Columbia River Gorge - FAQ's - Don Smith Photography

Where will the workshop be located? We will base the workshop at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031-2378 :: Phone: 541/386-2200.

What’s the closest airport? Portland International Airport is located just 60 miles west of our hotel.

How much time will be spent in the field? We will have you on location prior to sunrise and after sunset. We will spend secondary shoots after sunrise and before sunset photographing waterfalls in the Gorge.

Will you be discussing composition? Yes, and more. With each location, we will offer suggestions and go over technical (craft) questions. We will be there to assist you in finding and fine-tuning your compositons.

What are the times for the class sessions? Usually the class settings will be held when the light gets too harsh to shoot - normally early afternoon.

What topics will you cover? We will base our instruction after determining the group needs. The priority in this workshop will be field location shooting.

Will there be an Image Review Session? Yes, we will have (3) image review sessions!

Will the latest software be discussed? Yes, Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and Nik Software.

When do we eat? There is a restuarant located in the hotel, with other locations (including Starbucks) nearby. If the light is holding, our priority will be to stay in the field and shoot; thus, we may not always get you back on time for breakfast so bring snacks.

Will there be night training sessions? Yes, we have (1) scheduled in a safe location.

What’s the weather like? Typical weather in April is cool, with highs in the low 60s and and lows in the low 30s. There could even be a slight chance of precipitation (snow and/or rain). Layering and protective rain gear is recommended

What camera should I bring? Most participants will have a digital SLR, but bring the camera or cameras with which you’re most comfortable shooting.

Do I have to shoot digitally? Much of the training will assume you’re shooting digitally, but digital isn’t required.

What lenses do you recommend? Lens choice is a very personal thing. You could probably find a use for every lens in your bag. So bring as much as your luggage will hold, even if you won’t take it in the field for every shoot. We suggest at the minimum you have the range from 24mm to 200mm (full frame) covered.

NOTE: becasue we will be shooting close to raging waterfalls, it is recommended that you bring some form of protection for your camera and lens to prevent moisture damage. Plastic bags, car shammy's and towels are cheap but effective.

What filters should I bring? Polarizers are the number one recommendation. Beyond that, GND filters are useful but not necessary. We will show you alternate ways of solving expanded dynamic range without filters.

Is a tripod required? While not required, a tripod will greatly enhance your opportunities and your images.

Will I need a laptop? Not required but useful for reviewing and storing images.

I’m a beginner—is there a minimum skill level required? All skill levels are welcome. Some of the material may be beyond your current level, but much will benefit photographers of all abilities.

Can my wife/husband/friend join me? You’re welcome to share your room and all meals and non-workshop activities with a friend or loved one at no charge. Only paying participants will be able to join the workshop activities. With all there is to see and do in the area, there will be plenty to occupy any non-participating guest during workshop hours.

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