Oregon, USA 2025

27 April - 8 May 2025 : Fully Booked

Oregon, USA

April 27th – May 5th

27 April – 8 May 2025

Oregon, USA



Instructor: Peter Gordon and Nick Page

Fee Includes:
11 nights single occupancy good quality hotel accommodation, Transport throughout with comfortable ratios in the vehicles, Tuition with Peter and Nick, Location Guide

Photography Level:
Intermediate – Advanced

Group Size:
10 Max (We like to keep groups small)

We’re coming to America and we are super excited to hook up with the amazing Nick Page for this unique collaboration on America’s West Coast. The landscape of Oregon is spectaulour and diverse in equal measure. From towering sea sea stacks, to amazing deserts and lush waterfalls this tour will have it all. Nick is also a local that’s been photographing the area for many years so we are in very safe hands with the locations and local insight. Can’t wait and looking forward to watching the sun rise in the USA. A word from Nick, “We are spoiled here in the Pacific Northwest”.  One day you can be shooting seascapes, then later that same day photographing rain-forests and deserts.  The Pacific Northwest is an immensely diverse and photogenic part the world, and in this workshop we are going to leverage that fact to come away with the best images possible.


On this workshop we be photographing the iconic Oregon Coast,  Waterfalls in the Cascade Rain Forest, lighthouses, Volcanic rock formations, Alpine Lakes, as well as the Desert landscapes of Eastern Oregon,   This is going to be an epic, mile filled adventure.

Day 1 – Portland
Arrive in Portland. We have a hotel booked for you and we will meet that evening to discuss plans for the workshop.

Day 2 – Cannon Beach
We head to the Coast to photograph Seascapes at the Iconic Cannon Beach, Terrible Tilly lighthouse, potential Shipwrecks and Ecola Beach State Park

Day 3, 4 – Newport
2 days filled with Lighthouses, Basalt Lava shorelines, Forest Scenes and Waterfalls,

Day 5, 6, 7 – Bandon
Three days photographing the most photogenic beaches in Oregon, Plus awesome lighthouses, Waterfalls and the Potential of Night Photography.

Day 8, 9, 10 – Redmond
We head inland to photograph more.Waterfalls, Alpine Lakes, Unique Desert Geology, and Volcanoes

Day 11 – Portland

We will return to Portland in the late afternoon. Hotel is organised for you guys so you can fly out the next day. If time permits we will catch some waterfalls on the way back.

There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.

The cost of the workshop is €6700 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive : 11 nights single occupancy accommodation in good quality hotels, Transport throughout with comfortable spacing in the vehicles, Tuition, Location Guide

FLIGHTS are not included.

It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.

  • On Location Guidance
  • Compositional Instruction
  • Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
  • Understanding Exposure Triangle
  • Modes of Exposure
  • RAW, White Balance and Filters
  • Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
  • Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
  • Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
  • The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
  • Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details

Peter Gordon and Nick Page

  • Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
  • We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use. Longer lenses essential and if you have longer than 200 or a tele converter this would be of use.
  • Tripod (essential)
  • Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
  • Camera Manual (just in case)
  • Filters – Circular Polariser , ND’s and grad ND’s will be of use
  • Wellies or waders to get close to the water essential. We can order these to Nick if its impossible to travel with.

This workshop will involve walking on uneven terrain.  While the walks are not long or arduous, those with balance issues may struggle with some of the Rocky terrain.  Most locations involve very little hiking, but there are a couple that may involve up to a 1 mile walk on open beach.   This workshop will also see us photographing from beach level in the surf.  For this reason be prepared to bring a form of Water shoe with you to keep your feet warm and dry.

Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers.

We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.

We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a point of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.

Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow-up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.

So why not join the adventure? Join the ExploreLight Community!

“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too.  Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client.  I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.

The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc.  Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”

Barbara Tanzler

“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”

Noel McIntyre AIPF

“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.  The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”

Paul Byrne

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