This summer Jason Hatfield and I are partnering with NatureScapes to offer an immersive, three-day workshop in Grand Teton National Park outside Jackson, Wyoming. Early summer marks my favorite time to explore and photograph this mountain range of dramatic, snow covered peaks towering 7,000′ above the valley floor. Whether you’re standing among fragrant sagebrush surrounded by colorful wildflowers, at the edge of the mighty Snake River or along the shores of a crystalline alpine lake – summer in the Tetons is an experience that stirs the soul.
Our basecamp for the workshop will be the luxurious Hotel Terra in Teton Village, only minutes from the park entrance. We’ll meet in the lobby on the afternoon of Thursday, June 20, 2013 for an informal meet and greet before heading off to the world famous Mangy Moose restaurant for dinner and socializing with our new friends. After dinner we’ll carpool into the park to photograph sunset along the Moose-Wilson Road, where bears and other megafauna are often spotted in late afternoon. Best to bring your long lenses, just in case!
On Friday, June 21, we’ll photograph sunrise at Oxbow Bend, where the hulking massif of Mount Moran reflects in an abandoned meander of the Snake River. After sunrise we’ll retreat to a comfortable meeting room at Hotel Terra where Jason will deliver the first of two inspiring presentations on using Adobe Lightroom to develop your images using an efficient and powerful workflow. We’ll also utilize some classroom time to do group image critiques, which I strongly believe are one of the very best ways to improve your skills as a photographer. Following an afternoon break to rest, recharge and eat dinner we’ll travel back into the park to photograph sunset at the iconic Snake River Overlook.
Saturday, June 22 dawns early as we head out for another sunrise inside the park, this time among the sagebrush and, conditions permitting, wildflowers on Antelope Flats. We may also spend some time photographing beautiful old barns on Mormon Row with the jagged skyline of the Tetons as a backdrop. When our memory cards are full we’ll head back to Hotel Terra for another Lightroom workflow with Jason and more image critiques. Before we wrap up for the afternoon I’ll lead a discussion on using Nik Software’s Complete Collection of powerful and intuitive Lightroom plug-ins to creatively process your images. After class we’ll take a break before traveling back into the park for sunset at the Cunningham Cabin.
On our last morning together, Sunday, June 23, we’ll photograph sunrise along the shoreline of String Lake, where the rugged Cathedral Group and Mount Moran reflect in the calm and often misty water. After sunrise we’ll return to Hotel Terra to wrap up and say our good-byes.
Your workshop registration fee includes lodging for three nights at Hotel Terra and dinner on Thursday night, as well as plenty of attentive instruction in the field and classroom. Jason and I are passionate about helping other photographers to learn the art and craft of photography. Our entire focus is on helping YOU to improve your skills and creativity. We will not abandon you to make our own photographs when the light gets good. We’re both easy going and approachable, and we encourage questions and group interaction. We would love for you to join us in the Tetons!
To learn more about or to register for this workshop, please visit the NatureScapes Workshops website. As always, I welcome your questions about this or any of my workshops via email: bret (at) bretedge (dot) com.