Palouse Barns Photo Workshop
June 2-5, 2023 - Sold Out
June 30-July 3, 2023
The Palouse Barns Photo Workshop will focus on a variety of architectural subjects scattered about the rolling green hills. Even better, we'll have several full moon shooting opportunities during our time together. During Spring, the landscape is bathed in a palette of vibrant colors, canola is blooming, wildflowers are abundant, and waterfalls are flowing. The Palouse is a vast region and local photographer/instructor Ryan McGinty will get you to the best locations based on current conditions.
- 50% Deposit
Max Group Size
- 5 Students per Instructor
- Max 10 Students
- Ryan McGinty
- Kevin McNeal
- The Palouse turns into a palette of vibrant colors in the spring!
- The pastoral landscape is dotted with rustic barns, old buildings, windmills, grain elevators, silos, abandoned homes, and charming small towns.
- Expect to get off the beaten path with expert instructors. Resident photographer Ryan McGinty knows the Palouse intimately.
- Dates are scheduled during the full moon period, allowing us to line up shots with the rising and setting moon.
- Expect to learn many new techniques on this workshop from abstract telephoto compositions to grandiose wide angle shots!
- Transportation is included so you can focus on your photography.
- Post-processing and image critique sessions scheduled throughout the workshop to 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.
- Day 1: Meet at 3PM 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 venture out to a few of our favorite barns and silos. We've planned a few shots that can take advantage of the rising full moon.
- Day 2: We are out the door well before dawn to capture early light on the rolling hills behind a photogenic barn. We explore many of sights in the area before returning to the hotel for breakfast. We take a midday rest break and reconvene for a classroom session where we'll critique images and teach post-processing skills. After dinner, we head out to capture the full moon over a distant barn for perfect telephoto compression!
- Day 3: We head out early to capture the setting moon over a grain silo. After that we find some old houses, barns, and wildflowers to shoot. We return to the hotel for breakfast and another post-processing session. We go out again mid-afternoon and photograph silos, abandoned houses, and grain elevators surrounded by blooming canola and countless shades of green.
- Day 4: Time flies when you're having fun! We head out for our last sunrise opportunity. On our way back we stop by an abandoned house and an old town with myriad subjects to shoot. The workshop will conclude by 11AM.
$1595/person + Tax
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- All Ground Transportation
- Park Entrance Fees
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing and Image Critique
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Pullman, WA.
- Meals, beverages, and snacks
- Instructor Gratuities
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.
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
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat.
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
- Bug Spray
If you are flying in, we recommend going through Spokane (GEG) or Pullman WA (PUW). From Spokane, it is a 90 minute drive to Pullman. If you don't want to rent a car, fly to Pullman and take Uber or Lyft to the hotel. If you decide to drive from the Seattle area, expect a 4.5 hr drive. Please be in Pullman, WA no later than 3PM on June 2nd and meet us at the Coast Hilltop Inn.
Lodging is not included in the workshop fee so you have the option of staying wherever you like. The group will be based at Coast Hilltop Inn where we have a block of rooms reserved for our guests. Give them a call at (509) 332-0928 and mention Action Photo Tours to take advantage of our group rate. Please note that meals, beverages, and snacks are not included in the workshop fee.
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. This workshop is rated Moderate for activity level. No long hikes are planned but participants should be able to walk a cumulative 1-2 miles each day to get to the shooting locations.
Check out our Palouse Spring Workshop June 6-9 if you want more of a traditional landscape approach. Or you can book both to really round out your Palouse experience! If you are a female photographer, join our engaging Chicks Who Click community on a special Women's Only Palouse Workshop May 20-23!
Ryan McGinty is a seasoned landscape photographer living in the Palouse area of southeastern Washington. His first-hand experience in this unique agricultural area makes him the perfect instructor to lead people to out-of-the-way places for those once-in-a-lifetime rainbows, sunsets and sunrises in the beautiful rolling hills. He loves chasing the light and diligently checks weather apps to get the latest sun and rain predictions, cloud formations, wind and temperatures for the best locations and light.
His interest in photography started at an early age and continued in college with graduate work at Brooks Institute of Photography. His experience in portrait, wedding, film, and medium and large format photography give him an extraordinary background for his award-winning landscape photography.
His passion for the Palouse is only exceeded by his passion for photography and his desire to show people his favorite places. He takes a legitimate interest in his clients and strives hard to ensure they get the best shots. His photographs have been published in books, calendars and travel guides.
Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C.. He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.
“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles
Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.
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