Olympic National Park Photo Workshop
May & October
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. This workshop is rated Moderate for physical intensity with 2-4 miles of hiking per day.
- Photograph three distinct ecosystems, ranging from rugged coastlines, old-growth rainforest, wildflowers, 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 techniques from pro photographer instructors. Enrollment is capped at 8 people, ensuring plenty of individual attention
- The workshop dates are optimized for spring greenery in May, prime fall colors in Oct, and the best tide conditions along the coast.
- 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Fri May 6th or Wed Oct 19th for a mandatory 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 Spring and Fall are pretty mild, but 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.
$2595/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 90 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.
Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C.. He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.
“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles
Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.
Ryan McGinty is a landscape photographer based in Moscow, Idaho. His work focuses on the surrounding area called the Palouse. A region in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington known for its rolling hills of agriculture and surrounding mountains. 15 years experience living and photographing the Palouse year round.
He started his interest in photography at an early age while inspired by a relative landscape painter Norton Bush and photographs of Ansel Adams Yosemite where Ryan grew up. In college he decided to take photography more seriously by taking several classes then becoming assistant wedding photographer. Furthering his education by attending Brooks Institute of Photography. While attending he learned large and medium format film photography which he still continues today. In 2003 he moved to Idaho where his passion for landscape returned and has been the main focus of his photography.
His photographs have been published in books, calendars and travel guides. He has guided several large group and many private tours of the Palouse. His passion is sharing his knowledge from his experiences photographing the Palouse and surrounding areas.