Glacier National Park Photography Workshop
June 25th - July 1st, 2023 Workshop Full - Waitlist Available!
Biennial Workshop - Our next Glacier NP workshop will be held in the summer of 2025.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph magnificent Glacier National Park. Our focus will be to shoot early summer scenes against a back drop of dramatic mountains. We will concentrate on the lakes and streams of the park and shoot wildflowers when they are present. While our primary purpose is to photograph the landscape of the park, we also intend to take advantage of wildlife opportunities if they happen.
Participants should check in with Andy on Sunday, (June 25th, 2023) outside, in front of the hotel office (Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins), at 6:15 P.M. We will have an introduction and discussion then go to our first shooting location.
First Lodging Location: Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins, Glacier Nat'l Park (west side) Check-in - Sunday, June 25, 2023; Check-out - Monday, June 26, 2023. 1-844-868-7474. Nearby alternate lodging: West Glacier Motel, 1-844-868-7474.
Many Glacier Hotel (instructor's hotel, in park lodging) or the nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (in park lodging) (east side): Check-in - Monday, June 26, 2023; Check-out - Wednesday, June 28, 2023. 855-733-4522 or 303-265-7010, glaciernationalparklodges.com.
Town of East Glacier (east side): Check-in - Wednesday, June 28, 2023; Check-out - Thursday, June 29, 2023. Andy will stay at the East Glacier Lodge, 499 MT-49, East Glacier; 844-868-7474. Note: 3 floors, no elevator.
Rising Sun Motor Inn (east side, in park lodging): Check-in - Thursday, June 29, 2023; Check-out - Saturday, July 1, 2023. 855-733-4522 or 303-265-7010, glaciernationalparklodges.com.
Workshop ends after shooting sunset on Friday evening, June 30, 2023.
Except for the evening of June 28th, 2023 (in East Glacier), all of the lodging mentioned above is located inside the park boundaries surrounded by spectacular scenery. The rustic rooms are clean and tidy, but do not have telephones, TVs or internet access.
Lodging in the park is very popular and starts to fill one year in advance. Please arrange your lodging using the information above as soon as possible. Participants need to contact hotels and reserve their rooms upon registering for the workshop, if not earlier. Even if one has not registered for this workshop, but is strongly considering it, we recommend making hotel reservations as soon as possible (be mindful of the cancellation policy).
We have several rooms reserved in most locations. If you're having difficulty securing reservations, please call us to see if we have a set of rooms (additional fee). For details, please call.
This workshop does involve some trail hiking and elevation gain to arrive at certain shooting locations, while other shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot. The trail hiking may deemed vigorous activity or light activity based upon your condition. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. Our longer trails range between 2 and 3 miles each way. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation. The elevation range of our shooting locations is 3,250 ft to 7,500 ft. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop or venturing to higher elevations.
Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations. Without it one will lose strength, energy and may develop a severe headache. To avoid dehydration one MUST drink beyond their thirst; drink even though not thirsty.
Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location each day no later than 5:00 A.M. Sunset is approximately 9:45 P.M.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend participants have a polarizing filter to use with many of the photographs on this workshop. Andy combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). A lens range from 18mm to 200mm after the lens multiplication factor "LMF" (call if uncertain about LMF) is recommended for the landscape portion and a long lens 300mm or longer for shooting wildlife. However, we think that participants should bring their entire range of lenses. We recommend shooting with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height (without cranking up a center post) to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Also bring hiking boots and a flashlight to the field portions of the workshop. We will be walking in pre dawn and post sunset darkness. Consider bringing a laptop with a recent version of Photoshop and calibrate the monitor.
Our itinerary does fluctuate year to year, not every location visited in the past may be visited during this workshop.
Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Glacier National Park.