SEPTEMBER 14 - 18, 2019
Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the most majestic national parks in America and during the fall it comes alive with color without the big summer crowds. It’s the best of both worlds and a photographer’s dream. From glacier carved majestic mountain peaks and turquoise alpine lakes to wildfire ravaged forests, all with the backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, there are opportunities for unique compositions around every turn! Additionally without the crowds, the wildlife in the park isn’t as shy and you can expect to see bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and even moose.
On this 5 day Autumn Photography Workshop you will immerse yourself in some of the Rocky Mountains most scenic locations. You will be guided you to some of the most beautiful spots in the park including some off the beaten path, and provided with expert instruction on how best to capture the light and interesting compositions. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life.
INSTRUCTOR: CHRIS BYRNE
GROUP SIZE: 8 PARTICIPANTS
COST: $1695 (No Lodging) / $2195 (Lodging Included)
DEPOSIT: A 50% deposit is required to secure a spot, with the balance due 60 days prior to workshop
We will meet in the afternoon of Saturday September 14 (day 1) in the St. Mary Lodge for introductions and an early dinner before heading into the park for the late afternoon and into sunset. After the first day, we will meet well before sunrise to get to the best possible locations to chase the morning light and continue shooting until the sun is too high and light too harsh. We will break each day in the late morning until mid afternoon to eat and rest up for our afternoon/evening photography session. This will also be the time dedicated for post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested. We will gather a several hours before sunset to take advantage of the late afternoon sun and mountain shadows and continue photographing until the last of the evening light fades. The workshop will end after sunset on Wednesday September 18.
USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
The sun rises at approximately 7:00am and sets at 7:45pm during this time of the year. Temperatures can range from 30 degrees at night to 80 degrees during the day.
Physical difficulty of the locations will be easy to strenuous. It is important for participants to be in good physical health. While many locations will be a short distance from a parking lot, there will be a couple more strenuous hikes of up to 6 miles roundtrip with elevation gains up to 1000 ft and some short but steep sections. We will not be doing very much hiking off trail and all of the trails in the park are well maintained, however some are more difficult than others.
AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / RENTAL CAR
For those that would like to include lodging as part of this workshop, standard single occupancy rooms have been secured at the St. Mary Lodge and charged at cost. While this time of year is not as crowded, lodging options are limited and can still fill quickly. So if you would like to handle your own lodging then it is strongly recommended that reservations are made at the same time as a workshop deposit and spot has been reserved.
We will be using the St. Mary Lodge right at the St. Mary park entrance as our home base and meeting point. Lodging near there includes: St. Mary Lodge, St. Mary KOA Campground (tents, RVs, cabins), Johnson's of St.Mary, Red Eagle Motel as well as the St. Mary campground and Rising Sun campground inside the park itself.
The nearest airport is Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, MT. It is 75 mile drive to St. Mary and will take approximately two hours (crossing through the park on Going to the Sun Rd).
A standard small to mid size rental car will be fine for this workshop. There will be no high clearance roads, and while there are a couple rough pot-holed roads, by driving slowing and carefully a regular car can handle it no problem. As parking can be tight we will also be carpooling to locations as often as possible.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
An adventure packed week in one of the most beautiful national parks in America! Photography locations will take us to nearly every corner of the park including Two Medicine, Lake McDonald, Logan Pass and Many Glacier. As stated previously there will be early mornings and late evenings but the days are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. In the field techniques and tips will be provided to help capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal being that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. Post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into Lightroom to processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. I am an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks he's learned to help you turn your photos into art!
FIELD & CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE:
Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
Controlling your camera in manual mode
Understanding and using the Histogram
Filters - when & how to use them and avoiding their pitfalls
How lens selection affects the scene
Technical Tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
Understanding and using light
Capturing Difficult Scenes (getting all the pieces in the field to put together in post processing)
Lightroom - importing and organizing
Lightroom development tools
Cleaning up images - cloning tools, warping and stretching, eliminating distractions
Blending images in Photoshop
Dodging and burning
Using layers and masks
Mindful sharpening (depending on the output)
RECOMMENDED CAMERA GEAR, ETC
DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm).
Serious wildlife photographers will want to bring a 400mm or longer lens and teleconverter.
A very sturdy tripod
Cable Release Trigger
Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals and snacks
Park entrance fees (includes $30 for 7 day park pass)
$1695 (No Lodging) or $2195 (Lodging Included)
50% Deposit Required to Hold a Spot
RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING, ETC.
Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
Fleece or warm jacket
Shoes that can get wet