Workshop and Class Information

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Cody teaches a variety of workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone areas. Private classes can be taught at any location, but the workshops and classes are a combination of classroom and field work. Cody has a Degree in Natural Resource Management and was a Park Ranger in Yellowstone National Park, so in addition to your photography instruction you will learn about natural world of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during your time with him. There is a very good chance you will encounter wildlife during your day, but it is not guaranteed. Please read below for detailed information on what will be covered when you go out shooting with Cody. Private lessons are catered to your personal goals and schedule.

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

For more information or to book a photography lesson contact Cody:

(307) 699-3394
codydownard@gmail.com

 

Single Day Workshops/Lessons/Tours

Sunset/Sunrise Workshop (1/2 day--4 hours) $450
Grand Teton National Park(full day--8 hours)

$700

Yellowstone Workshops/Tours, Custom Tours, Private Lessons, Classroom Instruction Contact for price

What's Included:
-Professional Photography Instruction
-Guided Trip of the Park 
-Transportation in either a SUV/Van
-Learning Materials/Handouts
-Healthy Organic Snacks/ Bottled Water

 
Pricing is for 1-4 participants.  

 

 

Multi-day Workshops

 

 

2016 Workshops:

SPRING:

-June 1-4, 2016: 2016 Spring Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge
-June tbd, 2016: 2016 Spring Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop at Jackson Lake Lodge

SUMMER:


AUTUMN:

-September 22-24, 2016: Autumn Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop
-September 27-29, 2016: Autumn Yellowstone National Park Photography Workshop
-October 1-4, 2016: Autumn Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge

WINTER:

-November tbd, 2016: Winter in the Tetons: Moose and Winter Landscape Photography Workshop(session 1)
-December tbd, 2016: Winter in the Tetons: Moose and Winter Landscape Photography Workshop(session 2)
-January, 2016: Winter in Yellowstone(Information to follow)

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Spring-Grand Teton Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge

June 1-4, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(June 1, 2016):
4pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next few days.(location tbd)

Day 2(June 2, 2016):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
3pm-4pm: Computer work. Editing in Adobe Lightroom.
4pm-9pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(June 3, 2016):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning. Critique photographs as we download and edit them.

3pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Editing and critique.
4pm-9pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Day 4(June 4, 2016):
Departure

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Schwabacher’s Landing
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more secret locations!!

 

 

 

2016 Spring-Grand Teton Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge

June tbd, 2016 | tbd day in-field workshop | Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

 Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive for backing up photo files
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(June tbd, 2016):
4pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next few days.(location tbd)

Day 2(June tbd, 2016):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
3pm-4pm: Computer work. Editing in Adobe Lightroom.
4pm-9pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(June tbd, 2016):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning. Critique photographs as we download and edit them.

3pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Editing and critique.
4pm-9pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Day 4(June tbd, 2016):
tbd

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Schwabacher’s Landing
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more secret locations!!

 

 

 

2016 Autumn-Grand Teton Photography Workshop

September 22-24, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | $900 | Jackson, WY

This is my favorite time of the year! The photographic possibilities are endless. The animals are very active during this time. The bears are scavenging the last berries that still cling to the bushes. The elk are in rut, and the bulls are gathering their harems for breeding--which means lots of bugling and sparring bulls. The Great Gray Owl is also very active at this time. The skies are a crisp blue, the underbrush crimson and the Aspen and Cottonwood trees are bright yellow. If you've never been to Grand Teton/Yellowstone at this time of year, you should come out this fall. It will be an incredible experience! Immediately following this workshop, we will head north to Yellowstone for 2 more days of photography. The Yellowstone Workshop information is below this workshop description.

 

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(September 22, 2016):
4pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd)

Day 2(September 23, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-2pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
2pm-4pm: Classroom work. Editing and critique. (location tbd)
4pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(September 24, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.

3pm-8pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Schwabacher’s Landing
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more secret locations!!

Topics we will cover:

-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy/heavy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop costs include: Photography sessions, transportation during workshop, professional instructor/guide Cody Downard, handouts/class material, organic snacks/water.

 

 

 

2016 Autumn-Yellowstone National Park Photography Workshop

September 27-29, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | $900 | Yellowstone National Park, WY/MT


This is my favorite time of the year! The photographic possibilities are endless. The animals are very active during this time. The bears are stocking up on the last berries that still cling to the Serviceberry and Hawthorne bushes. The elk are in rut, and the bulls are gathering their harems for breeding--which means lots of bugling and sparring bulls. The Great Gray Owl is also very active at this time. The skies are a crisp blue, the underbrush crimson and the Aspen and Cottonwood trees are bright yellow. If you've never been to Yellowstone at this time of year, you should come out this fall. It will be an incredible experience!

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(September 27, 2016):
4pm: Arrive in West Yellowstone, Montana.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd)

Day 2(September 28, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-1pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant.
1pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(September 29, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-2pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from the morning.

2pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Edit and critique photographs.
4pm-8pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Areas we will photograph:
-Madison River(wildlife/scenics)
-Geothermal features/Geyser Basins
-Hayden Valley
-Lamar Valley

-Lower Falls/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
-And many more secret locations!!

Topics we will cover:

-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy/heavy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens (Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop costs include: Photography sessions, transportation during workshop, professional instructor/guide Cody Downard, handouts/class material, organic snacks/water.

 

 

 

2015 Autumn-Grand Teton Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge

 October 1-4, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

 

For more information and booking, visit the Jenny Lake Lodge and Grand Teton Lodge Company website. LINK COMING SOONDec10,2015

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(October 1, 2016):
4pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next few days.(location tbd)

Day 2(October 2, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch.
3pm-4pm: Computer work. Editing in Adobe Lightroom.
4pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(October 3, 2016):
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.

3pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Editing and critique.
4pm-8pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Day 4(October 4, 2016):
Departure

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Schwabacher’s Landing
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more locations!

 

 

 

 



 

 

2016 Winter in the Tetons: Moose and Scenic Photography Workshop

Session 1: November tbd, 2016: Session 2: December tbd, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | $900

Moose have come together this time of year and it is common to see 10+ moose in a day. In addition to moose, we will photograph the beautiful winter landscape surrounding Jackson Hole. Technical skills and photographic composition are of utmost importance to your photograph quality, so we will cover the typical skills and lessons taught in all of Cody's other workshops. Please contact Cody at: (307) 699-3394 for more information about this workshop. The winter days are short, so we will be out in the field photographing as much as possible! Sunrise this time of year is around 7:30am and sunset is before 5pm. (Wildlife is wild, so unfortunately I can't 100% guarantee moose).

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

 

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(November tbd/December tbd, 2016):
12pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
4pm-6pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next few days. We will also cover some technical basics and do an equipment check before departing early the next morning for sunrise(location tbd)
.
7pm: Dinner on your own.                                                   

Day 2(November tbd/December tbd, 2016):
6:30am-10am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-1pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
1pm-2pm: Download your photos from morning/Computer work/photo critique.
2pm-5pm: Moose, wildlife and sunset photography.
6pm: Dinner on your own

Day 3(November tbd/December tbd, 2016):
6:30am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-1pm: Break/lunch.
1pm-2pm: Download your photos from morning/Computer work/photo critique.
2pm-6pm: Scenic, Barn, Moose, wildlife and sunset photography
6pm: Dinner on your own(or we go out as a group!)

 

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Gros Ventre Road
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more secret locations!!

Recommended Hotels:
-Rustic Inn(just a few blocks north of town square): http://www.rusticinnatjh.com/
-Ranch Inn(1 block off town square): http://ranchinn.com/

 

Registration Information

 

Workshop costs include: Photography sessions, transportation during workshop, professional instructor/guide Cody Downard, handouts/class material, organic snacks/water.

Costs not included: Transfers from airport, hotel, food, drinks, gratuities, travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance, personal costs

Airfare: Costs are not included. Participant is responsible for making their own arrangements to arrive in Jackson for the start of the workshop.

Hotel: Costs are not included. Participant is responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. There will be a group discount at our “home base” hotel. Details will be given closer to date of workshop.

Reservations: Due to the popularity of this workshop, making an early reservation is recommended. You can reserve a spot by calling Cody Downard Photography at (307) 699-3394. We accept credit cards or personal checks. Make checks payable to “Cody Downard”. Payments can be mailed to: Cody Downard, 4350 W Sweet Home Dr. , Victor, Idaho 83455.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel within 120 days or more before workshop, a refund less a cancellation fee of 50% of your initial deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations received 120 days or less from the trip start date are as follows: 120-101 days- 35% of trip cost; 100-81 days-50% of trip cost; 80-61 days-65% of trip cost; 60 or fewer days prior to workshop-100% of trip cost. We strongly recommend that you purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended. Cody Downard Photography reserves the right to cancel any group due to insufficient registration. In the event of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. Cody Downard Photography is not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip. Payment of deposit represents an acceptance of the following terms and conditions: Cody Downard Photography, its affiliates and all cooperating airlines and agencies act only in the capacity of agents in all matter of transportation and tour operation, and their liability is limited to the terms of the airline tickets, boat and land accommodation contracts They are not responsible for any delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond their control. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expensed due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, riot, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses must be born by the participants as program rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute hotels of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in air schedules, weather or naturally occurring geological events. Baggage is at owner’s risk entirely. No refund can be made for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or tours unless arrangements are made at the time of booking. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a program member for any reason which affects the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the other program members, and refund or the recoverable land program services is the limit of the liability of Cody Downard Photography and its affiliates.

 

 

2016 Yellowstone Winter Photography Workshop

February 7-10 , 2016 |  3 day in-field workshop | 

More information to follow(either based out of West Yellowstone or Mammoth Hot Springs.

            Winter in Yellowstone is a magical time. The snow covers everything. It is silent and beautiful. The bison and elk gather near Old Faithful to endure the long cold winter in Yellowstone. Photographic opportunities are endless and it is an experience you will never forget.
            This workshop is designed for any level of photographer that has a DSLR and a tripod! I keep the workshop size small so I can give one-on-one instruction and attention each participant. Whether novice or advanced, you will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of many aspects of photography and lots of beautiful photographs.
            I have a degree in Natural Resource Management and as a former Park Ranger and snowmobile guide in Yellowstone, so I provide lots of natural history information about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in addition to photography instruction.

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

What’s included:
-3 days of professional in-field instruction
-Snowcoach Transportation inside Yellowstone National Park
-Written workshop materials
-Critiques and advice on your workshop photographs
-Classroom sessions on computer editing and other aspects of digital photography

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy tripod
-Shutter release cable/remote
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter(3-stop filter) for your wide angle lens.
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB)
-Lens cleaning kit
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Winter clothing and equipment: snow boots(we will be walking with snowshoes), down coat, gloves, hand warmers, ski pants, hat, etc. The winter in Yellowstone is very cold. -40F is common, so plan accordingly. Yes, our rooms will have heat! We can also cross country ski around the Old Faithful Geyser Basin to photograph a variety of thermal features--it depends on the size and abilities of the workshop participants. We will establish our plan as we finalize our itinerary.

 

 

 


2015 Spring-Grand Teton Photography Workshop at Jenny Lake Lodge

June 1-4, 2016 | 2 day in-field workshop | Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

for more information visit the Jenny Lake Lodge and Grand Teton Lodge Company website. LINK COMING SOONDec10,2015

Topics we will cover:
-How to get the right exposure
-Composing a creative image
-Depth of Field
-Camera operations/functions
-Camera equipment
-Digital workflow, editing
-Different types of photography: Scenic, wildlife, action, etc.
-And lots more

Suggested list of what you will need:
-Digital SLR
-Sturdy tripod
-Shutter release cable
-Lenses covering a range of about 28mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
-Graduated neutral density filter for your wide angle lens
-LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 40GB)
-Extra batteries/charger
-Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended—but  there are lots of other options such as Photoshop, Iphoto, Picasa)
-Backup external hard drive & cable to connect to laptop
-Hiking boots, rain jacket, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves(The weather can range from cold and snowy to warm and sunny this time of year, so be prepared for anything!)

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1(June 1, 2015):
4pm: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming.
7pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next few days.(location tbd)

Day 2(June 2, 2015):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
3pm-4pm: Computer work. Editing in Adobe Lightroom.
4pm-9pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 3(June 3, 2015):
5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning. Critique photographs as we download and edit them.

3pm-4pm: Classroom/Computer work. Editing and critique.
4pm-9pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Areas we will photograph:
-Oxbow Bend
-Schwabacher’s Landing
-Mormon Row
-Snake River Overlook
-And many more secret locations!!