National Park Photography Workshop
June 18th -
June 24th, 2016
17th - June 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Andy Cook
Andy Cook will be
leading a photography
photograph magnificent Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming. Our
focus will be to shoot the
greens of early summer and old barns and structures against a back drop
of dramatic mountains. Additionally, we will photograph mountains
reflecting in lakes, small ponds and slow moving rivers. We also will
photograph wildlife when we find it.
workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced photographer.
However, beginners with a working knowledge of their camera can gain a
lot of experience and instruction. Each participant is assisted at
their level. We focus on helping participants create the most
appealing compositions of each location we visit. We also delve into
extensive discussions on equipment, exposure, metering, filters and
personal tips. This is a workshop environment, the instructor is
present to aid in the field and teach his techniques for landscape
photography. If you're an advanced photographer he is happy to help or
stay out of the way. Additionally, we will have
Photoshop discussions and individual instruction; Andy will help
images during the midday break.
The 2016 workshop starts on
Saturday, June 18th, at 7:00 PM with an introduction and discussion in
the lobby of the hotel. We start shooting on the morning of Sunday,
19th. The formal workshop ends after shooting on Friday evening, June 24th.
Generally, participants can
expect to be
at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight (no later than
5:00 A.M.) and we'll stay there through sunrise. Often we will relocate
to another location, then go to a late breakfast. We will
provide breakfast bars, and water for the early
We've scheduled a midday break every day allowing time for napping,
downloading... For those who want to learn more about post processing
there will be informal midday Photoshop assistance sessions.
Participants are encouraged to review and process some of their images
instructor on their computer. We have an early dinner in a restaurant scheduled for each
Note: We are on the east side
of the park, dramatic sunsets (approximately 9:00 P.M.) will require clouds to liven the backlit
mountains. We plan to venture back into the park most evenings to look
for wildlife and to be prepared to reach a shooting location in the
event the clouds look promising.
$1,295.00 per participant.
$300.00 due at time of registration. This deposit
becomes non refundable 90 days in advance of the workshop.
Full Payment of the workshop is due 60 days prior to
the start of the
workshop. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the
right to treat the reservation as canceled, please review our
cancellation policy on the registration page.
This workshop involves very little
hiking, most shooting
locations will be just beyond the parking lot.
Walking surfaces on the edge of parking lots and those beyond the
parking lots are generally
uneven, hiking boots are recommended. The elevation range of our
shooting locations is 6,000 to 8,000 ft. Please consult with a
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 one's thirst; drink even though not
thirsty. We will provide bottled water in the field, please
Be prepared for possible temperature
extremes and sudden changes in
weather. Be aware that mornings can be very cold. Often
we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please
bring a flashlight.
LODGING: We suggest participants stay in
hotel as the instructor. However, some participants may wish to lodge
at a hotel with more amenities. Jackson is a small town and most
hotels are no more than 10 minutes from the instructor's hotel, so
please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable. We will be in
Jackson at the height of the summer season and hotels will run out of
vacancy, participants need to contact their hotel directly and reserve
their room upon registering for the workshop, if not earlier. Even if
one has not registered for this workshop, but is considering it, we
recommend making hotel reservations.
Instructor's Hotel -
June 18, 2016 (Check-in) - June 25, 2016 (Check-out): The Virginian Lodge
1-800-262-4999. 750 West Broadway, Jackson Hole, WY 83001.
We have several rooms
reserved. If you're having difficulty securing reservations, please let
us know; we can provide a room (additional fee). For details, call
people will find flying into Jackson, WY to be the best choice, others
will find Salt Lake City, Utah (about 4.75 hours) to be adequate.
Driving conditions will consist of mainly paved roads. When possible we
prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our
impact and get to know each other. A standard rental car will be
Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We
recommend that participants use a polarizing filter with most
photographs on this workshop. 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 24 mm to 200 mm
after the lens multiplication factor is recommended for the landscape
portion and a long lens 300 mm or longer for shooting wildlife.
However, we think that participants should bring their entire range of
We recommend shooting with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from
the photographer's 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. Consider bringing a laptop with
Photoshop and calibrate the monitor.
The Fine Print
We do not guarantee
the weather. Workshop fee does not include transportation, lodging or
meals. Maximum number of participants is 10. This workshop will not be
canceled based upon participation level, so feel comfortable making
travel arrangements. We require an acknowledgment of risks be
signed before going into the field. We will send the acknowledgment of
risks upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop.
In the event Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI)
cancels a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances such as inability to
obtain permits, instructor injury, death… Then, RMRPI will refund fees
collected by RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural
disaster, government closure or other happening of this nature that
causes a workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund
workshop fees. If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be
applied as credit toward a future workshop of the participant’s
choosing. RMRPI will not be held responsible for other expenses
(airline tickets, hotel deposits, rental car…) that may be associated
with any canceled workshop.
Spare Camera Batteries
Lots of Memory
Extra Shoes and Socks
Umbrella (just in case)
Oh Yes! Don't Forget The Camera
2015 Grand Teton Workshop Group Photo
View workshop videos and photos.
Membership not required.
Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct
services in Grand Teton National Park.