LANDSCAPE // WILDLIFE // THE ART OF SEEING
AUGUST 23 - 27, 2018
Yellowstone is the world's first National Park and one of the best locations in the world for unique landscapes and abundant wildlife. On this exciting workshop, we will focus our time on being at several iconic locations at the right time to capture their essence. We will also discuss the use of filtration, and post processing, and the art of seeing and composition. We will likely see plenty of wildlife as well, including, bear (both black and grizzly), wolf, coyote, fox, bison, elk, deer, moose, antelope, bald eagle, and much more.
- Pre-workshop Personal Skype Session – Before all of our destination workshops, you can benefit from a personal Q&A Skype session at your convenience with Andrew, to ask any questions you might have about your upcoming trip. This is immensely helpful to gat to know your instructor, and to making sure you feel prepared for the great adventure ahead.
- Welcome Packet - You will receive your personalized welcome packet 2-6 weeks before the workshop with maps, helpful local info, nature facts, FAQ’s, technical photography information on what we will be discussing, a comprehensive list of what to bring, and more.
- Park Related Fees – We believe in and support our National Parks system, so we are proud Commercial Use Authorization Permit holders with Yellowstone National Park! This provides us good, legal standing with the Park and the rangers, and it helps to fund fantastic conservation projects that would not be possible without special use educators and their students. So a portion of your tuition goes right back to help protect the park you love!
- Numerous Guided Hikes – Depending on the group fitness level, we may embark on one or two hikes per day through the intensely beautiful landscape of the park and some surrounding areas. We will explore the myriad flora and fauna of the ecosystems, shooting anything and everything in nature, discussing a wide range of photographic tips and techniques.
- 4 Nights Lodging, Transportation in the park, water, and snacks – The group will stay together in double occupancy rooms (single occupancy may be available at extra cost) at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. Breakfast and free wifi are included, as well as other amenities. Please check with the hotel for a full list. All transportation during the workshop, and plenty of water and snacks in the field are also provided. Lunches, dinners, and any other expenses are the responsibility of each student. Andrew will provide options for the group to eat meals together.
- Image Reviews + Post-Processing Instruction - We will spend some good time on image critiques plus help with post-processing and workflow.
- BONUS! - Stretch out those sore muscles! One complimentary yoga session per day, with our lovely resident, certified yoga instructor, Ellen Slaton.
What’s NOT Included? Lunches and dinners are not included, though we will try to eat together as much as possible, since it's a great chance to continue talking shop. Transportation to and from our hotel in West Yellowstone are also not included, as well as anything not specifically listed above. Travel insurance can be purchased separately, HERE, but not necessary.
Price - $2000 which includes your pre-workshop materials and Skype Q&A, 5 days of photography tour + instruction, all park fees, 4 nights lodging (Wed. – Sat.), bottled waters and snacks in the field, and photo feedback and discussion sessions. Transportation to and from West Yellowstone, lunch, dinner, and all other expenses are not included.
Deposit - A refundable* $250 deposit is required to secure your spot. The full cost is due no later than JUNE 1, 2018. If you need to make special payment arrangements, just ask!
Class Size - This class will have at most a 8 to 1 ratio of students to instructor. A minimum of 4 participants is required for this workshop to occur. Discounts may be available for multiple people in one party, and friend referrals.
Travel - We will meet at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, MT on Wednesday afternoon. There are several airports that are relatively close. JAC airport and the town of Jackson, WY, are fairly easy to get to, at only 3 hours drive. Also, there are a few other airports within a reasonable driving distance. The closest airports other than JAC are Idaho Falls (IDA), which is 110 miles away (2 hr drive) and Bozeman (BZN) which is 90 miles away (2 hr drive).
Lodging - We will be staying at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, a clean and convenient hotel at the West entrance to Yellowstone. Price includes double occupancy, but private, single occupancy rooms may be available at extra cost.
Meals - Breakfast at the hotel, snacks and water are provided, but other meals are the responsibility of the student. There are several restaurants in and around the park, and that is where we will tend to eat when we eat as a group.
Transportation – Once at the hotel, everyone will hop in with Andrew to travel to each location. Depending on the size of the group, we will be in a comfortable, 10 passenger van, or similar.
* Please see Terms and Conditions page for refund policy.
Due to unpredictable changes in weather and movement of wildlife, etc., our schedule remains a little flexible and subject to change. However, our start and end times are set in stone so each student can plan their travel accordingly.
Thursday, AUGUST 23 - We will meet at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone promptly at 3:00pm to check in and get settled in our rooms, we will then head out into the field as quickly as possible to have some fun! Please be sure to give yourself enough time to make it to West Yellowstone from the airport on time, as we will hit the ground running and not finish until later Wednesday night, after dark.
Friday, AUGUST 24 - We will have a quick breakfast at the hotel and then head out for a sunrise shoot by 5AM at Old Faithful. After sunrise, we will begin a full day of exploring the USA’s first and most unique National Park. We will focus on the West side of the park. The highlights of the day will include Geyser Basin, West Yellowstone, Firehole River, Gibbon Falls, Artist Paintpots, and much more! This will be a good day to see elk, bison, and the possibility of bears and wolfs, plus much more! We will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of landscapes and phenomenal wildlife all day. After sunset, we will return to the West Yellowstone for dinner, discussion, and a good night’s sleep.
Saturday, AUGUST 25 - Waking early for a quick breakfast, we will begin another full day starting with sunrise over Yellowstone Lake. We will focus on the Central landmarks of the park. The highlights of the day will include Yellowstone Lake, the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Mud Volcano, Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mt. Washburn, the grasslands, and much more! Like the days prior, will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of landscapes and phenomenal wildlife all day. After sunset, we will return to the West Yellowstone for dinner, discussion, and a good night’s sleep.
Sunday, AUGUST 26 - Rise early to photograph sunrise. The highlights of the day will include the Lamar Valley, Mount Washburn, Cooke City/ Silvergate, the Beartooth Highway, and much more! This will be our best day to spot the elusive Grizzly bear and wolf, which are both making a rebounding comeback in the park after near extinction. We will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of landscapes and phenomenal wildlife all day. After sunset, we will return to the West Yellowstone for dinner, discussion, and a good night’s sleep.
Monday, AUGUST 27 - Rise very early to photograph the dawn. Shoot at several locations throughout the early morning. Break for an early lunch together with our laptops to discuss and critique our work from the trip! The workshop officially ends after lunch & checkout, but students are highly encouraged to stay in the park as long as possible to continue exploring the amazing photographic opportunities of Yellowstone National Park!
Itinerary subject to change by Slaton