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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~Ansel Adams

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Recording a visual memory is why photography is so important, we want to look back and have a clear reminder or a person, place, sunset, or moment in our lives.  At Dog Star Adventure Tours we want to add two important elements to your photographs. First, we want to introduce you to interesting, amazing and visually stimulating areas to take photographs.  Whether that is in downtown Portland, on a remote mountain peak or standing on a sandy wind swept beach.  Like real estate photography is location, location, location.  At Dog Star Adventure we will strive to find you unique locales in which to take photos.  The second aspect of our photography classes and tours is to transform your skills from a “picture taker” to that of a photographer.  How often have you captured a moment in your mind, raised your camera, engaged the shutter and been completely underwhelmed with the result.  Like any other art form photography has its unique challenges and shortcomings.  You are working with light, an allusive medium under ideal conditions and completely frustrating most of the time.  At Dog Star Adventure Tours we will use our time “in the field” to boost your skills and confidence. From our wide array of classes including demystifying F-Stop and Shutter Speeds, Night and Low Light success, Composition 101, and Managing Light Under Adverse Conditions, and Social Media Superiority.   We will give you the tools to take photographs regardless of the type of camera that you own.  If you do own a DSLR we will enhance your confidence in it’s use and strive to get your camera off of “auto” and into your control.

Photography classes, trips and tours can also be custom designed for you.  This includes comprehensive one-on-one intensive sessions where we focus on your challenges and build upon your present skill set.  This customized approach will vastly improve the strengths you already possess and give you the confidence to explore types of situations that have eluded you.

We also offer the option of a custom Photo Tour.  Get together 4 or more friends, co-workers or family members and we will create a custom tour that fulfills your goals.  Our custom photography tours are sure to add skills for the entire group but FUN is also a huge part of this tour.  Will you spend more time photographing the scene or one another?  The focus of this trip is on you; whether you want a formal learning environment, a fun Vine or Instagram birthday party or anything in between, Dog Star Adventure Tours will deliver.  Of course if you want a more intimate custom tour Dog Star Adventure doesn’t want to limit you…for parties of 3 or less people we just have a minimum of $200.