View over the colorful rolling hills of Palouse

Golden Colors of Palouse

Experience the ‘Tuscany’ of the United States and be mesmerized by the endless rolling hills of green and gold that characterize Palouse. 

Nestled in Washington State lies one of photography’s greatest secrets. 
The undulating hills with vibrant shades of green and yellow, colorful barns, and the never-ending valleys will leave every photographer breathless.  

Palouse has some of the darkest skies in the heartland of America and we will be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to capture Milky Way and Star Trail shots.  Our group will also be visiting Palouse Falls State Park to capture its Golden Glow and the Milky Way rising before the day begins.


22 - 26 June, 2022

Group Size

Maximum of 10 participants

Price (USD)

$2,190 (Double Occupancy)
$2,490 (Single Occupancy)

Workshop Highlights

  • Improving your Landscape, Golden Hour, and Astrophotography skills with our team of master photographers
  • Photographing the rolling hills and fields, blanketed in a patchwork of golds and greens ahead of the spring harvest
  • Capturing the glorious Palouse countryside under the golden backdrop of sunrise and sunset
  • Learning composition techniques to transform your photos into compelling, creative, and engaging images
  • Receiving support and mentoring that is personalized to your photography skills and journey
  • For beginners, learning technical skills in the field such as setting exposure (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture), and how lens choice and depth of field can be used to capture different compositions and lighting scenarios
  • Practicing astrophotography techniques and learning to photograph the Milky Way
  • Learning how and when to use filters and polarizers to enhance colors, control the dynamic range of the light, and creatively create motion in clouds and water through long exposures
  • Masterclasses and image critique sessions to guarantee that you go home with an incredible portfolio
  • Capturing the picturesque farms of the Palouse – colorful barns set amongst rolling fields that criss-cross with incredible textures
  • Understanding how to create stunning panoramas – from shooting the images in-field to the post-processing workflow
  • A small workshop so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers


  • 5 day workshop with 4 nights accommodation
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses, and in-field guidance
  • Transfers to and from workshop location (from Spokane Airport)
  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear
  • Post-processing and digital workflow masterclass/es with Photo Guides
  • Permits and Entrance Fees for parks/monuments listed in the itinerary
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners


  • Flights/transportation to and from the pick-up/drop-off point (Spokane Airport)
  • Food and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Personal Travel, Medical, Equipment or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and/or drivers

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To secure your spot on this workshop, select from the below to either pay a deposit or in full.
Completing your payment confirms acceptance of the Terms and Conditions as outlined.

Please note that the full amount is due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
A 3% charge is added when using this service. Please contact us if you would prefer other payment options.

Palouse Image Gallery

Some of our favorite images our Photo Guides have captured from this incredible location!

Important Workshop Information

We will be staying in clean, comfortable hotels throughout this workshop.

For an additional cost you may select Single Occupancy to stay in your own room. Please note this is subject to room availability, and at the discretion of Viking International Phototours based on workshop attendees.

Our workshop's itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on factors including but not limited to weather, road conditions, transportation delays, and other factors beyond our control. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions.

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

A mild level of fitness is required for this workshop.

Most shooting locations are easily accessible via a short hike. However, sometimes this may be across rough, uneven, or muddy terrain that includes elevation changes. Our Guides will let you know if a photography destination involves a long hike, steep incline or particularly challenging terrain, and provide alternative shooting locations or other options if you don’t feel comfortable.

Participants should also be able to carry their own camera gear while hiking.

Sometimes we may remain in a location shooting for a few hours. Participants should be comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions such as wind, rain, sun and extremes of temperature. Wherever possible, our Guides will keep the vehicle available nearby so participants can rest and take a break.

All participants should be in good physical shape with no mobility issues. If you have any concerns about your suitability, then reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss the particular location details of the workshop with you.

You must advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing to of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your participation during the workshop.

Our workshops require a minimum number of participants to proceed.

We will confirm if your photography workshop will be proceeding 90 days before the start date, at which point full payment of any remaining balance will be required.

Viking International Phototours reserves the right to reschedule or cancel workshops due to low participant numbers.

We will do our best to reschedule the workshop within two years of the original date. 
If this happens, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Retaining your spot on the rescheduled workshop;
    • Transferring to the same workshop on a different date if there is availability; or
    • Canceling your spot on the rescheduled workshop: No refund – your funds will be held as credit which can be transferred or used towards our other photography workshops, self-drive packages, or tours for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation.

In the improbable event that a workshop is canceled altogether rather than rescheduled, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Applying your funds towards a different workshop, tour or self-drive experience; or 
    • Receiving a full refund minus a $300 USD fee and any non-refundable fees paid to third parties.

Please note that Viking International Phototours are not liable for travel expenses incurred to reach the workshop destination or any other personal expenses incurred in preparing for your workshop. For this reason, we require that you obtain Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking with us.

We also recommend you do not book travel or make any trip-related purchases before the workshop has been confirmed.

We know that plans can change, and unforeseen circumstances can happen. 

You need to advise us in writing via email to as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop. Your cancellation is not official until you have received a return email confirmation acknowledging your cancellation.

If you cancel and we can fill your spot on the workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 USD fee.
If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, cancellation requests and refunds will be processed according to the following:

    • More than 90 days from the start date of the workshop: Full refund minus $300 USD fee*
    • Less than 90 days: No refund – your funds will be held as a credit which can be transferred or used towards our other self-drive packages, tours, or photography workshops for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation*.

*Please note that some of our workshops with partner companies/third parties may have non-refundable deposits, which will not be refunded or credited to you.

If you are traveling with a partner/friend who is interested in joining you on this workshop but they are NOT a photographer, we may be able to accommodate them. In some instances, this may be at a reduced price.

Please note that this will be at the discretion of Viking International Phototours – contact us at for information.

Your companion would need to understand that this is a photography workshop and not a typical ‘tourist’ tour – long hours will be spent photographing locations outdoors rather than visiting attractions.

If you are interested in this workshop but would prefer a private experience or to attend with your own group of people, we can arrange that for you – contact us at to discuss.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch with us at

Meet the Guides

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