Olympic Workshops - KRBackwoodsPhotography

Olympic National Park Workshops


Olympic National Park Photography Workshop   
August 24-25, or just 25th,  2018

$325 or $475 (1 or 2 day options)

For this workshop there are 2 options.  First option (2 days) is to start on Friday August 24 in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles where we'll meet in the afternoon to get to our destination to shoot sunset and then stay late and shoot under the mostly full moon.  Bright moonlight can make for incredible landscape images, the lighting is amazing.  Plus with this option you'll get a taste of astrophotography, but with the bright moon do not expect to see the milky way.  After this it's time to go get a bit of sleep because we'll be back at the same area for sunrise to continue the workshop.  You can either book a hotel or camp in the area, I'll personally find a place to camp and get a few hours sleep.

 (( If you choose the one day option this is where you'll start the workshop))

On Saturday August 25th we'll start in the Olympic mountains an hour before sunrise so we can take a short hike up the hill to be in a great spot to catch morning light.  After a morning of shooting and a little hiking we'll all head down to Port Angeles for breakfast or lunch depending on timing where we'll work on some processing of your images in photoshop.  After i feel everyone has a decent idea of my editing style we'll head to the next location (I'll send you each home with a step by step cheat sheet for editing).

For Saturday afternoon we'll head to the coast and hike into Second Beach where we'll continue shooting late afternoon, sunset and well into blue hour.  At this point it will be fairly dark, bring your headlamps for the hike out.  We'll part ways after the beach and everyone will head home, or if you have a long drive and choose to you can find a local hotel in either Forks or Port Angeles.

 All attendees are responsible for their own food, lodging and transportation to and from the shooting locations.  We can carpool too.  There are no refunds, if you choose to cancel you can apply your workshop money toward a future workshop.

1 or 2 days



Are you looking for a fun adventure in the Olympics while learning more about your camera and catching some beautiful pictures?  The Olympics are full of options and the weather will dictate where our adventure takes us.  The Olympics are lush and green in the spring and runoff is high so in earlier workshops, (April and May), we'll probably spend a lot of time in the forests, along rivers, and chasing waterfalls, most likely in places like the Quinault and Hoh Rainforests, or maybe along the Dungeness River.  Later in the year as the snow begins to melt, ( June and July), we will be able to head for higher ground and get up in the mountains for panoramic views.  Also, no matter what time of year it is, if the weather is nice and it looks like we might get a nice sunset we will head for the beaches to chase the light.  Ruby and Rialto beaches are stunning any time of the year.  Also if weather allows we may fit in some astrophotography at one of the beaches or in the mountains.

~ What you'll learn ~
We'll work on manual settings, learn how the settings relate to each other and how to use them in different situations.  We'll go over composition and learn how to put together a photo you'll be proud of.  We'll likely have time to process some photos during the workshop as well so bring your laptop with photoshop installed.  Editing is a big part of getting great photos, a camera will rarely capture what you see with your eyes so you have to develop your photo in photoshop.  With a little editing your photos will really pop and will look like what you saw when you took it, something to be proud of.  I'll show you exactly how to achieve that!

~ Time, Location, and Duration ~
For the multi day workshops we'll meet the evening before the workshop at a predetermined location, near where we'll be staying.  After a meet and greet we'll get some rest because we'll be up early the next morning.   We'll start early each day to catch the best light and we'll definitely be out there late chasing sunset as well.  There will probably be some slack time to rest in the middle of the day and process some images.  I offer workshops of different lengths (1-4 days), so depending on which you sign up for will dicatate location(s) and duration, but expect long busy days.  For the multiple day workshops we'll either stay in Forks or Port Angeles, I'll let you know with plenty of time for you to find a hotel and make reservations.

~ Cost ~
Price of the workshop varies depending on length and which you sign up for, 1-4 days.  The money is non refundable, you may apply it toward a future workshop if you choose to cancel.

~What is required of you ~
You'll need to find your own transportation to and from the location, although we'll do our best to carpool when we can.  You'll need to pay for your own lodging and food, I recommend reserving a hotel when you book the workshop so that you'll definitely have a place to stay.  Make sure to bring food that you can easily pack for the day as there may not be restaurants to stop at, it's best to be prepared to be on the move all day.  You'll need to be prepared for any weather as this workshop will be held even in the rain.  A rainy day in the rainforest is a wonderful experience.  So, bring raingear and an umbrella to keep the camera dry while you shoot!  Also, show up with a smile and a winning attitude, it will pay off in the end.

~ Physical Abilities Needed ~  We'll be doing some light hiking.  We won't be hiking really steep trails, but you'll need to be able to handle a few hills and be able to hike a couple miles.  We won't be going non stop for the whole 2 miles, we'll be stopping to shoot a lot, so we'll hike a little bit and stop to shoot some, which will give everyone a chance to catch their breath if needed.

~ What you'll need ~
You'll need your dslr camera, any lenses you may have, one of which should be wide angled.  Bring enough charged batteries to last for a day of shooting, plus your charger so you can get charged at night.  You'll need a tripod.  Bring clothes for all weather conditions, dress in layers.  Be prepared for rain with clothing, rain gear, and umbrella.  Make sure to have comfortable shoes with good support for walking on the trail as we'll do some light hiking.  Bring enough food for yourself for the duration of the workshop as I am unsure if we'll be eating out.  Bring your laptop with photoshop installed and ready.  I can't stress enough to have a couple extra batteries for your camera, I would not want you to have to stand around and watch everyone else shoot because your camera is dead.  Also bring enough memory cards to hold all the images you'll take.

This workshop will run rain or shine so be prepared.  This will be a fun experience as the Olympics are an amazing place with many options for locations that all hold a special place in my heart.  If you have any further questions feel free to contact me.