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Glacier National Park

Glacier Photography Workshop

Dates - September 13-17, 2017

Investment - $1,995 (Initial Payment of $895)
Lodging Included

Availability - Limited to 6 People

DESCRIPTION

Named the “Crown of the Continent” by naturalist George Bird Grinnell, Glacier National Park is a true jewel of North America. With its expansive size and different ecosystems, this area has remained mostly unchanged since the Lewis and Clark expedition. Towering mountain peaks and lush glacial valleys are a testament to the forces of ice that helped make this stunning landscape. The park boasts over 1,583 square miles of lakes, alpine tundra, waterfalls, dense forests, pristine alpine lakes, and of course, glaciers. Many species of wildlife, including mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, moose, and countless other species call this area home.

Because the park is so vast, we will explore the park in sections, and show you the photographic beauty of each location. We will visit some of the iconic locations of the park along with locations that we consider hidden gems. There will be opportunities to photograph dramatic landscapes and wildlife during this adventure, while learning techniques to get stunning shots. Come along with us for stunning landscape and wildlife photography in one of the last remaining “wild” places in the lower 48.

WHAT TO EXPECT

First and foremost, we are not in this to extend our portfolio or get a free paid trip, we visit and explore the areas we teach workshops in regularly. This is not a vacation for us, we are on the road full time and spend plenty of time in these areas on our own.

Early on in the workshop we will not photograph at all, our focus is on you and your learning, we will not run off to make our own photographs. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, and create comradery with the group, our focus will always remain with you.

Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you, with our small group size we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.

FITNESS LEVEL

This workshop will involve a couple fairly strenuous hikes, one is roundtrip 3 miles with 540ft of vertical gain, the other being 7 miles roundtrip with 620ft of vertical gain. Being in good physical condition is a requirement for this workshop, if you have any doubts please contact David before signing up to discuss further.

ITINERARY

Sept 12th - If you want to avoid renting a car, please arrive on the 12th and stay at a hotel of your choice in Whitefish, MT. You may take a shuttle or taxi from the Glacier Park International airport. 

Day 1 - You will be picked up at your hotel by 10am, we will go out for brunch as a group in Whitefish, where you can meet us if you are driving. We will check into our first hotel, then drive out to our first location for sunset which is at 7:50pm.

Day 2 - We will rise early for sunrise and continue photographing in the early morning light. In the afternoon we will have image critiques and an introduction to my post processing methods. We will then go out for sunset and come back for dinner. 

Day 3 - Similar to day 2, except during the afternoon we will dive into advanced post processing methods in Photoshop.

Day 4 - In the morning we will wake early to catch sunrise and the continue photographing in the soft morning light. We will then come back to town for brunch as a group. We will take a break and then explore the park in the afternoon, as the light gets better we will go to another spectacular location for sunset, and then return to town for dinner.

Day 5 - We will rise early for sunrise, checkout from the hotel, and make the drive back to the Glacier Park airport to drop off by noon.

 
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WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • All Lodging
  • Transportation from the hotel to the park
  • Small class size of 6 maximum
  • Water and snacks

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals - we will be eating together as a group often though
  • Park entrance fees, please stop at the visitor center to pay for a pass when you come in

WEATHER

September is a beautiful time to be in Glacier, the bugs have gone away, the leaves are changing, and there are less tourists. This time of year is usually quite pleasant, but there is a risk of it turning into winter conditions very quickly, so be prepared for potentially warm days in the 70's, or cold mornings in the 20's. Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended.

POST PROCESSING

Finding your vision will extend into post processing, I feel this is one of the most important aspects of finding your creative vision. We will cover topics ranging from basic raw development in Lightroom to advanced burning and dodging using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when you know the how and why of advanced post processing.

CRITIQUE SESSIONS

We will be doing critique sessions for those interested in an honest critique. These can be past images, or those taken during the workshop. Please limit to 10 images that you truly want feedback on, and have them ready on a jump drive.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring a variety of lens from ultra wide angle, standard and telephoto. A tripod will be needed as well. If you bring a suitcase full of lenses, plan on bringing a secondary bag for taking out on shoots and only bringing a couple of the lenses, we will advise what to bring for each location. Bringing too much gear only weighs you down and gives you too many options, not a good scenario for exploring your creativity.

For post processing please bring a laptop with the current version Lightroom and Photoshop. we will be covering Luminosity Masks, I use the TKPanel created by Tony Kuyper, if you are interested in using this you may download the panel from http://goodlight.us/writing/actionspanelv4/panelv4.html
Please bring materials for taking notes as well.

LODGING

Lodging is included, the park is so large we need to carefully plan out our itinerary in advance to ensure we have rooms. We will be moving throughout the workshop to 3 different hotels to be close to the action

TRANSPORTATION

You are responsible for flying to Glacier Park International Airport, after that we will be traveling as a group in our 4x4 vehicles. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred.

HOW TO GET THERE

Please visit this site for directions. If you prefer to not rent a car, you may take a shuttle to a hotel in Whitefish, MT where we can pick you up on the 13th.

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

This workshop is not focused on night photography.

LOCATIONS

Glacier has a lifetime of photographic opportunities. Our schedule will be flexible so we can visit these locations at the best times based upon the weather. Below is a list of potential locations, which we go to will depend upon the weather.

FOOD AND DINING

Food is not included, we will be enjoying all meals together as a group (or you may choose to dine by yourself if preferred) at the local restaurants. Options at these restaurants are limited if you have a restrictive diet. There are no grocery stores to speak of, only a small general store with limited options.

We will provide a cooler with water and some snacks for the group, you are welcome to keep a few items in the cooler as well. If you have dietary restrictions please plan on bringing your own snacks to sustain you throughout the day.

OTHER

Access to the internet is limited, do not plan on staying connected during this trip. Verizon works in some areas, but not reliably.