COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
OUR HOME TURF. JOIN US FOR A 3-DAY WORKSHOP IN THE UNIQUE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE.
about this workshop
Based in our hometown of Hood River, OR, this workshop will be focused on workflow and beginner technique for shooting natural light subjects. Our goal is to not only improve your photography, but to make the whole process easier. We intend for each photographer to gain a solid understanding of the often subtle tricks that yield striking images in a range of available-light settings. We anticipate that each photographer will leave with a selection of diverse images, edited and filed for quick access and long-term organization.
Our outdoor studio: The Gorge offers snow-capped volcanoes, high desert, narrow waterfall canyons and towering forests. We'll explore by car and on foot with multiple shoot locations per day. Emphasis will be placed on editorial travel-style photography - environmental portraits, sense of place, landscapes with people enjoying the outdoors. Indoor workshop sessions will teach efficient workflow for managing file naming, storage and color correction (Lightroom/Photoshop). The days will be long but fun. We aim to pack each day with shooting, instruction, and review, plus a little time to enjoy Hood River's world-class biking, wind surfing, breweries and wineries.
What To Expect
A typical workshop day
- Dawn: Hike and Shoot. Pre-dawn wake-up, grab coffee and breakfast at a local cafe. Drive to a nearby trail or canyon for 1-3 hours of shooting.
- Mid-morning: Workflow + Review. Now that you've shot a memory card, we'll head indoors for a 1-2 hour session on downloading, naming and organizing your images on a hard drive. After the first day, this time will be used for Lightroom editing instruction.
- Lunch: Discussion. We'll present images and stories illustrating tricks of the trade, from pros and cons of various focal lengths to the etiquette of approaching strangers.
- Afternoon + Evening: Shooting On Location. We'll field trip to other prime Gorge locations to practice shooting people in landscapes - a lake with Stand-Up Paddle board models, a mountain bike trail with biking models, a fruit orchard harvest, a waterfall-laden canyon, wind surfers at the Columbia River sand bar, etc.
- Nighttime: TBD: Editing workshop, optional individual review session and/or relax. We'll leave this up to group energy, but one instructor will always be available after dinner at a local pub for one-on-one image review.
Oct 18-21, 2018
Hood River, Oregon
* Price does not include lodging or meals. Participants are encouraged to book in advance at a Hood River hotel or Airbnb/vacation rental. A few discounted rooms are available at workshop leader Michael Hanson's Airbnb.
- Level I: Basic understanding of camera settings when shooting in auto mode.
- Level II: Basic understanding of camera settings when shooting in maual mode.
- Level III: Full understanding of camera settings. Possilbe interest in stepping up to professional level and shooting for hire. 10 portfolio images requested with application.
What You'll Learn
- Environmental portraiture
- Capturing landscapes with people and action sports
- Taking advantage of natural light
- Workflow / File organization
- Documentary style color correction (Lightroom)
What We Don't Cover
- Tedious debates over best brands (and most other techy talk)
- The Ansel Adams Zone System (Bless his heart, but we aren't mathematicians!)
- Super-long zoom photography
- HDR and other melodramatic forms of post-production
- DSLR camera, >32 GB memory cards, 2 batteries, external hard drive, laptop
- Basic understanding of camera operation
- Ability to walk 1-3 miles per day
"THE BEST ZOOM LENS IS YOUR LEGS."
- ERNST HAAS
A photographer represented by National Geographic Creative and frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Named PDN30 in 2013, Michael has 10 years experience shooting for some of the world's best magazines. In 2017, his Republic of Baseball series received awards from POYi and Communication Arts. Michael leads international photography workshops as a National Geographic Expert.
A photographer, writer, and former features editor who has shot and produced assignments for national magazines for over a decade. He's produced an award-winning documentary film on a deep south river and his National Park travel broadcast won a 2017 Gold Lowell Thomas Award. He's a contributing writer and photographer at Sunset, Mountain and Gorge Magazines.
"I've been working with David and Michael for years. I've sent Michael on numerous feature assignments, including to remote Patagonia, Alaska, and British Columbia. Whether it's David's portraits at 14K feet on Denali or Michael's images of a blind vodka distiller, the Hanson brothers always deliver."
- Amy Silverman, Photo Editor, Wired Magazine (formerly of Outside Magazine)
"The Hanson brothers have led programs for us in Costa Rica, Spain, Peru, and California. David and Michael have the rare ability to push participants beyond their comfort zone in a way that's both supportive and fun. It's clear they love exploring, story telling, and sharing that curiosity with others."
-Jeffery Shumlin, Director, Putney Student Travel
ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT MICHAEL HANSON + DAVID HANSON