Weekend Photo Workshop: Seattle

  • Learn new techniques from a National Geographic photographer
  • Capture images of Pike Place Market, the eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, and more

Expedition Details

 

In Seattle, rolling streets swoop down to a bustling waterfront, markets and musicians bring spirit to the sidewalks, and Elliott Bay lies blue and serene against a backdrop of skyscrapers and snow-clad peaks. This collage of contrasting heights, colors, and rhythms makes the city a fantastic place to photograph. Spend a long weekend capturing images at the historic Pike Place Market and the eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, and get a new angle on the iconic Space Needle.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, our schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Thursday: Seattle, Washington

Settle into our waterfront hotel, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Gather tonight at a restaurant in town for a welcome dinner and orientation.
Optional Accommodations: Seattle Marriott Waterfront
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Day 2 — Friday: Pike Place Market/Pioneer Square

Start the day in the classroom with an instructive talk by our National Geographic photographer. Our first assignment this afternoon takes us into the colorful bustle of Pike Place Market, the oldest running farmers' market in the country. Dazzling with neon signs and piled with colorful produce, freshly caught fish, steaming baked goods, and a host of handicrafts and quirky creations, the market is a feast for a photographer. Work on portraits, street scenes, and food shots, and capture the essence of this vital Seattle fixture. Then photograph the stately 19th-century brick buildings of Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic center. End the day with an edit-and-critique session.
Optional Accommodations: Seattle Marriott Waterfront

Day 3 — Saturday: Olympic Sculpture Park/Capitol Hill

Head out on a morning photo shoot at the Olympic Sculpture Park, where zigzagging paths, sculptures by Calder and other artists, lush gardens, and the city skyline create a collage of interesting angles and colors—all overlooking the Puget Sound. Then hit the streets of downtown to photograph city life against a backdrop of diverse architectural styles: from children at play in the International Fountain at the foot of the Space Needle to the soaring metallic sheets of Frank Gehry's EMP museum. Following an edit-and-critique session this afternoon, go on assignment in the eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood. Catch Frisbee players in action or street musicians busking; focus on picturesque storefronts or shoot the sweeping views of the city from Volunteer Park. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Optional Accommodations: Seattle Marriott Waterfront
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Day 4 — Sunday: Seattle/Home

This morning, meet for a final edit-and-critique session and discussion with your instructors, followed by a presentation of the best work taken during the weekend. The workshop ends at noon.

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National Geographic Expert

Aaron Huey

Aaron HueySeattle-based photographer Aaron Huey has shot more than 20 stories for National Geographic publications. He is a contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. His stories have included topics as diverse as hitchhiking the 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian highway to sharks in French Polynesia, and from Montana's cowboys to trekking the Salcantay trail to Machu Picchu. His stories are a mix of extreme adventures (such as his 3,400-mile, 154-day solo walk across America) and intimate essays about unique cultures around the world, from the Georgian Caucasus to the Indian Reservations of the United States. Aaron’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Smithsonian.

Aaron will join the following departures:

Sep 25 - 28, 2014
Jul 16 - 19, 2015
Aug 20 - 23, 2015
Sep 17 - 20, 2015

Dates

2014
  • Sep 25 - 28, 2014
2015
  • Jul 16 - 19, 2015
  • Aug 20 - 23, 2015
  • Sep 17 - 20, 2015

Expedition Cost

2014 - 2015

Without Hotel

$1,595

With Hotel

$2,275

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $680. All workshop costs include a welcome and farewell dinner.

Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.