Waterfalls Of Oregon – 3 Day Nature Photography And Post Processing Workshop

Join me for a 3-day journey exploring the natural beauty of Oregon.

This workshop is geared toward the beginning to intermediate photographer who wants an intensive, hands-on experience with real-life subjects and loves the outdoors. We will be traveling along the Columbia River from Portland at a photographer’s pace (read: slow and purposeful) to capture many of the wonderful waterfalls located along the Gorge. Yes, Multnomah is on the itinerary, but so are many other gorgeous scenes. This area is a waterfall lover’s paradise as rains from high up in the Cascade Mountains swell rivers along the entire Gorge area.

We will spend two full days in the field followed by one day of editing images and printing in Portland. This will give you a chance to not only shoot the beautiful nature of Oregon, but receive hands-on help with post-processing. I will also have a professional Canon printer available for each participant print two 8×10″ of the favorite images on archival Ilford paper.

During this workshop you will receive personal instruction on shooting techniques and theories to try in the field. I will be with you the entire time to answer questions and I keep my groups small to help facilitate this. You will be learning about:

  • Slow shutter speeds and emphasizing action
  • Broad vistas and wide angles
  • Nature details beyond the obvious
  • Framing, composition, direction in your images
  • How to capture more than just silky waterfall images
  • Storytelling with your images
  • Editing your images with Adobe Lightroom
  • Printing your images with Adobe Lightroom
  • And more!


Waterfalls Of Oregon taught by Peter West Carey


June 7-9, 2013
Meeting at 8am on Friday. Finished by 4pm on Sunday.


Northern Oregon – Hood River – Portland

Our day of editing and printing will be held indoors at a comfortable studio space near the airport in case you need to catch a flight that night.

How Much?

The 3-day workshop fee is $450 payable with the link below (Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover accepted). If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me and I will make sure your spot in line is held until the check arrives. The maximum number of students is 8. I will have a wait list available as well.

The tuition fee also includes 2 months of email followup. I will be checking in with you to help answer additional questions you may have, even in regards to post-processing. I want to make sure you come home with images you love and can present them to others with pride. I will have a printer available as well as paper to print two 8×10″ images of your liking.

Who Is This Class For?

This class is great for beginners and those wishing to grasp the fundamentals of making great photos. It is also geared toward intermediate photographers who want to learn more about nature photography while immersing in the element (no, I don’t mean you have to go swimming). We will be doing some light hiking, up to 4 miles round trip with your camera gear and a lunch, so you need to make sure you can walk for at least an hour comfortably.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Your camera, excitement to learn and a smile. A tripod will be required (I can suggest options in this regard) for the best quality as most of our shots will be slow shutter speeds, especially the night shots. Warm clothes will be needed as temperatures will be mild to chilly. Bring rain gear as well because this workshop will not be canceled if it rains. While a DSLR is not required, you will get the most out of this workshop with a camera that has the ability to take over manual control. A remote cord for your camera is also suggested for crisper images. I am happy to suggest options for you.

A laptop is not required, but will help you gain the most out of the post processing day on Sunday and is highly encouraged. I will be instruction on how to get the most out of your images using Lightroom 4, which retails for $133 at Amazon. While this program is not required, it is highly suggested if you are semi-serious about producing good quality images. If you don’t want to purchase the full program, you download a free 30-day trial version just before the workshop.

Transportation, meals, parking fees and lodging are not included in the price of tuition and is the responsibility of each participant. I will be glad to facilitate carpooling arrangements for those interested.

Where To Stay?

We will be centering our overnight stops around Hood River and Portland. You can certainly stay in Portland both nights as it is only a 1.25 hour drive to our meeting point on the second morning. Meals will be up to each participant and I suggest a sack lunch for the first day.

Anything Else?

I will be sending out a questionnaire to all participants before the workshop to get an idea of what topics to hit hard and what to dust over. I want this to be a workshop where you feel involved. And now for the boring stuff: There is a 50% refund of workshop tuition for cancellations up to two weeks prior to each workshop. Less than two weeks and there is no refund possible, although I will gladly transfer your enrollment to another workshop at any time for no additional cost. While this class is intended for adults, certain younger adults may be welcome but please email me first.

Bring A Friend And You Both Save $25 On Tuition

Use the Tuition For Two option below to sign up with a friend and you both will receive $25 off the tuition amount.

Photo Workshop Gift Certificates Available

Do you have a friend or family member who would love to attend this workshop? Use the form below to purchase a spot in the appropriate session and then let me know in the comments of the order form that you would like a physical gift certificate sent to you for presentation.

About Peter

Peter has been fiddling with cameras for the last 20 years, using them first to capture wedding and nature photographs. He is a professional photographer based on Whidbey Island, WA, with a love for his daughter and travel. His photographic journeys have taken him to six of the seven continents and filling his time between travels with a long history of wedding photography. He currently has over 240 informative blog posts on Digital Photography School, where he is a regular freelance writer, and at Photo Tuts+. He is available for freelance assignments and presentations of his many travels. His personal motto is: Explore-Inspire-Educate. And Eat Chocolate. Explore Peter’s travels here.

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