2017 Mini Spring Waterfall Workshop (3 Days: May 24-26) - TJ Thorne|Photography

Join me on a 3 day workshop in Oregon's beautiful Columbia River Gorge to capture it's lovely waterfalls in their peak spring dress.

Known for its countless waterfalls and lush foliage, the Columbia River Gorge is a real-life paradise. Vibrant green moss, big leaf maples, and rushing water provide fairytale scenes that are easily accessible and perfect for learning or honing photographic techniques.

This workshop is meant for the busy photographer who might be able to sneak away for only a few days. The low cost and group size mean bang for your buck and plenty of highly attentive personal instruction that will help you take your photography to a new level, not just in techniques, but also in your personal relationship with nature.

I'd be honored if you joined me and let me show you some of the reasons I am in so in love with the gorge and why it means so much to me.


"I tremendously enjoyed working with TJ. In a short 2 day private workshop, not only did I take away many breathtaking photos we did together, most importantly, I took away the knowledge he passed on to help me become a better photographer. The knowledge transfer is what I value most in this workshop. The photos are stunning and epicness of the coastal line and the waterfalls of Portland, but the tips, tricks, and the best practices that TJ offers will stay with me from location to location. TJ is fun to be with, patient, creative, very personable, attentive to the micro detail, and a good listener. BTW, did I also mention TJ is a nature enthusiast and aficionado? I will definitely look TJ up for my next photography adventures."

Anne S. - Virgina

"I recently attended a workshop in the Columbia Gorge with TJ. I found the instruction and knowledge of the area to be excellent. I have attended a number of workshops over the years and I found that the instruction on this particular workshop was among the best I have ever attended. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography. Thank you TJ!"

Neil B. - Vancouver, BC



• Guidance to some of the best shooting vantages at many diverse locations.

• In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, capturing smooth water flow, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, shutter speed blending among other techniques).

• Processing instruction including everything such as raw processing, blending exposures using luminosity masks, focus stacking, the orton effect, artistic finishing touches in photoshop, and preparation and sharpening for web and print.

• Plenty of intimate instruction and individual attention due to the low group size.

• Personal and artistic growth.

• Fun and adventure!

Not Included

• Transportation

• Lodging (Suggested Lodging: Best Western; Cascade Locks or Bridge of the Gods Motel)

• Meals and snacks: We will take a break each day for lunch and also meet up again for dinner on some nights. Please plan your breakfast for before our meetup time.

Good Day Sunshine


While adventure and great photos are our main goal, your safety is a priority along with treating the land we travel on with respect, practicing "leave no trace" ethics. TJ is a seasoned backcountry traveler, is CPR/First Aid certified, licensed, permitted, and insured.

In order for participants to have a comfortable experience where they can concentrate on the photography, it is highly advised that you be physically able to hike comfortably for 4 miles in a day, have proper attire consisting of non-cotton outdoor dedicated clothing, wet weather gear (poncho/rain jacket), some type of water shoes or waders, and equipment for keeping your camera gear protected from wet conditions. Temperatures may range from 30°F (-1°C) to 60°F (15°C)  and proper clothing for that range is recommended. 

A lot of the hikes we will do may be considered 'strenuous' by novice hikers. Be prepared to get a lot of exercise and to spend most of the day in the elements.


Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended and will give you the best experience. It is advised that you fully understand how to operate your camera.

Lenses. There are opportunities on this workshop to use any focal length possible, so bring all that you can. Most of the time we will be focusing on wide angle images, so a wide angle lens is highly recommended.

• Tripod. Because of the shaded and often low light conditions, and the desire to shoot longer exposures for smooth water flow, a tripod is an absolute necessity for the sharpest photos.

• Filters. Generally all that you will need to use is a polarizer and neutral density filters, although it is possible to get great shots without either.

• Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies (we highly recommend Kimwipes).

• Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions Oregon area can vary, so be prepared to adapt with insulating layers! A good rain jacket, or at least a poncho, is advisable. Bring shoes that you are comfortable getting wet; dedicated water shoes are ideal. Chest/hip waders can be very useful as well, as some of the streams we'll visit can be very cold. Neoprene socks would also work, but are not as effective. Waders can be also be rented.

• Snacks and hydration. Maintaining energy and hydration is very important when out in the wilderness. Energy bars, nuts, seeds, and water are recommended. While we will not be in very remote places, we would rather that our time be spent photographing instead of making unnecessary stops. There is a well stocked grocery store across the street from the hotel.

• Willingness to learn and discover.


Cost of the workshop is $750.

A deposit of $150 will be required upon sign up. Balance is due 45 days prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations that occur 90-45 days before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment. If your spot can be filled, you will receive a full refund.

Payment can be arranged through PayPal invoices.


Use the contact link at the top of the page or email me at tj.thorne@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

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