Rolling Hills of the Palouse, June 20-24, 2018

With Rod Barbee

June 20-24, 2018
Colfax, WA
$1129 ($200 deposit)
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The town of Palouse

The town of Palouse

The Palouse is a photographer’s dream. Graphic landscapes, character-filled barns, rolling hills, a fence made of metal wheels, old cemeteries (well, old for the west coast). And of course, the unequaled view from Steptoe Butte. The possibilities are endless. You can literally spend the day driving the back roads and not run out of things to photograph. These and more make the rolling hills of the Palouse a bucket-list destination for many photographers. I've been visiting the Palouse for over twenty years and leading workshops here for over a decade, and the Palouse is still one of my favorite places to photograph. The Palouse can be different every year. Crops rotate, barns collapse, I hear about a place I've never been. Each year I come back with images of things I've never seen before.
During the workshop I'll help you with the finer points of landscape photography like hyperfocal focusing, using graduated filters, setting up for panoramas, and helping you to fine tune your compositions. We’ll have early morning and sunset shoots and classroom/critique in the middle of the day (and naps, you'll need naps at this time of year). Classroom sessions will also include tips on using Lightroom and other things digital.

What a typical day might look like:
Mornings come early this time of year so we'll be leaving before dawn to catch the first light on rolling hills. After our morning shoot we'll return to our hotel for a break where you'll be given time to get breakfast (or second breakfast) and download your images. We’ll also gather mid-day for critiques and lectures on photo technique. Late afternoon we'll head out again for our sunset shoot. And who knows, we may even try our hands at some night photography!

Hiking and exertion:
There will be virtually no exertion involved other than getting up at an unholy hour of the morning for sunrise shoots. Most of the time we'll be within spittin' distance of the cars (this is farm country; they say "spittin' distance" here).

Additional information


$1129 ($1095 if paying both deposit and balance by check or money order)
The price includes personalized instruction, honest evaluation of your work, location expertise, and of course, ample teasing.
Prices do not include lodging, meals, or transportation.
Visit the Sign Up Page for details on paying by check.

We'll be based out of the Best Western Wheatland Inn in Colfax, WA, the epicenter of Palouse photography. A block of rooms has been reserved.
The room rate is $108.99/night plus tax.
Upon signing up you'll be sent information on making your hotel reservations in our group block.
If you plan on arriving before the workshop or staying on afterwards for continued exploring, I highly recommend that you make your reservations early as this hotel usually fills quickly for this time of year.
The cutoff date for reservations is April 19. After this date there is no guarantee that rooms will be available.

The workshop begins on the evening of the 20th with a meet and greet session and ends after the morning shoot on the 24th.

Trip Insurance

I understand that sometimes folks need to make last minute cancellations due to illness, family, or business matters. Unfortunately, I am unable to make last minute refunds or provide credit to future workshops due to these last minute cancellations. I therefore highly recommend travel insurance. See this page for some resources.


Many of your questions may already be answered on my FAQ page.

Getting There

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Trip insurance

We understand that sometimes folks need to make cancellations due to illness, family, or business matters. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds or credit to future workshops for cancellations less than 60-days out from a trip (75-days for international trips). We therefore highly recommend trip insurance.

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