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Outdoor Viewfinder ‑ CLOSED

Portland, OR, USA
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About Outdoor Viewfinder
Outdoor Viewfinder leads tours at some of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike what “big box” businesses offer, you will receive one-on-one attention and feel like you aren’t being pushed toward your goal in improving your photography. Jason's 20+ years of experience as a professional photographer and an official Oregon-licensed guide will ensure that you will learn how to make better photographs and learn about the tour location. Whether you are a new camera user or a photographer stuck in creative rut, Outdoor Viewfinder will get you where you want to be with your photography and you’ll have a great time getting there during one of OV’s awesome tours! Outdoor Viewfinder offers outdoor photography classes and tours at Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Desert, Pacific NW Vineyards, and the Cascade Range in Oregon in Washington. Outdoor Viewfinder is an Oregon-registered and insured business, CPR & First Aid Certified, and is a licensed guide service authorized under permit by the United State Forest Service and the Oregon State Marine Board.
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Biff_theTraveler wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco5 contributions
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“Hey, that looks interesting. I’ve gotta snap photo!” Every hear yourself say this one? Well if you find the rare opportunity (like maybe rarer than a Sasquatch sighting) to spend an afternoon “session” with someone who can teach the feel of that ethereal “frame you feel about that.” Then book your session with NeighborJay! TODAY! I’ve learned more just walking a decrepit old building district listening to how the shadows of the landscape can make trash look interesting. Granted becoming a teacher isn’t something anyone can do, but Jayson has. He can relate the feel of a BellaFleck show (or Stevie Wonder vinyls album) to how important it is hold for the lighting in the Sierras for early light. PS - patience is important. (That was good lesson, bro!) I’ve taken a few photos trying to model the lessons and at least I’m happy and all my friends are impressed! This one was after a Mt. Fuji summit hike last month. Weather didn’t corporate, but it had that old Longwood NeighborJay feel to it. Cheers! And thanks for all the help! If you read this and like it, please visit & book your session today! Highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Debbie A wrote a review Oct 2017
YONCALLA, United States4 contributions
My friend and I joined Jason for 4-hour photography class at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Jason is a total pro... a no-nonsense instructor schooled in the pure art form of photography. He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table yet was able to discern my needs and tailor the session to the level of an utter novice. He was personable, respectful, assertive and created an atmosphere where it really was all about what I wanted. When I asked questions he knew how to engage my own thoughts to help answer them by pointing out what was happening in our surroundings and demonstrating techniques that could be employed for acquiring the desired shot. I am inspired and have what I need now to move forward in the unlimited world of photography. The Japanese Garden is a small area so be prepared to encounter many other people on the narrow walkways to which you are confined.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from OutdoorViewfinder, Owner at Outdoor Viewfinder
Responded Oct 30, 2017
I appreciate the review Debbie, we had the perfect day for the photo class! It was great to help you get you on your way to understanding the camera and improving your photography, reach out anytime with questions about gear or to setup another class.
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Thelma H wrote a review Oct 2017
Elkton4 contributions
After a lot of trying to schedule the class, today we finally got to have our class. Jason is wonderful! He takes the time to not only talk but to listen. He has totally changed how I look at things before I snap a picture. No more shooting pictures like a crazy woman. Stop and really look at what is in front of me. If you have a love for learning how to take better pictures and get that one shot that just speaks to your heart and soul call Jason. I really want to take more classes with him. Thank you so very much Jason you gave us such a great experience!
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from OutdoorViewfinder, Owner at Outdoor Viewfinder
Responded Oct 26, 2017
Right on Thelma, it was great to work with you and Deborah! Please reach out anytime with questions or to schedule another class!
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lumen12 wrote a review Aug 2016
Augusta, Georgia1 contribution3 helpful votes
Took a one-week workshop on landscape photography with Jason at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine in late July. The class was small which allowed for lots of one-on-one time time with Jason who is an approachable and engaging teacher with a playful sense of humor. Combining both guided photo walks at different locations near Rockport (e.g., Fernald’s Neck Preserve, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Beech Hill, Pemaquid, Camden harbor) along with classroom/computer time editing and critiquing photos taken, I picked up a number of useful tips on adjusting camera settings for different kinds of light, what lenses to use for different subjects, how to think about framing and composition to create more interesting images, etc.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Response from OutdoorViewfinder, Owner at Outdoor Viewfinder
Responded Aug 30, 2016
I appreciate the review and your participation in the workshop, we had a great class and I'm hoping to teach at MMW again next year. Keep in touch, as will I, and hope to see you in 2017!
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alexandria d wrote a review Aug 2016
Fresno, California2 contributions
First time visiting Oregon and I wanted to brush up on the basics of photography. Jason is such an awesome teacher/tour guide and really knows a lot about what Portland has to offer.he taught me how to keep an eye out for balancing my pictures and always be aware of your surroundings! He has a great sense of humor and makes you feel comfortable with a camera. I would def do this again, thanks Jason! :)
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Response from OutdoorViewfinder, Owner at Outdoor Viewfinder
Responded Aug 14, 2016
Thank you Alexandria! Glad to have had the opportunity to help out with improving your photography! Keep shooting!
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