The Palouse is a photographer’s dream. Graphic landscapes, character-filled barns, rolling hills, a fence made of metal wheels, a giant waterfall, old cemeteries (well, old for the West Coast) and more – the possibilities are endless. You can literally spend the day driving the back roads and not run out of things to photograph. These and more make the rolling hills of the Palouse a bucket-list destination for many photographers.
Rod has been visiting the Palouse for nearly 30 years and leading Palouse photo workshops for almost 20 years. Palouse is still one of his favorite places to photograph. The Palouse can be different every year. Crops rotate, barns collapse, and you will hear about a place you have never been. Each year, you return with images of things you have never seen before.
During the workshop, Rod will help you with the finer points of landscape photography, such as hyperfocal focusing, using graduated filters, setting up panoramas, and helping you to fine-tune your compositions. We will also guide you in using digital techniques like exposure blending, focus blending and planning pictures with the digital darkroom in mind.
There will be early morning and sunset shoots and classroom/critique sessions during the day (and naps; you will need naps at this time of year). Classroom sessions will also include tips on using Lightroom and other things digital.
What a typical day might look like:
Mornings come early this time of year, so we will often start before dawn to catch the first light on rolling hills. After our morning shoot, we will return to our hotel for a break, where you will have time to get breakfast (or a second breakfast) and download your images. We will also gather for critiques and lessons on photo techniques and digital processing during the day. Late afternoon, we will head out again for our sunset shoot.
Join a small group of photographers to explore this slice of Americana.