Half Day Tour

Grand Teton Photo Workshop

  • Destination
    Grand Teton
  • Season
    Jan - Dec
  • Group Size
    Max 6
  • Duration
    4-5 Hours
From $995
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Overview

Join us for a half day photo workshop in Grand Teton National Park with a professional photography guide.  This introductory experience is geared toward photographers who feel comfortable navigating their equipment and are ready to start taking photos.  The National Park plays host to a wealth of striking flora and fauna, and with its impressive snow-capped peaks, is well known for serving up ample opportunities for landscape or wildlife photography.

Highlights

  • Introduction to Landscape & Wildlife Photography
  • Professional Critique & Instruction
  • Grand Teton National Park Tour & Wildlife Sightings

Our professional photography guides will provide a great overview of landscape and wildlife photography in and around Grand Teton National Park.  Throughout the day, your guide will work with you to advance your skill set covering basic topics such as gear, lighting, composition, and more.

Always keep in mind that landscape photography opportunities are subject to change due to weather conditions and wildlife photography is dependent on, well…wildlife, and sometimes wildlife can be finicky.  Your professional photography guide will be happy to help you with your photography gear, answer any questions you may have about photography, and share some of their best photography practices.

This tour is van-based with ample time out of the vehicle for photography and instruction.  Please come prepared for a variety of conditions and terrain.

A half day private photography tour begins with an early-morning pick up to maximize wildlife and landscape opportunities. Pick up time may vary based on the days weather and lighting conditions and our professional photography guides will cater the trip to your creative interests and goals.

You’ll cover roughly 50 miles of roadway within the national park with mindful attention to elements conducive to successful photography conditions, along which a variety of strategically placed pullouts can be found, each offering dramatic vistas of either winding rivers, crystalline bodies of water that mirror open sky, craggy, alpine peaks and the potential for spectacular wildlife sightings.  Working in this wild space also results in no two pictures being the same, even if snapping a photo from a popular spot such as the Snake River Overlook or the Oxbow Bend; the weather, clouds and lighting vary on a near daily basis. Our guides are well-versed in popular photography spots and will also help encourage you to hone your skills at each location. Each tour will be customized to your physical and technical ability.

The unpredictability of wildlife enhances the experience as well.  While many animals, like bison, moose and pronghorn, have distinct habitats, there is always the chance of finding them in unexpected places that could create the opportunity for an entirely unique photo.  Then there are less frequently seen species, such as otters, wolves, great gray owls and grizzly bears.  These animals can be elusive, potentially darting along a river bank or dashing through an open field and vanishing before the click of a shutter.

To understand more about the seasonal nature of Jackson Hole’s wildlife, you can read more about the seasons and what you’re most likely to see in Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone National Park, or Jackson Hole, at different times of the year.  If you have a certain subject in mind, plan your arrival accordingly in order to optimize your chances of seeing it in the wild.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional photography guide
  • Private safari
  • Breakfast
  • Locally sourced snacks
  • Souvenir water bottle
  • Use of spotting scopes and binoculars
  • Guide gratuities
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Personal photography equipment

Private Safari

$995 for 1-4 guests; $115 for each additional guest, (plus taxes and fees). Maximum per vehicle, 6 guests. No age minimum. This is a private safari.
From $995

Pick-up Times

All guests are picked up and returned to their place of lodging. We pick up at hotels and condos in Jackson and Teton Village.  Your exact pickup time will be determined by your hotel location. Please make note of your pickup time, and save it for your reference.

Please be ready and waiting in the hotel lobby a few minutes before your pickup.  Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes for your guide to arrive just in case they are delayed for any reason.

Seasonal changes to trip timing may be made to accommodate daylight and/or optimum wildlife viewing, and photography opportunities.

All private safari guests are picked up at 6:30 AM, May – September, and 7:00 AM, October – April.  

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Our guide tailored our experience to accommodate our interest in wildlife and natural photography. We saw pika, elk, bison, moose, mule deer and fawns, grizzly bears, marmots, and ground squirrels. We had a five star guide. Highly recommend him, and we wish our tour didn’t end!
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FAQs

What equipment do we need to have for a half day photography tour?

Make sure you bring equipment you’re used to using and are comfortable with.  Before your photography tour, make sure you have fully charged batteries, including an extra one, and bring spare memory cards as well.  For landscape photography, a 14mm-24mm and 24mm-70mm lens are best.  For wildlife photography, a 300mm, 500mm and 600mm lens are best.

What should we wear for a half day photo tour in Grand Teton National Park?

For the summer season, the weather can be variable throughout the day. Early and late summer can experience extreme temperature swings from early morning to midday. It’s best to come prepared with synthetic or wool layers that you can alter as the day progresses. Make sure to bring a windproof or waterproof shell to keep yourself dry. We will be in and out of the vehicle and walking across uneven terrain to get to some of our spots. Hiking boots work well, if you have them. If not, a sturdy walking shoe will also work.

For the winter months, layers are key. Choose lightweight synthetic or wool layers to wear against the skin and add insulating layers, like thicker wool or fleece, to keep you warm. A windproof or waterproof shell is important to wear over your layers in order to keep you dry. Waterproof snow boots with good traction should be worn with wool or synthetic socks to keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t forget to bring a wool or fleece hat and warm pair of gloves or mittens.

What animals will we see on a half day photo tour in Grand Teton National Park?

Each season provides a diversity of flora and fauna in Grand Teton National Park, but not all seasons are the same.  You’ll want to align your visit with your photography goals, enhancing your chances of seeing your favorite subjects in the wild.  It’s not a full list, but the following suggestions highlight some of the animals you might see here, if you know where to look!  In the spring months (April, May, June) you may see bison calves, grizzly bears, black bears and mountain bluebirds.  In the summer months (June, July, August), you could see bison and pronghorn.  In the autumn months (August, September, October), you could see black bears and moose.  And during the winter months (November, December, January, February, March) you could see elk, bighorn sheep, moose (although they may not have antlers), coyote and fox.

Further Reading

Best Photography Spots in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

May 13, 2013

We created a map from Google Maps showing the best places to stop and photograph Teton National Park so that you’ll be sure to come away with dramatic photos of Grand Teton.

iPhone Photography – Basic Tips and Tricks

Jul 4, 2019

Did you know that you have a powerful camera right in your pocket?  Professional Photographer, Dwight Vasel, breaks down some basic iPhone functionality for you.  Read more about the tips and tricks you can use to take photographs and video with your smartphone.  With a camera built in to your phone, you have a powerful little point and shoot at your fingertips, perfect for wildlife photography in the field.

 

 

 

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