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Photography Apprenticeship

Handheld & Drone Photography

Learn in Photography and explore the outdoors!
Apprentice with the our expert educators.
A school-year program that teaches skills 1 weekend-a-month.


Learn to tell stories through the lens of a camera and build your portfolio. Develop the foundations of photography through the following:

Principles of Photography Develop core principles of digital photography: lighting, composition and more. Learn with all levels of cameras ranging from SLRs to camera phone photography. Explore what makes interesting subjects for a story. 

Editing & Equipment Care Work with digital editing tools to process and enhance your work. Organize your media to feature on the web and in print. Practice essential care of equipment.

Drone Piloting Take to the sky! Train the skills of safe drone piloting and the art of aerial photography. See our landscape as you haven't seen it before. Use photographic drones to explore our planet Earth.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic skills. They are facilitators of thoughtful growth through the power of nature and community.

How It Works

Apprentice Training Weekends 1 Saturday or Sunday a month, Fall - Spring
At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert Mentors. For flexibility, we offer many schedule options–see below for dates.

Graduation Day May, 1 day
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Events Dates Vary
Apprentices and immediate family get free admission to Skills Evenings, Archery Range, and select Community Events.

Different Apprenticeship age groups have customized curriculum.
Grade 5-11


Reserve your place with a $50 non-refundable deposit. The remaining tuition is 9 monthly payments of $105 (total $995). First payment is due September 10. We will contact you after you register to set up your Payment Plan.

Family Discount 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Discount based on consecutive years attended.
Scholarships Limited scholarship awards are available for families in need. Contact Us.

Discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.


Drop-off SE Portland Headquarters - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
We provide transportation to wilderness and urban locations where we explore the world through photography.

Choose Your Schedule

Single Day - Training Weekends 8 Studio & Field Days + Graduation Studio Day

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends; Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules. Please Note Many schedules fill quickly, so choose soon after registration.

Schedule Options

Single Day Grade 5-12 Schedule C

  • September 21, 2019 Studio Day
  • October 19, 2019 Studio Day
  • November 9, 2019 Studio Day
  • January 18, 2020 Studio Day
  • February 8, 2020 Studio Day
  • March 7, 2020 Studio Day
  • April 18, 2020 Studio Day
  • May 2, 2020 Studio Day
  • May 16, 2019 Graduation