Workshops and Apprenticeship Program

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Offerings

I offer a variety of services to both share my knowledge and help you progress on your photographic journey.  These services include (1) private workshops to specific locations at ideal times, (2) one year apprenticeship program,  (3) a one year monthly check-in program via zoom, (4) post processing instruction via Zoom, (5) one day private customized workshop to a Washington State Park, and (6) Speaking engagements/presentations at any venue.  You can find my complete price list here.

      

All Instruction will  be tailored to your needs which we will discuss prior to the workshop. Many of my clients have booked multiple sessions with me as we worked  together  over a period of  time develop their skills and photographic vision. Possible subjects for private workshops  include:  field technique, composition, basic and advanced post processing, getting to the right place at the right time, putting mood and emotion into images, creativity, finding your unique vision and voice, focus stacking, exposure blending, perspective blending, and growing a photography business as a side gig.   If you  would like to chat more about my instruction offerings you can  email me at erwinbuske@comcast.net or call/text me on 425-919-3083.

During the current Pandemic all workshops are conducted with an abundance of caution and in accordance with Washington or Oregon State requirements  including wearing masks or a bandana when social distancing is not possible,  use of sanitizers, and minimizing  any shared transportation.  If car pooling takes place, we will sit diagonally apart from each other in the driver and passenger sections of my Subaru Outback and wear masks.

Erwin Buske Photography (DBA) is a licensed and insured business for conducting workshops. Erwin Buske Photography currently has Commercial Use Permits/Permission to conduct workshops in Washington State Parks and Oregon State Parks.   Erwin Buske Photography is committed to preserving and protecting natural environments and all workshops practice Leave No Trace and Nature First Principles.

       

Early Winter Magic

2020-2021 Private Workshops

I offer Private Workshops at ideal times in beautiful locations with major opportunities to create images with lasting impact.  Find a second person who is interested, and the per person cost will be reduced by about  30%.                                                                                               

Deception Pass Workshops December 2 (Full), February 3 (Full), Wednesdays Thru March, Name Your Date

Join me on a one day workshop to photograph the beauty of Deception Pass State Park including some little known vantage points.  The workshop is offered in three tracks: beginning, intermediate and advanced.  The beginning track is intended for those just starting out on their photographic journey who want to learn the basics of camera operation including the exposure triangle and focusing, along with the basics of composition and post processing in Lightroom.  The intermediate level is intended for those already familiar with the basics of photography but want to take their journey to a more advanced level including focus stacking and exposure blending and developing their personal photographic vision.  The advanced track is for those well along in their photographic and artistic journey but who would like to get exposure to my personal process for image creation and also receive some additional support in exploring new avenues for moving in the direction of their creative dreams .     We will meet at  10AM at the Rosario Beach Parking Lot just outside the gate (because it closes at dusk and we will still be photographing then).  We will take about a 2 to 6 mile hike through the park depending on your comfort level and opportunities which may slow us down!  We will photography a wide variety of scenes, everything from the grand landscape to more intimate scenes including some  seldom visited spots.  We will stay until sunset and into the blue hour hiking out with headlamp.  The workshop is priced at $500 and includes 2 hours post processing  and or image review at a later date using Zoom.                         

Deception Pass Dreams

2020 or 2021 Cape Disappointment State Park Washington (December through February)

Join me for a Two Day Private Workshop at beautiful and moody Cape Disappointment State Park on the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River.    This area abounds in natural beauty including headlands, old growth forest, two lighthouses, inspiring coast hikes, and a cove with an island and a lone tree.      The recommended accommodation will be the China Beach retreat  where there are additional photographic opportunities.    Session includes two sunsets and one sunrise. Session also includes  post processing instruction  along with discussions of creativity, composition, and finding your own photographic vision.    Special Price $900.   Find a second person and I will reduce the per person cost to $650.        

Let the Light Always Be With You

2021 Two Day Private Workshop in the Columbia Hills April 24-25 Full, April 26-27 (Full), April 28-29 Open

Join me for a Two Day Private Workshop in the Columbia Gorge including the Columbia Hills with possible additional visits to Rowena Crest and Spirit Falls.  Session also includes two sunsets and one sunrise. Session includes post processing instruction  during any mid-day down along with discussions of creativity, composition, and finding your own photographic vision.    Special Price $900.  Find a second person and I will reduce the per person cost to $650.          


Phlox and Sun Flowers in Paradise

2021 Two Day Private Workshop in the Palouse May 27-28

Join me for a Two Day Private Workshop in the Palouse  including Steptoe Butte  with possible additional visits to Kamiak Butte and Palouse  Falls.  Experience Sunrise and Sunset from Steptoe Butte, photography the patterns of wheat fields, wild flowers, lone trees, barns, and a waterfall.  Session includes two sunsets and one sunrise. Session includes post processing instruction  during any mid-day down time along with discussions of creativity, composition, and finding your own photographic vision.   Special Price $900.  Find a second person and I will reduce the per person cost to $650.  Special Note: Road work at Steptoe Butte is underway and may impact the schedule for this workshop moving the date to early June.  Contact me for the latest.                            


 

Palouse Lupine Dreams

2021 Two Day Private Workshop to Silver Falls State Park Oregon October 21-22

Join me for a Two Day Private Workshop at beautiful Silver Falls State Park in Autumn.  Hike the trail of Ten Falls photographing the iconic falls, fall foliage, moss, rivers and streams in ideal light.  The recommended accommodation will be the Oregon Garden where there are additional photographic opportunities.    Session includes two sunsets and one sunrise. Session includes  post processing instruction  along with discussions of creativity, composition, and finding your own photographic vision.    Special Price $900.   Find a second person and I will reduce the per person cost to $650        

Golden Shower of Light


            

Apprenticeship Program (Currently full, be first on the waiting list!)

For those interested in developing their skills over a one year period of time I am now offering a one on one apprenticeship where you will join me on three  of my one day outings (including sunset) and we will work together both online and offline over the course an entire year to grow your photography and artistic skill set (includes up to 16  hours of consultation time not in the field). The  Prerequisite for entry into the Apprenticeship program is the successful completion of a Private or Custom 2 day Workshop.  This will help ensure that participation in the apprenticeship program is right for you.  The cost for this one year apprenticeship is $2,000  and this includes an up front consultation where we will put together an outline for the apprenticeship that addresses your needs and goals. Most photography workshops involve a quick in and out experience that can limit learning, but this apprenticeship will hone in on where you are as a photographer and I will work with you over an extended period of time to help you work toward your goals. This approach that includes followup over an extended period of time is much more conducive to effective learning than what you will find in a workshop of limited time duration.  I will limit the number of apprentices I sponsor to 3, ensuring that each photographer has a quality one on one experience with good access to me as guide and resource for your development. A down payment of $1,000 is required to start the program, and an the remainder is due at the start of the second of three trips.  The trips can be scheduled on a seasonal basis but this is not required.

Monthly Check-Ins (Open)

The Monthly Check-In program is designed for those who would like some of the benefit of the Apprenticeship Program but do not want to make a commitment of attending three one-day workshops. We will work together over a one year period of time to help you progress on your  photographic and artistic journey.    In the Monthly Check-In program I will schedule monthly Zoom meetings where we can check in on your progress and I can assist you online in the review and processing of your images.  This program includes a two hour initial meeting where we can discuss areas where you would like to improve and agree upon your customized goals and objectives for the Check-In program.  The program includes 12 one hour + Zoom meetings and the cost is $700.  A prerequisite for admission is successful completion of one private workshop.   Call or text me on 425-919-3083 , or email at erwinbuske@comcast.net if you are interested or would like to find out more.

Spring Apprenticeship Workshop; Columbia Hills

Phlox and Sun Flowers in Paradise

Summer Apprenticeship Palouse

Palouse Lupine Dreams

Autumn Apprentice Workshop: Silver Falls State Park

When a moment of peace and tranquility touches the soul, this is what I experienced at Silver Falls State Park.

Winter Apprentice Wokshop Options

Deception Pass

Tree Magic

Cape Disappointment

Let the Light Always Be With You

Erwin Buske Photography (DBA) is a licensed and insured business for conducting workshops. Erwin Buske Photography currently has Commercial Use Permits/Permission to conduct workshops in Washington State Parks and Oregon State Parks. 

Testimonials

"The one on one photography instruction I received from Erwin was exactly what I wanted to fill a specific gap in my knowledge. Erwin took me through a step by step process starting with how to set up my camera and then on to how to post process my images to achieve the desired goal. I was surprised by the amount of material we were able to cover in one session. I successfully applied my knowledge right away because of one on one personalized instruction I received from Erwin." Patti


"Erwin is great and very generous with his considerable knowledge and skill. Erwin was very attentive to all participants' questions and concerns. The advice he gave, or opportunities that he pointed out were extremely helpful, especially to this novice landscape photographer."


"Erwin, I wanted to send you a brief note following yesterday's workshop. I thoroughly appreciated your insight and coaching through the day. Beyond just the photography, it was fun to be in the backcountry and spend some time connecting with nature. Thanks for the help with the new Sony. I walked away with some really good images, and I am excited to work on the post-processing. Given my new foray into Luminosity Masks and other Photoshop techniques, it will definitely be an experience. I may take you up with some questions as I get deeper into PS - given my crazy work schedule this week. Thank you again. Best regards, Tim"


" Erwin, I just wanted to drop you a quick note so say thank you for the workshop. I felt immersed in learning new photographic techniques in a beautiful place with a guide that made it easy to "see" and experience scenes that would have taken me much longer to find and compress all that into one day. It was intense and exhausting but in a good way. 😊 Now I have a greater understanding of the hard work that you put into your "craft" and an even greater appreciation of how you are continually becoming a master at what you do. I look forward to incorporating the skills I learned in this workshop (and previous ones) into my photography. The more I learn, the more I am able to truly convey what I see and feel in a scene and that is always my primary intention." "Many thanks to Erwin Buske @erwinbuskephotography.


If you want to take a photo workshop in Wasington with a talented, dedicated photographer, Erwin is my recommendation." Steve from San Diego


Erwin Buske's landscape images caught my attention nearly two years ago. Not only is he able to capture nature in a special way, but his passion, love and respect for it is obvious and made me take notice. When I had an opportunity to do a 1 1/2 day photography workshop with Erwin in the Palouse I jumped at the opportunity. As a beginner I learned a lot and hope to continue to have him as a mentor, teacher and advisor.  April

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