Olympic National Park Photography Workshop
July 8 - July 13, 2018 - Workshop Full!
Biennial Workshop - Next workshop in summer of 2020.
Instructor: Andy Cook

 

Join us as we photograph the ruggedly beautiful coastline and tranquil rain forest of Olympic National Park.



This workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced photographer. However, beginners with a working knowledge of their camera can gain a lot of experience and instruction. Each participant is assisted at their level. We focus on helping participants create the most appealing compositions of each location we visit. As needed we'll delve into extensive discussions on equipment, exposure, metering, filters and personal tips. This is a workshop environment, the instructor is present to aid in the field and teach his techniques for landscape photography. If you're an advanced photographer he is happy to help or stay out of the way.
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Olympic National Park Photography Workshop
Olympic National Park Photography Workshop

Itinerary Outline

The 2018 workshop starts on Sunday, July 8th, at 7:00 PM with an introduction and discussion in the hotel breakfast room. We start shooting on the morning of Monday, July 9th. The formal workshop ends after shooting on Friday evening, July 13th.

First Lodging Location: Port Angeles Inn, 111 East 2nd Street, Port Angeles, WA. 800-421-0706 or 360-452-9285
Check-in Sunday, July 8, 2018; Check-out Monday, July 9, 2018.


Relocate to
Olympic Suites Inn, 800 Olympic Drive, Forks, WA. 800-262-3433
Check-in Monday, July 9, 2018; Check-out Saturday, July 14, 2018.


Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay in the field well 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.

Formal workshop ends after shooting Friday evening.

Consider staying in Port Angeles or Sequim after the workshop and photograph the lavender farm fields. They usually peak in mid July.

Olympic Photography Workshop
Olympic Photo Workshop
Olympic National Park

COST: $1,395.00 per participant.

Deposit Amount: $300.00 due at time of registration. This deposit becomes non refundable 90 days in advance of the workshop.

Full payment of the workshop is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as canceled, please review the cancellation policy on the registration page.



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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.

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LODGING: We suggest participants stay in the same hotel as the instructor. However, Port Angeles and Forks are small towns and most hotels are just a few minutes from the instructor's hotel so please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable. We will be in Olympic at the height of the summer season and hotels will run out of vacancy, participants need to contact their hotel directly and reserve their room upon registering for the workshop. Even if one has not registered for this workshop but is considering it, we recommend making hotel reservations.

Driving conditions will consist of paved roads and maintained dirt roads. When possible we prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other. A standard rental car will be sufficient.

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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. 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.

The Fine Print

We do not guarantee the weather. Workshop fee does not include transportation, lodging or meals. Maximum number of participants is 10. We require an acknowledgment of risks be signed before going into the field. We will send the acknowledgment of risks upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop. In the event Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI) cancels a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances such as inability to obtain permits, instructor injury, death... Then, RMRPI will refund fees collected by RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural disaster, government closure or other happening of this nature that causes a workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund workshop fees. If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be applied as credit toward a future workshop of the participant's choosing. RMRPI will not be held responsible for other expenses (airline tickets, hotel deposits, rental car...) that may be associated with any canceled workshop.

Rain is a real possibility. Yes, we may shoot in the rain, bring an umbrella and rain proof clothes.
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BRING

Flashlight
Tripod

Spare Camera Batteries
Camera's Manual
Lots of Memory
  Filters
Extra Shoes and Socks
Camera
Rain Gear
Hiking Boots
  Shoes for wading in water, yes, it's cold, but worth it; Andy uses Tevas.
Some beaches may have streams requiring wading.
Very Warm Clothes
Umbrella
Olympic National Park Photography Workshop

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Olympic National Park Photography Workshop

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.)

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