This is my favorite time of the year! The photographic possibilities are endless. The animals are very active during this time and the scenery is beautiful! The bears are stocking up on the last berries that still cling to the Serviceberry and Hawthorne bushes. The elk are in rut, and the bulls are gathering their harems for breeding--which means lots of bugling and sparring bulls. The Great Gray Owl is also very active at this time. The skies are a crisp blue, the underbrush crimson and the Aspen and Cottonwood trees are bright yellow. If you've never been to Yellowstone at this time of year, you should come out this fall. It will be an incredible experience! (minimum of 2 total attendees required for the workshop to occur).

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(September 29, 2019):
5pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 3 days.(location tbd). Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 2(September 30, 2019):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-12pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant.
12pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography. Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 3(October 1, 2019):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-2pm: Break/Lunch. Check into hotel. Download your photos from the morning.
2pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Edit and critique photographs.
4pm-8pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography. Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 4(October 2, 2019):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-1pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from the morning. Classroom/Computer work. Edit and critique photographs.

1pm-6pm: Scenic, wildlife, geyer basin, etc photography.
6pm: Arrival in West Yellowstone, MT.  Departure or Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT

Areas we will photograph:

  • Madison River(wildlife/scenics)
  • Geothermal features/Geyser Basins
  • Hayden Valley
  • Lamar Valley
  • Lower Falls/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Dunraven Pass
  • Artist Paint Pots
  • And many more secret locations!!

Topics we will cover:

  • How to get the right exposure
  • Composing a creative image
  • Depth of Field
  • Camera operations/functions
  • Camera equipment
  • Digital workflow, editing
  • Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
  • And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:

  • Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have!
  • Sturdy/heavy tripod
  • Shutter release remote or cable
  • Lenses covering a range of about 14mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
  • -Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens (Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)
  • LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
  • Extra batteries/charger
  • Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended)
  • Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
  • Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop costs include: Photography instructor Cody Downard, handouts/class material, organic snacks/water.

Costs not included: Transfers from airport, hotel, food, drinks, gratuities, travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance, personal costs

Airfare:  Participant is responsible for making their own arrangements to arrive in Jackson for the start of the workshop.

Hotel: Costs are not included. Participant is responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.

Reservations: Due to the popularity of this workshop, making an early reservation is recommended. You can reserve a spot by calling Cody Downard Photography at (307) 699-3394. We accept credit cards or personal checks. Make checks payable to “Cody Downard”. Payments can be mailed to: Cody Downard, 5919 Victor Meadows , Victor, Idaho 83455.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel within 120 days or more before workshop, a refund less a cancellation fee of 50% of your initial deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations received 120 days or less from the trip start date are as follows: 120-101 days- 35% of trip cost; 100-81 days-50% of trip cost; 80-61 days-65% of trip cost; 60 or fewer days prior to workshop-100% of trip cost. We strongly recommend that you purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended. Cody Downard Photography reserves the right to cancel any group due to insufficient registration. In the event of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. Cody Downard Photography is not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip. Payment of deposit represents an acceptance of the following terms and conditions: Cody Downard Photography, its affiliates and all cooperating airlines and agencies act only in the capacity of agents in all matter of transportation and tour operation, and their liability is limited to the terms of the airline tickets, boat and land accommodation contracts They are not responsible for any delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond their control. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, riot, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses must be born by the participants as program rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute hotels of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in air schedules, weather or naturally occurring geological events. Baggage is at owner’s risk entirely. No refund can be made for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or tours unless arrangements are made at the time of booking. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a program member for any reason which affects the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the other program members, and refund or the recoverable land program services is the limit of the liability of Cody Downard Photography and its affiliates.

2019 Fall in Yellowstone: Photography Workshop
September 29-October 4,  2019
| 3 day in-field workshop | $1200 | WY, MT

(307) 699-3394

There are lots of options in West Yellowstone, MT. Any lodging option within the the town of West Yellowstone is very convenient for morning pickup and departure.

Gray Wolf Inn and Suites is a newer nice option. Click here to link to their website.

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