Palouse Photo Workshop

June 12-15, 2020 - Sold Out!!

Spring is the perfect time to photograph the rolling hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington! The landscape is bathed in a palette of vibrant colors, canola is blooming, wildflowers are abundant, and waterfalls are flowing. The dates correspond with the new moon, so we'll do night photography when skies are clear. The Palouse is a large area and expert instructors Kevin McNeal and Ryan McGinty will get you to the best locations!

Palouse Spring Photo Workshop


  • The Palouse in Eastern Washington turns into a palette of vibrant colors in the spring! This is when the wildflowers and canola are blooming and the fields are at their greenest.
  • Expect to get off the beaten path with instructors Kevin McNeal and Ryan McGinty. They are some experts in the Palouse and have photographed the area for many years. You will photograph many unique areas during our time together.
  • The trip dates correspond with the new moon. When skies are clear, we'll go out and do some night photography!
  • Expect to learn many new techniques on this workshop. Come prepared to shoot everything from abstract telephoto compositions to grandiose wide angle shots!
  • Workshop includes all transportation so you can concentrate on your photography.
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions will be scheduled throughout the workshop to help make the most of your images.



The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather and current conditions. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect. If we shoot the night skies, we will likely skip sunrise the following morning.

  • Day 1 (Fri June 12):  Meet at 6PM in Pullman, WA for a mandatory orientation session. We will cover many techniques you will be using during the workshop and discuss the itinerary in detail.  For sunset, we'll go out to a nearby location.
  • Day 2 (Sat June 13):  We are out the door well before dawn and make our way up to Steptoe Butte. This high vantage point affords 360-views of the surrounding countryside and you can shoot everything from wide angle to telephoto as the morning light accents the vibrant green fields below. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then spend a few hours doing a post-processing session. After an afternoon break, we venture into some very scenic areas to photograph barns and rolling hills.
  • Day 3 (Sun June 14):  We are up early again for sunrise at an iconic lone tree. After that we find some old houses, horses, and wildflowers to shoot.  We return to the hotel for breakfast and another post-processing session. We go out again mid-afternoon since big puffy white clouds are coming in. They complement the yellow canola fields perfectly! After a quick dinner, we go to Palouse Falls to photograph the sunset over the deep canyon. The skies clear shortly after sunset and we stay out to photograph the Milky Way over the falls.
  • Day 4 (Mon June 15):  Even though we are tired, the group decides to wake up for sunrise. We do our final morning shoot in the Palouse and then return to the hotel for breakfast.  The workshop will conclude by 11AM and we'll say our final goodbyes.
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop Canola
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop



If you are flying in, we recommend going through Spokane WA (GEG). From there, it is a 90 minute drive to Pullman where we will be meeting for the workshop. If you don't want to rent your own car, we can arrange for rides and car-pooling to Pullman.  Please be in Pullman, WA no later than 6PM on Friday June 12th and meet us at the Coast Hilltop Inn.

Lodging is not included in the workshop fee so you have the ability to stay wherever you like.  The group will be based at the Coast Hilltop Inn and we have reserved a block of rooms for our guests at $104/night + tax.  Please call them at 509-332-0928 and mention our workshop to receive the group rate.

Our goal is to maximize your photography while you are here. This can mean long days and not a lot of sleep. We will utilize the middle of the day for rest breaks and post-processing sessions.

Transportation will be provided during the workshop for all participants. You are welcome to follow us in your own vehicle, but we recommend everyone ride together since we may be going on some rough and or muddy roads.

This workshop is rated Moderate for activity level. No long hikes are planned but participants should be able to hike 2-3 miles each day to get to the shooting locations.

The workshop will conclude by 11AM on Monday June 15th.  You can either head back home after that time or spend additional days in the area.


$1395/person + Tax


Trip Includes:

  • All Ground Transportation
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • In-Field Photography Instruction
  • Post-processing and Image Critique
  • Snacks and Water


Trip Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to/from your home to Spokane or Pullman, WA.
  • Lodging
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Beverages


When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit.  If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 90-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.

Palouse Falls Photo Workshop
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop Horses
Palouse Spring Photo Workshop

Recommended Camera Gear

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
  • Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
  • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
  • Long telephoto lenses in the 100-600mm range.  You will want a lens that is longer than 200mm for many of the locations we visit! A 100-400mm or 150-600mm will be perfect.
  • Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses.  If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.  A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
  • Backpack to carry your gear.
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

Personal Gear List

  • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
  • Warm jacket, hat, and gloves for cool mornings
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat.
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
  • Hiking poles if you like having them.
  • Bug Spray

Instructor - David Swindler


David Swindler is a National Geographic Award Winning photographer, with a passion for capturing beautiful landscapes and wildlife in their natural environments.  He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked many years in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Thus, the technical side of photography came very easy to him. Back in 2014 he decided to quit his day job to follow his true passion. As a photographer, he has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience with landscape, wildlife, night, and macro photography. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  Follow the links below to see more of Mr. Swindler's work.

Gallery    Media Recognition    500px     Flickr

Mr Swindler has been leading photo workshops for many years and his clients are his top priority while out in the field. Read what others are saying about Action Photo Tours here: Trip Advisor. Mr Swindler has extensive outdoor experience and will ensure your safety and well-being. If you have any questions, please Contact Us and we'll be happy to assist.

David Swindler

Instructor - Ryan McGinty

Ryan McGinty is a landscape photographer based in Moscow, Idaho. His work focuses on the surrounding area called the Palouse. A region in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington known for its rolling hills of agriculture and surrounding mountains. 15 years experience living and photographing the Palouse year round.

He started his interest in photography at an early age while inspired by a relative landscape painter Norton Bush and photographs of Ansel Adams Yosemite where Ryan grew up. In college he decided to take photography more seriously by taking several classes then becoming assistant wedding photographer. Furthering his education by attending Brooks Institute of Photography. While attending he learned large and medium format film photography which he still continues today. In 2003 he moved to Idaho where his passion for landscape returned and has been the main focus of his photography.

His photographs have been published in books, calendars and travel guides. He has guided several large group and many private tours of the Palouse. His passion is sharing his knowledge from his experiences photographing the Palouse and surrounding areas.

Ryan McGinty

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