Olympic National Park Photography Workshop
July 3 - July 8, 2024
Biennial Workshop - Next workshop in summer of 2026.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph the ruggedly beautiful coastline and tranquil rain forest of Olympic National Park.
The 2024 workshop starts on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 6:00 pm with an introduction and discussion in the instructor's hotel. We start shooting on the morning of Thursday, July 4th. The formal workshop ends after shooting on Monday evening, July 8th.
First Lodging Location: Olympic Lodge, 140 Del Guzzi Drive, Port Angeles, WA. 360-452-2993
Check-in Wednesday, July 3, 2024; Check-out Thursday, July 4, 2024.
Olympic Suites Inn, 800 Olympic Drive, Forks, WA. 800-262-3433
Check-in Thursday, July 4, 2024; Check-out Tuesday, July 9, 2024.
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 and snacks for enjoyment in the field. We will not provide water bottles during this workshop; reducing one use plastic bottle waste. Please bring a reusable water bottle from home. 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.
Weather may cause problems at some of our locations. We feel participants may benefit by staying past the workshop and photographing a few days on their own.
Consider staying in Port Angeles or Sequim after the workshop and photograph the lavender farm fields. They usually peak in mid July.
Workshop Effort ScaleWe rate this workshop as one of our most difficult. Some shooting locations will be a short walk from the parking lot, but many will involve trail hiking to arrive at shooting locations. Some trails will have a few hundred feet elevation change. The trail hiking may be deemed vigorous activity or medium activity based upon one's 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 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. During the 2024 workshop we will not be photographing the Milky Way as a group, but if weather permits participants who require little sleep may enjoy doing so on their own.
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.
2022 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.