North cascades larch WORKSHOP

October 5-7, 2018

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Please join us this fall during larch season in the North Cascades for a unique photography workshop experience co-instructed by National Geographic contributor Stephen Matera and Scott Kranz. This three-day, two-night workshop will involve one overnight backpacking outing plus other hiking outings for both sunrise and sunset shooting, while focusing on photography techniques for creating images of the incredible mountain landscapes and golden larch scenery one can find in the North Cascades during the fall season.

In the weeks before the workshop, each of the participants will meet (in person or virtually) with the instructor(s) to discuss your background, experience, and aspirations, setting the stage for a successful workshop field trip. Beforehand you will also receive a welcome packet outlining the workshop itinerary and providing a full packing list and all other details to fully prepare you for the workshop!

On the weekend of the workshop, the workshop will start at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, October 5 in the Mazama, WA area, and will end at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 (totaling three days and two nights).

  • Friday night will be spent camping in the wilderness as part of a one-night backpacking trip, for which students will bring their own backpacking and camping gear.
  • Saturday night will be spent in lodging (the cost of which is included in the workshop tuition) in the Mazama area, to allow for a large-group classroom session on Saturday evening. 

The workshop is limited to eight participants to to ensure each participant receives personal attention and guidance. At least 5 participants must sign up for the workshop to take place.

Also please note this photography workshop will involve moderately difficult hiking and backpacking with significant elevation gain each day, so participants should be physically fit for hiking with loaded packs over challenging terrain.

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DATE: Oct 5-7, 2018



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TUITION COST:  $1299 Early Bird Pricing

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DIFFICULTY: Moderate (Involves Hiking & Backpacking)

About your co-instructors:


Stephen Matera

Stephen Matera is a professional landscape and outdoor lifestyle photographer and National Geographic contributor based in Seattle. He combines his passion for all things outdoors with a unique creative eye, creating images for some of the world’s leading publishers and outdoor equipment manufacturers. He developed his vision as a natural landscape photographer, and now also applies his creative vision to conservation and outdoor lifestyle storytelling. View Steve's landscape imagery at


Scott Kranz

Scott Kranz is a full-time commercial and editorial photographer based in Seattle, Washington, specializing in outdoor sports, lifestyle, landscape, and travel photography. Partnering with the world’s leading outdoor brands, Scott’s professional work includes hiking and climbing in the Cascade, Sierra, and Rocky mountain ranges; trekking in both the European and New Zealand Alps; canyoneering and mountain biking in the Southwest deserts; and backcountry skiing among the volcanoes of Japan.

What is included?

All individual and group photo instruction and education over three days and two nights.

Light trail snacks, water, coffee, and tea.

Ground transportation between Mazama and the North Cascades hiking and backpacking areas, including to and from the North Cascades hiking destinations we'll be shooting and the Mazama, WA area.

Saturday night lodging accommodations in the Mazama area.

Large group classroom session on Saturday evening.

Certified NOLS Wilderness First Responder on site.

What is not included? 

Transportation to and from the Mazama, WA area where we'll meet and where we'll take over transportation from there for the duration of the workshop.

Your meals, including all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You will be responsible for your own food, apart from the light trail snacks, water, and coffee described above.

All backpacking and camping gear for your use on Friday night's overnight backpacking outing, including but not limited to a tent, a sleeping bag and pad, cold weather gear, among other necessary camping gear. If you need to rent gear, we are happy to connect you with a local outfitter to rent all required gear, but you will be responsible for the rental costs for any gear you need.

Any camping or lodging accommodations not listed above, including any camping or lodging you would like for the Thursday night before or Sunday night after the workshop.

All travel insurance and gear insurance.

If you have further questions, please visit the Workshop FAQ page.

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