Glacier National Park Photography Workshop
July 21st - July 26th, 2019 - Workshop Full!
Biennial Workshop - Our next Glacier NP workshop will be held in the summer of 2021.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph magnificent Glacier National Park. Our focus will be to shoot summer scenes against a back drop of dramatic mountains. We will concentrate on the lakes and streams of the park and shoot wildflowers when they are present. While our primary purpose is to photograph the landscape of the park, we also intend to take advantage of wildlife opportunities when they happen.
Participants should check in with Andy on Sunday, (July 21st, 2019) outside, in front of the hotel office (Village Inn at Apgar), at 6:00 P.M. We will have an introduction and discussion then go to our first shooting location.
First Lodging Location:Village Inn at Apgar, Glacier Nat'l Park (west side) Check-in - Sunday, July 21, 2019; Check-out - Monday, July 22, 2019. Andy was unable to secure a room in Apgar Village so his 1st lodging hotel is about 5 minutes away at the West Glacier Motel, West Glacier, MT. 1-844-868-7474.
Many Glacier Hotel (instructor's hotel) or the nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (east side): Check-in - Monday, July 22, 2019; Check-out - Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
Town of East Glacier (east side): Check-in - Wednesday, July 24, 2019; Check-out - Thursday, July 25, 2019. Andy will stay at the Circle R Motel, 402 US Hwy 2 East, East Glacier 406-226-9331. For those who enjoy a more upscale hotel experience consider spending this night at the "Glacier Park Lodge" 406-892-2525, it's only 1/4 mile from the instructor's motel; Note: 3 floors, no elevator.
Rising Sun Motor Inn (east side): Check-in - Thursday, July 25, 2019; Check-out - Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Workshop ends after shooting sunset on Friday evening, July 26, 2019.
Except for Wednesday evening, July 24th, 2019 (in East Glacier), all of the lodging mentioned above is located inside the park boundaries surrounded by spectacular scenery. The rustic rooms are clean and tidy, but do not have telephones, TVs or internet access.
To make reservations and get information for in the park lodging listed above: 855-733-4522 or 303-265-7010; glaciernationalparklodges.com
Lodging in the park is very popular and starts to fill one year in advance. Please arrange your lodging using the information above as soon as possible. Participants need to contact hotels and reserve their rooms upon registering for the workshop, if not earlier. Even if one has not registered for this workshop, but is strongly considering it, we recommend making hotel reservations as soon as possible (be mindful of the cancellation policy).
We have several rooms reserved in most locations (not in East Glacier). If you're having difficulty securing reservations, please call us to see if we have a set of rooms (additional fee). For details, call 719-635-6268.
This workshop does involve some trail hiking and elevation gain to arrive at certain shooting locations, while other shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot. The trail hiking may deemed vigorous activity or light activity based upon your condition. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. Our longer trails range between 2 and 3 miles each way. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation. The elevation range of our shooting locations is 3,250 ft to 7,500 ft. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop or venturing to higher elevations.
Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations. Without it one will lose strength, energy and may develop a severe headache. To avoid dehydration one MUST drink beyond their thirst; drink even though not thirsty. We will provide bottled water in the field, please drink it.
Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location each day no later than 5:30 A.M. Sunset is approximately 9:20 P.M.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend participants have a polarizing filter to use with many of the photographs on this workshop. Instead of using split-neutral density filters, Andy now combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). A lens range from 18mm to 200mm after the lens multiplication factor "LMF" (call if uncertain about LMF) is recommended for the landscape portion and a long lens 300mm or longer for shooting wildlife. However, we think that participants should bring their entire range of lenses. We recommend shooting with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height (without cranking up a center post) to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Also bring hiking boots and a flashlight to the field portions of the workshop. We will be walking in pre dawn and post sunset darkness. Consider bringing a laptop with a recent version of Photoshop and calibrate the monitor.
Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Glacier National Park.
Images on this website are property of the photographer.
Please do not use them without the photographer's permission.