Outdoor Viewfinder leads outdoor photography classes and adventure tours to some of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike what ”big box” businesses offer, with Outdoor Viewfinder you will receive one-on-one attention and feel like you aren’t being pushed toward your goal in improving your photography while reaching the tour destination.
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 is a registered and insured business, CPR & First Aid Certified, and is one of just a few Oregon-licensed guides that possesses a special land use permit and authorization to operate on U.S. Forest Service property.
To read OV’s customer reviews, check out the testimonials on this page or visit TripAdvisor//OV.
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Jason, owner and operator of Outdoor Viewfinder, is wonderful to work with. As a guide, he is knowledgeable about his surroundings, experienced, and passionate about giving back to the places he recreates in. Jason has an artful eye at seeing nature and sharing that and I’ve enjoyed his enthusiasm for finding creative ways to partner with Friends of the Columbia Gorge.Maegan Jossy, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, Friends of the Columbia Gorge
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the photography session and hike at Elowah Falls. Your technical suggestions and thoughtful comments combined an enjoyable mix of the art and science. Your views on composition were both helpful and stimulating.Bill Presley, Elowah Falls Class Participant
As a beginner photographer, I appreciated all the technical information and suggestions you gave us. I especially appreciated the 1:1 time with you which helped me to understand several issues regarding use of the manual setting. You have a knack for simplifying several more complex concepts so the information could be absorbed and translated into practice. Because the 1:1 time was so important, I have thought a lot about the optimal size of the group vs paying more for a smaller group.Jeane Jacobson, Columbia Hills Class Participant
The photography workshop at Columbia Hills State Park with Jason Waicunas was excellent! The location provided a wide range of subjects, in addition to the wildflowers in bloom. The bright sunny sky and wind were challenges, and Jason was always available to answer questions or make suggestions. Especially valuable was the post-workshop sharing of photos with other participants. Jason’s helpful critique was worth the cost of the workshop. I am looking forward to taking another workshop with Jason Waicunas.Larry Shadbolt, Columbia Hills Class Participant
Meeting Jason and attending one of his Outdoor Viewfinder workshops was a great experience. Considering his gifts with photography, engaging, energetic nature, combined with his impressive training, the fact that he is down to earth, easy to talk with, and also interested in expanding our awareness for appreciating the beauty of nature, is something you will find inspirational & most enjoyable…all while you will learn how to make much better photos while you are at it !Lulu L., Columbia Hills Class Participant
Jason was so supportive & helpful if anyone needed help, otherwise left us to explore & work on our own. The first hour he did a great job of having us introduce ourselves & gave him an idea of our skill levels & what we were looking to accomplish that day. Then he gave some detailed information of photographing & printing…just an overview…not too much to overwhelm. Jason was very prepared, had good knowledge of the local area and very conscious of how the heat might affect us & kept aware of our exposure to heat & sun, he had extra water along to share.Bev Hedin, Columbia Hills Class Participant
Jason’s wildflower photography workshop through Friends of the Columbia Gorge was a great experience. The group was small which meant more personal one-on-one time. While Jason was there to answer my questions, he also gave me personal space to compose my shots, which I like. The online critique afterwards helped me tremendously. He encourages group interaction so that we can all learn from one another. He made me feel at ease when he said, “there is no dumb question.” Jason is full of knowledge and has a passion not only for photography, but for nature conservation. I look forward to taking more classes from him in the future.Jenny Baker, Columbia Hills Class Participant
Jason is as approachable and attentive in the field as online. His post-outing critiques online are invaluable! I learned so much from his observations of our photos; my own as much as the other participants’ photos. I am excited by what I’m learning and feel energized with a whole new perspective to bring to my photography.Suzanne Michalik, Columbia Hills & Elowah Falls Class Participant