Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers

How to Shoot Rocks and Weeds w/ Vern Bartley & Mark Fitzgerald

  • 07/31/2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 08/01/2015
  • 9:00 PM
  • Camera World & various Washington County locations
  • 4


  • Folks are who not currently members of OPPA or PPA
  • Current active members of OPPA
  • Current PPA members who are not active members of OPPA
  • Workshop Speaker

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This is a two-day event: Friday evening as well as a very long day Saturday (5am-9pm).

Friday evening Vern will kick off our OPPA Landscape Photography Workshop, at the downtown Portland Camera World store, with his introduction on the "7 Core components of creating great landscape images."

He will walk the workshop attendees through his Landscape Photography Workflow to include Camera Settings, the use of your cameras Histogram for exposure control, Lens selections, Depth of Field options and why, the differences between the Intimate and Grand Landscape perspective, Compositional do's & don'ts, and fine tuning the craft of Seeing, rather than just Looking.

Very early Saturday morning the students and instructors will meet near the boat ramp on Hagg Lake at 5am. (Remember...... Its all about the light !!) Vern and Mark will personally assist and guide the students through the tricks of the trade in capturing scenes, well before sunrise, and through the changing light and into late morning.

The half day shoot will include two different locations, the lake area followed by a trip to a century farm complete with antiquated equipment and a chicken or two. The two locations offer more than enough subject matter to provide multiple opportunities for a variety of subjects, scenes and challenges.

After lunch the class will retire to a classroom on the grounds of historic Pacific University in Forest Grove for the remainder of the day. The afternoon will be spent downloading and post production of images captured during the morning shoots. (Students will be required to provide their own laptops, and appropriate software ie: (PS, LR, Photomatix, NIK HDR etc). Coaching and assistance will include skills and techniques in the use of Light Room, Photoshop & Photomatix and more.

After dinner we will settle in for a review of at least one image from every photographer shot during the day and will include discussions and a comprehensive critique conducted by both Vern and Mark. Additionally, There will be ample time for questions and answers and discussions as desired.

If you have ever thought about adding Landscapes to your skill set then you won't want to miss this opportunity. The class will be limited to the first 15 photographers to register. Mark and Vern both feel strongly that keeping the workshop to 15 or less allows them to provide more personal time to work with each student as needed.

This is a PPA-accredited workshop; PPA members who attend the entire event will receive one PPA merit.

Detailed location instructions, etc. will be provided to registered attendees.

Instructor Bios:


Vern Bartley, M.Photog: 

Vern is a Master certificated Professional Photographer, with over 50 years of experience, who spends a lot of his time teaching, coaching, guiding and mentoring aspiring photographers; lecturing photographic groups and audiences in a variety of photographic disciplines including unique areas like B&W Infrared photography, Pin Point Star photography how to envision and shoot "Rocks & Weeds" (Landscape Photography),  not to mention teaching "Judges Training Workshops" for the more advanced photographers that want to take their work to the next level, while giving something back to our trade.

Mark Fitzgerald, M.Photog:

Mark Fitzgerald is an award-wining photographer, teacher and author based in Portland, Oregon. Mark is most known for his ability to help photographers understand the complex tools of modern photography, enabling them to better focus on productivity and the creative aspects of their work. 

Mark teaches regularly at Newspace Center for Photography and is also available for private consulting on Lightroom, Photoshop, and workflow. Mark’s latest book, Zen of Postproduction, is available online and in bookstores. To learn more about Mark visit his website at www.ddroom.com.

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