Wonders of the Forest: Olympic National Park - A Slow Photo Workshop with TJ Thorne and Eric Bennett

MAY 18-22 2020 • EIGHT PARTICIPANTS • $1,295

Olympic National Park is home to some of the most lush forests in the United States. Ferns, bear grass, and clover cover the forest floors while large maples and pines loom overhead, draped in thick moss as if they were plucked directly from a fairytale. Quiet paths lead the way through twisted vine maples, their leaves illuminated by backlight and diffusing the harsh sun into a green glow. It’s a remarkable place to experience.

However, photographing forests can present an overwhelming number of challenges, and with the help of Eric Bennett and myself you can learn the skills needed to not only create compelling forest imagery but also unlock your inner artist and find a more personal connection to the scenes you’re photographing.

Join us in May 2019 for a Slow Photography Workshop focusing on the amazing lush and mossy forests of Olympic National Park. This is not your standard photography workshop. Instead of rushing around from location to location, leaving little opportunity to develop a relationship with the scene you’re shooting, we will be taking our time, camping on location, and building a personal connection with the forest we will be photographing. Taking your photography to the ‘next level’ isn’t just about capturing dozens of images that oooh and aww the viewer. It’s about being able to express the deep emotions and love you feel for your subject, and using the techniques and approaches that Eric and I will teach, you will be on the path to communicate that connection much more effectively. While we are eager to teach you the in-field and processing techniques that we use in our photography, on this workshop we are prioritizing the development of your creative vision so that you can create work that is more personal, moving, and satisfying.


Slow Photography refers to a concept that our time spent photographing nature is done in a more contemplative way, a way that is more exploratory both of the environment we are in as well as ourselves. When we take the time to slow down and immerse ourselves mentally and emotionally in the scenes we are photographing, we tend to be more open and cognizant of the things that truly elevate our soul. Slow Photography is not about only the beginnings and endings of the day. It’s about the experience as a whole. Much like reading a book, we do not focus on the first and last chapters. The stories and meanings take place in the middle and our aim to to help you get more in touch with yourself in that regard. Slow Photography is not results driven. It’s about placing a priority on the experience itself and using photography as a means to explore it in a much more intimate and comprehensive way.

I advise reading my Photography Workshop FAQ and Cancellation page if you are interested in attending and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever. If you’d like to join the adventure, you can reserve your spot at https://tjthornephotography.com/product/olympic-national-park-workshop/.



  • Thoughtful in-field instruction on capture technique including:
    • Visual exploration of the scene to identify compelling compositions that tell a story.
    • Thinking beyond the obvious to create unique images that you are personally connected to.
    • Creative use of every kind of light from soft to direct to backlit. We will explore the potential of all kinds of light at all times of the day and not rely solely on morning and evening light.
    • Everything technical: compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, exposing to the right, reading your histogram, tricks and tips for proper focusing, full manual control of your camera, and everything else!
  • In-depth processing instruction including everything such as raw processing, blending exposures using luminosity masks, focus stacking, artistic finishing touches in photoshop, and preparation and sharpening for web. The processing session will be recorded for you and provided for download at the end of the workshop so that you can continue to learn at your own pace.
  • Knowledge and ideas that will help you continue to grow as an artist well after the workshop ends.
  • Adventure with two passionate instructors who are eager to share their knowledge and help you grow as an artist and person, as well as friendship, memories, and good times with like-minded folk.

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Meals and Snacks
  • I highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to protect your investment in the case that your trip is jeopardized due to unforeseen circumstances.

“I recently attended a workshop in the Columbia Gorge with TJ. I found the instruction and knowledge of the area to be excellent. I have attended a number of workshops over the years and I found that the instruction on this particular workshop was among the best I have ever received. The instruction was excellent and applicable for anyone at any level of photography. Thank you TJ!”

Neil B. - Vancouver, BC


We will be camping for the duration of this workshop. Our campsites will be under moss draped trees and right next to a rushing glacial river which will provide a beautiful soundtrack during our time at camp. While you are welcome to pick a site of your choosing for privacy, we welcome you share our spots and join us around the campfire at night and for coffee in the morning.

During this time of the year there are no fees for camping at our location and the campground is considered ‘primitive’, which means there is no running water, electricity, or cellular signal. The spaces consist only of a fire ring, picnic table, and vault toilet. Here is a list of things that you will need to bring in order to be comfortable and nourished:

  • Water - You can bring jugs of water for drinking and cooking, or a water filter for filtering river water (which is what I prefer).
  • Food/Snacks - There is a market about 20 miles away where you can restock on provisions. We recommend bringing dehydrated meals or foods that do not need refrigeration and can be heated over a fire/camp stove such as soups, instant noodles, nuts, seeds, etc.
  • Camping Equipment - Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and headlamp.
  • Bug Spray
  • Toilet Paper


  • Your Camera. You can choose to use any camera you like, but a digital camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses is highly recommended and give you the best experience. It is advised that you fully understand how to operate your camera.
  • Lenses. There are opportunities to use any focal length possible, so bring all that you can, wide to long.
  • Tripod. We will often be shooting in low light or capturing water motion, requiring longer exposure times.
  • Filters. Generally all you will need to use is a polarizer and neutral density filters. Although, it is possible to get great shots without either.
  • Other gear. Several batteries, plenty of memory, a remote trigger, lens cleaning supplies(we highly recommend kimwipes). Shooting on the coast can result in a film on your lens that is difficult to clean. A bottle of fresh water and several ‘clean’ rags for the removal of this film is suggested.
  • Clothing & shoes. Weather conditions on the Oregon Coast at this time of the year can range from 40-60 degrees. Layers including a hat and gloves can help keep you comfortable. Waders and water shoes are highly recommended.
  • Snacks and hydration . Maintaining energy and hydration is very important when out in the wilderness. Energy bars, nuts, seeds, and water are recommended. At times we could find ourselves in remote areas, hours from the nearest store, so a good stock of snacks is highly advised.
  • Willingness to learn and discover.

“I had a private workshop in Iceland with Eric in September of 2018. My photographic process has changed significantly since this workshop. Eric’s ability to break down complicated concepts and get to the core of your motivations to take photos is second to none. His ability to find and execute world class images throughout bad weather and harsh light is incredible, allowing you to shoot longer. I walked away from Iceland with several unique images and a new motivation to shoot even after the golden light has all but faded. Outside of shooting in the field, Eric’s knowledge and passion post-processing is uncanny. During our down time he helped me articulate my artistic vision on certain images, by talking through composition and giving me post-processing advice. Overall Eric is a genuine and fun guy, someone I consider a dear mentor. I’m grateful for the new skills and amazing memories from my time in Iceland!”

-Jacob L.


A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot. The balance of $795 is due 45 days (April 3, 2020) prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations that occur 45 days or more before the start of the workshop will forfeit deposit. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of the workshop will forfeit their full payment. There are no exceptions to these terms. After payment is made, a PayPal invoice will be sent so that further payments are simple and easy. By paying the deposit you are agreeing to these terms. I advise reading my Photography Workshop FAQ and Cancellation page if you are interested in attending.

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