Palouse Workshop - June 26-28, 2021

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Overview of the program

Learn long exposure & B&W from a Master of the technique:

Sony Artisan of Imagery Thibault Roland.


The gorgeous PALOUSE (Eastern Washington) area!!


Long exposure, B&W and everything photography related.

Includes shooting time in the field and image editing & critique.


06/26 - 06/28

Arrive on site Friday 06/25 evening, depart Monday late afternoon 06/28

Group size

5 participants

Alone Together.


Returning Participants & Early Birds (before 04/15):


New Participants & after 04/15:


$400 non refundable deposit at the time of registration


• Preparation material and conversations prior to the workshop

Guiding to photography spots during the 3 days of the workshop

• Photography expertise, mentoring and sessions of editing and group critique of images taken during the trip

Not included

• Lodging, food and beverages during the workshop

• Transportation to/from and during the workshop


Description of the location

If you do not know about the Palouse area yet, it is located in Eastern Washington at about 4.5 and 6 hrs. drive from Seattle, WA and Portland, OR respectively, or about 1hr. drive from Spokane, WA.

Just like Tuscany (Italy), this area is made of farmlands over wonderfully rolling hills and every season brings its fill of colors, structures and graphical views. June should let us experience the vibrant green and yellow crops of wheat and canola (as with anything related to weather, please be aware that there is a chance that the harvest may be ahead or late by this time).

What will we take pictures of?

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• Gorgeous rolling hills similar to those in Tuscany

• Vibrant greens of wheat and yellows of canola fields

• Views from the top of Steptoe Butte at sunset

• Spooky abandoned houses

• Copses and lone trees

• Wind turbines

• Electric poles for minimalistic images

• Possibly the wildlife that proliferates in the area (deer, wapitis, eagles...)

About COVID-19

Due to the unforeseen COVID-19 situation the workshop leader is keeping a close eye on the situation and official health reports in order to determine if the workshop will happen at the planned dates or needs to be rescheduled in order to minimize risks of contagion.

We understand that zero risks do not exist and that participants may not feel comfortable traveling in these circumstances or would prefer to wait until closer to the workshop date to register. Everything will be done to facilitate this option within as long as we still have free spots. Registrations will be based on a first come first serve basis.

In the event that the workshop leader decides to reschedule, deposits will be entirely used for a future event.

That said during the workshop all participants are required to observe strict precautions such as and not limited to: practice social distancing, wash hands thoroughly, bring and wear their own face masks, avoid handing objects to each other, avoid carpooling etc. Participants who do not have face masks should contact the organizer who will bring a limited quantity and distribute them as needed.

By registering, participants agree that TR Fine Arts, LLC, the workshop leader and any of their affiliates shall not be held responsible in case of contamination by COVID-19 happening on the way to, from or during the workshop.

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More details

Minimum Skills

 • Basics of using a digital or film camera, including shooting in manual focus, manual aperture and use of Bulb mode.

• Basic knowledge of aperture, shutter speed, and sensitivity.

• Basic knowledge of depth of field & field of view.

• For those in need of a refresher, references of books and online classes will be provided after registration (please contact organizer to discuss your needs)

• Minimum Photoshop skills

Note: a more detailed list will be provided after registration.




• any interchangeable lens system (including APS-C) with a preference for digital or film SLR

• at least one wide angle lens (16-35mm Full Frame equivalent), a mid-range lens (35-70mm zoom ideal) and longer lenses in the 100-400mm range

• a sturdy tripod

• a shutter release that allows bulb shooting "hands free:; wired or remote

• at least one 13 stops Neutral Density (ND) filter


• a full-frame camera

• a set of ND filters that will let you reach: 10, 13 and 16. Straight on or by stacking them. If you are missing any of these filters please reach out to the organizer who will help you obtain the right filters.

Important notes


• Please be aware that this workshop will offer some very long days. Walking will be very limited but driving may be substantial so it is recommended to be reasonably fit to be part of this event

• Many roads of the Palouse area are unpaved and only used by farmers. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to come with a 4-wheel drive vehicle as some of the locations we will go to (or attempt to go to) can be bad. These roads can be full of rocks and may turn into mud when it rains. We will make every reasonable attempt to follow the program but may need to change plans on the fly. Please keep in mind too that most roads are used by farmers and workers and so we will need to be mindful and accommodating with their hard work.

• It is highly recommended that participants to the workshop obtain liability and extra insurance for themselves, their equipment and to cover any third party that may be involved.

• Because of the weather conditions the workshop leader may need to rearrange the program to avoid running into dangerous situations

• Please keep in mind that the growing of crops is weather dependent and cannot be controlled. The canola fields locations change year to year and will therefore need to be discovered during the workshop itself.

• This area being farmland for dozens of miles around, please be aware that it can be very dry and dusty. Participants and their belongings can be subject to dust and it is recommended that anyone sensitive to dust make sure they have all the necessary protection and medicine they may need.

Documents will be sent to the participants prior to the event for them to return signed (terms and conditions of the workshop) and to help them prepare for the workshop (list of equipment needed especially for long exposure, minimum required skills etc.)


Workshop is supported by Sony.They may provide loaner cameras and lenses for the participants to use during the workshop, as requested beforehand and available. That being said, personal equipment is necessary for learning in the best conditions.

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