May is arguably the best month of the year for finding and photographing wildlife in Yellowstone. Most grizzly bears and black bears will be out of hibernation after the first week of May, actively looking for food in the lower elevation areas. Other wildlife like wolves, coyotes, foxes, and badgers are all possible to see throughout the park. Bison calves will be around at the beginning of the month, with elk calves starting to show up by the end of the month.
- Total cost of $2,497 includes transportation and instruction for the five full days in the park, plus an introductory dinner on the first night.
- We will meet for an introductory dinner on the evening of May 7th
- Five full workshop days are May 8-12th
- You'll depart on the 13th
- Each day is roughly sunrise to sunset, depending on weather conditions.
This workshop is based in West Yellowstone, Montana. I would recommend lodging at the Holiday Inn, Best Western, or Gray Wolf Inn. Other options will work as well; as long as they are in town I can pick you up from your hotel.
Yellowstone is huge so there can be a lot of travel time in between wildlife sightings. Multiple days increase your odds of seeing different animals. We will travel one section of the park each day, overlapping the same areas often, but typically doing 100-200 miles per day.
The group is limited to only three photographers, and we will be traveling by regular vehicle.
This is an instructional photography workshop, welcoming any skill level. Though not completely necessary, you should be comfortable with basic settings for your specific camera. Since the group is small, photography instruction is dependent on what you need help with individually, but everyone will be able to learn more about Yellowstone and finding wildlife.
I'd highly recommend 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.
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 uncertainty of 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.