Bend Photo Tours

From novice to expert, we can always continue to expand our photography skills. Bend Photo Tours provides photography instruction to enhance the way you can capture the B0eauty of Bend.  Choose from our Half Day or Full Day tours with our expert photographer guides who work with you on creating a tour that caters to your photographic needs.  

Private Half Day Tours

Choose from sunrise, sunset or a midday guided photography tour with one of our expert guides.  We will work with you on your photography skills and find the best places to shoot in the area to fit your goals.  You come away not only having gained a new appreciation for your camera and what you can do with it, but also with beautiful photos showcasing the stunning landscapes of Central Oregon. 

Location Suggestions: Smith Rock, Tumalo Falls, Cascade Lakes Highway, Deschutes River, etc.

Tour Pricing:  $275 per photographer |  $175 non-photographer rate                                                                

Tours will start May 15, 2018, but feel free to reach out before then if you have any questions. 

Private Full Day Tours

Join us for a full day touring around beautiful Central Oregon while capturing shunning photos in the process.  This tour can cater to several locations surrounding Bend, extend to more remote locations, or add in a hiking element.  Not matter where your guide and you decide to go and shoot, you'll end the tour with a greater appreciation of the beauty of Central Oregon and how your camera can capture it!

Location Suggestions: Painted Hills, McKenzie Pass, Blue Pools, Green Lakes, etc.

Tour Pricing:  $475 per photographer  |  $350 non-photographer rate

Tours will start May 15, 2018, but feel free to reach out before then if you have any questions. 

Tour Details

Tour Length:   Half Day Tour: 3-4 hours all inclusive  |  Full Day Tour: 6-7 hours all inclusive

Tour Departure: All tours will meet at The Bend Tour Company at the time that works best for you.  We will meet up for some coffee and snacks and discuss the plan for the day.  If planning for a Sunrise Tour, plan on meeting 1-2 hours prior to sunrise, and Sunset Tours will be meet 1-2 hours prior to scheduled sunset.  All tours will end back at the same place.

Weather Conditions: Although Bend is notorious for "300 day of sunshine a year" there are days where the weather is less than optimal.  In most cases we can reroute to another location with better weather outlook for the day.  Note that we cannot offer refunds due to weather unless we cannot go out at all, but can definitely reschedule if your availability allows. Also keep in mind that inclement weather often results in some of the most dramatic and stunning photos! Just make sure you dress and prepare accordingly.

Hiking / Fitness: This will be up to you.  Once you book your tour we will send out a short survey, to better assess your goals for the trip and what you would like to see and learn. We can cater each tour to your needs. 

Food/Water: Other than coffee and a light snack at our meet up, we do not provide food on our outings. All participants should bring food/water to hold them through during the tour.  We will have a cooler where you can store food and drink.

What to Wear: You should check the weather forecast prior to coming on the trip. Depending on where we decide to venture to, the altitude can make it cooler than it is in Bend, so I always encourage bringing layers. If it’s going to be hot, wear light-colored clothing and a hat. If the temperatures are cold, bring some warm layers and long pants. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen. If it’s very cold and or windy, don’t forget a jacket, warm hat and some gloves. If rain or snow is in the forecast, bring a rain jacket. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear due to the uneven terrain and we could do some hiking.

Restroom Facilities: Depending on where we decide to visit, there are limited to no facilities. If you need to use the restroom and we are in the backcountry, we will have toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a shovel available. You can dig a hole back behind a bush to do your business.

Cell Phones: Bring your cell phone along! They are great for capturing candid images. Note that cell service is limited during some of the drives. There are USB ports in our vehicles so bring a charging cable if you need one.

Group Size: 2 max - Private tour

Camera Gear: A wide angle zoom lens is the most useful for landscape pictures (equivalent 16-35 on a full-frame camera or 10-22mm on a crop sensor). A mid-range lens can also come in handy or if you don’t have a wide angle (24-70 on full frame or 18-55 on crop sensor).  Polarizer filters can come in handy to "pop" the landscapes as well as neutral density filters for rivers and waterfalls to give the smooth water effect. Tripods are always a good thing to bring if we are shooting in low light situations. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.                                                         

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