Testimonial, Jim M.
"I was lucky enough to get into Trent's last workshop of this past Spring season. What a time we had! I lost count of how many Grizzly and Black bears we photographed. We got great pictures of Bears, Elk, Bison, Coyotes, Marmots, different birds, and even a family of Badgers.
I was amazed how Trent always knew where to head when the bears we were watching went into the forest and out of sight. He would drive down the road to a set spot and each time the bears came out for more photos. Trent knew all the sighting spots and where to look for different animals. I took about 1700 pics during the week and I've parred that count down to about 450. Next time I will slow down that camera a bit more!
Lastly, Trent picked me up at our hotel each morning and the vehicle accommodations were very comfortable. Trent kept us well informed on the park and animals as we were out hunting. I can't wait to sign up again for Spring 2022!"
This workshop includes five full days in Yellowstone’s northern range, between the towns of Gardiner (north entrance) and Cooke City (northeast entrance). These trips may have sightings of coyotes, foxes, wolves, moose, otters, elk, bison, and more. This is a harsh winter weather environment, with snow likely and extreme cold (-40ºF) possible.
- Total cost of $2,197 includes transportation and instruction for the five full days in the park, plus an introductory dinner on the first night.
- 50% deposit of $1,100 required to book now
- We will meet for an introductory dinner on the evening of January 16th
- Five full workshop days are January 17-21st
- You'll depart on the 22nd
- Each day is roughly sunrise to sunset, depending on weather conditions.
- It would be wise to arrive in Bozeman, MT early on the 15th and depart on the 23rd in case of weather delays. Driving to and from the airport in winter can be snowy or icy.
This workshop is based in Gardiner, Montana. I would recommend lodging at the Ridgeline Hotel, Wonderland Cafe & Lodge, or Super 8 in Gardiner.
We will travel the stretch of road between Gardiner and Cooke City each day, which is about 60 miles each way. Yellowstone is huge so there can be a lot of travel time in between wildlife sightings. Multiple days help increase your odds of seeing different animals.
The group is limited to only three photographers, and we will be traveling by regular vehicle only (no snowcoach or snowmobile). This section of the park is open to public travel year round.
This is an instructional photography workshop, geared towards intermediate to advanced level shooters. You should be comfortable with the majority of camera settings, looking to learn more about Yellowstone, finding animals, advanced techniques, the artistic elements of photography, etc. Overall instruction is less than a beginner-level tour will be, but still available to those who want it.
Post-processing instruction is optional but possible at the end of each day.
I'd highly recommending having a mirrorless camera capable of animal eye autofocus, as well as a 400mm, 500mm, or 600mm lens with teleconverters available for the best image quality. I personally use the Canon R5 with a 400mm f/2.8L IS II and 2x extender most of the time in the winter.
Tripods are optional, but you can bring one if needed. Most of my still images are shot handheld. A monopod is a good compromise for easy traveling.
Travel insurance is highly recommended because of the possibility of winter weather conditions causing airline or travel delays.
Trent Sizemore Photography, LLC is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Yellowstone National Park.