Military veterans are invited to participate in free photography workshops on Aug. 6 in Newport or Aug. 27 in Albany. (Photo by Orietta Gaspari/Getty Images via Canva)

Military veterans living in Benton, Lincoln or Linn counties or surrounding areas are invited to attend free photography workshops led by professional photographers Karl Maasdam and Mark Ylen.

Hosted by Samaritan Health Services’ ArtsCare program in conjunction with Samaritan Veterans Outreach, the workshops are planned for Saturday, Aug. 6, in Newport, and Saturday, Aug. 27, in Albany.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use digital cameras or expand their existing skills. Interested participants will also have the opportunity to show their work at the Through a Veteran’s Lens photography exhibit at The Arts Center in Corvallis this fall.

Maasdam will lead the Newport workshop from 10 a.m.-noon and it will feature beach settings at Don & Ann Davis Park and Ocean Shore State Recreation Area.

Maasdam spent more than a decade as a photojournalist in Oregon, California and Texas before establishing a freelance photography business in the mid-Willamette Valley.

At the Albany workshop from 6-8 a.m., Ylen will take participants on an early morning adventure, focusing on the hustle and bustle of launching hot air balloons at Timber-Linn Memorial Park during the Northwest Art & Air Festival.

Ylen spent more than three decades as a photojournalist in Oregon and California and has been published in magazines and newspapers around the globe.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants. To register, email or call 541-768-7138.