Columbia River Gorge Photography Workshop
After their successful (and fun) coast workshop, Steven Michael and Brian Chambers have decided to join together for another excellent photography adventure. Three days of landscape photography, exploration and good times in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. The workshop begins at 4pm on Friday April 15th and ends mid day on Easter Sunday April 17th, 2022. The cost of the workshop is only $895. This weekend was chosen to maximize our chances to capture peak blossom and wildflower conditions in the gorge and will utilize Brian and Steven's local knowledge to find the best locations. All participants will get plenty of one on one teaching time with both Brian and Steven to help take your photography to the next level.
Itinerary- The workshop will be centered in beautiful Hood River OR and the exact itinerary will be decided depending on weather conditions, flower conditions and the interest of the participants. For over 25 years, Brian has lived full time in Hood River acquiring extensive experience exploring and photographing the Columbia Gorge. The class will use his local knowledge to help us decide the optimal locations. This will be a photography intensive experience and will likely involve shooting from very early until late in the evening. The workshop will involve driving to locations that may be an hour or more away.
What is included- The price of $895 includes only photography instruction and guiding to the locations. Class size will be limited to 7 students to allow for plenty of one on one time with the two photographer guides.
What is not included- Lodging, transportation, meals, drinks or any day use or parking passes.
Requirements- Any level photographer is welcome to attend with any type of gear. We will not be doing any extended hikes, however you should be comfortable walking at least one or two miles a day and possibly further if there is interest from the entire group. The gorge has variable terrain including uneven ground and unstable/slippery surfaces, cliffs etc. The Gorge can be a dangerous place and students are responsible for their own safety at all times. Please contact Brian with any questions or concerns.
Hotel- We have negotiated a special price for a local hotel with a great location in Hood River that will be our base of operations. A link to register will be sent to you once you have signed up. You are also welcome to stay at any location of your choosing.
Cancellation Policy- Brian and Steven reserve the right to cancel the workshop in the event of extreme or unsafe conditions such as fire, pandemic, illness of instructors or with three or fewer registrations. In this event ,you will get a full refund. Attendees who cancel more than 8 weeks prior to the workshop will receive a 75% refund of their fees if we are able to fill their spot. Cancellations later than that will not be eligible for a refund.
About us- Brian and Steven have very complimentary personalities and teaching styles that work well together in the workshop setting. We are planning on continuing our workshops at various locations through out the Northwest so keep checking in for more opportunities.
Steven Michael: Steven has been a resident of the Southern Oregon coast since 1975 and has been a full time professional photographer since 1998. He has been featured on the OPB show, Oregon Field Guide, showcasing the Shore Acres Waves. He has been publish in various magazines, brochures and billboards. He is also a published children's book author and illustrator. When not out photographing, Steven is home painting mandala designs on rocks, or writing educational blogs centered around earth science and pioneer cemeteries. The rest of his time is spent outdoors exploring with his dog. Steven is among the most knowledgeable and experienced photographers on the Oregon Coast.
Brian Chambers: Brian has been living full time and photographing in the Columbia River Gorge since 1997. He is a member of one of the premier art galleries in Hood River (301 gallery) and has been published in several magazines and has been teaching photography classes and workshops in the Columbia River Gorge for several years. When not out photographing, he is a part time veterinarian, home remodeler and spends as much time as possible outside in nature enjoying the beauty of Oregon.
Some images and testimonials from our most recent workshop
"The Bandon Coast Workshop was an awesome experience led by two very experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining photographers. Brian Chambers and Steven Michael took us to amazing sites and worked with each of the workshop participants so that we got the best shots. I appreciated their flexibility on selecting our sites and how long we stayed at each place. I never felt rushed throughout the weekend. I highly recommend any workshop these two offer. You will definitively come away with numerous photographs that you would be to frame and hang on your wall".- Pat
"I highly recommend any course run by Brian and Steve. I took their 2.5 day course in Bandon in 2021 and it was excellent. I had taken a 6 day course run by another company earlier in the year. In Brian and Steve's course they were there to teach you new techniques and help you resolve any problems you were having. In the other course the instructor was just a tour guide and did very little teaching. If you are looking for someone to be right there helping you improve your photographic skills, then any course taught by Brian and Steve is for you. The course I took with Brian and Steve was thoroughly enjoyable and I met some really nice people".-Marvin