Oregon Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop
Note: We always do our Rolling Americana of Palouse and Oregon Columbia Gorge workshops on back to back weekends, so you can book both to extend your stay.
Photos from the last workshop
Come join us as we spend time exploring the diversity of the Columbia River Gorge!
The Columbia River runs along the Oregon-Washington border, and many of its tributaries are creeks and streams cut deep into the beautiful surrounding mountains. These gorges are home to some of America's most pristine and lush waterfalls. Whether you're viewing the entirety of the Gorge from the Vista house’s cement platform, or walking along the edge of a creek to get that perfect shot of Latourell Falls, the gorge area of the Pacific Northwest is an overwhelming beautiful experience for everyone, and a photographers paradise.
This workshop is a waterfall lover's dream, but the Columbia Gorge isn’t just about waterfalls. When we’re not taking short hikes into the forest looking for the next waterfall, we will spend time showing you the other treats the Gorge has to offer. Beautiful vistas with orchards and mountains and barns, or even some of Portland’s vast public parks will be ripe with photographic opportunities. We will follow the weather to get you in the best spot at the best time.
We will show you how to get that silky smooth waterfall effect you've seen in other photographs. Your instructors are also well versed in the use of filters to help balance a scene or create that extra pop. Students will have time to use filters and see for themselves the differences they make in their images.
One more educational feature of all our workshops is that we will teach you how to shoot your camera in manual mode. No more shooting in auto. It's time to take control of your camera. We want all our students to come away with the knowledge of how their cameras work, so long after their workshop, they're able to capture amazing images when tricky lighting situations present themselves.
A lot of planning goes into each day of a workshop, from in the field scouting, to meetings in the days leading up to your workshop. We want to ensure we are in the best places at the best possible times, and make sure our information on conditions is as up to date as possible.
We place a great deal of importance on the quality of instruction and destination in the workshop, but if we didn't have fun as well the trip wouldn't be a success. We put a time and effort into making sure we address every student, so we can help them learn exactly what it is they took the workshop to learn.
We also like to build a strong camaraderie with our group, so that everyone feels comfortable. It's not uncommon for our workshop students to all eat lunch together, and go out after the workshop for dinner....so we can recap the day's events, or just listen to a tale or two from the instructors who have definitely seen their share of excitement in the field.
Education...exciting environments...and new friends. What could be better? Join us in exploring the hidden beauty of the Columbia River Gorge!
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge Gateway, located in Troutdale, Oregon (877-863-4780).
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest. There are many restaurants in the area as well as for dinner.
What's Included/Not Included
What's Included in your workshop:
What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!