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Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

Capture stunning images of Yellowstone National Park as you improve your photography with expert instruction, learning about compositing, light and the secrets of a great shot.
Rating (5)
Program No. 17947RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
3,599
Gardiner

Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

Capture stunning images of Yellowstone National Park as you improve your photography with expert instruction, learning about compositing, light and the secrets of a great shot.
Length
7 days
Starts at
3,599
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
3,599
Program No. 17947RJ

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2023
Starting at
3,899
Itinerary Note

Based out of West Yellowstone Montana. Access Yellowstone National Park during the less visited winter season. Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge accessed by Over the Snow Vehicles. Opportunity for early morning and evening photo sessions in the Geyser Basin.

May 22 - May 28, 2023
Starting at
3,599
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2023
Starting at
3,599
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2023
Starting at
4,609
Itinerary Note

Based out of West Yellowstone Montana. Access Yellowstone National Park during the less visited winter season. Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge accessed by Over the Snow Vehicles. Opportunity for early morning and evening photo sessions in the Geyser Basin.

May 22 - May 28, 2023
Starting at
4,519
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2023
Starting at
4,519

At a Glance

On this photography adventure, capture Old Faithful’s powerful skyward spray, a bison feeding in a meadow or the tremendous scope of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. As you record impressions of Yellowstone’s landscape, wildlife, geothermal features and historic structures, an instructor discusses composition, the use of light, proper exposure and more. Cap your week with a participant slide show and supportive critique.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles total throughout each day on varied terrain; Getting on and off SUVS or Vans with photo equipment. Weather changes quickly. Elevations of 5,200-9,000 feet. For the experienced and more advanced photographer. Some dates available for beginner-intermediate photographer.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Find your own vision of the iconic Yellowstone images as we visit the Old Faithful, Fishing Bridge and Canyon areas.
  • Explore the Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, each a wide-open wildlife haven where you can expect to see bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes and more.
  • Acquire new skills in exposure and composition.

General Notes

Extra-small group size; maximum of 12. For beginner to advanced photographers. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Meg Sommers
Meg Sommers has been an outdoor enthusiast from early childhood. As a resident of the Cody, Wyoming area for almost 40 years, her love for the outdoors continues to grow. Cody is only 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park and Meg spends an average of 10-12 weeks in the park every year. Meg’s photography covers the full spectrum from landscapes and wildlife to flowers. Since 2010, she has had the privilege to teach wildlife photography at the Yellowstone Association Institute in Yellowstone National Park and for Road Scholars since 2012. She loves teaching both the fundamentals of photography to adult students as well as helping them to gain greater insight into the natural world which surrounds us.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Meg Sommers has been an outdoor enthusiast from early childhood. As a resident of the Cody, Wyoming area for almost 40 years, her love for the outdoors continues to grow. Cody is only 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park and Meg spends an average of 10-12 weeks in the park every year. Meg’s photography covers the full spectrum from landscapes and wildlife to flowers. Since 2010, she has had the privilege to teach wildlife photography at the Yellowstone Association Institute in Yellowstone National Park and for Road Scholars since 2012. She loves teaching both the fundamentals of photography to adult students as well as helping them to gain greater insight into the natural world which surrounds us.
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Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.
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Zack Baker View biography
Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Art of Bird Photography: The Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques
by Arthur Morris
The author ia an acclaimed freelance nature photographer and writer specializing in avian subjects. The hands-on guide provides practical guidance and professional advice covering topics from buying the right camera equipment to composing the perfect picture, making correct exposures, capturing bird behavior and action and evaluating and selling work. Consider ethics relating to bird photography and information on bird watching locations. Colorful images of birds in action are sure to inspire.
Designing Wildlife Photographs: Professional Field Techniques for Composing Great Pictures
by Joe McDonald
Learn how to create a well-designed image of an animal in its natural environment. Features crisp instructions and critiquing and a short list of suppliers of photographic wares.
Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
by Paul Schullery
Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.
A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes
by Roger Anderson and Carol Shively Anderson
Consider wildlife etiquette and tips for hiking in bear country then choose trails by area, difficulty and distance; appreciate highlights and naturalist notes while on the trail.
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country
by William Fritz & Robert Thomas
Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.
Focus on Nature: The Creative Process Behind Making Great Photographs in the Field
by John Shaw
"Photographing nature is an attempt to order the chaos around us by emphasizing some aspects of the environment while ignoring others. There is a big difference between the procedures and the process of photography and this book attempts to help the reader recognize the difference."
Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park
by Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf
This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.
The Art of Photographing Nature
by Martha Hill and Art Wolfe
Nature photographer and former photography editor of Audubon Magazine collaborate to show the novice to experienced amateur how to see like a professional.
Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
by Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson
Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.
The Nature Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques
by John Shaw
Field-tested handbook includes beautiful photographs and well-written text which covers everything the photographer needs to know.
Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America
by Rocky Barker
The Yellowstone fires brought to the forefront longstanding conflict over whether federal land management should go with immediate fire suppression procedures or the ‘let it burn’ philosophy. The author, who experienced the Yellowstone fires of 1988 as an environmental reporter there, reviews US wildlands fire history by highlighting wildlands fire management. Discussion of this history and the history of federal lands management considers how these policies shaped the protection of public lands in the US today. Further explained are the details behind the creation of Yellowstone National Park and the role the US Army played in ‘protecting Yellowstone and shaping public lands in the West.’





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