EXPLORE THE PALOUSE workshop with David Julian

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

Join professional photographer David Julian for a photographic adventure to explore the Palouse to photograph endless rural landscapes, barns, rusty vehicles, livestock and wildlife in eastern Washington and Idaho. Over the past five years he’s scoured the region to connect with locals to offer this memorable photography opportunity. (We have prepared an advanced Covid-safe trip plan if we still need it.)


June 26-29, 2020

Palouse Canola fields 2018


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. Dave gives 1-on-1 time to receive dedicated guidance and learn techniques, even with smartphones. 
We review images, 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.

Non-photographers are also welcome! Participants make excellent photographs in the Palouse using modern smartphones.

Abandoned House Landscape, Palouse


 Dave knows how to capture the very best of the Palouse.

You also benefit from Dave’s many hours of scouting, research, planning and 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 equipment, old church and graveyard, an abandoned hospital and even a canyon waterfall. We may visit with a local farmer and learn of Palouse history and sustainable farming. We photograph sunrises and sunsets, a 120-year old church, and from the best spots from high on the Butte.

Instructional topics include:
• Visual storytelling : going beyond the postcard
• Capturing a sense of place and time
• Seeing, creative composition, subject design and layering
• Creating dramatic landscapes even with kit lenses
• Creative use of depth of field (DOF)
• Creating dramatic point of view (DPOV)
• What to carry and Field techniques
• HDR for full dynamic range where light is highly variable
• Timelapse and skypainting
• Tips for expert color and B+W processing in Lightroom and related software
• Expert B&W processing and Toning
• …more by special request

Abandoned Granary
Church, Palouse, WAPalouse_Split_TreePalouse fields from the butte

 Enjoy country comforts.

We base in Colfax at the Best Western Wheatland Inn, where you will enjoy Wifi and a king or queen sized bed and included breakfasts. Optionally, participants may stay at AirBnBs near Colfax, though we begin each day’s outings from our hotel lobby.


We are prepared to operate during Covid-19 or if restrictions are lifted.
We are able to run this workshop during Covid-19 by using advanced safety practices.
Here’s our plan A and B:

Plan A: If Covid-19 restrictions are still in effect in Washington:
We maintain whatever regulations are still in place by trip date. The price of this workshop has been lowered for if we do not need the rental van because we are self-driving during the workshop. All participants must sign a health statement at the time of our orientation meeting.

Plan B: If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted: We will use a comfortable rented 7 or 12-passenger Enterprise touring van to roam the Palouse with far less environmental impact, dust-raising and easier shooting spontaneity when we see something alluring! We will dine together as usual in local restaurants. Participants will be asked to each chip in $75-90 (depending on which van), which has proven so very helpful in recent years as stated below. This covers rental and required insurance.


Transportation: If enrollment is seven or greater, and Covid restrictions are lifted, see Plan B above. We have traditionally used a rented 7 or 12-passenger van so, you will not need a vehicle during the workshop unless you want to explore on your own during free time. Participants most often carpool to our workshop, stopping along the way. We can facilitate rooming connections. If you choose to camp nearby, contact Dave before booking. Due to abuse, erosion, dust and road blockage, many local farmers are now adamantly restricting camper vehicles on rural roads.  Email Dave for further inquiry. Great overnight camping is at Kamiak Butte State Park, based on availability. Fully-equipped camper camping overnight in Best Western lot and in some nearby lots may be possible with prior emailed permission you must obtain in advance yourself and emailed to Dave.

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 close to it, and hiking beyond that is optional. Those with severe allergies should bring sufficient medications. We’ll send Covid info update, trip prep, itinerary and other recommendations once you have fully enrolled. You’ll get our trip plan and maps when you arrive.
NOTE: All participants must sign our our Liability Waiver given at the time of our orientation meeting.  Email with any questions.

Where and when do we meet? We officially meet at 3:30pm in the Best Western Wheatland Inn lobby. Check-in time is 3pm. We leave soon after orientation to grab a meal to go and head out to shoot!  Be rested and ready to explore.

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. Sorry, NO DRONES are allowed on this tour. Locals forbid it and we set a good example and abide. 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. Though we never wander into planted fields, plant seeds can stick into laces and socks, so add lightweight gaiters if concerned. Your gear must be in a single photo pack, daypacks or similar so we don’t confuse ‘n lose stuff indoors or out. 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). 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. Please put your cares, appointments and work behind you and bring a quest for adventure!

Here’s my 2019 gear list: (2) Fujifilm crop-sensor 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 64gb Sandisk Extreme 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.


 Join us!

Choose your options:
$895.00  – Full workshop only, without accommodations or breakfasts.* 
or…
$1095.00 –
Full workshop with shared hotel room and breakfast in the Best Western.*

or…
$1295.00 –
Full workshop with single hotel room and breakfast in the Best Western.*

>> Take $100 off your trip by registering with deposit by June 5!  ($100 credit given at full balance payment)

Email Dave with any questions. for details and to register. A refundable $200 deposit via Paypal, mailed Check or Venmo will hold your seat. Full balance of your trip cost is due by June 15th. Be sure to indicate your home location, and which package you would like to reserve. Those flying into Pullman can easily get to Colfax by shuttle or taxi. 

* Without Van rental shared cost if we don’t need to use it. If we do use it, the shared cost per person is the van rental total divided by total number of paying participants.  


David JulIan portrait 2018David 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, Digital Photography School and DPReview. Check out his photography podcastsHe is a Fujifilm X Delegate photographer. Dave is currently running annual photo-cultural tours in Cuba and soon to IndiaDave’s website. Dave’s email.


Cancellation Refunds:
• If we cancel the trip due to low enrollment, deposits and balances are 100% refunded.
Refunds to a participant who cancels are as follows:
Deposit: 100% refunded if you cancel by 6/5.  50% refunded if canceled after that until 6/5.
Balance: 100% refunded if you cancel by 6/6.  75% refunded if canceled by 6/10, 50% if by 6/15.
Cancellations after 6/15: 75% credit towards a future workshop (- bank fee) or a full refund if someone fills that spot.

(updated June 5, 2020)

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