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Yellowstone Photo Workshop

12 Days

  • Photograph native wildlife and stunning landscapes in America’s first national park.
  • Alongside a National Geographic photographer, capture the lively and historic Livingston Roundup Rodeo.
  • Exhibit your work at a local gallery in downtown Bozeman.
Yellowstone Photo Workshop
Yellowstone Photo Workshop

Dates & Tuition

July 2-13, 2015


Airfare is not included. The program begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana. Click here for information on transportation to and from programs.

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Photographer Erika Larsen will lead the Yellowstone photography workshop.
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On Assignment: Photography

Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, this special workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level. The program culminates with a gallery opening featuring students' work.

Itinerary — 12 Days

With its soaring peaks, endless grasslands teeming with wildlife, and gem-colored geothermal pools, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal setting to explore the field of photography. Venture into these vast landscapes alongside a National Geographic photographer to document bears and bison, bighorn sheep, wolves, elk, bald eagles, and more. Explore the techniques and craft of photography during daily hands-on classes, take compelling landscape photos that capture the magic of this national park, and discover its unusual geologic phenomena through the lens of your camera.

The workshop begins with a night in Bozeman, Montana, then travel to Mammoth Hot Springs, our base in northern Yellowstone National Park. Delve into the art and technique of photography, working in small groups with our photo instructors and National Geographic photographer. Begin each day exploring Yellowstone’s rugged terrain and searching for wildlife while practicing new photographic techniques, from managing light and depth of field to working with flash and improving your composition. Then return to the classroom to review and edit your images and prepare for the next day’s assignment.

Practice capturing high-speed movement on a white-water rafting trip down the Yellowstone River. Hone your eye for great landscape shots during visits to colorful hot springs, geyser fields, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Learn how to use camera traps to capture images of bears, bison, elk, and deer in their natural habitats. Take an excursion to the old-west town of Livingston, Montana, and take portraits of cowboys and cowgirls at the famous Livingston Roundup Rodeo.

In the evenings, review your day’s work, gather for talks by your photography expert, and learn low-light photography techniques. Head out to document Yellowstone’s nocturnal creatures and the night sky over Yellowstone’s vast landscape.

Throughout the workshop, we’ll prepare for a gallery show of large-format digital prints of the group’s original work. Spend your last three days in the quaint town of Bozeman, organizing, curating, and installing your exhibit. At the final opening, celebrate your work on display in a local gallery.

National Geographic Expert: A National Geographic photographer will join the teaching staff for the duration of the workshop to share their insights and experience, and give you guidance and inspiration as you work through each of your photography assignments. The expert leads the classroom lessons and group critiques, works with students one-on-one in the classroom and in the field, and presents during evening seminars.

Photography Instructors: Our workshop instructors are talented and enthusiastic professional photographers from around the world who, along with the National Geographic expert, work with the students on advanced, hands-on knowledge of a broad range of photography skills and disciplines. With a staff to student ratio of 1 to 8, each instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and give personal assignments based on individual skill level and interests.


In Bozeman, we stay in dormitory-style accommodations on the Montana State University campus. In Yellowstone, our home is the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. A classroom will be set up at the lodge with computers and a projector.
Apply now for this program or call us for more information at 877-877-8759.

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