Washington State photography workshop

October 10 - 14, 2022

Open to traditional and digital photographers of any experience level.

Registration below

Trees and Fog. North Cascades, WA Copyright © Lynn Radeka

The great Pacific Northwest! A versatile place of lush, dense rain forests, stunning snow-capped peaks, peaceful fishing villages, historic towns and lighthouses. This is the area that initially beckoned Lynn Radeka in 1974 and immediately he was hooked by the quiet beauty and charm of Washington state. Join Mari Calai and Lynn Radeka as we photograph the amazing North Cascades, photogenic waterfalls, river details, and the nostalgic port towns of this special section of the USA.

We will concentrate on avoiding the commonplace, mundane cliche images and help everyone see subjects in a refined way that reflects and expands their personal vision.

Autumn Foliage, North Cascades, WA.
Copyright © Lynn Radeka


This workshop is open to all photographers whether shooting large or small format black and white or color, traditional or digital! No photographer will be rushed regardless of his/her film format or digital format and experience level.

Each participant is expected to be self-sufficient with regards to all meals including indoor dining and all lodging in historic hotels along the route. A list of hotels, including Bed and Breakfast lodging will be furnished far in advance of the workshop. Camping is also available at many locations along the route. Please inquire about any concerns or limitations.

Lynn and Mari may be reviewing each day's shoot on a laptop computer and commenting on possible image manipulations and improvements. Contrast masking (for photographers shooting film) will be discussed as well as other traditional developing/printing methods. Digital photographers will enjoy the array of interesting software programs and techniques we may be demonstrating as well, including focus stacking for extreme depth of field and HDR for controlling extreme contrast. More importantly, the workshop flow will be largely determined by the needs and desires of the workshop participants, ensuring a very enjoyable experience for everyone.

This workshop, like all Radeka Photography workshops, stresses learning in the field by actually doing. We will not waste a precious day of photographing by giving "classroom lectures" as so many other workshops do. The only exception being a print review, lasting no more than a few hours, discussing actual photographs brought by Lynn, Mari, and the participants. Bringing photographs, whether they be finished prints or simply proof sheets, is recommended but not a necessity.


Mt. Shuksan and Moon, WA
. Copyright © Lynn Radeka


Lynn will be handing out durable viewing cards (an aid in visualizing compositions) to everyone. He will be assisting attendees in obtaining the best exposures and white balance settings using RAW format for those photographers shooting digital, and zone system methods, previsualization, exposure, development, view camera controls and selection of filters to those photographers shooting traditional large format.

This photography workshop will also teach the use of contrast masking in your previsualization routine. This will help traditional photographers learn how to previsualize images with the intent of applying contrast masking (or other specialized darkroom procedures) to the final prints. Surprisingly, this often results in images being shot that otherwise might be passed up due to lack of local contrast on the scene or elements that aren't well separated from surrounding detail. The intended use of masking can alter the exposure and development given to the negative.

Tag-alongs are not allowed on this workshop except for spouses, which will be required to be self-sufficient. This workshop is limited to eight paid participants. Please see the signup details below.


About Lynn Radeka

Influenced in his early work by Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock, Lynn Radeka’s professional photography career spans fifty years. His love of the grand landscapes and intimate details of the American West was born on his first trip to Death Valley in 1966.

Lynn Radeka’s Black and White photography has been featured in eight National Park posters and several calendars including the calendar series Radeka: The American West and several ghost town calendars published by Browntrout publishers. In 1989 and 1990 he was commissioned to do the photography for five full-color books, resulting in a 2 year journey that took him through the back roads, historic places and ghost towns of the entire American West. Lynn also has the honor of being a featured photographer in the book publication "World's Top Photographers: Landscape" and has been published in B&W Magazine, View Camera Magazine, Lenswork and other photography publications.

Lynn Radeka currently teaches workshops in Death Valley, Utah, New Mexico and Washington. He will be re-launching his popular Contrast Masking workshops with Jerry Sheridan in Arizona in 2022. Lynn is the publisher and co-author of the Contrast Masking Kit - a technical manual for traditional film-based photographers. Lynn feels completely at home using a 4x5 view camera for his film-based work and more recently a Sony A7R mirrorless camera for his digital work.

Please visit the bio page of this website for more information.

About Mari Calai

Romanian born artist Mari Calai has travelled throughout the world and now makes the USA her home. Influenced to a great extent by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Andres Kertesz, she is adept at using small and medium format film cameras, currently a Rolleiflex, as well as digital. Having garnered several exhibits throughout the world, Mari's newest book, titled DOR, was published in the spring of 2021. A collection of very personal black and white images evoking a sense of longing - "Dor" in Romanian. It received critical acclaim and is available at https://www.maricalai.com. Her previous book titled Adagio, was published after a successful one-woman show in South Korea, where she lived at the time. Adagio is a book of black and white photographs of her children, lovingly portrayed with an honesty and sensitivity rarely seen in photography.

Not one to sit idle, with unstoppable energy (she was recently honored with a Master's degree and can speak several languages), Mari is always looking for her next adventure. She began using her innate artistic skills by painting and in just a few short years her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and sold to collectors world wide. Her work is of an eclectic nature as she has an interest in pursuing different styles and techniques, whether it be painting, street-style photography, or, more recently, fine-art landscape and detail photography - all with her own unique vision.

Washington Photography Workshop Registration

October 10 - 14, 2022

Limited to eight paid participants

Inquire regarding space availability and other questions or to be placed on a reserve list

Location: Beginning in Seattle or Bellingham (depending on our final itinerary)

Tuition: $1800. $900 Payment required in advance to reserve a space, remaining amount due September 20, 2022
This workshop is expected to fill quickly.

Duration: 5+ Days.

Materials to bring: Cameras (digital or traditional),
accessories (film, storage media, changing bags), lodging money and food money

Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail for questions or more information.


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