What are NW Photo School workshops?

NW Photo School workshops are unique, in-the-field, photography learning experiences for an affordable price designed to enhance your picture taking skills. Participants receive hands on instruction from a working photography professional in carefully selected visually rich locations.

When are NW Photo School workshops?

NW Photo School workshops take place year round. We select locations based on seasonal opportunities, fairs and festivals, and weather considerations.

What types of workshops do you offer?

We offer Photo workshops for intermediate and advanced photographers in travel photography, location photography, portrait photography, landscape photography and more.

Who should attend?

NW Photo School workshops are perfect for those who have a good general knowledge of their Point and Shoot or DSLR camera, but would like to become more proficient. We offer workshops designed for the Intermediate level, as well as the Advanced level photographer.

If you are just starting out, once you have read your camera manual, and have a good working understanding of it's features, settings and functions, an Intermediate workshop would be the perfect way to learn more! 

NW Photo School workshops are also a fun and educational experience for the whole family. They also make great gifts for those who wish to treat a loved one or close friend.

Can children attend?

Yes, although we do ask that they are 14 years of age or older. The workshops are an excellent opportunity for your child to develop their creative skills. Because we cannot properly watch your child while teaching, children under 18 must be accompanied by a paid and registered adult attendee.

What do NW Photo School workshops cost?

They begin at only $99. The average photography workshop usually costs much more! Some of our workshops may also have admission costs, and we do ask that you tip the street performers you photograph.

Do you required advanced reservations?

Yes. Please make a reservation online in advance. We cannot guarantee a space to attendees who show without a confirmed reservation.

Can I cancel or reschedule a reservation?

We have a 72 hour advance cancellation policy. We've tried to keep this as short as possible, while still allowing us time to replace your spot. Because spots are limited, canceling and/or rescheduling leaves open spots that could have been filled by others. Thank you for your understanding.

To reserve space on a NW Photo School workshop , payments must be made in full. Payments must be made by check or PayPal's secure merchant website by credit card or direct bank transfer. NW Photo School reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 72 hours prior to the workshop. All cancellation notices must be received in writing or confirmed email and will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email. There are no refunds for cancellations 72 hours or less prior to departure. Refunds may be used as credit toward a future workshop on a space available basis.

What if it rains?

NW Photo School workshops are rain or shine. Since this is the Pacific Northwest, learning to shoot in the rain can be a valuable experience! NW Photo School workshops are only canceled under extreme weather conditions and at the discretion of the instructor.

How long are NW Photo School workshops?

Most workshops are 3 hours long, enough to really spend some time with us learning with our hands-on approach, but still short enough to give you time to practice on your own.          

Where do NW Photo School workshops meet?

Location depends on the specific workshop. Visit our "Workshops" section for more details. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled NW Photo School workshop starting time.

How large are the groups?

We accept a maximum of 10 people. If fewer than 5 people sign up, we will either refund your workshop cost or give you the opportunity to sign up for another scheduled workshop, as you wish.

Do I need an expensive camera?

No. Any non-disposable digital point and shoot or DSLR camera is acceptable.

Do I need a digital camera?

Yes. We will be reviewing the images you shoot using your camera's LCD, therefore a digital camera is necessary.

How many memory cards and batteries do I need?

Enough to shoot at least 400 images over the course of 3 hours.

Can we buy tickets the day of a NW Photo School workshop?

If you would like to attend a workshop scheduled within the next 48 hours, please call 503-740-6170 to check availability.

Do I have to speak English?

You can speak any language you would like, however we only understand English...and a little Australian slang.

What should I bring?

Digital camera - point and shoot or DSLR. Fully charged batteries and backups, enough for 3 hours of shooting. Enough memory cards for 400 images. Good walking shoes and proper attire for the weather- hooded raincoat, waterproof shoes, wind breaker, etc.

Any lenses or lens hoods you may have - wide, standard, or telephoto. Bring a microfiber lens cloth to clean your lens if you have it. Bring your camera's manual or quick guide, if supplied...if you don't have it, typically you can print it out from your manufacturer's website ( or bring it on your mobile phone or Kindle, if it’s too long to print ).

Pocket size notepad and pen for taking notes ( your phone works as well! ). Handouts will not be given out. Participants are responsible for taking their own notes of the lesson. Mini tripods might come in handy at times, but it is not required.

No full tripods or additional equipment that is not listed. External flash for your DSLR if you have it, but it is not required.

What shouldn’t I bring?

No full size tripods or additional equipment unless indicated in the class description. The less you carry the better.

How should I prepare for my NW Photo School workshop?

Prior to your workshop and with the aid of your camera manual, locate the controls listed below. The workshop will not cover locating these controls on your camera. We will be learning how to use them. Please note: your camera may not have all these controls.


Shutter Speed

Camera Modes - manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, portrait, landscape, sports and macro

Exposure Lock

Exposure Compensation

White Balance

Auto Focusing Point Controls

Flash Compensation


What if I am lost or late the day of my workshop?

If you are lost or late, please call your workshop instructor within 20 minutes of the scheduled meeting time. We will not be answering the phone 20 minutes after the meeting time since we will be leading the workshop at that point.

Please be advised it is your responsibility to be on time, so we would suggest you plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

Do you offer one-on-one or private lessons?

Yes, one-on-one private workshops are available! Two hours of private lessons is $250. Three hours is $375. Hours must be consecutive. Please call Pete at 503-645-5152 or email for more information.

Do you offer Custom NW Photo School workshops?

Yes! We can custom tailor a NW Photo School workshop for groups of 5 or more. Gather your friends, family or colleagues and enjoy a private workshop experience tailored just for you that will have you taking more creative images than ever before!