The Palouse: Patterns and Colors

Join us for five days in the Palouse, an incredible region in eastern Washington State, with rolling hills filled with patterns of growing crops interspersed with rural barns and buildings and ever changing skies. There really is no place like it in the world, a unique landscape formed by winds depositing silt from post-ice age floods, creating a beautiful rolling rhythm to the landscape that is particularly friendly to the landscape photographer’s lens. The light and shadows play across the fields and hills, providing infinite combinations of compositions to pursue. It is no wonder that the Palouse is now considered one of the top landscape photography destinations. We will also be visiting The Palouse Falls, another unique and beautiful post-ice age formation which offers amazing landscape photography opportunities.

A typical day in the field includes morning and afternoon/evening shooting in a variety of the best locations the Palouse has to offer, with a mid day break to recharge. While on site we will evaluate the day’s light and weather and discuss potential compositions and in-camera techniques to produce great imagery. During the midday hours, we will also incorporate classroom sessions of post-processing workflow, digital file management, and working through selected raw files using Lightroom, Photoshop, various plugins.

Images on this page are by Palouse ’15 guest Joseph Wu.  Click here to see all of Joseph's great photos from The Palouse ’15.


Palouse region
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June 5-10, 2016

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Both classroom and site instruction were great. The instructors really listened to our individual goals and provide assistance and assignments to help us achieve those goals. Having an “assignment” really helped me to focus on what I was trying to achieve. I learned a lot. Critiques were very instructional and I learned a lot from them whether from my photos or someone else’s.
— Marsha Kirschbaum, CA Horses '13, Palouse '15

Itinerary and General Information

Our itinerary will be flexible, as we’ll choose our shooting locations based on weather and lighting conditions. One thing you can count on is variety. We will be visiting small, bucolic towns that were once profiled in the National Geographic, abandoned buildings and barns, beautiful sweeping scenes of rolling hills, as well as the more intimate surprises one always seems to encounter traversing the back roads of this area.

A key area of focus during our time will be Steptoe Butte, a designated National Natural Landmark. When you see spectacular shots of the Palouse that seem as if they were taken by air, often they were not, they were most likely taken from Steptoe Butte. A winding road to the summit offers numerous pullouts with a variety of elevations and views from which to form spectacular compositions. It can almost be overwhelming to approach these vistas from a compositional, light, and timing standpoint, but don’t worry, Randy and Mike will show you how to nail it. Our professionals have intimate knowledge of how to do this and are there to offer one-on-one assistance for all levels of participants. If time and conditions dictate, we may also visit Steptoe’s sister butte, Kamiak. Kamiak is a bit different, but depending on the year, can have spectacular wildflower displays at its summit.

Randy and Mike are local Washingtonians, and have intimate knowledge of the Palouse! You can count on 5 days full of sweeping vistas, sunrises and sunsets, intimate details and dramatic skies.

Each participant will have the opportunity to shoot with the latest Hasselblad digital cameras and a wide range of lenses during the workshop. In addition to our pros Randy Hanna and Mike Brandt, we'll also be joined by a rep from Hasselblad, who will be available to go over the cameras and lenses in detail.

What to bring.

PS on what to bring - if you can bring a 300 or up to 400mm lens (even longer) we'll use them and teach "compressed telephoto" landscape shooting from Steptoe Butte!

Travel Information: Fly to Seattle and drive, or fly all the way to Pullman, Washington (from Seattle) and there's a free shuttle bus to the hotel. Meeting time on June 5, 2016 is at 3pm at our hotel in Pullman. Workshop concludes after breakfast and image reviews on the morning of June 10, 2016.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single premium, $450)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Demonstrations and use of the Hasselblad cameras
  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction

Whats Not Included?

Travel to and from Pullman, Washington. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,500 will hold your place. Balance of $1,495 is due by March 22, 2016. Single supplement is $450.

Additional Information

Our workshops always fill, and fast—if this one has your name on it, don't delay, click the signup button below. See you in the Palouse!