Yellowstone Intimate Landscapes

Yellowstone is a photographer's paradise, full of intricate details that are easily missed if you don't take your time to really look around. In this unique workshop, we will encourage you to slow down and open your eyes to the incredible beauty surrounding you in this national park. From steamy thermal features to rainbow-filled waterfalls and geysers, there is an incredible variety of stunning subjects to capture in Yellowstone. This workshop is designed for those who want to challenge themselves and push their creative boundaries. You'll have the opportunity to experiment with different techniques and perspectives while exploring Yellowstone's diverse and captivating landscapes.

September 15-20, 2024

Availability: Only 4 Spots Left!

Group Size



Initial Payment – $1495


West Yellowstone, MT

Fly To

West Yellowstone or Bozeman, MT

Fitness Level


Yellowstone National Park is a paradise for creating intimate landscapes (Small Scenes). The possibilities for creating meaningful photographs unique to your vision are endless. Photographers often overlook Yellowstone because it lacks the obvious grand scenics that draw people to other national parks; instead, it is a park filled with natural wonders which require time to explore more deeply.

One of the unique aspects of Yellowstone National Park is the incredible array of thermal features. From bubbling hot springs and geysers to boiling mud pots, these natural wonders provide endless opportunities for capturing intimate landscapes. The bacterial mats surrounding these thermal features are a fascinating subject to photograph, with their intricate patterns and vibrant colors.

In addition to the thermal features, Yellowstone also boasts stunning canyon walls and waterfalls, which provide endless inspiration for the contemplative photographer. The park's diverse ecosystems, from forests and meadows to rivers and lakes, offer a wide range of photographic opportunities.

During our workshop, we will focus on practicing Slow and Contemplative Photography techniques, allowing us to connect with the landscape and uniquely capture its beauty. We will spend time exploring the park and discovering its hidden gems, slowing down and noticing the details that often go unnoticed.

This workshop is designed for photographers who understand their camera well and want to challenge their creativity to find their unique vision of the world. Join us in Yellowstone National Park for an unforgettable photography experience.

Important Details

Lodging: We have rooms held at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone for $359/night. You are welcome to stay anywhere in the West Yellowstone area. More details will be emailed after signing up.


Preparation: Upon registration, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you, ensuring all the details are at your fingertips to help you plan your travel arrangements seamlessly.

Day 1 - Kickoff and Immersion:

  • 5:00 pm: Meet at the hotel for introductions.
  • Dinner: Enjoy an early group dinner to beat the crowds.
  • Evening Session: Engaging presentations at the hotel to prime you for the art of photographing intimate landscapes.

Days 2-5 - In-depth Exploration and Learning:

  • Early Morning (sunrise until 10:00 am): Capture the delicate beauty of the park in the soft early morning light.
  • Brunch & Rest: Return to West Yellowstone for a replenishing meal and a quick nap.
  • Afternoon (1:00 - 2:00 pm): Engage in an hour-long presentation, followed by a tailored assignment and a focus on post-processing techniques in Lightroom.
  • Late Afternoon (4:00 pm onwards): Head back into the park to explore and photograph diverse locations, accompanied by a convenient sack lunch.
  • Return: Arrive back at the hotel around 9:30 pm to rest.

Day 6 - Reflection and Farewell:

  • 8:00 am: Gather for image critiques and feedback, sharing insights and growth.
  • 11:00 am: Workshop concludes, leaving you inspired and enriched with new skills, perspectives, and friendships.

What is Included

  • Small class size of 8 maximum to ensure proper attention to each client
  • Two attentive instructors for a client to instructor ratio of 4:1
  • Water and snacks
  • Image Critiques
  • Tailored post-processing instruction in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Sack lunch from local deli provided for dinners in the field

What is Not Included

  • Transportation - 2 people can ride in our vehicle, others will carpool together (all roads are paved) *
  • Lodging - we have a block of rooms held for you
  • Meals - we will be eating some meals together as a group *

* Please note that carpooling is REQUIRED. We must get down to three vehicles for our group since parking can be a challenge at times.

Important Note: This workshop is focused on intimate landscapes, also known as small scenes. Although we may photograph grand landscapes if the opportunity arises, it will not be our main focus. Additionally, we will not be stopping for wildlife sightings as we have specific timelines to adhere to, and getting stuck in a wildlife jam would not be conducive to achieving our goals.

Safe, Legal, Responsible.

We are proud members of Nature First Photography. This movement is dedicated to responsible nature photography. At its core are seven principles that we abide by and promote to our clients. We hope you will join the movement!

Concerned About Your Safety

We understand how important your safety is when we’re in remote locations. This is why David and Jennifer are both certified Wilderness First Responders, we are prepared for any situation large or small. We also carry satellite communication devices should we need rescue assistance in remote areas.


We always run our workshops on the up and up. For this workshop, Exploring Exposure is Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park. We are also an equal opportunity service provider.

Our Philosophy

We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the field and the classroom to take your photography to the next level.

Our passion is seeing you grow in your photographic journey. We put your interests ahead of our own. Early on in the workshop, we will not photograph at all. Our focus is your learning experience, and we will not run off to chase the light and leave you behind. 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, demonstrate techniques, and create comradery with the group. Our focus will always remain with YOU.

We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.

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, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.

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This workshop will involve short hikes of 2-3 miles total daily. We will only be on the boardwalks so the hikes are easy, but carrying around your camera pack all day can get exhausting.


Please do not hesitate to send us any questions you may have, we would be happy to help.

Private Yellowtone Workshops

If you are looking for a private guide to show you around Yellowstone, look no further. We spend extended periods here and are constantly exploring the incredible landscape to find all it has to offer. We can be your private tour guide or we can turn your experience into a full workshop training you on composition, vision, post-processing with Lightroom and Photoshop, all without the group.