (with Zack Schnepf) (filled)
September 15-18, 2017
This workshop will concentrate on ocean scenic landscapes, dense moss-covered rainforests, spectacular beaches, and tide pools of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.


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.


Other Workshops

Photographing the Japanese Garden
April 28-29, 2017
Price: $150

Join us in photographing Oregon’s newest Japanese Garden as we’ll learn some of the techniques and tips of photographing gardens and Japanese Gardens. This workshop will be based in Lebanon, Oregon and will include a Friday early evening lecture and field shoots Friday night and Saturday morning.

Montana Ghost Towns (2 spots left)
June 27-July 2, 2017
Price: $2,250

Ghost towns give a glimpse into the history of the old west and the days of boom and bust, from mining days of the 1860s to the present. Join renowned landscape photographer David Cobb and internationally published travel photographer Christian Heeb in a grand loop of these mining towns that have been preserved or forgotten.

David and Christian will help you create stunning images of these historic camps; with time to explore and practice shooting details, landscapes, and night photography of these remote mining communities of yesteryear. Join us as the tour kicks off the evening of June 27, 2017 in Butte, Montana.

This workshop is through the Cascade Center of Photography and you can sign up here:

Models in the Landscape
July 8, 2017
Price: $150

Learn camera techniques in lighting, flash, reflectors, and working a model in the landscape. This workshop includes a class time lecture and field sessions during the day and early evening while practicing to photograph a model in the landscape. This workshop will be based in Hood River, Oregon.

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

Mount Rainier National Park (2 spots left)
August 3-6, 2017
Price: $600

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: Pacific NW Art School

Portland by Night
September 8, 2017
Price: $150

Join us as we photograph nocturnal Portland, Oregon. The presentation will include discussion of camera techniques and developing tips for night cityscape photography. After a break, we’ll gather at our first meeting spot to photograph the Portland skyline. Then we’ll walk the streets of the city for an evening of night photography and hands-on instruction, as we photograph varied architecture, fountains, highways, and a myriad of reflections in the City of Roses.

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii
February 11-17, 2018
Price: $2995

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:


International Travel

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

Patagonia Photo Tour 2017 (filled)
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:

Autumn in Banff

Autumn in Banff (filled)
September 23-26, 2017

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 Bow 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 through Northern Straits Photography and you can follow the link here:

Autumn in Jasper

Autumn in Jasper (filled)
Sept. 27-30, 2017

Jasper National Park’s glistening glaciers, rich wildlife, crystal-clear lakes, immense waterfalls, and deep canyons — all surrounded by towering mountains — are some of the reasons the park is one of the most photogenic places in the world.

The fall in Jasper brings beautiful autumn colors, misty mornings, clear skies, and viewing of some of North America’s interesting animals, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep.

We will take you to exceptional locations for landscape photography, wildlife viewing, and nature walks, including a special photography boat trip to Spirit Island.

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

Plitvice WaterfallsExploring Croatia (3 spots 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.)

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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