Photo Workshop: June 16-19, 2019

In the field at the 2015 Photo Workshop © Nic Showalter

The 2019 Scenic and Wildlife Photography Workshop is scheduled Sunday through Wednesday, June 16-19 in Rocky Mountain National Park.

For the workshop schedule and additional details including deposit requirement and cancellation policy, visit


Nowhere else will you find the opportunity to improve your outdoor photography skills with great instructions, at a spectacular location, and at a great price. The early summer workshop is perfect for photographing flowers, wildlife, and unbelievable scenery. Best of all, enrollment for each workshop is strictly limited to no more than 10 students… assuring you the finest in personalized instruction regardless of your skill level. For more information, email Nic Showalter, workshop coordinator. To view photos by 2013 workshop participants click here. Photos taken at the 2015 workshop can be seen here.

Comments from past participants:

“I have a much better understanding of what to look for in landscape photography. The importance of light. ISO, DOF, and shutter speed are not that complicated!”

“Jared and Nic were able to pinpoint my faults and bad habits early on and help me to correct them. Their technical and artistic knowledge and its application in the field was extremely valuable.”

“This workshop helped me grow … by helping me develop a better eye for composition, better understanding of the histogram and … of the importance of light.”

“The most disappointing part of the workshop was that ‘it ended’.”


The workshop is open to those with either digital or film cameras with manual adjustment. The fee for the 4-day workshop is $1,345. This fee includes all instruction, daily transportation, park admission fees, plus an 18-month membership in Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers. Lodging and meals – at our headquarters, YMCA of the Rockies – are not included.


Fred Lord leads our daily scenic field trips that include lakes, vistas, streams, wildflowers and mountain backdrops. Come and join our sunrise field trip to Sprague Lake that allows the participants a wonderful opportunity to capture unbelievable reflections on the calm early morning lake as the sun lights and advances down mountains. Another scenic highlight is our trip to the Alluvial Fan where the Roaring River tumbles down the mountainside creating numerous opportunities for waterfall images.

View from Rock Cut

View from Rock Cut in Rocky Mountain NP © 2014 Cynthia May

Wildlife abounds in the park. As the leader of our wildlife field trips, naturalist Jared Gricoskie will direct participants to pre-spotted nests for a variety of frame-filling images of blue birds, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and other species. Large herds of elk roam the park and are frequent subjects for our wildlife photographers. In addition to the elk, marmots, deer, ptarmigans, muskrats, and bighorn sheep are also likely photo opportunities.

The leaders of this workshop are authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Rocky Mountain National Park.


The five day workshop is a combination of classroom information and in-the-field experience. Participants can expect to spend 90% of their time in Rocky Mountain National Park photographing in small groups. Field trips are supplemented each day with instructional classroom time where Jared Gricoskie and Fred Lord share their knowledge and experience in developing photographic skills. Classroom topics reflect directly to our in-the-field subjects photographed during the workshop. Each day, participants will be encouraged to share their images during a session where Jared and Fred offer positive and helpful reviews/critiques. This has become a popular time that everyone enjoys and learns from other participant’s images and photographic perspectives.

early morning light

Early Morning Light © 2014 Nic Showalter

Each day is packed with outstanding exciting scenic and wildlife opportunities. With each field trip, you have the choice of joining Fred for scenics or Jared for wildlife opportunities. As shown on our schedule, the field trips are generally 2-3 hours and then we return to headquarters for a meal. We plan at least one extended trip as we drive up Trail Ridge Road to the summit (12,183 ft.) photographing mountaintop scenics and the many alpine flowers. This offers a great opportunity to capture macro images as well as scenic vistas. This is also a prime area for bighorn sheep, elk and marmots.

Most of our photographing locations are within a few hundred feet of the vehicles. Our leaders will put you on the spots to capture outstanding Rocky Mountain scenic and wildlife photographs.

© 2015 Larry Parker

For more information, email Nic Showalter, workshop coordinator.