Photography Classes and Workshops

2020 Byron Will Photography Classes and Workshops

When I take walks in nature I have different questions. I never think about how the mountains look. The question for me is, how shall I look at them?

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Classes with Portland Community College

My PCC classes will resume in Fall, 2021 or Winter, 2022


Byron Will Classes and Workshops- Postponed until Late Summer, Early Fall, 2021

Welcome to my 2021 Classes and Workshops!

First, I wish the thank my students for their unwavering support of my work and teaching.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, most of my workshops will be postponed into Late Summer, Eary Fall, 2021. It's important for everyone to be safe and enjoy learning and experiencing the beauty and peace of nature. By then, most of the population will have been vaccinated.

I'll be updating the workshop list when I'm confident that we can safely resume.

In the mean time, please view the 2020 list below to see the types of workshops I teach. In 2020, we were able to hold two classes before things became untenable.

See you later in 2021, when the coast is clearer with the miracle of vaccines.

Let's get to work on some beautiful image making!

List of my 2020 Workshops Below- Please Return for the the 2021 Workshop Schedule-Coming Soon!

Winter on the Northern Oregon Coast- A Two Day Workshop- Completed

Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th, 2020
Cannon Beach Area

Don't let old man winter keep you indoors. The coast may have wind, rain and showers but is often warmer than further inland. If the cloud gods part, the full moon will also be rising near sunset along with a minus tide in the evening.

Friday, February 7th

  • 8a: Car pool/meet at the beach at 10a. for high tide.
  • 1p: Lunch
  • 2p - 5:30p: Afternoon and Sunset/Blue Light
  • 6:30p: Drive back to Portland

Saturday, February 8th

  • 10a -2p: Lightroom Session
  • 2p - 3p: Sharing your work

In the afternoon and early evening the tide will be receding to a minus tide by 5:30p. We will arrive back in Portland around 8:30p, depending on traffic.

Saturday an Adobe Lightroom/Nik session will be held. Near the end of this session, we will share our photos on screen.

Note: Winter weather can be glorious or challenging. This workshop has a chance of being re-scheduled or cancelled due to weather or poor Coast Range pass driving conditions, Winter can provide exceptional opportunities. We will be cautious about the wave action as well.

You'll need to bring your laptop to our home for the Lightroom/Nik session on Saturday.

Full details, an itinerary and a list of suggested gear will be e-mailed to you.

Four participants in our group. Intermediate to Advanced.

Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th, 2020


This workshop is completed. Thank you!

Exploring Lens/Focal Length Perspectives and Depth of Field (DOF)-Completed

Saturday, February 29th, 2020, 10a – 3:30p

A one day class to consider the affects of various focal lengths on your compositions. We will start with an overview of approaches to focal lengths and incorporate the problems and solutions for areas in and out of focus. (depth of field).

In the afternoon we will move downtown and discuss lens use and developing an approach you can use in your work regarding the variables of focal length and aperture for various situations, both for close up and telephoto photography. Handouts will be provided.

  • 10a - 12p: Lenses, Perspectives and Focus Areas Presentation
  • 12p - 12:30p: Lunch
  • 12:30p - 3:30p: Photography in Downtown Portland. Dress warmly.

A handout will be sent to you to review before the workshop.

5 participants. Intermediate

Saturday, February 29th, 2020, 10a – 3:30p


This workshop is currently full. Thank You!

Adobe Photoshop & Nik Silver Efex Workshop- Postponed until 2021

Saturday June 13th, 2020, 10a - 4:30p

Adobe Lightroom can do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to developing your ideas, but Photoshop is still an essential tool for it's extensive and very useful tools.

Nik Silver Efex continues to be a great go-to app for monochrome images and we will look at a number of approaches and ways to explore this fine software.

We will take our time, and cover a few of my favorite ways of working with these programs.

  • 10:00a to 12:30p Photoshop
  • Lunch Break
  • 1:00p- 4:30p Photoshop (cont'd) and Nik Silver Efex

5 participants. Some experience with these programs will help you get more from this workshop. A handout will be sent to you to review.

Postponed. TBD.


Olympic National Park - Four Day Workshop- Postponed until 2021

4:00p, Sunday, June 21st - 11a, Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Olympic National Park is full of beauty and variety. We will be exploring the new moon, minus tide beaches early in the morning at Second Beach and Rialto Beach, inland mossy forests, streams, and snow and vistas in the high country at Hurricane Ridge. We may also get in some night photography, if the sky cooperates. Moderate hiking on trails and beaches.

Our home base will be our lovely cabin located on the shore of majestic Lake Crescent. We have room for three guests (two bedrooms with standard beds, and one comfortable pull-out, with one person cozy tent camping for sleeping next to the cabin. A complete kitchen is available, as well as dining at Crescent Lake Lodge, La Push, and in Port Angeles. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Your instructor will be staying in the teardrop trailer next to the cabin.

For those who feel comfortable on the water, we will be providing stable sit-on-top kayaks for guided touring along the shore of Lake Crescent, photographing from the kayak. Instruction (if needed), a life jacket and a dry bag for your camera will be provided.

The itinerary will be driven by the weather. Expect mornings and evenings of photography (with breaks) and two afternoon Lightroom sessions. The days are very long this time of year.

Full details, an itinerary and a list of suggested gear will be e-mailed to you. You'll need to bring your laptop for editing in our Lightroom sessions.

Four participants. All levels.

Postponed. TBD.

$495.00, Workshop Only

This workshop is

Mt. Rainier Flowers and Vistas - Three Day Workshop- Postponed until 2021

Tuesday Evening, July 28th - Thursday Morning, July 30th, 2020

Mt. Rainier has it all, from vistas, waterfalls, rivers and splendid wildflowers. July is a wonderful time there for flowers, so we will explore various elevations and see where the best blooms can be found, as well as vistas, forests and rivers.

The areas chosen to photograph will be decided on with variations in weather and other factors, such as the snow levels, blooming flowers, etc.. We may also do some night photography with the moon if conditions allow.

Some modest hiking will be involved. Mt. Rainier is also a very large area, so driving to various areas will be necessary. Car pooling will be encouraged.

Accommodations may be found on AirBNB. Camping is available at Cougar Rock Campground in the Park.

Four participants. Full details, an itinerary and a list of suggested gear will be e-mailed to you. You'll need to bring your laptop for editing in our Lightroom session.

Postponed. TBD.

Rating: Beginning to Advanced


This workshop is currently full. Thank You!

Milky Way in the Central Washington- Two Day Workshop- Postponed until 2021

Thursday Evening, September 10th - Friday Evening, September 11th, 2020

We will photograph sunset and then the Milky Way in the evening. Oak trees, the rolling hills of Central Washington and Mt. Adams will compliment the evening show of stars and the Milky Way.

The next morning we will first photograph morning light, after lunch developing your images in Lightroom and Starry Landscape Stacker (mac). Sunset and more Milky Way photography will conclude our workshop. Other areas may be Maryhill Stonehenge and wind turbines with the night sky.

You'll need to bring your laptop for the Lightroom session.

This workshop is very dependent on the weather!

This is primarily a two night, basic camping workshop along the beautiful Klickitat River at Stinson Flats, but accommodations can be found in the area.

Rating: Intermediate to Advanced

Four participants. A handout will be provided for night photography, and a list of suggested gear will be e-mailed to you.

Postponed. TBD.


This workshop is currently full. Thank You!

Fall in the Eastern Columbia Gorge - One Day Workshop/Tour- Postponed until 2021

Saturday, October 17th , 8a- Sunset

Weather, water and color of the Maple trees in the Eastern Columbia Gorge will be the areas of concentration. Weather, wind and fall color will determine our shooting locations. We will shoot the entire day, leaving at 7:30a, returning to Portland in the evening. Lunch at Petite Provence in The Dalles, Oregon

Five participants in our group. Full details, an itinerary and a list of suggested gear will be e-mailed to you.

All Levels

Postponed. TBD.


This workshop is currently full. Thank You!

Please ask to added to the waiting list. Thank you.


Payment and Registration

Email me about the class or workshop you would like to register. If the workshop is full, please ask to be put on the waiting list. Spaces do open up,

Payment is due within two weeks after your email response to confirm your place in the workshop. Payment via check confirms your place. Thank You! Please send check to:

Byron Will Photography
3334 NE 19th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

A PayPal transfer is also fine. Send to my email address above. Please add a 3% credit card fee to your payment. Thank you!


A reminder and a complete description of the workshop will be sent to you via email approximately two weeks before the workshop, as well as a weather update.

Weather is a random factor when scheduling outdoor workshops. What some would consider bad weather often makes for great photography. Participants should arrive at the workshop prepared for all weather conditions and seasonal temperatures.

Refunds and Credits for Workshops

  • Full Refunds can be given four weeks before the workshop.
  • With less than four weeks to one week before the workshop, your payment is not refundable, but you will receive 1/2 credit towards another workshop.
  • With less than one week before the workshop, no refund or credit can be given.

You will also receive a full refund or, if you choose, a full credit, if the workshop is cancelled. I've cancelled three workshops in 10 years, so it is rare.

Occasionally, circumstances arise that prevent a person from participating in a workshop after registration and payment. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and possible losses if you are unable to attend, you may wish to look into travel insurance.

Transportation, meals and lodging are generally not included. Many of the workshops originate here in Portland, so we occasionally car pool to locations.

Questions, Suggestions or Comments, please email or call>

Customized Individual Instruction, Custom Lectures and Workshops for Clubs and Organizations

Individual instruction in photography, organizing your images or editing and printing your images is available by arrangement. $50 first hour/$35 subsequent hours. $35/hr. for former students and workshop participants.

If I am available, you can also create a workshop with a few friends in a location of your choosing. Custom Workshop fee is $60/hour (while teaching). Extra costs for transportation to custom areas. Please inquire.

Intel LectureI have also given lectures and workshops on photography and Adobe Lightroom for corporations, clubs, businesses and organizations.

These talks are customized for your needs and interests. (Photo of Intel Lecture)

Please inquire>