Location: Olympic National Park
Dates: April 26-30, 2015
Tuition: $1295.00
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Dusty Doddridge and Ken Koskela

Olympic Image Gallery

Tour Overview:
Imagine exploring and photographing a temperate rain forest with intense green colored ferns and mosses that looks much like it did 5000 years ago. You'll also experience the wild and rugged Pacific coast with its iconic sea stacks and tidal pools. Olympic National Park presents the photographer with an amazing variety of subjects and compositions. We'll focus on the rugged coastline for dramatic light at the margins of the day and explore the incredible rain forests and waterfalls to round out the experience. Forks, Washington will be our base of operations for photographing this incredible location.

All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity

Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:

• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively

Creativity in the Landscape: 

• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions

And we'll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques. 

Tour Includes:
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow

Not Included:
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool

Fitness Level:
We'll be spending a lot of our time hiking at sea level so elevation will not be a problem. The very longest hikes we will take are no more than 2-4 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain. You'll need to be able to hike that distance with your camera gear along with the food and water you need for the hike. 

Suggested Equipment:
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water

Clothing for a variety of weather conditions including rain and wind and temperatures from 32F to 65F 
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer

Our base of operations will be in Forks, Washington situated near the rugged coastline and temperate rain forests. We recommend you stay in Forks and we'll provide you with our base location and accommodation options upon registration. 

Cancellation Schedule:
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all Focal Point Academy fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Focal Point Academy will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Focal Point Academy will retain full tour tuition

Focal Point Academy strongly recommends that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour or or are unable to complete the tour for any reason. Focal Point Academy also reserves the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour. 

All you need to do is click the Register Here link below and tell us which tour you'd like to attend. We'll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it's 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we'll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We'll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due. 

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