Columbia Gorge is the only photography camp in the US which is not in a city and is designed exclusively for teenagers. At our camp, the emphasis is on fun and photography skills. The 24 campers and staff will be out in the field most of every day, where they can hone their skills, while getting in touch with the environment.
We think the Columbia Gorge is a photographer’s paradise…rivers, waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, ancient forests and blue skies contribute to a perfect setting for nature photography. Active outdoor sports provide the second major theme of the camp. Our photography campers from the banks of the river will take photos of other campers paddling by on the whitewater rapids in inflatable rafts and on windsurf boards flying by at terrific speeds. The photography campers will also hike to the top of a waterfall to capture the shot that few others get. Since getting to that “right” spot may take some physical effort, campers must be in reasonable condition and capable of hiking up to five miles in a day.
For our returning campers, we will be visiting some excellent new sites and have a some great locations in mind for this year's shoots. At this point nothing is finalized, so if you have a specific place or thing you'd like to photograph please let either Jan or Chuck know through our contact form so we can fit it into our schedule. This season we'll also be using GoPro Cameras. These cameras strap onto a helmet or body part and capture awesome action shots such as climbing, rafting and biking.These cameras are waterproof and extremely durable, so you won't need to worry about damaging your own equipment when we go out on some of the rougher outings.
Our program directors will spend time with each camper critiquing his or her photos both individually and in a group. Toward the end of the session, we will assemble a multi-media slide show of their work to take home and share with family and friends.