"Jared is so knowledgeable about photography & nature - we enjoyed every minute!"
Experience the Rockies through the view finder on one of our instructional Photo Safaris. Learn the skills of wildlife, landscape, macro, and nature photography, or focus on just one or two of those skills. Everyone from professionals to first timers will gain a new perspective on photography and Rocky Mountain National Park.
NOTE: There will be construction on Bear Lake Road through 2013. This is not the main road in the park, but is the best hiking, snowshoeing, and alpine lake photo area in the park.
Currently the Park has not announced the Spring and Summer Construction schedule.
There may be night closures each Wednesday and Friday so sunrise access may not be available those days during the summer.
We are experienced with all makes and models of DSLR cameras including: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, and a whole variety of point and shot models.
Beginners, learn how to use your camera to its fullest potential and we'll get you off of automatic mode. We are very experienced in teaching you the basics in a simple understandable manner so you start seeing huge improvements within the first hour of the tour. Generally a 4 or 6 hour tour is best for beginners. Some folks burn out at 4 hours, while others can keep going well past 6. The best length for you depends on which one of of those descriptions is most like you.
Experienced photographers, we can plan a special trip to try to catch amazing shots, go over your technique, customize your camera settings, and talk about ways to improve your shots here in Rocky and all over the world. I've had clients tell me that in a single tour they have learned more than on workshops from big names like Moose Peterson and Aurthur Morris. We can discuss skills like hyperfocal distance, prime apertures for sharpness, live view focusing, tilt/shift, long lens techniques and more. We can also make a custom trip to hit some really amazing locations that can take years to find.
Photo Safari Seaonal Options
Click the season you are planning your photo safari and get some ideas and options of what we can shot.
First we will start by taking a quick tour of your camera making sure its set up to capture the best pictures possible. Then learn aspects of photography such as composition, light metering, reading a histogram, and some secrets that will improve every shot you take. If you want to make the jump from "point and shoot" to the world of "f stops" and "shutter speed," this is the perfect opportunity for you.
You don't have a camera, don't worry, you can use ours! By using our professional digital cameras with a selection of lenses you can get shots of the majestic mountain vistas or zoom in on a Bull Elk's eye lashes.
Before your Photo Safari be sure to visit Yellow Wood Guding's Photo Training Videos so your prepared for a great day in of photography in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Even though this is a photographic tour you will still learn tons of interesting facts and gain a new respect for this amazing environment. Plus when its over you will have a DVD of your photographs if you use our gear to impress all your friends and family.
Due to the level of instruction and cost of gear we limit our Photo Safari's to children 12 and up. If your kids are under 16 please read the Safari FAQ to make sure this tour is for your family. There are a number of stops where we can use the park restrooms. Sunscreen, eco-friendly and optics friendly bug spray, water and healthy snacks are provided for all guests.
*Not Included: Park entrance fees are $10 per person or $40 for an annual pass.
Summer Rates: May - October 20th
Fees: 1 - 4 Guests
4 Hour Tour $180 first guest + $45 per additional guest*
6 Hour Tour $275 first guest + $65 per additional guest*