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Olympic Peninsula Fall Color Tour & Photography Workshop with Michael Matti

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Key Details

  • Dates: October 17 - 20, 2019

  • Location: The Olympic Peninsula in Washington State

  • Price: $1395 per person (3 nights lodging included)

  • Group Size: Limited to 8 participants

Hiking Tour & Photo Workshop Summary

During October, the Olympic Peninsula features some of the best fall colors and stunning waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. Olympic Hiking Co. is excited to partner Michael Matti for our 2nd annual photography workshop and multi-destination hiking tour throughout the most scenic fall destinations on the Olympic Peninsula. This four-day special event combines our top-rated Olympic National Park hiking tours with Michael leading brilliant on-site photography demonstrations for how to best capture these iconic viewpoints and lessons for his overall photo taking process.

The workshop part of the tour will also include indoor media sessions where we will cover a wide range of valuable topics including workflow, editing, social media, and travel. 

The tour will start at 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 17th at the Seattle Ferry terminal and end back at the Seattle Ferry terminal around 6:30pm on Sunday, October 20th. You also have the option to meet in Port Angeles or at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal if you prefer to drive to one of those locations yourself.

The specific locations for the tour will vary depending on the weather each day but they will include waterfalls, rain forests, beaches, and mountains (weather permitting). Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Falls, Second Beach, Hurricane Ridge, Rialto Beach, the Hoh Rain Forest, and Lake Crescent are some of the locations we plan to visit on this tour. 


The workshop was “hands-on” and provided a chance to put into practice the new techniques that we learned both for taking photos and editing in Lightroom. Michael was very helpful and provided individual feedback and suggestions throughout the workshop. I would highly recommend the workshop to any beginning or intermediate photographers looking to improve their skills.
— David M.
Had the best time at this workshop! Getting to see the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula along with the professional photo instruction was a dream come true! 11/10 would recommend!
— Nick B.
One of the coolest and most rewarding trips I have been a part of in a long time. It was four days of early mornings, scenic hikes, lots of learning, and genuine fellowship.
— Rose F.
I feel lucky enough for a chance to explore with such a talented photographer, Michael Matti, and with an incredible tour guide, Olympic Hiking Co. The Olympic Peninsula workshop was a blast and complete success because of them.
— Irina R.

Other Trip Details

Lodging Discount

If you book for two or more participants traveling together and would like to share a hotel room, please reach out to to inquire about a $300 discount.

What is Included

  • 3 nights lodging in your own private room

  • Breakfast, water, and snacks throughout the workshop

  • Transportation during the 4 day event (ferry tickets, modern tour van, fuel, etc.)

  • An insightful guided hike to each destination

  • Photo instruction

  • Social media strategy help

  • Editing instruction (in both Lightroom and Photoshop)

  • Copy of Michael’s personal Lightroom Presets

What is not Included

  • Any flights to and from Seattle.

  • Transportation to the Seattle ferry terminal before the workshop and transportation after you arrive back at the Seattle ferry terminal

  • Lunches and Dinners

  • Travel Insurance

  • Gear: You are expected to bring your photography and outdoors gear. The weather on the Olympic Peninsula can vary greatly with lots of rain and wind, so pack accordingly with water resistant clothing and warm base layers.


The workshop will consist of 4-8 total photographers. This workshop is limited to 8 participants and will run with a minimum of 4 participants. In the event that you sign up and the workshop fails to reach 4 participants, you will be issued a full refund. You will be notified as soon as the workshop reaches 4 participants so that you can go ahead and buy any necessary lodging and airfare.


This workshop is open to all skill levels but is best suited for a beginner/intermediate photographer, as they have more to learn from the experience. 


Moderate. There will be short hikes every day. The longest single hike could be 4 miles. There could be up to 8 miles of hiking in a day, all on relatively flat trails. 


Camera, lenses, tripod, laptop (or whatever device you edit photos on), a backpack, and activewear clothing for the outdoors.


Polarizing filter (strongly recommended), umbrella (we will have several available for you to use as well), headlamp or flashlight (we will also have extra of these), rain jacket, waterproof hiking shoes or boots.


If you cancel for any reason before the workshop, you will be issued a full refund if your spot fills by the start of the workshop. If you cancel before October 1st and the spot does not fill, you will be issued a 50% refund. If you cancel anytime after October 1st but before the start of the workshop, and the spot does not fill, you will only be issued a refund for the lodging.

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