Life in the Palouse Photography Workshop June 14th - 16th, 2024

Life in the Palouse Nature Photography Workshop 2024

Life in the Palouse 3 Day Photography Workshop June 14th - 16th, 2024

Total Investment: $1500 50% Deposit to Reserve Your Spot. Remaining Balance Due by April 14th, 2024.

This workshop has 4 of 6 seats remaining as of Jan 1st.

Life In The Palouse is a 3 day on location hands on nature photography workshop with host Aaron Reed held in the dreamlike hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington State. This workshop is held during the peak growing season and features the lush rolling hills of the region drawing parallels to Tuscany in their breathtaking beauty. This workshop focuses on the hills, valleys, abandoned buildings and forgotten towns of the Paoluse region between Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls. This workshop will be based out of Colfax, Washington and will generally span a distance of 80 miles between the two parks.

The closest airport to the workshop is the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport; however this is a small airport with only 1 airstrip. There is an airport in Wenatchee, the Pangborn Memorial Airport. Spokane International is 60 miles south of Colfax, WA. After Spokane, the next closest major airports would be (PDX) Portland, Oregon and (SEA) in Seattle Washington. Each of these airports is approx 4.5 hours driving time to Colfax, Washington.

The two closest hotels are the Best Western and the Siesta, with many other options 15 minutes away in Pullman, WA. I encourage you to book your hotels as far in advance as possible. Hotels in this area, during this time of year fill up extremely quickly. Lodging and Transportation are not provided during this workshop.

This workshop has a total of 6 seats. Due to the planning, preparation and marketing that goes into this workshop, a non refundable 50% deposit is required to secure your space. The remaining balance will be due April 14th, 2024. In the event that you have to cancel, your deposit will only be refunded if your seat can be filled prior to the workshop. Please contact me via email to discuss this policy if you have further questions. For this reason, I highly suggest purchasing trip insurance for peace of mind in the event of an emergency.


The charging waters of a desert cataract plunge into a turbulent vortex as they wind their way across the eroded tablelands of the Southwest. Across the plateaus, the sinking sun paints the world in a sanguine glow. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

We will begin this workshop at the very top of Steptoe Butte State Park at 4:45am on Friday June 14th. Steptoe Butte State Park is a 150 acre, 3,612 foot tall natural monument that looms over the rolling hills in the area. The window with the best quality of light lasts for approximately 2 hours just after sunrise and again just before sunset. During the rest of the day we will be exploring all of the abandoned buildings and old machinery that the area has to offer and much more!

Because of the length of daylight during this time of the year, we will be taking a 2-3 hour break on the first two days of the workshop so that people can go back to their hotels to rest or take an extended lunch.

We will photograph two sunrises from Steptoe Butte and one sunrise from Palouse Falls State Park. We will also photograph one sunset from Palouse Falls and the other two at to be determined locations based on weather conditions.

Ignition | Abstract Photography | Aaron Reed

The undulating hills of a vast prairie are like ripples in a sea of liquid gold in the light of the low-lying sun. Winding belts of plowed earth and seeded grasses all catch the light differently, from canary yellow and neon green to peachy pink and velvety sage. Fine Art Limited Edition of 200.

The Experience - What to Expect in the Field

How To Pre-Visualize And Capture Compelling Compositions That Grab AND Maintain The Attention Of Your Audience

100% Manual Operation Of Your Camera And Creative Exposure Control For Best Results

Reading, Understanding and Using Your Histogram To Capture The Best Possible Exposure In The Field

How To "Fill The Frame" using Dynamic Compositions While Eliminating Negative Or Empty Space

How To Identify Your Main Subject And Supporting Subjects With One Easy Trick

How To Choose The Best Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance And ISO For The Image You Are Creating

Tips N Tricks For Low Light, Backlit Scenes And Other Difficult Lighting Situations In The Field

How To Tell A Story With Your Imagery

How To Use Filters As A Creative Tool And As A Way To Balance Light Or Capture Deep, Rich Imagery In Any Situation

Ways To Reduce Your Setup Time And How To Stay Fast On Your Feet While Shooting

Tips For Planning And Scheduling Your Photo Expeditions Including Planning, Preparation And Finding Inspiration

How To Use Balance, Depth, A Sense Of Motion And Light To Create Visually Stunning Images

Learning When To Go Big And When To Find The Little Things In Your Images For Deeper Meaning And Connection With Your Audience

Maximizing Depth Of Field And How To Maintain Maximum Sharpness In Your Images

.....and much more!

The Light

The rolling hills of a halcyon meadow are illuminated by the hazy light of dawn. The crests of all the ridges are highlighted in an electric green, while a chill still hangs in the shadows. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Safety & Reliability

Aaron Reed Photography, LLC is a licensed, fully insured business and a responsible member of the photographic community. I operate all of my workshops under the guidelines, rules and regulations of the National Park Service, State Parks & Forest Services. I am certified in Adult & Child CPR/AED & First Aid, Wilderness First Responder Trained and Follow Leave No Trace Principals. I have operated on location photography workshops since 2009.

Green Lantern

Verdant hills are fringed with fire as the rising sun awakens the great prairie oceans of eastern washington. The furrowed grasses incandesce beneath the clarity of the dawn like huge polished slabs of malachite. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.