Olympic National Park Summer 2021

Summer in Olympic National Park: A Nature, Astro, & Timelapse Photography Workshop

Dates: July 12-16, 2021

Price: $1599*

Max occupancy: 8

There are few places on earth that rival the natural majesty of Olympic National Park. Residing on a large peninsula in NW Washington state, there are a culmination of elements that come together to create a photographer and nature lover’s dream to explore—from the rugged rocky mountains, to the amazing Pacific coast lined with sea stacks, old growth forests, and amazing tide pools teaming with oceanic life, all the way to the home of the only actual rain forests of the continental U.S.

With ONP being so large and having so many different climates and regions to explore, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed on where to start and how much to try to see during one trip. But because of how crazy the weather is and how often and quickly it can change, we will be focused on only 2 specific areas for this workshop. The first is Deer Park. This is a very remote campground near the summit of Blue Mtn, about 20 miles south of Port Angeles, WA. Don’t let the distance fool you though; half of those 20 miles is straight into the Olympic Mountains and up a sometimes very rough and sketchy dirt road, which usually takes about 1-1.5 hours to drive. The reputation of this area has the tendency to keep most mild-mannered people out, which is very nice for our workshop! The second area we will be focusing on will be all the way on the western coast of the peninsula, in an area around La Push, WA. This will be the last night/day of the workshop, and here we will explore and photograph the incredible coast line, and hopefully the night sky (which will be heavily weather dependent).

Things we'll work on:

We will work on all aspects of photography based on your skill level, which we will go over with you and evaluate during the first day meetup. You'll receive one-on-one instruction and guidance for everything from technical settings in your own camera to more artistic principles like light and composition, photography rules, etc. In addition to making sure you have an awesome adventure filled with epic memories that will last a lifetime, we will ensure that you learn how to to capture it to the best of your ability, and give you the skills and confidence to create stunning visuals wherever you go!

We'll also be focusing on specific things like wildlife habits, and the techniques to photograph the birds and animals, as well as all things timelapses, from how to analyze a scene for motion, setting up the camera settings and intervals, and of course the editing afterward. Astrophotography we will also be a big focus. We will go over basic principles of astronomy, gear needed, and technical settings for getting great astro images. On the last day, where we head to beach, we will focus on long exposure photography, using filters, seascape lighting and composition, etc.


The cost of this workshop includes your guiding/instruction fees only (All prices in US Dollars).Payment of $399 is a non-refundable initial payment toward the total of $1599. The payment is to reserve your spot in the workshop.The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, we may advertise the opening to others. If someone else signs up to fill your spot, we may refund you your deposit, but only if the spot sells to another participant.

What’s Included

• All photography related guiding and instruction both in the field and post processing sessions

• All National Park entrance and camping fees

• Drinks and snacks while camping (we will have water and some basic snacks tbd for group sharing), but you should definitely bring your own food if you have specific needs or preferences.

• Access to a closed FB group for the workshop. This will give you much more access to me personally, Brittany (my wife and photo partner in crime) and anyone else who may moderate and help out with the group. It will allow you to be able to ask me, and the group, questions about photography, editing, gear, etc., as well as to share your own images and just have general discussions on visual creation. I love to stay in touch with, and continue to get to know my workshop participants and I think this is a great way to do that, as well as to foster a passionate photo micro-community.

What’s NOT Included

• Transportation to/from ONP and the Port Angeles, WA. You will be responsible for getting yourself to this town whichever way is best for you. The nearest, and largest international airports are Seattle (2.5-3 hours drive) and Portland, OR (4 hour drive), with a smaller regional airport in Olympia.

• Lodging before/after the workshop

• Lodging for the last night of the workshop. For the last night, we will be staying around the La Push area, but this is highly weather dependent, so I do not recommend booking any accommodations until a few days before the workshop, or even until we roll out to that area on the last day, so we can get a better idea of the weather and where we will want to base for that night. As soon as I book a place, I will let you know, and you can decide what would be best for you. There will be a few hotels/inns (but not many), and a few airbnb places in the area, as well as potentially some camping areas if you’re interested in that.

**Note: This will be a camping workshop, there are no towns or any lodging anywhere near where we will be, so make sure you have all of the appropriate and necessary camping gear, unless you want to bring a van/camper/trailer of some sort (please notify me if this is the case, so I can tell you whether you will be able to get it to where we are camping or not). This will be car camping though, no hardcore backpacking on this one, so you can sleep in your vehicle too. Each participant is responsible for his/her own physical condition.

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