Olympic National Park Photo Workshop
May 22-26, 2021 - 5 Participants
Journey deep into Olympic National Park and photograph coastlines, waterfalls, rain forests, and glaciated peaks! You will walk away with a diverse collection of images and learn many new in-field and post-processing techniques to elevate your photography to the next level.
- Photograph three distinct ecosystems, ranging from rugged coastlines, old-growth rainforest, and glaciated peaks. There is so much diversity to enjoy!
- Trip includes 4 nights single-occupancy lodging. Discounts apply for double occupancy.
- Learn many new photographic techiniques from pro photographer David Swindler. Enrollment is capped at 5 people, ensuring plenty of individual attention
- The workshop dates are optimized for spring greenery and the best tide conditions for the coast. If skies are clear, we will be able to photograph the full moon!
- The workshop itinerary is kept flexible so we can make best use of the varied weather conditions.
- Post-processing and image critique sessions will be scheduled throughout the workshop to help make the most of your images.
The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather and current conditions in the park. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.
- Day 1 (Sat May 22): Meet at 1PM in Port Angeles, WA for a mandatory introductory session (exact location will be given after booking). We'll cover many topics, including some of the shooting techniques you will use throughout the workshop. After a quick dinner we head up to Hurricane Ridge to photograph sunset over the jagged peaks of the Olympic Range.
- Day 2 (Sun May 23): We wake up early and are the first to arrive at Sol Duc Falls. We photograph the falls along with the many cascades lining the trail as soft morning light filters through the trees. We grab a late breakfast at Lake Crescent and then make our way to Forks, WA to check into our hotel. For sunset, we photograph a coastal beach with myriad tidepools and seastacks.
- Day 3 (Mon May 24): Since it's a drizzly day, we skip sunrise to get some much needed sleep. We meet up mid-morning for a post-processing session along with image critique. After lunch, we venture deep into a rarely visited rainforest to capture the lush, verdant interior. For sunset we visit a another beautiful beach and capture some amazing cloud color!
- Day 4 (Tues May 25): The forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies, so we wake early to photograph a beautiful sunrise at Crescent Lake. We do another post-processing session in the afternoon and then head back to the coast for sunset photos. This time we capture the setting sun coming through a small arch! We also get shots of the full moon with some distant sea stacks.
- Day 5 (Wed May 26): We decide as a group to once again get an early start in hopes of capturing the full moon before heading to Hoh Rainforest for our final shoot. After photographing the dazzling array of greenery we head back to Forks and say our final good-byes.
Please arrive in Port Angeles, WA prior to 1PM on Sat May 22 for the orientation session. All hotel stays are included in the workshop fee. The price assumes single-occupancy lodging. If you would like double occupancy we can give you a $250 discount per person.
Each participant is responsible for getting to Port Angeles, WA on the first day. If you drive your own vehicle, we will have everyone drive from Port Angeles to Forks on the 2nd day. That way you'll have your car while we are in Forks. If you don't have a vehicle, you can ride with us. Transportation will be provided for all workshop outings.
Everyone on this trip should be in reasonably good physical condition. We aren't planning any long hikes but you should be comfortable walking 2-4 miles per day while carrying your photo gear.
Food is not included as part of the workshop. You are free to bring your own food or eat at restaurants in town. We will make food stops when we are driving between photo stops.
Since we are photographing so much along the coast, each participant will need to bring a pair of chest waders. Without waders, you will get very wet trying to photograph close to the water. A sturdy tripod is a must for photographing along the coast!
The temperatures in May are pretty temperate. Due to the elevation, it can be cold up on Hurricane Ridge, so make sure you bring some warm layers and a jacket. It can rain a lot in the Olympics, so make sure you bring a rain jacket and backpack rain cover. An umbrella can come in handy, especially if we are shooting in light rain. Please see the gear list further down.
$2495/person + Tax
Price assumes Single Occupancy. If you would like Double Occupancy, we can give you a $250 discount per person.
- 4 Nights Single-Occupancy Hotel Lodging
- Ground Transportation During the Workshop
- Park Entrance Fees
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing and Image Critique
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Transportation to/from your home to Port Angeles and Forks, WA.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks.
When you complete the checkout process, you will be given the option to either pay the full amount or put down a 50% deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount will be charged 60-days prior to arrival to the credit card we have on file.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for wildlife encounters.
- Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
- Backpack to carry your gear along with a rain cover for the pack.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants .
- A rain jacket and several warm layers.
- Chest Waders
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat, and Gloves
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David's work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!
David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field. Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.