Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop
June 17th - June 23rd, 2017
Biennial Workshop - Next workshop June 15th - 21st, 2019
Instructor: Andy Cook
Andy Cook will be leading a photography workshop to photograph magnificent Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming. Our focus will be morning photo sessions capturing the greens of early summer and old barns and structures against a back drop of dramatic mountains. Additionally, we will photograph mountains reflecting in lakes, small ponds and slow moving rivers. We may photograph wildlife when opportunities arise.
The 2017 workshop starts on Saturday, June 17th, at 7:00 PM with an introduction and discussion in the lobby of the hotel. We start shooting on the morning of Sunday, June 18th. The formal workshop ends after shooting on Friday evening, June 23th.
Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight (no later than 5:00 A.M.) and we'll stay there through sunrise. Often we will relocate to another location, then go to a late breakfast. We will provide breakfast bars, and water for the early mornings. For those who want to learn more about post processing there will be informal midday Photoshop assistance sessions and demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to review and process some of their images with the instructor on their laptop. We have an early dinner in a restaurant scheduled for each evening.
On most days, after dinner we will return to the park to preview the next morning's location. We may photograph wildlife found during this time.
Note: We are on the east side of the park, dramatic sunsets (approximately 9:05 P.M.) are unpredictable and infrequent as they require clouds to liven the backlit mountains. Due to the length of this workshop and the very short nights, we do not go as a group to sunset locations. The premium light is in the mornings. The better rested participants are, the better they will be able to photograph during premium light. Andy is happy to recommend sunset locations during the evening previews based upon atmospheric conditions at that time. If conditions permit, we will photograph the Milky Way until about 12 A.M. on the last night of the workshop.
This workshop involves very little trail hiking, most shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot. Walking surfaces on the edge of parking lots and those beyond the parking lots are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. The elevation range of our shooting locations is 6,000 to 8,000 ft. Please consult with a 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 one's thirst; drink even though not thirsty. We will provide bottled water in the field, please drink it.
Be prepared for possible temperature
extremes and sudden changes in
weather. Be aware that mornings can be very cold (winter jacket cold). Often
we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please
bring a flashlight.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend that participants use a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy now 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 24 mm to 200 mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended for the landscape portion and a long lens 300 mm 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 the photographer's 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. Consider bringing a laptop with Photoshop and calibrate the monitor.
2016 Grand Teton Workshop Group Photo
To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field digital device: Night Photography Rule of 400.
*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)
Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.