OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
THE MAGIC OF YELLOWSTONE
Photographing The Grandeur Of Our Nation's First National Park During Its Most Beautiful Season.
For A Preview Of A Few Of The Photography Techniques You'll Learn Click Here.
Pre-workshop/arrive in Jackson
Participants should book travel to arrive in Jackson the day before the workshop starts. Workshop will start at 9am the following morning.
If flying into Jackson Hole airport (JAC), we recommend that you book to arrive early in the day and not book the last flight of the day. If you miss your flight in for any reason, you could miss us on Thursday.
Participants are responsible for booking their own lodging in Jackson before and after the workshop. We will send hotel information upon receiving your deposit. Jackson headquarters will be Ed Riddell's home studio which only 1-2 blocks away from several hotels. Transportation between Jackson hotels and the Jackson airport is plentiful. Details will be provided upon receipt of your deposit. Those of you who already live in the Jackson area, will know how to find us with address provided. Those of you flying in will not need a private automobile for the workshop portion of your trip. Instructors and participants will be traveling in two Suburbantype vehicles throughout the workshop.
Morning Briefing, Jackson – Travel to Yellowstone – Check-in Old Faithful - Evening Shoot.
The start of the workshop. You will check out of your hotel and meet at Ed Riddell's home/studio in downtown Jackson at 9:00am sharp (for general purposes of this workshop, if you are not early, you are late. Plan to be at least 15 minutes early to any designated time). Plan to be packed and ready to go to Yellowstone later in the day (more details to be provided).
At Ed's studio we will do introductions and have a briefing on the daily schedule. We will talk about some of the key aspects of good landscape photography and some of the great historic landscape images from the history of photography to inspire our efforts. We will then go over our digital workflow to make sure that we are all prepared to download photos from each day's shoots onto your laptops and be prepared to pick and present three images for critique each day of the workshop.
Please note: Our preferred software for downloading and editing will be Capture One (available from Phase One for $99 or as a free 30 day trial.) Phase One is becoming the choice of most critical users and is similar to Adobe Lightroom. You may also use Lightroom but your instructor will only be able to provide basic support with this platform. If you aren't a current Capture One user this workshop would a great time to experience all it has to offer, learn how it differs from Lightroom, and see why so many professionals have switched from Lightroom to Capture One.
After lunch we will pack the Suburbans and leave for our first night's lodging in Yellowstone at the cabins at Old Faithful. We will check in to our cabins around 4pm.
Evening shoot: After check-in we will head out for an afternoon and evening of shooting. We will return to our accommodations just after sunset. We will have group dinner reservations at the Old Faithful dining room (optional but will ask you to let confirm the day before). You are welcome to join the group or dine on your own, though the group dining is a great part of the experience. We plan to get individual checks for our meals as meals are not covered in the workshop fees.
Early Morning Shoot – Critique – Evening Shoot - Lodging: Old Faithful
Morning Shoot: This morning we will get up before dawn and travel to our first shooting location before sunrise so that we will be on location for the best of the morning light. Our shooting locations are not predetermined by site alone; rather our choice of places to shoot will be based on weather and light. We will likely shoot at 23 different locations before returning to Old Faithful for breakfast (buffet available at lodges & other choices – details to follow).
Critique: There will be a break after breakfast until about 1pm when we will gather as a group, download images and discuss the successes and challenges we experienced on our first two field outings. Each student will choose three images from the prior two outings to present to the group for critique and discussion. The group critiques are one of the key learning opportunities at the workshops. Not only will you get Ed Riddell's feedback and encouragement but we will learn from the successes (and challenges) experienced by our fellow participants.
Evening Shoot: We will depart again around 4pm for our late afternoon/evening shoot at new locations in the Old Faithful area. We will again return after sunset with reservations at the Old Faithful Inn dining room.
Morning Shoot – Check-out - Critique – Travel to Lake Lodge - Evening Shoot.
Morning Shoot: We will arise to chase the day's first light. We will shoot in a different location from Day 2 that, again, takes best advantage of light and weather conditions.
Check-out from Old Faithful: After breakfast, we will check out and pack the vehicles.
Critique: After check out and loading luggage, we will gather in a central meeting area to review student pictures from the previous outings and choose three images each for critique. We will review and critique the selected images from each student as a group, and provide instruction on techniques to improve your work.
Drive to Lake Lodge & Check-in: After the critique, we proceed to Lake Hotel in a different area of the park,about a 90-minute drive from Old Faithful. We change hotels because there are two distinct "sides" of the park. In order to shoot both sides, without long drives, we choose to move to a hotel on the other side of the park. Our base of operations on the east side of the park, therefore, will be the Lake Yellowstone area and the Lake Hotel. We have reserved “frontier cabins” with private baths for each participant.The cabins are very close to the Lake Hotel where we will be dining.
Evening Shoot: After check-in, we head back out to the field to a new location, then back to the hotel for dinner (group reservation).
Morning Shoot – Critique – Evening Shoot
Morning shoot: We will again meet before first light and proceed to a new location that takes advantage of early morning light and weather conditions. This side of the park has very different landscapes with rivers, lakes and waterfalls as contrasted with the thermal areas on the west side of Days 1 and 2 near Old Faithful.
Critique: We will return to our rooms and after breakfast to download images and to our discussion and critique of images from the previous two shoots.
Evening shoot: After an afternoon break, we will reconvenet to go out in the field for another afternoon/evening shoot, returning after sunset to our rooms and dinner.
Morning Shoot – Check-out – Critique – Drive Back to Jackson –Group Closing Dinner
Morning Shoot: This is our last field trip so we'll be up at dawn going to a new location that takes advantage of light and weather conditions.
Critique: We will return to our rooms and after breakfast, check out, then do our last critique. You will be amazed at the progress that everyone has made in only five days. After lunch we'll drive back to Jackson returning by mid afternoon. You'll check back into your respective lodging or home,
Group Dinner: We will meet back for our final group dinner together at a location in the town of Jackson (to be determined).
Please Do Not Book Until You Confirm Workshop Dates with Ed Riddell
Our Lodging In Yellowstone
Lodging in Yellowstone is very difficult to obtain with most lodging sold out over a year in advance (especially true the past few years). The workshop has reserved "frontier cabins" at both Old Faithful Lodge Cabins and Lake Lodge Cabins . These cabins provide one of the more affordable lodging options available in the park that still have private baths. While basic, they are clean, warm and quiet. They are a short walk away from the main lodges, which are at least twice as expensive. As you'll see from our daily schedule, we won't be in our rooms very much because our schedule is quite busy.
We have reserved two tables (max six per table) each night of our stay at the Old Faithful Inn dining room and the Lake Hotel dining room. Both are wonderful throwbacks to the old days in Yellowstone with pretty darn good menus including reasonable wine lists! You may, of course, choose to dine on your own, but we encourage you to join the group, as there are always lively discussions about photography. It's a good place to hear about our challenges and successes from the day's shooting excursions.
Link to Old Faithful Lodge Cabins: Nights 1 and 2
Link to Lake Lodge Cabins: Nights 3 and 4