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Photography in the Wild

a digital photography backcountry workshop

Hosted by Go Wild and professional nature photographer, Clay Berthelsen, Photography in the Wild is an all-inclusive weekend of photographic exploration in the wilds of Eastern Oregon. From Friday through Sunday, backpack into Oregon's ruggedly scenic Hells Canyon for three jam-packed days practicing nature-specific photography skills in the backcountry. Subject matter includes but is not limited to: astro, wildlife, macro, landscape, composition, and editing. 



After brief introductions, we set out for the trailhead and begin our 4.5 mile hike into the rugged and scenic Hells Canyon- N. America's deepest gorge. This is where you'll really get to know your guides and fellow photography lovers. Enjoy a gourmet charcuterie lunch hosted by your guides/chefs and take multiple stops along the way for photo-ops and on-the-trail impromptu photography lessons. 

End the evening with a themed and interactive photography talk over cocktails and a locally-sourced dinner.


After coffee and a cast-iron breakfast, grab your camera, tripod, and day pack for a day full of exploration and photo taking. Clay will lead numerous lessons throughout the day, all against the backdrop of Oregon's oldest mountains. 



There will be opportunities for all kinds of activities today if your finger gets tired of clicking. 

Tonight's evening session focuses on astro-photography, so prepare to stay up with the stars. 


Sunday starts slightly later due to the astro-lesson, but don't expect to sleep in. Today, we hike out of the wilderness but not before a morning session and plenty of photo breaks on the way back to the cars. 

Once out of the wilderness, share your best photos from the weekend with your fellow adventures over glasses of wine at our local winery for a trip ending party!

Activity Level:

Photography weekends inevitably include a fair amount of walking and hiking with a backpack, sometime on rough terrain and up hills. We don't want to turn anyone away, so if you have concerns, please give us a call and we'll be happy to talk through options. 

  • $500 deposit due at time of booking. Refundable (-$150 service charge) by Feb. 1, 2021. Final payment due May 1, 2021. Cancellations 30+ to 15 days prior to the tour: The participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price. Cancellations within 14 days: No refund. For 2021, cancelation and deposit policy may be flexible due to COVID-19.

    Weather: All tours operate rain or shine. Weather's no reason not to have fun! In case of extreme conditions, tours are refunded on a case by case basis.

  • Contact us: 541.403.1692 //



· Hands-on Instruction with Professional Photographer Clay Berthelsen

· Local Expert Wilderness Guides (1-2)

· All-inclusive Gourmet Meal Prep & Service

· Adventure & Hiking Equipment as Needed

· Complimentary Evening Wine Tasting

· Backcountry Leisure Activities & Gear

· Pre-tour Planning & Logistics

· 20+ Professional Trip Photographs

· Backcountry Safety Gear

· Optional Evening Cocktail Hour (+$)


Gear Porter- inquire for info

($+400, in and out)

Sleeping Bag

($40/ person)


Evening themed talks covering a variety of photography topics, yep the wine tasting is included

Work in a small group with a professional photographer and gain individualized help and feedback

Daily photography-focused expeditions exploring the wonders of the Wallowas 

All-inclusive: just show up!


$1200 / Person


2021 Dates: May 14-16

Group Size: 8 spots
Departure / Return:
      Baker City, OR

Closet Airport:
   Boise, ID or Pendleton OR
     Backcountry Tents

· Sturdy Hiking Boots & Water Shoes

· Personal Photo Gear

· Hiking Gear Not Requested

· Sleeping bags ($40/person)

· Transportation to Trailhead (2021 COVID-19 precaution)

· Guide Gratuity (appreciated, but not required)

About Clay

Clay was almost born with a camera in his hand. Pursuing photography from a young age, he has now made a career of professional photography and video. He grew up at the base of the Wallowas so he'll be leading your photography workshop in his back yard. See more his work at:

A weekend of 

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+1 541.403.1692

Baker City, Oregon

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Go Wild: American Adventures LLC operates under a special use permit granted by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is a registered Oregon Outfitter/Guide, licensed by the Oregon State Marine Board. Go Wild: American Adventures is an equal opportunity recreation service provider and employer.