|PO Box 1887
Kalispell, MT 59903
Nature Photography in Glacier National Park
Instructor: Rick Sheremeta, ME, P.E. (Ret.)
This is a comprehensive one-day program which has been structured to help the intermediate level photographer improve his or her skills with nature photography. In this course, you will learn “How to make a photograph” versus just taking a snapshot. You will also learn how to develop your own creative vision through use of composition, working with natural lighting, control of motion, use of perspective and depth-of-field, plus other valuable skills all intended to help sharpen your photographic capabilities.
In the program, you will accompany the Instructor while exploring Glacier National Park and capturing some of its unique grandeur via photography. You will travel through the different ecosystems of the Park, lead by a knowledgeable Institute staff member, in a multi passenger van. As we venture through the Park, we will be on the constant lookout for wildlife, and stop at scenic sites that provide unique photographic subjects and challenges. We will also get off the road and do some easy hiking. We will discuss the ethics of wild land and wildlife photography, striving to understand and minimize our impact. This will be a full day, regardless of weather.
Time will be split between fieldwork, and classroom discussion. Review of student imagery is a vital part of the learning process and will also be included as time may permit. While this program will be geared to the experienced photographer, it is open to all skill levels from beginner through advanced. We will be concentrating on the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera.
Prerequisites – knowledge of and familiarity with your camera equipment. All cameras are different. Due to time constraints, it is not possible for the instructor to devote limited time trying to figure out for you how your camera works. Therefore it is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY that you know how your camera functions and where all of its controls are located before participating in this program.
MANDATORY CONTROLS TO KNOW:
Meeting Time: See Itinerary
Meeting Place: Glacier Park Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map)
Itinerary: Nature Photography
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM - We will split our time between classroom lecture and hands-on fieldwork at location(s) TBA. Topics to be covered include Basic review, composition, perspective, dynamic range, exposure problems & solutions, exposure compensation, depth-of-field, histogram use, control of natural and artificial light, control of motion, focus and hyper-focal distance, filter type and use, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, histogram, close-up, image file format (jpeg or RAW), focal length selection.
12:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch break and discussion in the field; bring lunch.
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Review of student fieldwork/photo critique; class end
Accommodations: Accommodation at Field Camp the night before, and/or after the course may be arranged through the Registrar.
Food: Students are responsible for their own meals. The Field Camp kitchen will be available for cooking and storing food. Please bring a sack lunch and ample snacks for each day on the trail. Morning coffee will be provided. Students are responsible for all other beverages and meals.
Equipment: Please see Basic Gear List. Weather can be variable so please be prepared with appropriate clothing including rain gear, and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Make sure you have at least 2 liters of water per day. We will be carrying all photography equipment and personal outdoor gear on short hikes (1-4 miles), so think about how you want to carry equipment and how much equipment you want to carry. Please pack all of your equipment in a small daypack and/or camera bag, so that we can fit everyone comfortably into our van.
Please bring the following camera equipment:
Physical Requirements: Moderate Hiking - distances covering less than four miles and less than 1,000 feet elevation gain per day.
Transportation during course: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute Van.
Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.
Mountain Light. Galen Rowell.
The Art of Photographing Nature. Martha Hill and Art Wolfe.
The Nature Photographer’s Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques. John Shaw
Exploring Glacier National Park: A Natural History Guide. David Rockwell, Falcon Publishing, 2002.
Academic Credit: This course may be taken for 18 Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units (for teacher’s license renewal). If you wish to take an Institute course for OPI credit, you will be asked to fill out paperwork and pay a $20 credit fee at the start of your course, payable to Flathead Valley Community College.