Yellowstone, May, 2023
May 7th - 13th, 2023 (FULL)
(Recommend to overnight in Bozeman 5/6)
Hosts... Charles Glatzer: M.Photog/Canon EOL
Joe Subolefsky: STL Instructor, Wildlife photographer extraordinaire, and all around nice guy
Participation is limited to 3 people.
Three participants will join us as we travel the area around Gardiner, Lamar Valley, and the interior of Yellowstone National Park photographing big game wildlife and scenic wonders. The wildlife we expect to see among spectacular environmental features and stunning backgrounds may include bison, big horn sheep, coyote, red fox, elk, otters, pronghorn, badger, mule deer, wolves, ermine, bald and golden eagles, and more. May is the best time of year to see and photograph both grizzly and black bears (cubs) as they come out of hibernation in search of food, along with newborn bison calves ((reds).
As with all STL's, this is a workshop, not just a photo tour. "Shoot the Light" Photographic Instructional Workshops are designed to enhance your visionary skills, as well as your technical execution. Special emphasis is placed on creating images with Visual Impact. Increase your proficiency while using compositional elements and light to design in-camera images that are a cut above.
Our small group (3) allows us to make the most of each wildlife encounter. As a photo specific tour we have the luxury of staying on location for extended periods, departing lodging before sunrise each morning, and returning at days end.
I learned more on this one trip (Yellowstone) about photographic technique than on my previous 22 trips under different instructors. Manual metering was so rapid and straightforward that I never had to worry about ever blowing out a histogram. This allowed me to focus on the picture composition without concerns about the imaging quality. Chas is a remarkably gifted natural teacher and is able to explain the complex in simple comprehensible terms. He manages to do it in a natural and very amusing way so that it sticks with you. His compositional and post-
production skills are equally amazing. I look forward to the experience both in film and future workshops.
Thanks for a great trip to Yellowstone. I went in thinking I was a pretty good photographer but knowing there was much I could still learn. What I didn't expect was the complete epiphany I experienced when taking your advice to shoot in manual exposure mode. I have always shot in Av mode and while my exposures were generally okay, I was constantly battling the metering system with exposure compensation, especially when compositions changed. I just assumed there was no real alternative, believing manual exposure mode was too complex and slow for wildlife photography. Your teaching method made clear it was not complex at all (in fact, it is very intuitive and logical) and afforded the opportunity to focus on composition as opposed to worrying about the proper exposure. It's really a photographic-altering experience for me. I'll never (or rarely) shoot in Av mode again and can already see that my images have taken a step up. Many thanks!
May 7th: transfer from Bozeman, MT to Absaroka hotel. Group orientation, metering class,, camera settings, etc. Photograph area around Gardiner, MT
May 8th- May 12th: We spend most of our time searching for and photographing wildlife around Gardiner, Lamar Valley, and the park interior. A day trip to the Teton area is also possible.
May 13th: Depart early (8am) from Absaroka Hotel, MT to Bozeman Airport.
Getting there: It is recommended that you arrive the day before the workshop starts, spending a night in Bozeman, MT.
Workshop Fee: $6,495
Includes: Photographic classroom & in-field instruction, 6 nights single accommodations Absaroka Hotel, airport transfers to/from Bozeman Airport to Gardiner, MT, breakfast day 2-7 with lunches days 2-6.
Absaroka Hotel 310 Scott St W
Gardiner, MT 59030
Not Included: Airfare to/from Bozeman, MT and meals other than specified above. Lodging in Bozeman prior to and after the workshop dates.
Hotel: recommendation 5/6
Grantree Bozeman 1325 N 7th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715
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