Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
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Explore some of the most inspiring scenic vistas in North America and capture intimate wildlife photographs of the many animals with their young calves and cubs on this intimate journey through Yellowstone Grand Teton National Parks!
Yellowstone National Park is home to an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks, and abundant wildlife, as well as the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. As the country’s first national park, it remains one of the most popular parks to visit, and few destinations combine so many elements into one spot: roaring geysers, huge waterfalls, deep canyons, expansive lakes, and unprecedented wildlife, some of which include buffalo, elk, moose, bears, wolves, and bald eagles. A visit to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its signature sights – the Lower Falls – and the world-renown Old Faithful is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience.
While Yellowstone is known for its geothermal natural wonders, Grand Teton National Park offers a more peaceful experience. There are no boiling hot geysers or supervolcanoes at Grand Teton, just an amazing array of rugged mountains, beautiful valleys, and abundant wildlife. The park is home to one of the most photographed barns in America, the T.A. Moulton Barn – the weathered wood, grassy valley, and blue mountains (and herds of bison, if you’re lucky!) in the background make the barn insanely photogenic. Mormon Row is a ghost town with rows of old homesteads set against the majestic Tetons. Grand Teton is also home to some pretty incredible wildlife, some of which include wolves, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and more. There are only about 1,500 grizzlies in the continental US right now, and 600 of them live in the Yellowstone-Teton area.
Late spring is sometimes referred to as the park’s “undiscovered season” with all roads open by Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the park being much less crowded than during the rest of the year, the rivers and waterfalls will be full, the foliage and flowers will be lush, and the wildlife watching with the bison and elk calves and bear cubs will be spectacular.
Itinerary & General Information
- Arrival – Arrival at Bozeman Airport / Transfer to hotel in Gardiner / 5 PM Meet-and-Greet and group dinner.
- Day 1 – We’ll start our first day with sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs. After breakfast, we’ll travel south through the west side of Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, stopping along the way to photograph some of the thermal features like Biscuit Basin Geyser, Old Faithful, and Yellowstone Caldera. Our accommodations will be in the Park for the next two nights.
- Day 2 – We’ll spend our second day from sunrise through sunset photographing some of the iconic views of the Tetons searching for bison, pronghorn, and moose. We’ll also spend time at the historic Mormon Row District where the T.A. Moulton Barn is located, Wachachers Landing, and the Snake River Overlook. Our day will also include image review and critique, reviewing the composition of our photos, and working with post-production techniques.
- Day 3 – After sunrise at Oxbow Bend on the Snake River, we’ll photograph wildlife along the way as we head back north to Yellowstone. We’ll also stop at Lewis Falls and Thumb Geyser. Our lodging for the last two nights will be back in Yellowstone.
- Day 4 – We’ll spend our fourth day photographing the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the bison herds at Hayden Valley, and Lamar Valley.
- Day 5 – We’ll spend our final morning critiquing our images in the classroom before driving back to Bozeman.
John Bosma Fine Arts Photography is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
What to Expect
The majority of our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off to get into position at a location in the best light of the day with breakfast in the field in order to maximize our shooting time. We’ll often continue until mid-to-late morning before heading back to Basecamp.
Back at Basecamp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, classroom lectures & instruction, working on our images, one-on-one guidance, or time to relax. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again to capture the evening skies, getting the most out of the sunset and/or shooting the stars in the night sky.
More important than just getting you to some of the best and most remote locations at the best times of the day, this five-day landscape photography workshop will teach you how to visualize an image, how to plan your shoot, how to capture your image in the field, and how to bring your image to life using a variety of post-production techniques.
In the Field:
We’ll learn how to scout and visualize a scene, compose a ground/sky/sea landscape to show scale and tell a story, how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes, how and when to use filters, how to plan your images for a blended blue hour composite, how to focus your camera at night to capture pin sharp stars and foreground, and how to use apps like PhotoPills to plan a shoot. We’ll also use techniques such as dynamic bracketing and exposure blending, focus stacking and focal length blending, neutral density filters, and stacking for noise reduction.
In the Classroom:
We’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop. We’ll learn how to use techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues; how to blend multiple images together in Photoshop to create blue hour blends, focal length blends, and exposure blends; how to use start stacking to create pin sharp starry night skies; how to create Orton glows and sharpen your final image; and how to use apps like ProPanel to increase your efficiency.
You’ll benefit from hours of capture time in the field with an instructor by your side, and classroom instruction as you learn new techniques and strategies for creating dynamic images.
Tuition & Payment Terms
What’s Included in Your Tuition:
- 5 nights lodging / 4.5 training days
- Field meals and snacks
- All ground transportation during the workshop
- Workshop course materials
- In-the-field photographic training
- Online prep & orientation classes prior to the workshop
- Post-production classes and techniques during the workshop
- Online post-production classes after the workshop
What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:
- Transportation to/from your home to the airport in Bozeman MT
- Lodging beyond the 5 nights included in the workshop
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Personal expenses, gratuities, and anything not listed as included
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How to Prepare For Your Workshop page for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.