The world of photography right now is at a landmark point in time.  In the 1940s, Eastman Kodak revolutionized the world of photography by introducing color film.  In the 1970s, the 35mm SLR camera system again changed the world of photography by making this creative art form available to the average consumer.  The only barrier to entering the real world of photography at that point was the complicated and sometimes messy darkroom process that only a minority of brave amateurs chose to approach.

The digital era has taken over the world of photography and has changed the world of photography again.  Cameras are everywhere, and the ability to transfer images is almost instantaneous.  Photography is now a part of the average person’s daily life.

Think about the following questions:

  1. Are you interested in becoming a better photographer? 

  2. Are you interested in learning how to use the camera as a tool to interpret how you see light and the effects of light?

  3. Do you see in black & white or in color?

  4. Are you interested in learning to see the world through a creative eye?

  5. Are you a working professional seeking to enhance the images used in the world of your business?


I have been teaching educational photography workshops now over the course of the last 20 years.  These workshops have been held in some of the most scenic regions of Oregon, including the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Black Butte Ranch located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range and the gateway to Central Oregon, and the beautiful Oregon Coast, from Cannon Beach to Florence.

In addition to teaching workshops I was honored to be asked by Hawaiian Airlines to be the host of an in flight video for their passengers to learn how to take better travel photos.  The setting for this video was in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

I would like to welcome you to the 2014 Natural Light Photography Workshops.  It has always been important to me that these workshops provide easy learning in a comfortable environment.  It is also important to understand that these locations are based the best seasonal conditions possible while hoping for optimum atmospheric conditions.  Weather however does not always cooperate so we will all have to learn to make adjustments and adapt to the conditions we are presented with.  This is the nature of nature photography!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to meeting you.

Rick Schafer