Bend, Oregon Workshops

Bend is Oregon's largest city (Pop: 90,000) on the eastern side of the Cascade mountains. It is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts boasting exceptional skiing, mountain biking, river rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hiking and so much more. Spend a day golfing, shopping, or floating the Deschutes River under sunny blue crystalline skies. Summers boast weekend festivals, art shows, concerts, farmers markets, great restaurants and bars.

Photographically, the allure of snow capped peaks, river cascades, waterfalls, National Parks (Crater Lake, John Day Fossil Beds) and state parks (Smith Rock, White River Falls) provide an array of enticing opportunities, all less than 2 hours away.

White River Falls, Oregon
White River Falls; an excellent location for a field workshop, ~2 hours from Bend and Portland.

Field Work

With all the accessible outdoor options in and around Bend, I can tailor a workshop to a location that can cover any or all of the following topics:

  • Equipment Review and Optimization
  • Composition (Image Management)
  • Exposure (Tonal Management)
  • Developing a Personal Style
  • Time Lapse and/or Nighttime Photography

Each workshop, however tailored, includes a goal appropriate balance of field work, casual lecture and discussion. Portfolio reviews (physical or digital) are an excellent option. Time commitment can be as little as half day to an entire week. And if conducive to our mutual schedule, a 1:1 workshop can be segmented (i.e. three 1/2 days over a week) to allow for a balance of instruction and personal work.

Fine Art Printing

Most photography today lives only online and is quickly forgotten. For the passionate photographer, the ultimate expression of your craft is still the finely made print. These days, it's easier to accomplish than most people think. We would work from your digital or film files to create 3-5 Pigment Ink Prints utilizing my Epson 9900. The depth of teaching is flexible. If you'd just like to produce work with my assistance, that's fine. Or I can teach you a complete workflow that empowers you to return home and produce prints on your own. In the latter case, expect to spend at least 2 days with me.

Snow, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite
John Day Fossil Beds, less than 2 hours from Bend.

What to Expect

Once you've submitted the Workshops inquiry form, I'll contact you to arrange a chat. A chat by phone. Or Skype. I'm technology hip that way. The chat, or dare I say, "interview", will clarify the details for a workshop. I'll put together a basic itinerary and a quote, then email it to you for approval. Place a 20% deposit and we're rolling.

Every workshop includes an initial consultation (up to an hour), a workshop packet outlining how best to prepare, and any other relevant details. Workshop days begin early and go late. They're intense and if you're not happily exhausted at the end of one, I haven't done my job. Workshop fees include all instruction, supporting materials, and, for full day workshops, an optional evening meal out. I like good food, wine and conversation. Most old-school film photographers do. We're funny that way.