Winter Wildlife Photography

Winter Wildlife Photography

$1,403.50
Dates:
January 2-7
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Meg Sommers
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Photography, Wildlife

Do you love watching winter wildlife and want to learn how to photograph them? Not quite sure how your camera works and want to learn more? Then come immerse yourself with fellow enthusiasts in the heart of Yellowstone’s northern range. At the Buffalo Ranch, you will wake up right in the middle of this magical place! Witness the struggle for survival as its inhabitants go about their lives. We’ll spend most of the time in the field, so you will have ample opportunities to photograph wildlife and learn about their behaviors, while practicing techniques and the ethics of wildlife photography.

Program Itinerary

The itinerary is designed to take advantage of the best opportunities in the park, but may be adjusted to adapt to weather conditions, wildlife activity, holidays, and road construction. The details and timing of the agenda are subject to change. For more information see the Course Letter below.

  • Day 1
    Participants are welcome to check into the Lamar Buffalo Ranch starting at 4:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
  • Day 2 Photography Fundamentals and Beyond
    The morning will be spent discussing the fundamentals of photography, composition, exposure compensation, equipment selection, and how to use depth of field to your advantage. In order to find wildlife to photograph, students will also need an understanding of wildlife habits and habitats. While some lecture is necessary, much of the class time will be interactive. The later afternoon will be spent in the field looking for wildlife to photograph.
  • Day 3-4 Field Excursions
    The class will meet early mornings and head out into the field and stay out late looking for wildlife, when wildlife is most often to be seen and photography light is at its best. Mid-days will be spent either discussing animal behavior or photographic techniques, or just taking some well-deserved down time.
  • Day 5 Image Review
    Early morning will be spent out in the field and the afternoon this day will be in the classroom reviewing student images and working on digital darkroom techniques.
  • Day 6 Check out by 9:00 a.m.

About the Instructor

Meg Sommers, has been an outdoor enthusiast from early childhood. A resident of Cody, Wyoming, she has been photographing wildlife seriously in Yellowstone since 1990 and teaching wildlife photography here since 2010. Meg’s nature photography covers the full spectrum, but her passion is to photograph wildlife and to help to tell their stories. While her heart will always belong to the Greater Yellowstone area, she has traveled worldwide to seek out new and interesting wildlife.

Meg Sommers was fantastic. Her wildlife photography class was definitely top notch. — Summer 2021 student

Through her award-winning digital photography, she has found a way to share the beauty and grace of these areas with others. A knowledgeable naturalist, her dual passions for both nature and photography combine with her enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of it all with her students.

Download Program Information:

Course Letter

More Information:

We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.