Get ready for two packed days full of shooting, post-production and printing.
What could be better? Shooting in the gorgeous Palouse region of Washington state and learning how to make awesome gallery-quality prints from your own photography!
Saturday, May 23
Meet and Greet: We’ll meet at the hotel lobby at about 9:00 p.m. That should be late enough in case you’re out shooting and you want to get the sunset. We’ll briefly meet to discuss the events of the next two days then it’s off to bed as we’ll need to get up early tomorrow!
Sunday, May 24
Sunrise Shoot: Sunrise is at 5:04 a.m. We’ll leave at about 4:15 a.m. for our sunrise shoot. There are many ideas to consider for sunrise. We’ll likely do the barn and truck off Hwy 272 outside of Colfax or Steptoe Butte.
After Sunrise: We’ll stop in Union town on the way back to Pullman for the wheel fence and the Catholic church, though let’s face it, it’s Sunday, probably not a good idea for a bunch of photogs to crash a service 🙂
By 8:30 a.m. It’ll be time to head back to the hotel for breakfast, or breakfast on your own elsewhere.
10:00 a.m. Let the learning begin. We start with about an hour or two of lecture/discussion then we dive deep into printing. We will break for lunch some time mid day. We’ll wrap up printing sometime by 6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. We’ll head to Steptoe Butte for sunset. This is a prime time for photographers so expect it to be busy. There is a $10 parking/access fee per vehicle. If you have a parking pass please consider volunteering to drive, if not, I’ll pay for two vehicles to enter the park.
Monday, May 25
Sunrise Shoot: Sunrise is at 5:03 a.m. We’ll leave at about 4:15 a.m. for our sunrise shoot. We may revisit a location for sunrise, or we may decide on a different spot. Depends on the scouting I do the previous week.
By 8:30 a.m. It’ll be time to head back to the hotel for breakfast, or breakfast on your own elsewhere.
10:00 a.m. Let the learning continue! Today is all about printing. We’ll pick up where we left off from yesterday. We will break for lunch some time mid day. We’ll wrap up printing around 4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. We’ll head to another location for sunset shooting. This is our last shoot and we won’t be able to print these images but we’ll still get some good images somewhere. If we revisit Steptoe Butte we’ll be sure to look at “the tree” if we failed to do that previously.
PRINTING: This workshop is primarily focused on the printing aspect of photography. We’ll spend many hours looking at all the nuanced steps we need to take in order to get excellent, predictable and beautiful prints from your photography. I do promise to teach you the techniques and tips I’ve learned from over 10 years of fine-art printing. But with the limited time we have available I don’t promise to be able to dial everything in to perfection. We’ll get you down the right path though 🙂
Camera stuff: I’ve been shooting professionally for over 20 years. I have experience with Canon and Nikon cameras the most, but if you shoot Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus or any other, we’ll be fine. I might just have to spend a few extra seconds getting used to the different button layout or menu system
Shooting and post-processing: My go-to motto is to “get it right in camera,” as much as possible. With that said, I do try to keep post processing to a minimum, but sometimes you just have to go all out. We’ll be talking about the scene as we are shooting and I’ll help you understand how to shoot a scene according to what your end goal is. This may slow us down a bit. And to me, that’s just fine. When we’re in the conference room though the only thing that will hinder us with your work is time and imagination 🙂
Composition: It’s good to analyze images and understand what works and what doesn’t. We’ll do this both as we’re shooting and afterwards.
Lodging: Please select any hotel that best suits your needs in Pullman. I do plan on coordinating with the Holiday Inn Express for a block rate. That’s where I’ll be staying and where we’ll be set up for their conference room usage. The address is: 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA. Their phone number is: 1-509-334-4437. Please contact me when you sign up so I can get you the block room info.
Transportation: Please plan to provide or arrange your own transportation.
Flights to Spokane are common and Pullman also has a small airport. You could also fly into Walla Walla and rent a car there if you wanted. Let me know if you’re interested in car pooling, I can put you in touch with other attendees.
Location Specific Information: I’ll send you a PDF document before the workshop starts. It’ll have a list of location ideas and descriptions and their locations. We won’t get to all of these spots though. If you plan to explore on your own before or after the workshop this will be a valuable document
Small Group: With a limit of 8 attendees you’re virtually guaranteed some quality time with me and the other attendees. We will get to know each other pretty well given how much time we’ll be spending together. I will provide two printers if we have more than 4 in attendance.
Physical Requirements: All locations are accessible by passenger vehicle. Steptoe Butte does have some opportunities to go “off-trail” but it’s fairly easy going and you can always stay right next to the road or parking lot areas. There will not be any significant climbing or strenuous hiking.
Computer Requirements: You’ll need to bring a computer with WiFi capabilities and a professional image editing application such as Photoshop, Lightroom, CaptureOne, OnOne or others. I am most versed in the Mac operating system with Lightroom and Photoshop. But the principles will certainly apply to other software applications.
Paper and Ink Supply: The workshop fee includes plenty of paper and ink for you to print and practice with many different types of paper. Feel free to bring a picture or two that you just gotta get printed. But we’ll focus on shooting new images and processing those for making fine prints.
Lodging: I will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express located at 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA. Their phone number is: 1-509-334-4437. Please contact me when you sign up so I can get you the block room info. Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.
Food & Drink: Meals, snacks, drinks, they’re all on your own. I’m a fan of cheap fast food restaurants as it gets us back to shooting or printing more quickly. However, Pullman has several great restaurants that we’ll be a able to go to as well.
Entrance Fees: If we go anywhere that charges an entrance fee, other than Steptoe Butte, please have funds available. I will provide entrance fees for two vehicles other than my own.
Transportation: Please make arrangements for transportation. I’ll keep the group abreast of those willing to drive during this workshop so you may not need to rent a car. I can take up to three people with me in my Buick, but otherwise we’ll have to rely on other transportation provided by participants.
Insurance: Please secure your own travel insurance. Please expect me to ask you to verify your insurance coverage. Both medical and standard travel insurance. What if I have to cancel the trip for some reason? That would stink, but there will be some fees that simply can’t be recouped (such as your airfare) and travel insurance will keep that from being a big issue.
Airfare and other “getting there” transportation: You’ll have to fly or otherwise transport yourself to Pullman, WA.
Miscellaneous: If it’s not on the “included” list above, assume it’s not included in the workshop fee.
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Money: Getting cash from an ATM won’t be a problem… so long as you have money in your account
Camera Gear: As we’ll be “car shooting,” and by that I mean we’ll travel to our destinations in vehicles, feel free to bring all the gear you think you’ll need. However, I always encourage my participants to “go light” or to choose to focus on a certain type of photography. There’s a slight chance we might get to shoot some birds, but likelihood isn’t that great. Bring your big lens if you want, but you might just end up leaving it in the room.
Pack Light: I’ll be limiting myself to one Tenba DNA 13 messenger bag (or equivalent sized bag) for all my camera gear while out shooting. All your other stuff can remain in the room as needed.
Medications and safety/health: Pullman and the Palouse region is generally safe. But like any town in rural US regions, we have our share of petty crime and what not. As we’ll be traveling together I don’t foresee any trouble. Please be thoughtful about your gear at restaurants, trails and such. We don’t want someone walking off with your precious lenses.
Weather: It’s early in the season so it shouldn’t be too warm. Storms are also possible. Unless it’s an absolute deluge we’ll plan to be out no matter the weather. We’ll adjust what we shoot depending on what the light and weather dictates.
Anything else: If you have other questions please do let me know. I’ll get them in here as I’m sure others will have them as well. Don’t be shy!
Non-photographer tag-alongs: Feel free to bring your non-photographer friends or spouse. Pullman certainly has something for them as well. However, let’s try and keep shooting time just to our group.
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I’ll create a private Facebook group for communication and photo sharing and review. You’re encouraged to post images after the shoot for review by me and others that have attended. I’ll plan to leave the group open for several months after the tour but we’ll hope to see all review requests submitted within six weeks after the workshop. After that you’re still encouraged to submit images for review, I may not get to them in a timely fashion though
As we get closer to the workshop please feel free to ask about any equipment or other prep that we can all help out with.
I will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express located at 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA. Their phone number is: 1-509-334-4437. Please contact me when you sign up so I can get you the block room info. Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.
As needed, I’ll be happy to clean your camera for you on site. I’ll bring everything with me to do a full cleaning including the sensor.
There’s just a few stipulations/restrictions that apply to this workshop. They are…
- Workshop fees are non-refundable unless I’m able to find a replacement in time. I will refund your workshop fees minus a cancellation fee of $50 if a replacement is found. Should you need to cancel and we do find a replacement, I’ll handle everything. I’ll charge them the participation fee and refund you the appropriate amount. I hope it’s not needed, but if you can’t make it, let’s work together to find a replacement for you.
- Workshop fees only cover instruction, Steptoe Butte vehicle entrance fees (one-time limit 2), and print materials as mentioned above. Other costs such as transportation, other entrance fees, transfer fees, airfare or other fees to get to Pullman are not covered in the workshop fee.
- Food, drinks and other incidental items are not included.
- I reserve the right to cancel the workshop and fully refund any fees paid due to unforeseen circumstances. Please be sure you buy insurance. My total liability will only be refunding the fees paid. Unforeseen circumstances include but are not limited to a death in the family, war, act of terror, extreme weather or other natural disaster or other serious issue.
- Registration Deadline: Early bird pricing is good until November 29, 2019 (Black Friday). After that the normal price will apply.
- Release of Liability. You’ll be asked to sign a form onsite. But also, by purchasing you agree to release me and my heirs, relatives, business associates and others from any liability for any personal injury, death, loss of valuables and safety risks, or any other malady that may strike due to your involvement in this workshop. You agree that you’re aware of the risks travel presents and you’re taking these risks upon yourself. You agree to be fully financially independent. Insurance for any reason, both medical and travel, is your responsibility to secure. Attendees are not vetted before the journey. We will get to know each other via a Facebook group beforehand, but that’s not a substitute for true vetting and getting to really know a person. You understand the risks involved and while I will do all I can to aid and assist with issues that may arise, you agree to hold me and my aforementioned associates harmless due to any interpersonal interactions with fellow attendees and/or anyone we encounter along the way. If you are unwilling to agree to any of these terms listed here please don’t sign up for the workshop.
- I reserve the right to add to and/or modify or subtract anything on this description page as necessary and without warning. I will notify you if there’s a need to make a change and you’ve already made payment.
- I will provide one 13×19 printer and all necessary inks and paper for the purposes of this workshop for up to 4 attendees. If more than 4 attendees participate, I’ll provide two printers. Limit 8 attendees.
- Minimum 3 attendees required by March 1, 2020. If I don’t have the required minimum I’ll be cancelling the workshop. Please inquire before you purchase your plane tickets.
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Links you’ll need for this workshop.
Want to calibrate your screen? Download the Mac version of X-Rite’s i1Profiler software. On a PC? Grab that version here. I’ll have my calibrator on site to calibrate the screen of anyone in attendance.
Grab the Canson Infinity Paper profiles here. We’ll discuss downloading them and installing them properly as part of the workshop.