Olympic National Park Photography Workshop
July 19 - July 24, 2020
Biennial Workshop - Next workshop in summer of 2022.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph the ruggedly beautiful coastline and tranquil rain forest of Olympic National Park.
The 2020 workshop starts on Sunday, July 19th, at 7:00 PM with an introduction and discussion in the hotel breakfast room. We start shooting on the morning of Monday, July 20th. The formal workshop ends after shooting on Friday evening, July 24th.
First Lodging Location: Port Angeles Inn, 111 East 2nd Street, Port Angeles, WA. 800-421-0706 or 360-452-9285
Check-in Sunday, July 19, 2020; Check-out Monday, July 20, 2020.
Olympic Suites Inn, 800 Olympic Drive, Forks, WA. 800-262-3433
Check-in Monday, July 20, 2020; Check-out Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay in the field into the morning. We will provide breakfast bars, snacks and water for the early mornings. We will have a meal after the morning shoot. Nights are very short, so during midday, participants will have time for napping, downloading... Also, during some, midday breaks there will be time to answer post processing questions. We have an early dinner in a restaurant scheduled for each evening, afterwards we'll travel to our evening location and photograph through sunset. On one evening after sunset we will stay at the beach and photograph the Milky Way. The following morning we will not go as a group to a sunrise location.
Formal workshop ends after shooting Friday evening.
Consider arriving in Port Angeles a day early and photograph the lavender farm fields. They usually peak in mid July.
This workshop does involve trail hiking (some with a couple hundred feet elevation change) to arrive at certain shooting locations, while other shooting locations will be a short walk from the parking lot. The trail hiking may deemed vigorous activity or medium activity based upon your condition. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. Our longer trails range between 1 and 2 miles each way. We will be trail hiking on most days, sometimes twice a day. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation.
Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. On most days we plan to arrive at our morning location no later than 4:30 A.M. Sunset is approximately 9:15 P.M.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy now combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras).
A lens range from 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. A macro lens or extension tubes or diopters for shooting close-ups may also be useful. For shooting the Milky Way, typically a wide angle lens with a max aperture of f/2.8 or bigger (smaller number) is required. For cameras with full frame sensors the lens should be at least 16mm wide. For cameras with partial frame sensors (1.5 LMF) the lens should be at least 10mm wide. One should test the wide aperture performance of their lens in advance of the workshop; find lens testing information at this webpage: Field Lessons and Handouts.
To blur wave action into a mist, bring a 6-stop (1.8 filter) or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Andy carries both a 6-stop (1.8) and a 10-stop (3.0) in his bag. Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters. Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments connecting the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless your camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00. To receive post processing aid, bring a laptop with Photoshop and a calibrated monitor.
2018 Group Photo
To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)
Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Olympic National Park.
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Please do not use them without the photographer's permission.