Winter Wildlife in Wonderland: Photography Immersion Seminar
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Natural History, Photography, Wildlife
This is an all-around, winter wonderland photography field seminar that aims to showcase wildlife in its environment. Climate, weather, environment are the second character in wildlife photography. What the animal does, when and how it does it, and even what it looks like, is completely ruled by the weather/time of year. Portrait photography has its own place, yet showing the animal in its environment is an advanced form of storytelling. Yellowstone is also a massive landscape, and sometimes even with the longest of lenses, the subject in the frame appears quite small. This seminar aims to teach participants how to utilize the environment in photography, how to make a stunning, powerful image when inhibited by distance, and how to photograph wildlife ethically and beautifully.
- Day 1 7:00 p.m. Welcome!
Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch, schedule, and course specifics.
- Day 2 Intro to Photography and Yellowstone
Morning – midday classroom time to learn the fundamentals of photography (the triangle of aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Presentations by instructor as well as practice. Afternoon in the field to photograph!
- Day 3 Getting Artsy
Morning in the field for observing wildlife and wildlife photography. Midday at the ranch for lunch and classroom presentations on exposure compensation and composition. Afternoon in the field and practicing these techniques.
- Day 4 Making Beautiful Images!
Morning and afternoon in the field observing wildlife and photographing wildlife within the landscape. Midday at the ranch for lunch and a classroom tutorial session on basic editing with Lightroom Classic.
- Day 5 Making More Beautiful Images!
Morning and afternoon in the field observing wildlife and photographing wildlife within the landscape. Midday at the ranch for lunch, uploading images, editing assistance from instructor and downtime. Evening activity: favorite 10 image selection shown to instructor with feedback should participant want this!
- Day 6 Check Out Day
About the Instructor
Kate Ochsman is a naturalist and wildlife photographer based outside of Yellowstone. Kate believes in art for a cause – hers being conservation. Her artistic “why” is to help people connect with the wild, both within and outside of themselves, for we protect what we know and love. Building her fine art photography portfolio, Kate travels globally to photograph wildlife and wild places. Before her move to Yellowstone, Kate, a certified South African Safari Guide, ran an innovative program in the South African bush for college-aged participants that taught them photography, filmmaking, marketing and how to use these along with social media to spread awareness for wildlife conservation issues. She has also worked in human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. These days, Kate is focusing on American wildlife and conservation issues through wildlife guiding and photography.
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