World Class Photo Tours (WCPT) reflects the vision of four landscape photographers: Cody Wilson, Max Foster, Kevin McNeal, and Matt Meisenheimer. Dedicated to high-quality photo instruction, the group met in the fall of 2017 and created an organization with one goal in mind – to provide the premiere photography experience.
Planning a trip to the North West? The Upper Left part of continent is home to some of the most saught after landscapes in world. With roots in Bend, Oregon, Upper Left Photo Tours is offering daily trips to inspiring destinations.
In January of 2011, I sat at home in Dallas, Texas ready to return to Lawrence, Kansas to finish the last semester of my Senior year at the University of Kansas. In order to save money, I lived in a fraternity mostly populated with underclassmen. With my graduation on the horizon, my social interests didn’t align with my rowdy roommates. Dreading another semester of late night parties, I decided to purchase a camera as a way to entertain myself away from the fraternity house.
What started as an escape, slowly turned into a serious interest. Immediately, I began watching videos to replicate the images I found online. Without any guidance, the first months of my photography journey yielded few keepers. Noticing the large population of landscape photographers in the Northwest, I set my sights on moving to the area to pursue photography as a serious hobby while working in finance.
For three years, my work in finance served to fuel my obsession with photography. I purchased a Jeep to explore the Northwest and attended as many workshops as possible. My first serious mentors were the visionaries at Photo Cascadia. Their affordable workshops and knowledgable members encouraged and challenged me to become a better photographer.
In 2013, a chance meeting would eventually become the most impactful event in my photography development. While shooting in Northern Oregon, I recognized a long-haired photographer I had been admiring on Flickr earlier that day. I approached him and received instruction I valued enough to eventually hire him as a teacher. Now a friend, Ryan Dyar of Ryan Dyar Photography has undoubtedly been the largest influence in my photography pursuit. His generosity and guidance elevated me from workshop participant to workshop leader.
With an ever-growing devotion to photography, my career in finance became an obstacle to my true desires. In order to spend more time photographing, I sought a career with remote capabilities and landed on software development. From early 2014 to late 2015, I shelved my camera to write code and become an asset capable of working remotely.
I achieved my goal of working remotely near the end of 2015. Since then, I've been able to explore much of the Western United States while servicing freelance clients. As I continue to work as a coder and a photographer, I consider it a perfect mix where each activity increases the enjoyment of the other.
Originally a Canon shooter, the upgraded dynamic range and impressive landscape lenses offered by Nikon convinced me to sell my Canon system in 2012. Additionaly, Sony's A7R2 lightweight setup and advanced mirrorless capibilities found a dedicated spot in my camera bag.
Having years of experience with all three of the largest camera manufacturers, I am qualified to address any camera difficulties experienced in the field. Additionally, I can confidently say that all manufacturers make cameras capable of producing images suited for publication.
In 2015, I plunged into aerial photography with a purchase of a DJI Phantom 3. Since the Phantom, I've purchased the Mavic and anticipate the next DJI drone in late 2018.
For timelapses and cinematic movements, I have found nothing better than the Rhino Slider. Durable and light, the Rhino slider has allowed me to create Hollywood-style cinematic movements in my dabbles in filmmaking.
Join this 6 day trip in the Eastern Sierras. Highlights of the trip include dramatic granite peaks, groves of Joshua Trees and post-processing instruction by both guides. This trip is designed for eager drone enthusiasts looking to explore areas scouted by Ryan and Cody while emphasizing photography and creative processing.Learn More
On this six-day photo tour we will explore some of the most picturesque seascapes on this planet. We will begin our journey in the town of Bandon, Oregon where we will be within walking distance of the iconic Bandon Beach State Park. Throughout the next six days we will photograph a variety of subjects and elements along the southern Oregon coast where will learn to convey mood in the scenes and capture the power of the ocean.Learn More
Redwoods and Seastacks
Join us as we thoroughly explore all that Northern California and Southern Oregon have to offer. We will visit over 100 miles of coastline and forest as we journey to some of our favorite compositions during peak season.Learn More