The Palouse is a region in southeastern Washington characterized by gentle rolling hills covered with wheat and legumes fields. Standing above these rolling hills and subtle valleys is truly a sight to behold. Palouse is often referred to as the “Tuscany” of the United States, but don’t be fooled, this land is 100% American. This land has been cultivated for wheat by hardworking men and women since the 1860’s.
The hills were formed over tens of thousands of years from wind blown dust and silt, called "loess", from very dry regions to the southwest. Seen from some of the highest locations we will visit, the hills and rolling prairies resemble giant sand dunes, and were created in very much the same way.
Unlike any other area in the country, this unique landscape will offer you images that can’t be created elsewhere. We hope to host you as we capture, barns, rolling hills, farm equipment, and the essence of Palouse.
Destination: Palouse, WA - USA
Workshop Dates: June 20 - 23, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Deposit: $250 USD
Total Cost: $995 USD
Best Western Wheatland Inn
701 N Main Street
Colfax, WA 99111
Info will be included with your booking.
Enormous farmland, rolling hills and prairies, large farm equipment, old and abandoned houses, grainmills, barns, graineries, vistas that stretch for miles and more!!
Beginner - Advanced
Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
All scheduled locations will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. No hiking or long walks necessary. Most shooting locations will be from or very near the many roads we'll travel.
The Palouse area is commonly known as the Tuscany of the US, defined by thousands of acres of fertile hills and prairies. Miles and miles of gravel road, between the farms, will be our main thoroughfare for travel.
We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the vast area we will cover, we are limiting this group size to five guests per instructor.
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. The itinerary below is provided to give an idea of the flow of each day. Times and locations may vary. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. Being located on the west coast of the United States, sunsets will be a large priority to this workshop. During our first day we will cover camera settings, composition and guidlines. We will also spend time working on slow exposures and mastering the art of capturing water movement. This time in the field will be the foundation for the rest of our time together.
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.
It's day one and we can't wait to get started on our adventure with you! We'll meet at the hotel at 4:00 pm, head out and enjoy dinner together where we'll get to know one another and discuss gear and the opportunities for the week. We’ll then head out to watch the sunset drop towards the horizon. By the end of this first evening session, you’ll be fully knowledgeable of our “in field workflow”. Our focus for day one is to make sure you're fully equipped for the entire week.
We’ll meet prior to sunrise to head out and capture the sun rising over the rolling hills. As it rises, it will cast long shadows that will cause each hill to be distinct. We'll then return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a short afternoon break. We'll meet back together in the afternoon to hit the back, dirt roads of the area to capture abandoned houses and the rolling hills at sunset.
Similar to Day Two, we'll be up before the crack of dawn and heading out to capture different angles and subject matters amidst the rolling hills. We're training our eye to see in a different way, and long lenses will be very important to us as we slow down and look for lines, shadow and details to enhance the story of our image. For those of you who are accustomed to capturing naturescapes with wide lenses, you'll find this workshop to be challenging but refreshing. After our sunrise session we'll return back to the hotel for breakfast and a short break.
We'll meet back up in the afternoon to capture old, rusted farm equipment, barns and silos. For sunset, we'll find ourselves with a high view of the surrouning countryside to capture the beautiful evening light, long shadows, and extrordinary vistas of the Palouse.
It's another early morning and an early start for us as we make our way to our sunrise location. The rolling hills, waves of wheat, and farmland awaits. This is a relaxed workshop and we'll enjoy driving on the back roads where every hill and every turn is a new surprise that awaits. After our sunrise session we'll return back to town for brunch followed by a short break. For our afternoon we'll be heading out to spend the remainder of the day capturing lone trees standing solo in the midst of the rolling hills. For our sunset, we'll head out to Palouse Falls to capture the majesty of this magnificent waterfall at sunset.
Our last morning together will find us photographing sunrise as we say goodbye to this beautiful part of America. Afterwards, we'll join for brunch at a local diner and recap on the lessons learned, trade contact information, and bid each other farewell.
• Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (150 - 600mm)
• Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
• Neutral Density Filters
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• Your Favorite Gear Backpack
• Layered Clothing
• Hiking Boots
• Headlamp or Flashlight
• A Spirit of Adventure!
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• Creating strong compositions while surrounded by chaos.
• How to set yourself up for success in the field
• From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
• Maximizing your opportunties with natural light
• Long exposure work with the use of filters
• Making full use of your histogram
• Focusing Techniques
• Getting past dynamic range.
• Manual bracketing
• Mastering the art of water movement
• Exposing in camera for post processing.
• Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
• Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
Professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, transportation during the workshop, meals and any incidental costs.
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Balance is due 90 days prior to the workshop start date. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our cancellation and refund policy is stated below:
• 90 - 30 days prior to workshop start date will be 25% refundable (minus non-refundable deposit)
• 30 days or less prior to workshop start date and
no-shows will be non-refundable.