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The Rolling Americana of Palouse Photography Workshop
Tucked away in Eastern Washington lies one of photography’s best kept secrets...and most iconic locations. Undulating hills filled with every shade of green, The Palouse is one of a piece of America’s heartland that begs to be photographed. Come spend a weekend with the Aperture Academy as we take you along to explore and capture this region in the ways you’ve always imagined. Summer is prime time in the Palouse. The fields are vibrant shades of green and yellow, and from our perches high above the plains we’ll be able to see it all. We’ll spend ample time for sunrise and sunset exploring Steptoe Butte State Park photographing the fields below, and the many colorful wildflowers that fill the area.
Our group will also take a trip to Palouse Falls State Park. Palouse Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Western U.S. In the middle of farm country a river has cut its way through time, and landscape to fall nearly 200 feet over a basalt cliff into a perfect pool before continuing to meandering its way west. It’s truly an amazing site to behold...and no photography trip to the Palouse region is complete without a sunset visit to the falls.
During the mornings and afternoons we’ll explore the countryside looking for pieces of Americana to photograph. Whether it’s an old barn, abandoned farm house, or a windmill the area is full of interesting places for photography.
Our team of award winning instructors will be on hand throughout the weekend to give you personalized instruction catered to what you want to learn. From composition to exposure, and filters to focal length we’ll cover it all. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have tons of fun along the way.
Come spend a weekend in the Palouse region of Washington, and do it in style....Aperture Academy Style!
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Best Western, located in Colfax, Washington (509-397-0379).
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.
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!
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