Our expedition and workshop series include presentations by leaders in their field, classes on a variety of topics and extended field based workshops and expeditions to far flung places. Our mission with this programming is to give you access to amazing people and in depth information that will add to your understanding of the world and give you the skills to achieve your goals. Though all of our safaris are educational and all of our guides are professional interpreters that love to teach their guests about the greater Yellowstone area, our workshops will be focused on particular areas of interest and specific skills while our expedition series will include amazing wildlife oriented adventures all over the world. Below you will find our current workshops and expeditions- if you see a workshop or expedition that you are interested in but not being currently offered please contact us and we will do our best to make it happen! In addition, if you think one of our seminars or workshops would be popular in your area let us know. We love to travel and can sometimes arrange to offer a class or expedition in your area on a private or customized basis.
Join a professional photographer and local safari guide on our small group (max 6) 5-day spring photography workshop into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This intensive field based photography safari and workshop will focus on finding, and safely photographing, Greater Yellowstone’s predators and big game as well as capturing both classic and lesser known landscapes throughout the excursion. We will spend our time in prime grizzly and wolf habitat within both national parks including places like Willow Flats, Pacific Creek, Hayden Valley and the famous Lamar Valley, often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. This will allow ample time and opportunity to safely photograph the area’s big game and predators in addition to learning wildlife photography techniques throughout the workshop. During the workshop you will also have the opportunity to photograph famous Yellowstone landmarks like Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs and several waterfalls. Our small group size combined with an experienced local photography guide will insure personalized attention, great wildlife photography and great landscape opportunities. Depending on group interest and ability, small day hikes are also an option throughout our time together. Group size is limited to 6 participants per workshop to insure plenty of time for everyone to benefit from one on one conversation with the instructor throughout the workshop.
Includes: Hotel pick-up in Jackson Hole, small group (max 6), all transportation throughout the workshop, an experienced local wildlife photography guide, 4 nights lodging during the workshop, 5 lunches, 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner, snacks, souvenir water bottle and use of our spotting scopes and binoculars throughout the trip.
Join professional wildlife photographer and divemaster Jason Williams for an unforgettable adventure to study and photograph tiger sharks in the wild. We are teaming up with the outstanding boat and crew at Epic Diving for this small group (max 8 guests) expedition to one of the wildest places in the world. This is shark diving at its very best! Our expedition will spend five full days of diving outside the cage at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas, world famous for the large number of tiger sharks that gather there. The tiger shark diving encounters have made Tiger Beach one of the premier dive destinations in the world among professional photographers, videographers and shark lovers alike. With several species of shark frequenting this area, you will have opportunities to see, study and photograph tiger sharks, lemon Sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks and maybe even hammerheads if we’re lucky! This is one of the best diving and underwater photography expeditions we have encountered! The tiger shark diving at Tiger Beach will blow your mind and change your perception and understanding of these awesome predators. Thanks to the foresight of the Bahamas, making all waters surrounding the nations islands a marine sanctuary, you will enjoy the benefits of a healthy marine ecosystem.
Included: Small group expedition escorted by Jason Williams, highly trained professional crew, 6 nights/7 days of accommodations at the Blue Marlin Cove Marina, 5 days of diving aboard the M/V Thresher, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on dive days, use of tanks, weights and belts. (Please note that gratuities, travel to/from Grand Bahama, ground transfers and dinners are not included)
Join a professional wildlife photographer and guide Jason Williams on one of our Rare Expeditions to Churchill, Manitoba in search polar bears and arctic wildlife. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is home to one of the largest single populations of polar bears on earth. This safari will focus on studying, observing and photographing the arctic scenery and abundant wildlife of the Hudson Bay with an emphasis on polar bears. Churchill is one of the best places in the world to photograph polar bears due to their seasonally high concentration and our ability to access those areas. Between 900 and 1000 of these graceful animals congregate in and around Churchill waiting for the Hudson bay to freeze, allowing them access to prime seal hunting grounds. Not only will you spend the week in the middle one of the densest concentrations of polar bears in the world, you will also spend time viewing and photographing Northern lights, have close encounters with red and arctic fox, and if we’re lucky snowy owls and gire falcons. Our expedition will be based out of the Churchill Northern Studies Center, an active research and education facility situated 23 km east of the town of Churchill right on the tundra. This modern facility provides comfortable, dorm style accommodations overlooking the tundra with complete access to the center’s library, recreation room and observatory. Every evening we will gather to enjoy presentations on wildlife photography, natural history and ecology by your guides or the center’s highly trained naturalists. This exclusive polar bear tour is limited to 6 guests allowing us to customize each day around the interests and desires of each person on the trip.
Join one of our professional photographer safari guides for an intensive three day fall photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. This intensive field based photography safari will take you to the best fall photography locations including a combination of classic Grand Teton scenes, lesser known local ‘secret’ locations and opportunities each day to find and photograph a variety of the park’s abundant wildlife. This workshop is scheduled to take advantage of peak fall colors in Jackson Hole combined with the unusually active wildlife due to seasonal migrations and mating. Enjoy full days in the field building your portfolio while learning photography technique, wildlife spotting skills and best practices in file management. As an added bonus, this time of year is a great time to avoid the crowds of summer and enjoy one of the best times to be in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. If time and conditions allow there could be an opportunity to learn night photography skills as well! Each workshop is limited to 7 passengers to insure a customized photography adventure calibrated to your level of experience and areas of interest.
Includes: Hotel pick-up in Jackson Hole, all transportation, an experienced, local wildlife photographer/naturalist guide, 3 lunches, 1 farewell dinner, 3 breakfasts, snacks, souvenir water bottle and use of our spotting scopes and binoculars throughout the trip.
Join professional wildlife photographer and divemaster Jason Williams for an unforgettable adventure to study and photograph Great White Sharks off the Guadalupe Islands. This is great white shark diving at its very best. Up to 120 individual sharks and crystal clear water with 125’ plus visibility. Enjoy a calm and sheltered anchorage with diving staged from the luxury liveaboard, Belle Amie. You will get up to 3 dives per day in submersible cages plus virtually unlimited diving in surface cages. This is natural interaction with great white sharks at its very best. October and November is when the “big mommas” move in. These enormous females are 18-19 feet long with the girth of a Volkswagen! Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for great white shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific Ocean 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in one-hundred-twenty-five-foot visibility! The Nautilus Belle Amie offers convenient evening departures, virtually unlimited diving, the opportunity to watch the great whites out in the open in 40 feet of clear blue water from the top deck of our double-decker submersible cages and all the services of a luxury liveaboard – from gear rental to attentive hostesses and sparkling-clear hot tub. This expedition departs from San Diego for 5 nights/6 days. On the first morning upon arrival we do warm-up dives and afterwards the pool is always open. The current record is 31.5 hours of cage time over 3 dive days! If you want to experience and photograph these awesome predators in their natural environment, then this is the trip for you. You don’t need a scuba certification to enjoy the surface cages but to take advantage of the submersible cages a scuba certification is required.
Join professional wildlife photographer and guide Jason Williams for an in depth look into how to organize, edit, process and better understand your digital images using Adobe Lightroom’s powerful features. This 2 day seminar will start by breaking down the world of digital photography and the underlying technologies that we rely on as modern photographers. With this foundation we will learn how to build a sound organizational platform, import and organize our images using best practices and create an effective workflow. We will explore some of the tools and techniques in the digital darkroom that will take your photography to the next level while learning some ‘quick and dirty’ tricks of the trade to speed up your workflow. The last segment of this seminar will focus on how to export your images for different uses and demystify the murky world of what file formats, color spaces and resolutions work best for different applications. This might be the most important part of the course! You can perfect every other step in creating a digital image but if you send a great image out processed incorrectly for the application that image can go from great to not so good in a hurry.
Though this seminar will use Adobe Lightroom throughout the class, the underlying technologies, techniques and strategies will often translate to other photo processing software. Whether you currently use Adobe Lightroom, are thinking about using it, or are using some other alternative – this class will proved you with ideas, strategies and tools to take your photography and images to the next level. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers or for those wanting a look into the philosophy, workflow and techniques of a professional. This seminar will be limited to 30 students.