Big. That’s Yellowstone National Park. If you long for wide-open spaces, wildlife and insane geothermal landscapes, then this chunk of Montana and Wyoming is your place. Yellowstone has something for every photographic style and taste.
Yellowstone is a fabulous place for a photo adventure: Sweeping valley vistas with deep canyons and powerful waterfalls, plenty of geothermal features, and wildlife galore. From the hustle and bustle of Old Faithful Lodge to the grandeur of the Lamar Valley, there’s a reason Yellowstone is revered as one of North America’s greatest national parks. In this small workshop, we'll split time between exploring this epic location and honing your photographic skills and creative vision through classroom training, shooting, editing and critiques.
Download the workshop PDF here for full itinerary, travel & lodging details, gear suggestions, payment terms and more.
Planned Course Schedule:
Day 1: Friday, October 7 (NINE AM START TIME)
• Meet n' greet in the classroom.
• Course: “Yellowstone as a Location, plus a Light and Weather Forecast.”
• Discussion: “Photographing wildlife in Yellowstone.”
• Student image presentation
• Wildlife scouting in the Lamar Valley; sunset at Mammoth Hot Springs
Day 2: Saturday, October 8
• Dawn wildlife scouting in the Lamar Valley
• Open editing session, Q&A and night-sky photography discussion.
• Student day one image reviews
• Scouting wildlife, sunset and full moon shoot on route back to Gardiner
Day 3: Sunday, October 9
• Dawn at Mammoth Hot Springs
• Open editing session, Q&A and histogram / contrast discussion.
• Student day two image reviews
• Explore the Firehole Canyon area and scout wildlife in Hayden Valley
• Scouting wildlife, sunset on route back to Gardiner
Day 4: Monday, October 10
• Dawn and wildlife drive
• Open editing session and Q&A Student day three image reviews
• Explore the Lower Geyser Basin & The Grand Prismatic Spring
• Sunset/blue hour at Fountain Paint Pots geyser
Day 5: Tuesday, October 11
• Dawn and wildlife drive
• Open editing session and Q&A Student day four image reviews
• Explore Norris and photograph Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls
• The closest (and most convenient) major airport is in Bozeman, which is about an hour and a half from Gardiner. Jackson’s airport is also close, about 150 miles (3.5 hours) from Gardiner, and takes you through both the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.
Many workshop participants rent a car, and we’re happy to get the word out with other students to see about carpooling arrangements.
• From our classroom, we will utilize El Jefe, my 12-passenger Sprinter van, to access photo locations. Anyone wishing to drive separately is free to do so.
Classroom and lodging information
• Our base for the workshop will be in Gardiner, Montana, minutes from the northern entrance to the park. We are in the process of finalizing hotel and classroom arrangements, and will notify students in early 2022 with lodging options.
Please book rooms as soon as possible as they will fill fast.
• Participants who reserved their position with a deposit instead of the full fee will receive an invoice for the balance remaining no later than 60 days prior to the workshop (August 8, 2022). The balance must be paid in full by August 23 to hold your place.
• All workshop payments are fully refundable, less a 10% fee, up to 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop (August 23). Workshop payments are 50% refundable from 44-21 days prior to the first day of the workshop (August 24-September 16). Any cancellation after that is non-refundable.
Download the workshop PDF herefor full itinerary, travel & lodging details, gear suggestions, payment terms and more.