Dates: June 17–21, 2019
Explore the beautiful Walla Walla Valley and learn fine art printing too!
Shoot and Print…
The Walla Walla Valley is located in SE Washington State. The region is famous for the State vegetable, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, wheat fields, vineyards and some great landscapes too. We’ll spend our mornings and evenings exploring this region searching out great landscapes. We’ll also spend the hot afternoons in a cool hotel conference room learning the art of making fine prints.
The printing will focus on skills needed to create your own fine photographs at home, whether you use your own printer or you plan to send your images to a lab. All materials for the printing we do on site are included in the price of the workshop and you’ll leave with a box full of your own masterpieces.
Stuff you gotta know
Lodging: I’m working with the local Hampton Inn and Suites. I’m renting their conference room for the meetings and they’re also reserving a block of rooms and giving you a discount if you can make reservations at least 30 days before the workshop begins. Call the property at 509-525-1398. I’ll post a link once they provide it and you can reserve it online as well. If you call, be sure to ask for the “Print-n-Shoot” workshop block. It’s reserved from Sunday to Sunday, but if you’ll be arriving on Monday and leaving on Saturday just let them know and they should be able to accommodate.
Transportation: Please plan to provide or arrange your own transportation. However, the hotel does have an airport shuttle. Also, there will surely be folks driving in and you’ll be able to make arrangements with them. I have space for three in my car, and we’ll need two others to drive as well. We’ll hold it to three or four cars going out and about if we can so that we can pull off the side of the road as needed to shoot where ever the subjects require us to stop.
Photographic and Travel Expertise: You’ll get five days of instruction/mentoring by me, Brent Bergherm. I’ve been teaching photography for 12 years at Walla Walla University and I have a Master’s degree in Digital Photography. I love teaching and will be thrilled to help you achieve more in your photographic endeavors.
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 likely 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 12 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 one printer if we have up to 9 attendees. If there’s 10, 11 or 12, I’ll buy another printer and we’ll be able to that much more efficient on printing.
Physical Requirements: All locations are accessible by passenger vehicle. However, Palouse falls, Twin Sisters and a few other places do have hiking trails with loose gravel, sand dunes and the like. An ability to walk a mile at a time uninhibited with all your gear is expected. 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.
Online Print Course: I’m scheduled to release my online print course in April. As a member of this workshop you’ll be provided a coupon code for access to the online course and video downloads.
Monday, June 17
Meet and Greet: We’ll meet at the hotel board room starting at 3:00 p.m. If you’re unable to get the 11:45 flight from Seattle on Monday please plan to arrive the previous day. We’ll go over a few group particulars and then we’ll head out for an early dinner (on your own).
Sunset Shoot: We’ll plan to eat a bit early so we can be sure to be in the field for sunset at 8:47 p.m. The moon rises at about 9:17 so we’ll try and get some compositions with the moon as well.
If you’re going to be here Sunday night, please inquire about a bonus shoot that we may be able to do. The moon will come up just before sunset and we’ll be able to get a great shot of it with a barn in the foreground.
Tuesday–Friday, June 18–21
Sunrise: We’ll get started early each morning. The sun rises at about 5:00 a.m. this time of year. We’ll head out and plan to shoot until about 9:oo a.m. The hotel serves breakfast until 10:00, so we can eat there or go out as the group desires.
Mid-day: On Tuesday we’ll spend a majority of the time getting things organized and everyone’s computer connected to the printer. We’ll get test prints out and I’ll start with some demonstrations about processing your photos for print. For the rest of the week we’ll focus on post production of images and printing. Friday should be a big print day. We’ll plan to print all day until 7:00 p.m. I’ll have to start packing up and preparing to leave at that time. We will not plan a Friday evening shoot. After your prints are done at 7:00 p.m. the workshop will be over.
Evenings: We’ll plan on early dinners so we can be out late shooting. Our goal will be to leave the hotel by 3:30, be done eating and at our location by about 5:00 p.m. for our shoot. The sun sets at about 8:45 each night. We’ll head back to town shortly after that and be back at it again early the next day!
What you'll learn
Composition: I love to encourage you to experiment and this gives us something to talk about. 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.
Nature: We’ll find plenty of landscape and nature scenes to photograph.
City/Street photography: We’ll be visiting historic city centers and other historic sites. There’s bound to be a bunch of people around and we’ll celebrate that fact, and we’ll work to get shots without people as well.
Telling a story: You’ll find me asking you something like “what does this image say?” to you or “what do you want it to say?” to your viewer. Maybe certain images aren’t that strong and don’t live well by themselves, but they work great in a series. Creating a body of work that only you can tell will be our focus. My job is to help you decide what you want to say with your images if you haven’t figured that out already, and then how to best execute that.
Camera stuff: I’ve been shooting professionally for over 20 years. No matter your camera brand I’ll be able to help you maximize your use of that little machine. If you feel really confident in your abilities, please email me ahead of time and we’ll explore ways that I can provide the challenge you’ll need to get the most out of this experience. 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. I’d rather get it right, as much as possible, and focus on the meaning and purpose of the image over a “spray and pray” approach. We’ll then take these images into your favorite image editor and optimize them for best results, for screen and print viewing.
What's not included
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, Walla Walla has several great restaurants that we’ll head to as well. In general, we’ll strive for two meals a day with snacks while we’re out shooting.
Entrance Fees: There is the one exception to this “not included” item… I am including the vehicle entrance fee to Palouse Falls in the workshop fee, limit three participant vehicles.
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 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 Walla Walla, WA.
Miscellaneous: If it’s not on the “included” list above, assume it’s not included in the workshop fee.
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What to bring and etc.
Money: For some reason Walla Walla has tons of banks (two large regional banks are headquartered here). 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: Walla Walla 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’ll be fairly warm during the middle of the day. That’s why I’ve planned this to be a relaxing time in the hotel printing great photos. It’ll still be warm when we head out in the evenings, but it should be manageable.
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. Walla Walla certainly has something for them as well. However, let’s try and keep shooting time just to our group. They are welcome, and absolutely should join us, when we go to the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm. It’s so peaceful and amazing there and we’ll have special access after normal business hours.
Inclement weather: I tend to not care what the weather is doing, unless it’s a deluge of rain. Walla Walla can get severe wind storms here in the summer as well, though not likely in June. I’ve chosen this time for the optimal field and weather conditions. However, if we’re struck with very bad weather we’ll likely take a break from shooting and get back to processing and printing.
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Before and After
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 I’ll be posting some blog items and recording some podcast episodes about shooting in the area. I hope you’ll find this valuable as you prepare to come to Walla Walla.
- HOTEL INFO: Everything will happen at the Hampton Inn and Suites here in Walla Walla. They’re giving us a block rate too so please call 509-525-1398 to reserve your room and to snag that discount. Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance of the workshop.
- I’ll post a link here so you can do it online as well. The rooms are blocked off from Sunday, but if you’re arriving on Monday or leaving on Saturday then please let them know. They should be able to accommodate the change.
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As needed, I’ll be happy to clean your camera for you on site. We can even do it as needed in the hotel conference room and I can show you how it’s done so you can do it on your own at home.
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 $75 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, Palouse Falls vehicle entrance fees (one-time limit 3), and print materials as mentioned above. Other costs such as transportation, other entrance fees, transfer fees, airfare or other fees to get to Walla Walla 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: I need a minimum of three attendees signed up by April 30, 2019, or we risk cancellation. I’ll be in communication with anyone who’s paid fees by the deadline should we run in to this issue.
- 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 should disaster strike and that I’ll be asking and verifying that you have insurance, both medical and travel. 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 9 attendees. If more than 9 attendees participate, I’ll provide two printers. Limit 12 attendees.
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