Out of Oregon • Week 1

Landscape Photography Conference

Oct 9-13 2022

Image by Nick Page

Experience and capture the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast learning hands-on and shooting alongside the pros.

Explore one of the world's most epic coastlines as you photograph everything from dramatic seascapes with rocky points, sea stacks and crashing waves to sandy beaches, lighthouses, rainforests and more. Spend five days learning and being inspired alongside the most creative landscape photographers in the world.

“It’s been beyond my wildest expectations. Really Phenomenal!”

Phillip Ziegler, 2019 Out of Oregon attendee


Learn from the world's best landscape photographers

Out of Oregon brings together some of the best creative nature and landscape photographers from around the world. Ranging from dramatic seascapes to intimate scenes, learn hands-on a variety of photography styles and diverse perspectives from the pros. Each day you will go into the field together to explore, learn, photograph, and be inspired by all that the Oregon Coast has to offer

"As always, the instructors were superb, engaging and always willing to help with just the right amount of suggestions."

– Gerard Roncolato, 2019 Out of Oregon attendee

Nick Page

Sean Bagshaw

David Cobb

Sarah Marino

Jennifer Renwick

Mark Denney

David Kingham

Charlotte Gibb

Francesco Gola

Mike Mezeul II

Blake Rudis

Albert Dros

Erin Babnik

Adam Gibbs


What makes this conference unique?

This conference immerses you in a world-class coastal environment where you will learn and photograph alongside the pros. The format is organized for you to learn different techniques, try them in the field and get feedback on your work each day, from creating dramatic compositions to refining your camera settings, defining your photographic style and much more. You will have the opportunity to learn hands-on, in the field with almost every one of our instructors.

While on the Oregon Coast, your time will be spent in hands-on, small group field excursions, image reviews and post-processing sessions. To make the most of your time, presentations will be provided on equipment, locations and shooting techniques in advance for you to prepare for the event.

Things you will learn:

  • Camera settings for coastal landscape photography, including exposure bracketing, focus stacking, long exposure wave motion and wide-angle lens composition
  • Use of various focal length lenses to capture different effects including telephoto forest composition
  • Effective use of polarizers and neutral density filters
  • Strategies to capture tack sharp images every time
  • Finding your composition, from grand landscapes to small scenes 
  • Post-processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop, including luminosity masks, smart object techniques, exposure blending, focus blending.
  • Finding inspiration in abstracts and small scenes
  • Slowing down and going beyond the iconic shot
  • Refining vision and style in your photographs
  • Hands-on, in-the-field instruction and image reviews
  • Workflow from capture to print
  • And much more

“Thank you. This has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

– Terri Tessman, 2019 Out of Oregon Attendee


Keep yourself immersed in photography from sunrise to sunset. Each day will be an adventure as you go in the field to explore, learn and photograph the Oregon Coast with a new instructor. Return together and review what you learned, followed up with image reviews, post-processing sessions and more. A range of field sessions will be available based on physical ability. Everything is within an hour’s drive from the conference venue.

Day 1
Check in to the Hallmark Resort (4 pm)
Meet & greet reception
Group dinner
Welcome by Chris Smith, founder of Out of Chicago
Opening keynote presentation

Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
Sunrise field sessions
Group lunch and presentation
Afternoon field sessions
Dinner on your own or with new photography friends.
Evening image reviews and post-processing classes

Day 5
Closing breakfast
Closing presentation
Check out of Hallmark Resort (12 pm)

Location and Accommodation

Newport, Oregon

Situated along miles of epic coastline, the conference venue is at the Hallmark Resort in Newport, Oregon. As a perfect basecamp for photographers, every room has a view of the Pacific Ocean. Daily, in-the-field excursions will take place along the Oregon Coast, all within an hour's drive. Conference presentations and classes will take place at the Hallmark Resort. All meals are catered by the award-winning Georgie’s Beachside Grill.

We have a block of rooms for attendees at the conference center, the Hallmark Resort, and the Whaler down the street. Once you register, we will send information on how you can book your accommodation.

“What made Out of Oregon special for me was for one, being in a photographer's paradise and secondly, everybody involved was so friendly.”

– Terry Shaffer, 2019 Out of Oregon attendee

Conference Price


Reserve with a deposit of $1000. The remaining balance is due 90 days before the event on Monday, July 11, 2022. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

What’s included?
Opening Reception and Welcome Night Dinner
3 Lunches | 1 Closing Breakfast
Hands-on instruction from the top photographers in the field
Daily hands-on workshops and in-the-field excursions
Small-group post-processing sessions and image reviews
Private online community to connect with fellow photographers

What’s not included?
Does not include hotel, airfare, or transportation.

"In the simplest terms, I came away a better landscape photographer – both in how to shoot landscape and in how to process landscape images. I have been a photographer for over 60 years and learned a lot more than I expected.”

– Phillip Ziegler, 2019 Out of Oregon attendee

Key Details

Out of Oregon takes place Oct 9-13, 2022. It begins on October 9th around 5:00 pm with a welcome reception, dinner and opening keynote. We will end on October 13th at 11:00 am. A more detailed itinerary will be shared with you as we get closer to the event.

You are responsible for your transportation. Newport, Oregon is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Portland, Oregon. During the event, excursion groups will carpool together with other attendees to the shooting locations, or you can drive on your own.

We recommend everyone stay at the Hallmark Resort since this is the conference venue. Part of the fun staying in one place is hanging out with photographer friends and instructors, eating breakfast and sharing the elevator together as you start and end each day. We have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the conference center, the Hallmark Resort and at the Whaler down the street. Registration information will be sent when you sign up for the conference.

Final Payment
Your second payment is due 90 days before the event.

For additional  information, please review the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend everyone stay at the Hallmark Resort since this is the conference venue. Part of the fun staying in one place is hanging out with photographer friends and instructors, eating breakfast and sharing the elevator together as you start and end each day.

We have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the conference center, the Hallmark Resort with rates from $119-$214 per night. We also have a block of rooms available at the Whaler down the street with rates from $109-$119 per night.

Registration information will be sent when you sign up for the conference.

After registering, you will get an email with details about the conference including key dates, hotel information and more. Be sure to stay connected via email to receive crucial event communication including surveys about your preferences and updates as needed.

We will send an email to registered attendees before the event and ask you who you want to work with, what you want to learn, and the locations you want to photograph. Our team will take this information to create your personalized schedule for the event. One of the benefits of attending our conferences is being able to work with and get to know a variety of instructors, with a diverse range of styles.

Some of the excursions will have almost no walk and where you can get out of the car and start shooting. Other excursions require a hike with variable terrain including sand dunes and rocky, uneven terrain.

We will split the group to accommodate all hiking abilities when necessary. Comfortable hiking shoes/boots are recommended.

October is fall in Newport and can be mild and wet.  Daytime temperatures average around 60° and nighttime can be around 45°F.

Be sure to bring appropriate weather gear. Remember that bad weather often makes the best images. Schedules will be re-arranged as needed to accommodate weather conditions.

Photography enthusiasts and pros. All levels of passionate photographers are welcome. Just be ready to eat, sleep and drink landscape photography for five days.

You’ll want a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a tripod. We’ll share detailed equipment recommendations before the event. A laptop is suggested so you can work on your images during the post-processing and critique sessions.

You bet! Throughout the week you’ll be busy shooting out in-the-field together, but in the evening there’ll be opportunities to talk around the campfire or enjoy meals together. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and get to know your favorite photographers.
This is a hands-on, immersive photography experience. We’re not going to bring you all the way to the Oregon Coast to sit in a classroom watching something you could watch in bed on Youtube. Over 5 days, you’ll learn new techniques in the field while shooting with some of the world’s best photographers. There is classroom time available to practice post-processing and to get feedback on images, but you’ll be in the field most of the time.

Of course! They are welcome to join us for the group presentations at no charge. The in-the-field teaching excursions are limited to ten people and are reserved for conference attendees only. A meal pass will be offered at an additional charge so that they can join us for group meals.

You can view all of the events you’re registered for by logging into your Out of Chicago account. In the upper right corner of the website, go to “my account” and “my conferences”. You should see your conference listed there. If it is not, please email us at support@outofchicago.com.

You can read the refund policy here.

With the evolving recovery of the pandemic, we continue to observe recommendations by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and local guidelines for events. This includes physical distancing, masking, health screening and sanitation protocols.

We may require proof of vaccination to attend the event, as we have for our previous events. This will be determined once we get closer to the event.

Please stay home if:
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have had close contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Please see our updated refund policy in case you choose not to attend or the state regulations do not allow our event to run with this format.

If you have any other questions, please email info@outofchicago.com

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