Two-Day Photography Workshop Shows You How to Take Better Landscapes Using a Camera’s Manual Settings

(March 17, 2017, Goldendale, Wash.,) – Would you like to take better digital photos? An upcoming hands-on photography workshop at Maryhill Museum of Art will show you how to take your camera off auto and learn how to fine-tune your settings to capture beautiful images.

The two-day workshop “Mastering Manual Settings: Digital Photography and the Landscape,” is led by photographer Troy Carpenter, and takes place Sunday, April 2 and Sunday, April 9 at Maryhill. The cost of the workshop is $60 for members of Maryhill Museum of Art / $75 for non-members. To register call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 by March 28 or email

Participants will meet at Maryhill and fan out to capture the incredible light, landscape and compositional elements of the Gorge. The workshop is appropriate for new and intermediate digital photographers. Coffee and snacks are provided; no-host lunch. Participants should bring their own camera, battery and digital card.


Sunday, April 2 & Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mastering Manual Settings: Digital Photography and the Landscape
Join photographer Troy Carpenter, administrator at Goldendale Observatory State Park, for an intensive two-day workshop (over two weekends), designed to increase your knowledge and skill using manual settings. Participants will meet at Maryhill and fan out to capture the incredible light, landscape and compositional elements of the Gorge. The workshop is appropriate for new and intermediate digital photographers.

Cost: $60 members / $75 non-members. Coffee and snacks provided, no-host lunch. Participants should provide their own camera, battery and digital card. To register, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 by March 28 or email


Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.
Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance.

Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts and other mementos.

Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit

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