Course Content

The workshop covers a broad range of photographic practices and principles with an emphasis on instruction targeted to the individual level of the student. Primary instruction is done with digital SLR cameras and Adobe software for editing. Students will also also be exposed to 35 mm film cameras, medium and large format film cameras and mixed media processes. In addition, required readings and discussions on the history, culture and environment of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, will add to the students' exploration of a new geography.

Throughout the ten-day workshop, students will be encouraged to experiment with various forms of image making. Subject matter can vary from concepts that pertain to the interpretation of landscape, intimate nature studies, social documentary and portraiture. Among the locations visited during the workshop are Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the National Elk Refuge, the towns of Jackson, Wilson, Kelly and Cody, Wyoming, Silver Gate, Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, the Beartooth Scenic Highway, Buffalo Bill Center of the West an authentic western rodeo, the historic Mormon Row homestead site, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and a variety of neighboring locations. 

Lectures and demonstrations will cover basic camera operations, beginning to advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques, alternative camera use, mixed media processes and more. In addition, there will be several presentations and technical demonstrations by professional artists working in the field and a tour of significant museums in the area. 

All levels of experience are encouraged to participate. No prior photographic experience is necessary. Some camera and darkroom equipment is provided.