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2016 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Workshop

Dates: Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016   Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Skill Level: Any Class Size: Limited to 8 students Type: Field
Status: WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. Contact me to be placed on a wait list and/or to know when registration opens for my 2017 workshop.

I am an authorized CUA permit holders of the National Park Service 
and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

 

Intro

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in the world, with the Teton Range rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has some of the more dramatic scenery in the Rocky Mountains. It is sure to be an inspiration for any photographer looking to create beautiful images.

This workshop is scheduled for when it should be near peak fall foliage at the Tetons. Aspens will be changing their color to a brilliant yellow and orange, snow could return to the peaks of the Tetons (and maybe even at ground level if we are lucky), and animals will be on the move and more visible as they prepare for the winter.

 

Photographed during my 2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photo Workshop.

 

This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR or equivalent (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. This workshop is filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and even a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

We will be at our locations photographing just before sunrise and ending our day just after sunset. During mid day when the light isn’t great we will be taking a break for a couple hours to recharge batteries, download images, and rest up for the evening sessions. This is a landscape photography workshop and that will be our primary focus. However I have photographed in the park for a number of years and know where moose, antelope, bison, and elk normally hang out and we will look for them throughout the workshop.

 

You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

With a small class size of just 8 students there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis. I can assist you individually on composition, exposure, your own personal style, shooting techniques, and more. My students have absolutely loved this aspect of my photo workshops and it has led to great discussions and learning opportunities.

My students have told me that some of the workshops they have taken have been disappointments as the photographer was more concerned about getting his/her own photos. This doesn’t happen at my workshops as I rarely take photos and when I do it is to demonstrate certain techniques and help with exposure settings & composition. Rest assured that with my workshops my students are my number one priority and I will be there to help you create amazing photographs.

Itinerary

This is a highlight of our planned itinerary. As we get closer to the workshop I will email more specific itineraries to those registered.

Unofficial first day: Wednesday, September 28
While not officially part of the workshop we will meet in downtown Jackson Hole early in the evening so we can all meet and go over the workshop itinerary, schedule, exact times and locations, goals for the workshop, and other items. Exact time and location of this get-together will be emailed as we get closer to the workshop date.

Thursday, September 29
Sunrise session: Sunrise is at 7:21am this morning. We will meet at a location & time TBD and carpool to our shooting location to be ready to photograph before the sun rises. We will photograph till noon then take a break for a couple hours. We will meet up again in the early afternoon and photograph until sunset which is at 7:04pm. 

Friday, September 30
Sunrise session: Sunrise is at 7:22am this morning. We will meet at a location & time TBD and carpool to our shooting location to be ready to photograph before the sun rises. We will photograph till noon then take a break for a couple hours. We will meet up again in the early afternoon and photograph until sunset which is at 7:03pm.

Saturday, October 1
Sunrise session: Sunrise is at 7:23am this morning. We will meet at a location & time TBD and carpool to our shooting location to be ready to photograph before the sun rises. We will photograph till noon then take a break for a couple hours. We will meet up again in the early afternoon and photograph until sunset which is at 7:01pm.

Sunday, October 2
Sunrise session: Sunrise is at 7:23am this morning. We will meet at a location & time TBD and carpool to our shooting location to be ready to photograph before the sun rises. Some time after sunrise we will do a group critique of images till around noon when the worksop will end.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition: WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. Contact me to be placed on a wait list and/or to know when registration opens for my 2017 workshop.

 

Have you taken a workshop with me before?
If so email me and I will send you a special code good for 10% off the full-price for this workshop.*
*(Registration discount can not be combined with any special offers)

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration, or you may elect to register today with a partial payment of $550. The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. I can bill you monthly for the remaining amount if you desire.

If you are unable to register online, you can register and pay by phone by calling Matt at 480-818-9566. All major credit cards are accepted, or you can pay by check as well. Contact me and I will call you back at the time you desire.

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. You can view my workshop policies and faq’s here.

 

"Tetons Barn in B&W"

What to bring

This workshop takes place in the fall when the weather is cool and crisp. Overnight lows usually average in the mid 20’s F and daytime temps can be anywhere from the 30’s to 60’s on average. Snow is possible. With that in mind you will want to dress appropriately with waterproof winter clothing, dressing in layers, and make sure you have your gloves and hat. Hand warmers are a great idea too. Hiking boots – preferably waterproof – are also highly recommended.

In regards to camera gear you will want to have lenses that cover wide angle to telephoto and lots of memory cards and batteries. A tripod is a must and a cable release is highly recommended. Polarizing filters, split neutral density filters, and solid neutral density filters are recommended but not required. You can contact me directly with questions regarding these filters. Note that my workshops are sponsored by Singh-Ray filters and students receive a 10% discount on their purchase. You will also want to bring a headlamp as we will be walking in the dark before sunrise and possibly after sunset.

You will also want to bring your laptop computer to download images. On our last day, Sunday, you may want to bring it with you for a scheduled critique session following our sunrise shoot.

Lodging

I will be staying at the Virginian Lodge in Jackson, Wyoming – just a short drive from downtown Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. The Lodge features regular rooms and also has an RV park for those traveling via RV.

It is not required that you stay at the Virginian Lodge however and you are free to stay wherever you prefer. Wherever you decide to stay, it is recommended you make reservations here or anywhere else in Jackson ASAP as most places fill up months in advance!!

viginian-lodge

Photo courtesy of and © the Virginian Lodge.

The Virginian Lodge phone number is 1-800-262-4999 and the RV Park is 1-800-321-6982.

Sponsors

singh-ray
Students will receive a 10% off code from me good towards their purchase of any filter(s) from Singh-Ray Filters.

Photo Gallery

The following photos showcase the photo possibilities that can happen during the time of year that this workshop is scheduled for.

About Matt Suess

About Matt Suess

I have been a full-time professional photographer for over 25 years. I was a photojournalist for the first 17 years and since 2006 I have been a full-time fine art photographer and workshop teacher. I have been using digital imaging since the mid 1990's. Be sure to read more about be by clicking on the link above.

Why choose my photo workshops

Why choose my photo workshops

I have over 25 years of professional photography experience and love teaching and sharing my knowledge. Read more about what makes my workshops & classes stand out.

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The Fine Print

The Fine Print

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