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Multi-Day Photography Workshop

1 Guest - 3 day workshop
1 Guest - 5 day workshop
2 Guests - 3 day workshop
2 Guests - 5 day workshop
3 Guests - 3 day workshop
3 Guests - 5 day workshop
4 Guests - 3 day workshop
4 Guests - 5 day workshop
5 Guests - 3 day workshop
5 Guests - 5 day workshop
6 Guests - 3 day workshop
6 Guests - 5 day workshop

Yellowstone Photography Workshop with Local Professional Photographer

3-day Workshop – 4-6 participants – $1350 / person (30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

5-day Workshop 4-6 participants $2250 / person (30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

Spend full days immersed in photographing Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Lamar Valley area, revered as the gem of North American wildlife photography, or exploring the steaming, otherworldly landscapes of Yellowstone’s thermal basins. Yellowstone boasts the largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, and scientists believe the park is now as rich, diverse, and healthy as it has ever been. All of the region’s native species are thriving and are protected, allowing them to behave naturally.

What does that mean for us photographers? It means that all the charismatic species that have roamed this landscape for thousands of years are doing so today – and we’re here to help you photograph them in a truly wild setting. Capturing images of bison in the morning light with thermals in the background or a mother grizzly bear with cubs in a sea of silver-green sage is on any photographer’s dream list and would be a signature Yellowstone image to add to any portfolio. Our workshops can make this dream become a reality.

There is something totally magical happening every day somewhere in Yellowstone; it’s just a matter of finding it. Due to the incredibly dynamic changes in nature – weather, seasonality, wildlife behavior patterns and distributions, and geological events – we like to keep our schedule very flexible. Every day in Yellowstone is different and unpredictable, and therefore, we leave room for adapting to situations as they arise to fully maximize each opportunity as it presents itself. Whether it’s a grizzly bear crossing the road, a lightning storm over Electric Peak, or the array of autumn colors of aspen, cottonwood, and willows along the Lamar River, we aim to take full advantage of every bit of magic that Yellowstone presents to us.

Join award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Brad Orsted as he guides you through his backyard, Yellowstone National Park. Brad lives in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance to the park and spends most of his day in Yellowstone, photographing and filming its apex predators and scenery for National Geographic, The BBC, PBS, Nature, and ARTE. His photography has appeared in publications and on billboards across the West, as well as the AP, including The Washington Post. His Cougar Pose image was named in the top ten images for the decade by Mountain Outlaw.

We will also provide a local naturalist guide/driver who will help spot wildlife, work as a photographer’s assistant, drop us off at wildlife sightings, and provide general support. This unique approach allows more one-on-one time with your instructor, while the naturalist guide works to read animal behavior and predict wildlife movements to ultimately help you tell a story through your images and learn how to put yourself in the right place at the right time to capture powerful images.

The ultimate goal for the workshop is to become a better wildlife photographer through understanding not only your gear, but the habits and patterns of our subjects. A broader and deeper appreciation for the animals and landscapes we hope to photograph comes through the artist’s lens when we take the time to immerse ourselves in the ecosystems of our subjects. We will cover what makes Yellowstone’s flora and fauna so unique, and how to capture award-winning images of the wildlife and landscapes of the world’s first National Park.

Brad’s workshops are part professional photography, part naturalist’s course, and full immersions into Yellowstone. You’ll work with Brad to understand your subjects more intimately as you learn their connections to the ecosystem, as well as your own. Brad spent years as a Certified Interpretive Guide practicing the Leave No Trace principles that he brings to his workshops. Taking one of Brad’s workshops will change the way you view your world. You’ll take home new skills as a photographer, a deeper connection to the landscape, images you’ll be proud of, and stories you’ll want to share.

All skill levels are welcome! By keeping the groups small, Brad can be there to shoot with you and help you improve your eye and techniques. We are happy to work with everyone, from beginners to pros.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Photograph the magic of Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife and iconic beauty
  • One-on-one instruction while shooting with one of Yellowstone’s most well-known local photographers
  • Additional local naturalist guide/driver/photographer’s assistant
  • Small group – no more than 6 guests
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Learn animal behavior to tell a story through your images and better position yourself to capture stunning wildlife shots
  • Vast wide-open landscapes and abundant wildlife
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style – catered by the region’s best boutique eco-lodge, the Wonderland Café and Lodge
  • Opening presentation from local wildlife expert (Wonderland Café Dining Room)
  • Closing critique of your top five images from the workshop (Wonderland Café Dining Room)

Possible photo shoots include:

  • Explore Yellowstone’s Northern Range, where our focus will likely turn to predators and their prey, who are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. On these excursions, we will likely encounter wolves, grizzly and black bears, bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, otters, and numerous other species, large and small. We will spend our time in the best places to find these icons of American wilderness, while discussing the ecology and natural history driving their behavior. Understanding the ecology and behavior of your subjects will help you tell their story through your photographs and will help you read and predict their movements to best position yourself to capture outstanding images. Every day in Yellowstone is different, so each day may take us to a new part of this ecological wonderland, but will likely include the famed Lamar Valley, Slough Creek Flats, Blacktail Plateau, Swan Lake Flats, Round Prairie/Pebble Creek, Gardner Canyon, and Little America.
  • Morning light on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; photograph the view that inspired artist Thomas Moran to capture with colorful oils on canvas, a canyon so awe-inspiring it inspired Congress to grant unprecedented protection over this natural wonder in 1872. In addition to the classic viewpoints, we will explore other lesser-known vistas of the canyon and its tremendous waterfalls.
    The intense pastel colors of Porcelain Basin give a surreal appearance that is accentuated by the steaming, bubbling, and spurting springs and hot vents of Norris Geyser Basin.
  • The gurgling acidic mud of Fountain Paint Pots yields golf ball- to basketball-sized bubbles of silky clay-like soil that burst into radiating rings of chocolatey charcoal sludge – bringing out the youthful wonder in everyone.
    Time-lapse in a post-burn skeleton forest reveals the stark textures and dramatic lighting of Rocky Mountain weather blowing through the Big Sky country.
    Yellowstone Lake, the largest high-elevation lake in the US, contains hissing steam vents and bottomless turquoise pools at the shoreline with loons and white pelicans paddling by and the snow-capped peaks of the Absaroka Range in the distance.
    The alpenglow at sunset behind the Gallatin Range can be reflected off Swan Lake while sandhill cranes sing their “primordial chortle” and the trumpeter swan sits tight on her nest.
  • Countless streams contain rapids and waterfalls for slow exposures as well as birds and insects to add to any portfolio or to share with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • A 2000-pound bull bison standing timeless on a ridge above a glacially-carved valley with wind whipping his mane past his curled horns and a giant cumulus cloud ballooning across the blue sky behind.
    Depending on the season, we may focus additional time on any one of many different aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It might be the bugling elk during their breeding season in September/October or the bashing heads of the bighorn rams during their breeding season in November/December. It might be the birthing bison on the emerald green bottomlands of the Lamar Valley in May or the spawning cutthroat trout in June. Late-May through early-June is the best time to find a mother grizzly with her tiny cubs foraging along a mountain stream and across a sage covered slope.

Note from your photography instructor, Brad:

Hi everyone, and welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to look into a photography workshop together. Here are my goals for you during our time together:

Through a full immersion into the Yellowstone ecosystem, we will learn not only the functionality of how to capture iconic images, but a deeper understanding of our subjects by sharing in their world. We will learn how, why, and where different animals move at different times, and how to use our instincts and animal allies in the field to help us locate our subjects.

Through a respectful and more meaningful re-connection to the landscape we become not only better observers, but more accomplished storytellers – with our cameras.

I look forward to sharing what I have learned over the past decade photographing in Yellowstone with you. Yellowstone is a land sacred to me, with many stories to be revealed to those with the skills, patience and cunning to seek them out. During our time together, it’s my personal goal to not only help you become a better photographer, but for you to be at home in the wild; to open your eyes, your ears, and your imagination to the wonders of the world’s first national park, my home, Yellowstone.


Brad Orsted
Jardine, Montana

3-Day March Workshops

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3-Day March Workshops – 4-6 participants $1350 / person (30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

Join Brad on a 3-day photography workshop in Yellowstone, as he searches for the first emerging grizzly bears of the year. These are usually the big male bears that first make their appearance, and seek out winter-killed animals to kick start their diet. This is also a good opportunity to photograph other iconic species such as wolves, fox, coyotes, eagles and ermine along Yellowstone’s Northern Range. It’s still winter in Yellowstone, and this is a great time to do some tracking as well. The landscape is starting to shift from winter to spring in March, so we can work on our big beautiful panoramic images too. Workshops are filling up fast!

Workshop Dates:

March 1-3
March 8-10
March 15-17
March 22-24
March 29-31

3-Day April Workshops
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3-Day April Workshops – 4-6 participants
$1350 / person
(30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

Join Brad on a 3-day photography workshop in Yellowstone, as the roads to the interior of the park start to open. This gives us more room to search for grizzly bears, black bears and wolves. Song birds start to arrive back into Yellowstone, as well as spring’s official messenger, the Mountain bluebird. Wildflowers are just starting to emerge, and baby bison or “red dogs” start appearing along Yellowstone’s northern range, and share the landscape with Shooting Stars and Buttercups. Workshops are filling up fast!

Workshop Dates:
April 5-7
April 12-14
April 19-21
April 26-28

5-Day May Workshops

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5-Day May Workshops – 4-6 participants $2250 / person (30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

Join Brad on a 5-day complete immersion photography workshop in Yellowstone, as we go full bore on Brad’s specialty – grizzly bears. By May, mother grizzlies with cubs start showing up, and by late May, grizzly mating season is in full swing. We will spend our days looking for Yellowstone’s top predators, as well as taking time to photograph the new animal babies and wildflowers appearing daily in Yellowstone. May is Brad’s favorite time in the park, and with so much going on, it’s easy to tell why. Everywhere you look, there seems to be something to photograph. Workshops are filling up fast!

Workshop Dates:
May 3-7
May 10-14
May 17-21
May 23-28

3-Day June Workshops

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3-Day June Workshops – 4-6 participants $1350 / person (30% deposit at time of booking – remaining balance due 30 days prior to workshop)

Join Brad on a 3-day photography workshop in Yellowstone, as he searches out more grizzly bears fattening up on vegetation, and wolf pups just starting to venture out from their den sites. The wildflowers are exploding in June, and we’ll follow the migration up the mountain for some unforgettable landscape images. Rambunctious baby bison are bucking in Lamar Valley, and rainbows start making regular appearances after an afternoon thunderstorm. The valleys are green and lush in June, as Yellowstone brims with new life. Workshops are filling up fast!

Workshop Dates:
May 31-June 2
June 7-9
June 13-16


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