In-Field Photography Workshops

Frustrated with researching locations on the internet? Rather have a knowledgeable guide show you the best photography spots in the best light? You’re in the right place!

In my in-field workshops, you’ll visit unique and beautiful landscapes across Washington and Oregon and master the essential skills you need for stunning images.

 
Cell phone pic from one of my recent workshops. Set up and waiting for the light.

Cell phone pic from one of my recent workshops. Set up and waiting for the light.

 
Summer, spring, fall and winter, I love sharing what I know with other photographers.

Summer, spring, fall and winter, I love sharing what I know with other photographers.

 

Who should take a workshop?

I work with committed hobbyists and accomplished pros alike.

Many of the unique and beautiful locations in the PNW require some hiking. Therefore, you should feel comfortable hiking several miles at a social pace (~ 2 mph), while carrying all of your hiking and photo gear.

As a mountaineer and avid hiker, I have spent a lot of my time in the mountains, forests, and coasts of the Pacific Northwest, so I’m able to take you to the best spots for making compelling images of these uniquely diverse landscapes.

 
 

Designed around you

I am passionate about photography workshops! Why? Because they’ve improved my photography more than any other method. Books, websites, and videos are valuable resources, but the information flows in one direction. When working together, you have the ability to ask questions as they arise and receive instant feedback.

From just meeting you on location and acting as a guide, to designing an itinerary based on your schedule and wishes for a fun and productive photo trip, I will customize a workshop that’s right for your needs. Prefer a camping trip to a hotel room? Let’s load the gear and hit the road. Rather stay at a luxury resort? No problem, I’ll point you to the best.

My workshops strike a balance between the technical and creative aspects of the craft, because both are important!

 
From a workshop with friend and mentor, Marc Adamus.

From a workshop with friend and mentor, Marc Adamus.

 
 

What you’ll learn

Before we meet, we’ll discuss your workshop goals and locations of interest. A week out from the workshop, we’ll connect again to discuss weather and any last minute changes. While we’re together, I’ll share with you everything I know about advanced composition and camera techniques; location scouting; image processing in Photoshop, and a lot more.

 
 

Pre-Planning

Composition Theory

Location scouting and pre-visualizing

How to use Google Earth and photography apps to find and plan a shoot

Camera Technique

Working in manual

Exposure bracketing

Focus stacking & Panoramas

Creating motion (shutter speed, using filters)



Post-Processing

Establishing an artistic philosophy

Lightroom and Photoshop processing

Exposure blending, luminosity masking

Tips to increase depth and impact

Weather

Weather forecasting for photography

Sites and apps to use to predict dramatic weather

Understanding light and conditions


 
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“My one on one workshop with James was amazing. He was very flexible in scheduling a date and location. His enthusiasm for photography is so encouraging. James took his time with our photo sessions and with his instructions and explanations. His composition instruction was a real eye opener. James never made me feel intimidated, but instead want to learn more and use my new tools and concepts. I highly recommend taking any workshops offered by James Lorentson.”

— Janet Riggins

 
 
 

 

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A workshop to beautiful locations in the PNW focused on improving skills and making impactful landscape and nature photos. We cover everything from location scouting to composition.

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