Bill Fortney’s Olympic Park By Bill Fortney

53 min

Pull on your boots and join Bill Fortney, a world renowned nature and landscape photographer, as he takes you on a journey through Olympic National Park on the majestic coast of the Pacific Northwest. From dramatic close-ups to breathtaking landscapes, and from sun-up to sun-down, Bill will walk you through each step of his process to get the shot, all the while discussing the gear he is using and sharing many valuable tips along the way.

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Join Bill in Olympic National Park as he introduces the class and discusses all the equipment he is using for this trip.
There's a lot of beauty to be found in the rainforest, and one place to start looking is the forest floor.
Bill demonstrates his technique for creating a macro photograph of a wildflower.
A high contrast scene of shadow and bright sunlight is a great candidate for creating a high dynamic range (HDR) photograph.
While heading to the coast Bill shares his knowledge of Olympic National Park, and what makes it so special.
The Olympic Coast provides many opportunities for photographs, both sweeping landscapes and tight close ups. Don't forget to look behind you.
Sometimes the weather doesn't give you what you want, so you need to be creative in your approach to finding other things to shoot.
Waiting for sunrise is still a great opportunity to shoot in the pre-dawn light.
Bill demonstrates the difference shutter speed makes on flowing water, and how you can get that silky flowing water shot.
The shooting is done and Bill takes some time to review some of the best shots of the trip.
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Bill Fortney


Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach, AP rep, Medical photographer, and Marketing Public Relations person. Bill was an official photographer for the Washington Redskins during his sp...

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  1. Profile photo of Dave Trendler Dave Trendler

    I learned more from Bill talking while driving than from anything else. Good stuff, thank you. But if the conditions are so bad that your shot list is reduced to mostly macro, is this a useful video?

  2. Profile photo of Scott1061 Scott1061

    Watching Bill Fortney Olympic Park Series tonight and the video was terribly jumping, and I have run into this before with Kelby. Nothing wrong on my end, everything else I checked works well with video streaming. what’s up???

  3. Profile photo of kaslobc kaslobc

    I sure appreciate these lessons! :)

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    I just have to ask.. in the hurricane ridge video.. he bumps his ISO up to 1600 while shooting on a tripod.. why in the world would he not just lengthen his shutter speed and make a cleaner image?

  5. Profile photo of Jeremy Alderton Jeremy Alderton

    Thanks for this. Bill manages to teach you a lot of interesting techniques but perhaps, most importantly, he reminds you of why you started taking photographs in the first place…. it’s fun! His obvious joy and the pleasure he gets from what he’s doing is infectious and inspiring.

    He’s low key, isn’t constantly driving home his points, doesn’t insist on rules and shows that anything can make a dynamic image, and along the way you learn a thing or two. What could be better?

  6. Profile photo of Himadri Himadri

    Do you have a wild life photography course for beginners?

    1. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa

      As a matter of fact, we do! You can see all of our Wildlife classes, including some beginner ones, here:

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