Begin your photo program with two nights in the mountain town of Bozeman, Montana, get to know your group, and prepare for your time in Yellowstone National Park. Once inside the park, delve into the art and technique of photography, working in small groups with your accomplished photo instructors and National Geographic Explorer. Head out on photo shoots each day, trying out new techniques with the wildlife and landscapes you encounter. Practice managing light and depth of field, work with flash, and learn to improve your composition. Then return to the classroom to review and edit your images and prepare for the next day’s assignment.
Settle into our accommodations along the Yellowstone River, and enjoy beautiful mountain views and opportunities to watch for the park’s fascinating wildlife. Hone your eye for great landscape shots during visits to vibrant hot springs, geyser basins, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Find your adventurous spirit while hiking to dramatic vistas and through fields of alpine wildflowers. On an excursion to the Old West town of Livingston, Montana, participants will have the opportunity to photograph the action at the famous Livingston Roundup Rodeo.*
In the evenings, tell stories around a campfire, review the day’s images, and work on editing your photos for final presentations. Head back out after dark to photograph Yellowstone’s nocturnal ecosystems. Capture the glow of golden hour during a sunset shoot in the Lamar Valley, practice taking wildlife photos in low lighting, and master the art of star photography under Yellowstone’s vast night sky.
Spend your last two days back in Bozeman, organizing and editing your work, and working with your group to curate and install a pop-up gallery show featuring each student’s original images.
*Note: Due to scheduling reasons, only the first departure group will attend the rodeo.