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Palouse – A LuLa PODAS Workshop

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Palouse Landscape at sunrise

Sunrise In The Palouse Can Be Dramatic

The Palouse Harvest

Please join us on what promises to be a most remarkable Landscape Photography workshop in the Palouse.  Luminous-Landscape and Phase One join up to offer a one of a kind PODAS workshop. Kevin Raber, publisher and CEO of Luminous-Landscape with Jeff Schewe, LuLa video tutorial instructor as well as world renown photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop expert will lead you to some amazing spots in one of their favorite places to photograph landscapes.  And, to enhance this workshop further you will be provided the state of the art Phase One DF camera system, access to a complete set of Phase One lenses and an IQ2 series digital back to shoot with during the workshop.  

Harvest in palouse

The Harvest From The Air

LuLa – PODAS workshops are unique and you will have an experience like no other workshop.  If you have ever wanted to see for yourself the medium format difference and see what immersive image quality means then don’t hesitate – register today.  As a PODAS workshop attendee you will have a no-worries trip.  We pick you up at the airport, provide transportation during the event, a single-occupancy room, all your meals and beverages and a license for Capture One Pro. Now throw in a lot of fun and the chance to make some excellent new friends and you can see why LuLa – PODAS workshops are so popular.

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Whatever It Takes To Get The Shot

The Palouse is located in the southeastern corner of Washington State.  It’s not a National or State Park and it has no real borders.  It’s a region of rolling hills, big open skies and fields of wheat and other crops that stretch past the horizon.  It’s a place that once you visit it you’ll want to visit again at different seasons.  It’s full of surprises and you’ll stumble upon, beautiful farms, abandoned building and vehicles, quaint towns and big sky landscapes. We will be visiting the Palouse at harvest time where golden fields of wheat will contrast beautifully with big open skies and puffy clouds.  The harvest taking place will provide us wonderfully unique patterns of fields being harvested and a contrast of colors that the IQ2x0 back will capture in unbelievable detail.

There are no set places (except a few) for shooting in this region.  This is about exploration and opportunity, as a field on one day will be looking totally different the next day.  We will set out and explore this region for sunrise everyday and during the day explore further.  We will be traveling in two vans and we will split up and meet occasionally during the day.  There will be classroom time where Kevin and Jeff will share their imagery as well as their adventures around the world and their approach to seeing and capturing the images they are both famous for.  Both will share their processing and post-processing techniques. 

We will begin our adventure together on the 18th of August.  You’ll arrive at the Spokane airport and be transported to our base hotel in Pullman.  You will check in and around 3:30 we will kick off the event with introductions and an overview of our trip and our goals and what to expect.  You’ll receive the Phase One camera system and be given an overview of how to use it.  The beauty of the Phase One system is it is so easy to use.  The IQ back is so intuitive it doesn’t need much to be up and shooting.  And, shooting is what we hope to do.  Our goal is to shoot the sunset this evening and have you become familiar with the camera.  Phase One will have a team there to help and support you during the whole workshop.  After dinner we will show you how to import your images into Capture One.  You’ll be surprised at how easy all of this is and you will soon see what you have been missing in your images. 

In addition to the camera system Phase One will provide a set of lenses for each van so that you can try out numerous different lens combinations during the workshop.  Lens ranges from 28mm through 240mm will be available. In addition we will also have an ALPA technical camera with us with a bank of lenses.  We’ll help you understand how the ALPA technical cameras function as well as why and where you would want to use one.


Beginning the next morning and for the duration of the workshop we will be up before dawn and on our way to locations to catch the hills and fields during sunrise.   We will return for breakfast and much needed coffee.  Based on weather forecast and such we will then mix the daytime hours with either exploration into the field and classroom time covering Capture One and lectures by the instructors.  A uniqueness of LuLa – PODAS workshops is we stay together the whole time.  We eat, shoot, and socialize together.  Discussions on photography and technique will extend beyond the classroom. You’ll be amazed how much you will learn from the instructors, the Phase One team but also from your fellow attendees.  Travel time to locations are like mini-seminars in the vans. Prior to the workshop we will do our best to nail down times for everything but weather and light will be our guide in how we arrange the workshop.

We will also have an optional photograph the Palouse from the air option for those that are interested.  This is a great way to really capture the textures and dynamic patterns of the region. Information on this option will be presented after you register.  We normally will use 2-3 planes taking those that are interested for early morning or late day flights.  Seeing the Palouse from the air is quite amazing.


As we near the end of our workshop we will do image critiques as well as be available for one on one help with editing and image selection. You will be responsible for providing 6 images that you have shot during the workshop.  On closing night we show a multi-media show of everyone’s images as well as fun candid shots of our time together.  You’ll receive a certificate for attending.  The only things you need to bring to this workshop is a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your computer.  Everything else we take care of.  

We have visited the Palouse numerous times and each time is another adventure as we explore paved and unpaved roads and discover more treasures of this remarkable area.  The combined experience of the team and instructors will mean you get the shot and come home with some new portfolio prints.  This will be a fun and educational trip not to mention one full of great photography. Kevin and Jeff are looking forward this workshop as much as you are and we all hope you can make a point to join this adventure.

Spaces for this workshop will go quickly.  Class size is limited to 15 attendees so register today.  We will stay in touch with you after you register and provide help in preparing for this workshop.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com or 317-379-7482.  We are committed to making this the best workshop you have ever attended.

Your Instructors

Jeff Schewe


Jeff Schewe is a digital pioneer. An award winning advertising photographer by trade, he has been a long-term alpha/beta tester for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom, and has been personally involved with their development. He is also a well-known fine art printing guru and is an Epson Stylus Pro member and leader of the Epson Print Academy. Jeff is the co-author of “Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4” as well as co-author, along with Martin Evening, of “Photoshop CS4 For Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop”.

He’s a member of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. Jeff is also a founding partner in PixelGenius, LLC makers of the PhotoKit™ line of plug-ins. Jeff has also been seen in a variety of Luminous Landscape video tutorials along with his on-screen partner, Michael Reichmann, including their Camera To Print and Lightroom tutorials.

Kevin Raber in antarctica


Kevin Raber is a digital pioneer.  Embracing digital in 1996 Kevin hasn’t looked back.  In the seventies and eighties Kevin ran a very successful commercial studio in the Philadelphia area.  In the mid eighties he bought one of the first Macintosh computers and started a software company writing software for photographers.  He sold both the studio and software company in 1990 and worked with Burrell Professional Labs as Sales and Business Development Manager.  In the mid 90’s he was part of the team that developed initially a hybrid digital workflow for color labs and eventually a fully digital workflow.  In 1999 he joined Phase One as a Vice President and worked on numerous projects with Phase One until 2013 when he joined Luminous-Landscape as CEO and publisher.  

Kevin’s passion for photography can only be experienced by photographing with him.  His collection of images from all corners of the globe is extensive.  He was the originator of the well known PODAS workshops and now brings this experience to Luminous-Landscape.  You can see more of Kevin’s work at kevinraber.com.  

The price for this amazing workshop is $4500.00 It includes . . . 

Register Before April 10, 2014 and Receive A Complimentary Luminous Landscape Video Subscription ( Value $150.00 USD)

• Expert instruction by Kevin and Jeff• Airport pick up and return.  (pick up will be 1:30 PM on August 18 at Spokane Airport and you’ll be returned to the airport by noon time on the 23rd.)

• Single occupancy room at the Holiday Inn in Pullman (it’s a very nice hotel)• All your meals.  Breakfast will be at the hotel.  Lunches will either be catered in the hotel of box lunches in the field.  Dinners will be at various local restaurants.  Dinners include one glass of a nice wine.

• All transportation during the workshop will be provided• You’ll receive a loaner Phase One camera system of one of the new IQ 2X0 series backs.  

• Each van will also have a full compliment of all the Phase One lenses for you to use also• Classroom instruction on Lightroom and Capture One as well as post processing techniques• Airplane flights over the Palouse  are available at extra cost – Prices will be provided after registration as well as sign up forms for this option.

• All you bring is a laptop (PC or MAC), CF cards, and a willingness to have a lot of fun taking pictures in a most amazing landscape.

Sign up today by downloading the Registration Form and returning it by email.  A $2000.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the beginning of July.  If you need to cancel, your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.

To Register Please Downlaod A Registration Form HERE

Any questions contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com.

Rockhopper Workshops is the sole US Based provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.

Author: PODAS

PODAS Manager

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