Grand Tetons in Fall
September 24th thru September 27th 2013 4 day in-field workshop $795
Please join me for a breath taking photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton is perhaps my favorite national park, surpassing even Yosemite, and the perfect location for a photography workshop. I don't know if there is anything more beautiful than seeing the first soft rays of the day's light bathing the mountain peaks in soft beautiful hues. We'll have the opportunity to visit all the most beautiful and memorable locations in the park, during the most beautiful time of year, Fall!
The workshop is timed perfectly to capture the park in all it's glory. Trees will be turning beautiful shades of yellow and orange, the air will be clean and crisp and bison, elk, deers and moose will be running around everywhere, it will be amazing! As with all my workshops, I've designed this one to help take your creativity to a new level. Through a combination of both in-the-field image sessions and mid-day class/lecture sessions on many different topics both technical (Photoshop) and artistic, I want to get you to start thinking differently as an artist and spark your artistic vision.
- How to get the right exposure, balancing foregrounds and skies
- Composing a creative image
- Depth of Field in the Landscape
- Using filters
- How to create an "image with impact"
- Getting creative with shutter speeds
- How to start to "See the Light"
- Using Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop
- Dodging and Burning in the digital era
- The importance of Keywording and Meta Data and how to do it
- Keep your files safe
- Using a Professional lab
- Sharpening images and creating stunning black and white images featuring Nik plugins.
- Much More!
What is Included
- 4 Days of In-Field Instruction in Grand Teton National Park
- Written Workshop material featuring detailed description of equipment for the workshop, technical hints and tips and travel info.
- Reading material on subjects such as Artistic Vision, Creativity, Manual Exposure and more.
- Informal Print sharing and Discussion of your work during afternoon meetings.
- Classroom sessions/lecture on a number of possible topics including Photoshop, Creativity, "Seeing as an Artist", working with a pro lab and more.
- Light snacks and bottled water in the mornings to keep your energy up.
What You'll Need:
- Digital or Film SLR Camera
- Sturdy Tripod
- Lens covering a range of about 18mm to 200mm (more is helpful)
- A selections of filters
- A flashlight or headlamp
- Your camera manual
- Hiking boots
- A laptop loaded with Photoshop and color calibrated would be beneficial
- Extra Batteries
- A great Attitude!
- More information is in the workshop handbook
Points of Interest
- Snake River Overlook
- Oxbow Bend
- Schwabacher's Landing
- Jenny Lake
- The Barns at Mormon Row
- Chapel of the Transfiguration
- The Colors of Fall
- So Much More!
Limited to: Just 8 participates
Tuesday September 24th - We'll meet in the afternoon for introductions, orientation and get to know each other a little bit before a short discussion on one of many topics that I'll be touching on during our time together. Possible topics include "Learning to See Light", "Composing for Landscapes", "Elements of a landscape with impact", "Scouting for Great Images" or something else equally as fun. We'll end the day shooting the sunset in the Park.
Wednesday September 25th - We'll be starting our days early for beautiful sunrise sessions at different locations within Grand Teton National Park. We have a number of locations to choose from, including Schwabacher Landing, the famed Snake River overlook, Oxbox bend and Mormon row. After our sunrise session we'll head to one of my favorite locations in the park to create images of Bison, often with their young. We'll then head back into Jackson for breakfast at my favorite spot...anywhere! After breakfast we'll break for a few hours to experience the town of Jackson and a bit of rest.
We'll meet in the afternoon for a classroom session where I'll show you some Photoshop and Lightroom tips and techniques I use to bring the most of your images. We'll also discuss digital workflow, preparing your files for print or other display medium and working with a professional lab, something I highly recommend. We'll then head into the town of Jackson to tour some of it's wonderful photography galleries before driving into the park for our sunset session. We'll end the day with a group dinner at one of the many wonderful resturant in the area.
Thursday September 26 - We'll greet the day at another beautiful location for sunrise and the day will go generally the same as Wednesday but with new places to explore. During the afternoon we'll meet for a discussion on a number of creative topics and Q&A before dinner in Jackson and a wonderful sunset location in Grand Teton National Park.
Friday September 27th - Our last day together, we start the day with a wonderful sunrise session followed by additional morning shooting at any number of wonderful locations before heading back into Jackson for breakfast. After breakfast we'll relax for a few hours before regrouping for the the afternoon discussion. During this time the classroom will be open for you do work on images from the previous days under as much or as little supervision from myself as you'd like. We'll also have our print sharing session during this afternoon featuring images you've done previously, images from the workshop or a combination of the two. We'll end the workshop with a group dinner and then sunset in the park.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced - Participates should have a good working knowledge of how to operate their camera in manual mode. In addition having a good knowledge of stops, shutter speeds and f/stops will allow you to focus your attention on creativity and creating high quality images.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Our days will start early as the beautiful light of sunrise waits for no one and is the best time to photograph in Grand Teton National Park. We'll greet the day's at such places as Schwabacher's landing where Grand Teton and it's neighboring peaks reflect in the still water of a beaver pond; or the picturesque barns of Mormon Row. After enjoying a beautiful sunrise we'll head to some of my favorite locations for wildflowers or herds of Bison with their young grazing and interacting in the grassy meadows. Breakfast and a morning break will be either on your own or as a group at my favorite breakfast place before our afternoon classroom session, print sharing and discussion. We'll then break for a few hours so you can relax or explore the wonderful town of Jackson, filled with a number of wonderful shops, galleries and restaurants before ending the day with a sunset shoot and a good nights rest. As with all my workshops the days are long but they're filled with one-on-one instruction, lessons, discussion and print sharing that you can apply immediately in the field.
Lodging: While lodging is not included in the price of the workshop I will be staying at The Antler Inn in downtown Jackson. We also have a conference room reserved for our afternoon discussions and classroom time at the Antler and it's lobby will be our meeting place each morning before heading out for our sunrise session. The Antler Inn is located in downtown Jackson and within walking distant to the town square featuring art galleries, shopping and wonderful resturants. I've done a lot of research leading up to selecting the perfect lodging for the workshop and I feel The Antler Inn offers the best lodging in Jackson when you combine convenience, location, affordability and comfort.
I have reserved a block of rooms for the workshop at the special group price of $125 a night, a real bargain when it comes to Jackson.
To book your room at the Antler Inn give them a call at the number below and let them know you are with the Edward Mendes Photography Workshop. The rooms will be held until August 23rd; at that point any rooms not booked will be released back into the system.
43 W. Pearl Ave
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
Phone: 1-307-733-2535 or 1-800-522-2406
Physical Requirements: The workshop doesn't require much in the way of trail hiking or elevations gains as most of the best photography locations are relatively close to the parking area, with a quarter mile. However it is good to note that many of the trials are dirt paths and can be uneven in places. In addition we'll be doing much of our hiking in relatively dark conditions of pre-dawn and post sunset light so remember those flash lights. Also, we'll be up early as we will be on location at least an hour before sunrise in order to allow you to scout the locations and find our compositions. We'll also be out late as sunset is very late, close to 9pm. We may be working at elevations between 4,500 and 7,000 feet.
Deposit: Full payment can be made online at anytime via this Sign Up link or the one above. Minimum deposit of $300 usd is due at the time of registration which becomes non-refundable 90 days prior to the starting date of the workshop. The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. If you'd like to make a deposit please either contact me at 209.541.1815 or via email and I can take your credit card information personally or you can send a check to the following address:
Edward Mendes Photography
4718 E. Service Rd
Ceres, CA 95307
Please include your name(s), mailing address, home phone, cell phone, email address to the address above.
Lodging and meals are not included with the workshop, however a local lodging guide and recommendations are included in the workshop's workbook that you'll receive after sign-up.