Amateur to Intermediate

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Moose in Motion

You don’t have to spend a fortune today to get photography equipment capable of taking amazing photos. However, many people own the equipment, but haven’t learned how to optimally utilize the features that today’s state-of-the-art equipment provides. Many people don’t like reading manuals. They learn more rapidly by example and hands on demonstrations and that’s where I can help! Here are a few topics I like to cover:

  1. Basic features to allow you to get consistently good exposures in a variety of conditions.
  2. Relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO required to achieve consistent proper exposures.
  3. How aperture can control depth of field and shutter speed can stop action or blur motion.
Some of the focusing methods and metering methods available in most DSLR cameras.
  5. How to switch settings back and forth for wildlife and landscapes opportunities (and why).
  6. How RAW captures can help produce better images.
  7. How and when to use polarizing filters, graduated neutral density filters and various add-ons.
  8. Help with basic composition.
  9. Photography etiquette while in the parks.
  10. How to plan and prepare equipment for the most rapid deployment and predictable shooting.

Typically, I shoot right alongside the client. This allows them to better appreciate some of the gear they might want to add and see how quickly and efficiently a pro photographer works.  Most people in this group still want to capture good photos and have a chance to see wildlife, but their primary focus is to learn how to use their camera and lenses.

Clients in this group might also overlap into the Advanced to Semi-Pro group. I customize each trip based on the requests and desires of the client. Before the upcoming trip, I send out a questionnaire that helps me work out a general plan for the client.

Moulton Ditch

With either group, we often take “the obligatory shots”….the standard photos everybody else takes. I then encourage people to change angles, get high, get low to help capture something more unique and appealing. Instead of just an animal profile image (which we all have a lot of), I encourage my clients to begin to watch for photos that tell a story of some kind. They are harder to find—but much more rewarding when we do!

Bison in the Fog

A Photographer’s Trip to Jackson Hole. This page might help you on a trip to the Tetons. It is loaded with tips and suggestions about a trip here!