Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall 2013

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Grand Teton NP 06-JUN-2012 Jim Stamates $995 $1095 Sold out

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Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Grand Teton National Park.

Join Nikonians Academy Instructor Jim Stamates for 4 wild days to learn, shoot, and experience Grand Teton National Park in the Fall.

Trip Dates: September 30 - October 3, 2013

The landscape of Grand Teton NP has turned to brilliant golds, rusts and browns wetting our appetite for great scenics. We arrive before dawn at Schwabacher Landing and we wait for the sun to kiss the tops of the Grand Tetons. The reflection in the beaver pond adds the perfect touch to our first image of the day. Then on to Mormon Row to get the classic shot of the barns with the snowcapped peaks and fall color backdrop. That’s just the first morning and we have many opportunities awaiting us. We head to Oxbow Bend but not for scenics, instead we look for river otters, moose, bald eagles, and osprey. Elk, bears, pronghorn, and bison fill the memory cards and this is only the first day! Join Nikonians Academy and Jim and Kathy Stamates for 4 wild days to learn, shoot, and experience Grand Teton National Park.

You will shoot:

Bull moose in a backdrop of fall colors are the bill-of-faire at Grand Teton NP and we spend as much time as it takes to get special images of this magnificent animal. Other wildlife may include, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Black and Grizzly Bears, Coyote, Fox, River Otters, Beavers, and Wolves. We will also look for Bald Eagles, Great Gray Owls, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey. Landscapes will include the Snake River, Autumn Colors with the Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher Landing, Moulton Barn, and Jackson and Jenny Lakes.

You will experience:

The Grand Tetons in the fall, being near wild animals, the feeling of wilderness, great camaraderie, exceptional photo opportunities, and lots of fun. No strenuous hiking.

Transportation, Lodging and Meals:

Workshop fee includes training and resources but does not include transportation, lodging, meals, or park entrance fees.

We will base out of Jackson, WY.

If you fly, Jackson Hole Airport, JAC, is about 12 miles from Jackson, WY. Jackson Hole is the valley and Jackson is the town. We will shoot all day October 3rd and have a farewell dinner that night so plan accordingly.

Lodging options and itinerary will be emailed to you upon signing up for this workshop.

Camping and RVs are also an option.

We will carpool and travel to several locations during the day. Wildlife photography is an adventure and we will be open to what each day will offer us.

  • You will learn

    • The 3 Keys to making great images:
    • Exposure - Composition - Creativity
    • LIFT - Low Impact Field Techniques
    • How and ‘when not’ to Approach Wildlife
    • Long Lens shooting techniques
    • Tripod Use Made Simple
    • The 5 Foot Rule
    • The 600 Rule
    • The Sunny 16 Rule
    • How to break the rules with intent
    • How and where to find wildlife subjects
    • How to anticipate your subjects next move
    • Low Impact Field Techniques of a Professional Wildlife Photographer
    • You will learn camera settings for active wildlife and quiet landscapes
    • How to find all the best locations in the Tetons to express your vision.
    • The Tetons provide abundant wildlife opportunities. You will learn how to get into the rhythm of your subject so it accepts your presence and allows you ample time to make your perfect shot. We will discuss field ethics and etiquette, when it is okay to use fill flash and when it’s not, and how low-impact techniques will improve your wildlife and nature photographs. We will practice techniques to use a tripod effectively, shooting with a long lens to get sharp images, and panning techniques to show motion with moving subjects.
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • SLR • digital or film
    • tripod
    • wide angle
    • short telephoto
    • the longest lens you have. (You don’t need a super telephoto if you don’t have one, I’ve made some of my best wildlife images at under 200mm)
    • Bring a great attitude, a willingness to learn and share, and a desire to experience wildlife and adventure like never before.
    • Layer clothing, prepare for any type of weather this time of year in the Tetons. Usually, cool mornings give way to warmer afternoons. Weather is unpredictable and it could rain or snow. We will shoot in any conditions we are given.
    • Hat, Gloves, Rain parka
    • Hiking Boots
    • Water Bottle (refillable)
    • I will email a suggested pack list to all participants.
  • Optional

    • Laptop computer or portable hard drive to download cards. This is a field workshop and we will be shooting from dawn to dusk with midday breaks for lunch of course. There will be no classroom instruction or time for post processing.
    • Grad ND and Polarizer filters, Macro lens, Tele extenders, Flash, Flash extender, cable release, rain cover for camera and lenses. Other items you may want are knee pads or small ground cloth for low angle shooting.
    • Thermos for hot drinks; coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
  • What is provided

    • Guidance by our professional photography instructor
    • Training materials for the workshop
    • Amazing photo opportunities
    • This is a four day workshop in the field. No classroom instruction.
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


Four days of incredible wildlife photography with one of North America's best wildlife shooters.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund your tuition except for a $125 fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund 50% of the tuition. If you cancel less than 7 days before the workshop, we offer no refund.


Following Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Fall 2013 workshops are organized in Grand Teton NP:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
03-OCT-2012 Jim Stamates $995 $1025 Sold out

Other workshops in Grand Teton NP:

Topic Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Wildlife Adventure in Grand Teton NP 05-OCT-2010 Jim Stamates $895 $925 Sold out
Wildlife Adventure in Grand Teton NP - Spring 23-MAY-2011 Jim Stamates $895 $925 Sold out
Wildlife Adventure in Grand Teton NP - Fall 03-OCT-2011 Jim Stamates $895 $925 Sold out
Wildlife Adventure in Grand Teton NP - Spring 2012 06-JUN-2012 Jim Stamates $995 $1095 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.