Photograph 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 and 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 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 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. 
We review images at the end, 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 where and when to capture the 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.

Palouse fields from the butte

 Enjoy country comforts.

We base in Colfax at the Best Western Wheatland Inn, where you will enjoy 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 safety at all times by using our own vehicles for daily outings, social distancing, masking (when together) and self-purchased takeout meals from several reliable sources I have vetted. This workshop is limited to just eight participants as long as Covid-19 restrictions are still in effect.  The price of this workshop has been lowered for if we do not need the rental Van.

Plan B: If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted: We will use a comfortable 12-person Enterprise van to roam the Palouse with less environmental impact and easier shooting spontaneity. We will dine together as usual in local restaurants. Participants will be asked to chip in for the Van, which has proven so very helpful in recent years.


Transportation: If enrollment is seven or greater, and Covid restrictions are lifted, see Plan B above. If 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 help set that up!  

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 gear recommendations once you have fully enrolled. You’ll get our trip plan and maps when you arrive.


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 for details and to register. A refundable $200 deposit via Venmo, mailed Check or Paypal will hold your seat. Full balance of your trip cost is due by June 10th. 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 cost if we don’t need it.


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.


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.

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