Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Landscape Photography Workshop
Note: we always conduct our Grand Teton National Park workshop just after this workshop,
Yellowstone, established in 1872, is our nation's first National Park, and perhaps our most unique. With its vast assemblages of wildlife, which includes bison, elk, moose, Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, wolves and grizzly bear, Yellowstone has often been called the "Serengeti of North America." Couple this rich wildlife with the spectacular scenery, pristine landscapes and often turbulent geologic formations, Yellowstone is truly a nature photographer's paradise.
Although any season in Yellowstone can be exceptional, autumn is magical. Fall colors are at their peak. Elk, bison, and moose are in rut. The animals of the Park, including Grizzly bear and wolves are in their prime, after having fed on summer's bounty. This is when they begin displaying full winter coats in preparation for the season's first snow.
An added bonus of attending the fall workshop series is that the suffocating throngs of summer tourists have departed, leaving the Park open to mostly intrepid photographers and hearty nature enthusiasts. Our workshop will spend three FULL days, pre-dawn to dark, focusing on large mammals, panoramic landscapes, and of course, a sampling of geothermal features.
We will be based in Gardiner, Montana, which is ideally located minutes away from Yellowstone's North entrance. This will allow for relatively short pre-sunrise drives to many of the Park's major animal and scenic hotspots.
Transportation into Yellowstone and all park fees are included in the package. Also included are picnic-style breakfasts and lunches, served during the workshop each day, to best maximize wildlife viewing opportunities. (You are encouraged to bring along any additional park appropriate food or snacks you might desire.)
Topics covered during this workshop will include a combination of techniques, tips and strategies for both wildlife and landscape captures. You will learn to get the most from various lenses, filters, along with composition, exposure and much, much more. At the end of this workshop, you will take away photos that you will be very proud to show off!
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Comfort Inn in Gardiner. Call (406) 848-7536 to make reservations. Book your room in advance.
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest. There are many restaurants in the area as well as for dinner.
What's Included/Not Included
What's Included in your workshop:
What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!