HARVEST IN THE PALOUSE photography workshop with David Julian

THE PALOUSE is Eastern Washington’s most scenic centerpiece, expansive, colorful and rich in historic detail.

HARVEST TIME brings a more varied color palette of warm golds, greens and browns contrasting blue or moody skies. It’s also an excellent opportunitiy to interpret the land in Black & White. 

Join pro photographer and instructor David Julian on an adventure to explore and photograph the Palouse’s endlessly gorgeous rolling landscapes, barns, agricultural and abandoned vehicles, livestock and wildlife in eastern Washington and Idaho. Over the past five years he’s scoured the region to map locations and connect with farmers and residents to offer this fully-guided and affordable photography workshop. 

July 23-26, 2021

Absolutely stunning scenery!

Many have called The Palouse “the Tuscany of America“, and visitors quickly see why. In this location workshop, we capture the vivid colors and long shadows of sunrise and late day, as well as a sunrise and sunset from a high butte. We explore the region shooting aged rural textures, agro machinery, barns, granaries, wizened trees, livestock and serendipity along the way.

We drive and work with all due respect for private property and never trespass to “get the shot”. 

Dave gives group guidance as well as 1-on-1 guidance and learn shooting and visual storytelling techniques, even with smartphones. We review images the last morning (optional), and Dave demonstrates how he artfully crafts RAW Palouse captures in Lightroom to convey the feel of the original moment. If you love rural beauty, country charm, and amazing photo opportunities, this workshop is for you. Read on...

Non-photographers are also welcome! If you don’t own a camera system, today’s smartphones can make excellent photographs in the Palouse. [ see here ]

Dave guides you to capture the best of the Palouse.

With hundreds of miles of potential compositions, the trick is to find the perfect rhythm of soft light and undulating land forms.

You benefit from Dave’s many hours of scouting, research, planning and also our chance encounters. He has also discovered special locations not on published maps. Our itinerary is flexible as we base our shooting locations on weather, lighting conditions and field growth. There is a huge variety of things to shoot including the beautiful old barns, solitary trees, fields of color, rusty vehicles, an old church and graveyard, and other textured country details. We photograph sunrises and sunsets from the best spots high on the Butte. But it’s not only about shooting the land. We capture the full Palouse story from roving harvest machines and an engaging fifth-generation farmer who always delights us with is stories, knowledge and enormous farming machinery. 

Instructional topics include:

  • Visual storytelling : going beyond the postcard
  • Visual storytelling : how to imbue a sense of history into your photographs
  • Seeing, creative composition, subject design and visual layering
  • Creating dramatic and graphic landscapes
  • Creative use of depth of field beyond the obvious
  • Creating dramatic points of view (DPOV)
  • Shooting tips for the best results in any light
  • Field techniques for Dawn, “Blue Hour” and Night
  • HDR for full dynamic range where light is highly variable (optional)
  • Night Sky photography (optional, depending on weather and time demands)
  • Tips for expert processing in Lightroom
  • B&W processing and toning in Silver Efex Pro by DXO
    …more as time and weather allows

The Golden Seam, captured from high on the butte.

Welded Wheel Fence, Pullman, WA

Dazzling rows decorate this country field.

Antique farm machines offer us countless opportunities for abstract compositions.

Sunrise stretches to infinity in the misty hills

Enjoy country comforts.

We base in the heart of the Palouse at a well-appointed hotel with our discounted group rate. You will have Wifi, indoor pool (if state Covid laws allow), free coffee and tea 24/7 and a king or two queen sized beds with included continental breakfasts. See Lodging below for details.

Old Mare in Red Barn

This forty-foot wide combine means business and is ready to go.

Lodging and Base Camp: We reside and base at Best Western Wheatland Inn, Colfax, WA.  Once you pay your workshop deposit, you can book your room using our group discount under my name, David Julian. Rate is $129. + tax. A buffet-style breakfast is included, and a brown-bagged continental breakfast is provided on the morning we head out well before dawn.

Transportation: Participants often make arrangements to carpool to Colfax, stopping along the way with spontaneity and arriving on time by 3pm latest so you can check in, freshen up and be ready for our 3:30pm orientation meeting in the lobby. I can furnish ideas on stops en route to the Palouse.
We will be carpooling this time.
When we have six or more people, we may use a rented touring van to roam the Palouse with far less environmental impact, dust-making and easier shooting spontaneity when we see something alluring! We will dine together or grab takeout from local restaurants. To use a van, each participant will chip in $90± (depending on # of people), which has proven so very helpful in recent years and everybody enjoyed the camaraderie and extra shooting opportunities gained by riding in it. This combined fund covers rental and required insurance that is not built into the workshop price.

Those flying into Pullman can easily get to our hotel by taxi. If you want to arrive a day or two early or remain there after the worksop, you can call and book your additional hotel nights at our deeply discounted group rate (based on availability) if we are given enough advance notice. 

Physical: Participants must be able to get in and out of a multi-seat van without mechanical assistance. This tour is mostly drive-up access or within 100 yards of subjects, and hiking beyond that is optional. Those with severe allergies and adverse response to heat should bring sufficient supplements, medications and hydrating products. 

Where and when do we meet? Fully-registered participants first meet online via ZOOM ( Tuesday July 20, 7pm) to discuss the workshop logistics and handle questions. Then, on July 23, we meet promptly at 3:30pm in the Best Western Wheatland Inn lobby for a greeting and important orientation. Check-in time is 3:00pm. Call them if arriving sooner and see if your room is ready. We leave soon after orientation to grab a meal to-go and head out to shoot! Be fully checked in, camera kit with you and ready to head out to explore with us!

Join us!

$1395 – Complete Workshop


  • Pre-trip informational presentation and discussion via Zoom.
  • Daily adventures in the Palouse to photograph a myriad of locations and features in various lighting conditions.
  • Daily guidance and specific techniques for making photographs that capture the heart of the region and its history.
  • 1:1 Guidance whenever you request it.
  • Demonstration of post-processing color and B+W-converted images to bring out their best qualities. (if time runs short, we do this via Zoom after the workshop)

Does not include:

  • Transportation to the Palouse workshop
  • Accommodations. Participants should book one of our discounted rooms.
  • All meals, drinks, gratuities, hotel incidentals or personal expenses
  • Individual photography critiques. These are available via Zoom on a fee basis after the workshop, and many participants take advantage of this opportunity no matter where they live.

Email Dave with any questions. This workshop is almost always full  so it is advised to reserve ASAP with your Deposit or to save time, pay in Full.

Here is how to get on board:

1: To join us, Email me ASAP to learn if we have room and how to send in a deposit or full payment. Include your best phone number and full name.

2: Payments accepted: Paypal, if funded by a bank account or Paypal balance. Be sure to select “send to Friends and Familyto avoid a transaction charge.  An alternative is to use Zelle or Venmo.

3: Be sure to then book your room at the Best Western Wheatland Inn using our discounted group rate held under “David Julian”. 
    You can also stay at a nearby BnB so long as you are at our lobby when we leave for each outing including pre-dawn for Sunrise.

4. Total trip balance is due by July 10. Most people send in the full workshop fee at once to save time.  Email me if you are not sure of your balances.

NOTE: All participants must sign this downloadable Liability Waiver (link to PDF form) and return it by email to become fully registered.  Email me with any questions.

What to bring?

We all want to bring whatever we think we might need, but sometimes the more gear, the more decisions while shooting. Also, it’s wise to pack compactly for fast and easy load/unloading as we move around. Whatever camera you bring will be fine, so long as you know how to use it. Bring the manual just in case. Mine manual is a searchable PDF on my phone. You don’t need to have pro gear or fancy pants.You’ll relax and feel your creativity will flow in the Palouse!

During typically warm sunny days: I bring hydration, Bball cap, convertible pants, quick-dry Ts and trail shoes or sneakers. For dawn and night shoots: a windbreaker jacket, warm layer, wind pants, gloves, warm hat, #30 and #50 sunscreen, snack bars, spill-proof insulated coffee mug, non-DEET repellent, bandanas, headlamp or powerful LED flashlight. Having a RED L.E.D light is handy if doing night sky photography. Though we never wander into private property without permission, pointy plant seeds will stick into laces and socks, so add lightweight gaiters or hiking boots if concerned. It can be muddy after a rain, so extra footwear, waterproof shoes or boots can be helpful but are not required. Your gear should be in a single photo pack, daypacks or similar so we don’t confuse ‘n lose stuff indoors or out. Tape your name on your tripod head and camera bag. Vacation luggage will not fit with the gear in our daily van. Renting any gear? Try Lensrentals.com or BorrowLenses.com (use this link to rent with a discount). Get in touch for recommendations and plan to reserve gear ASAP. Label your photo stuff! If you drop it, you want it back. I use this Brother P-Touch label maker to label everything, _even SD cards. Download the offline google Map for the Palouse Region because cell service and GPS is often spotty on the rural roads there. I bring a PowerBank phone charging battery too because the vans usually have one iffy USB port! Bring hand sanitizer and a face mask, preferably two. Sorry, but DRONES cannot be flown while in the Palouse. Locals have requested this so we always set a good example to maintain our welcome. Please put your cares, appointments and work behind you and bring a quest for adventure!

Here’s my 2021 gear list:  Fujifilm  X-T4 and X-T3 bodies. 12mm, 16mm, kit 18-55, 50-140 and 100-400 + 1.4 extender. Sturdy Gitzo CF tripod with RRS ball head and pano plate and L-Bracket for enabling quick switch from horizontals to verticals when mounted. Polarizing and ND plus adapter rings for my lenses. I love Marumi anti-static clear filters for salty or dusty locations. They keep the front lens element clean, dry and safe. I use my lens hoods at all times. I bring a few RainSleeves just in case. Several 64 or 128gb Prograde Gold SD cards batteries and twin charger, a few textured lens cloths and lens coating-safe LensPens. This all fits into a medium-size photo pack. My clothing layers are in a daypack for fast grab ‘n go access.

**When I have more than five participants, I rent a 7 or 12-seat passenger van to travel in and have your gear on the ready at each location. This also preserves the fragile agricultural environment and make daily logistics and spontaneity far easier as cell phone coverage is unpredictable in the fields. All participants have loved this, so it’s now my way when we have enough people. The shared cost per person is the total van cost divided by total number of paying participants. This Spring we had nine, sharing at $90 per person. This choice will be notified well in advance of the workshop, and may be paid via Paypal, Zelle or mailed check.

David Julian is a Seattle-based photographer and educator. Between editorial, corporate and entertainment assignments, he teaches photography and creative development. He has led dozens of workshops at Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops, Anderson Ranch, Vancouver Photo Workshops, Lepp Institute, Photographic Center Northwest, Luminous Works, School of Visual Arts, and on small-ship adventures. He is adjunct photography faculty at The University of Washington and Seattle Creative Academy. His projects have taken him to Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, India, Indonesia and Europe. His articles and interviews have appeared in _Nikon World, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, After Capture, SHOTS, Outdoor __Photographer, SHOTS, Rangefinder, Digital PhotoPro, FujiLove and Digital Photography School. _Check out his photography podcast episodes on Hit The Streets.

He is an official Fujifilm X CREATOR photographer, and shoots exclusively with Fujifilm gear. Ask him why!
Dave also leads annual photo-cultural tours in
Cuba and other destinations. **Dave’s website. Dave’s email.**

Cancellation Refunds:
• If we cancel the trip due to unforeseen events, all deposits and balances are 100% refunded and registered participants are automatically prioritized for the next Palouse Workshop. 

• Deposit and balance paid will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to July 1. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made after July 15. It is advised to get trip insurance.  

(updated June 2, 2021)

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