Grand Teton National Park Photography Workshop


The second weekend in September in the Grand Tetons National Park isn’t yet fall, but it isn’t summer either. The grasses have gone brown and a tree here and there might just show signs of color. It can be stormy (rain or snow), and it can be clear. It’s the transition time between seasons that I love to photograph. It’s also a relatively slow time in the park. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have some of the sunrise locations to ourselves. That makes these weekends perfect for a Grand Teton Photography Workshop. We’ll spend five days photographing the park from sunrise to sunset with a short break a midday for anyone that wants to take a nap, visit the visitor centers or download images or take a shower. Hikes are short and up to 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Mid-day offers an opportunity to do longer hikes on your own. Temps are awesome with averages ranging from 32 to 70°F. We will probably photograph the Milky Way, stars or moon one night.


  • September 6 to 10, 2017 – Full. Waiting list available
  • September 5 to 9, 2018


  • $899 (A nonrefundable deposit of $450 is due at registration. The remainder is due 60 days before the workshop.)


Bryan Hansel Photography is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service. He operates under a Commercial Use Authorization from the National Park Service.


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Grand Tetons National Park Photography Workshop

This workshop is meant for advanced beginners to expert-level photographers who want to get to the best parts of the park at the best times and also want to refine their skills. There will be no classroom time on this field workshop, but I will have several field presentations during the workshop on filters and composition as well as exposure and working methods. We may discuss panoramic photography and exposure blending. All the image review will take place on the back of your cameras. If you’ve done the Smoky Mountains workshop, the format will be similar although the workshop is longer.

While there is no lodging partner, there are plenty of places to stay. The Jackson Lake Lodge offers high-end lodging and dinning. There is excellent camping at Colter Bay. You won’t need reservations if you plan on camping, but if you’re staying in a hotel, you’ll need to book ASAP. Colter Bay offers reasonably priced lodging in cabins and two diners.

Every morning we will meet at Colter Bay, which is a little over an hour drive from Jackson. I suggest that you stay in Colter Bay.

Getting there: You can fly to JAC (Jackson, WY). From MSP, it’s about $500 round trip. If you drive, it took us 2 days last year from Grand Marais, Minnesota. The first day we stopped at Teddy Roosevelt NP and photographed sunrise. Then drove to Billings -> Cody -> Yellowstone -> Tetons the next day. It was a haul. I’m going to do that again, cause I like punishment. It’s much easier from Iowa. We will carpool in the park, so you will need to either have a car rental or coordinate with other folks. I can help facilitate this if people are interested in saving cash.

Not included: Park pass. Food. Lodging. Gas. Transportation.


Sunrise to Sunset in the field.

Note: The itinerary will be fluid based on the weather.

Required Photography Equipment

Camera: A SLR-style digital camera, mirrorless camera, or a point and shoot that allows you to manually set your shutter speed and aperture is highly recommended. A variety of lenses ranging from 18mm to 300mm.

Filters: A polarizing filter and two and three stop ND grads with a holder and rings for your lenses are recommended (See this newsletter for more info about NDs).

Other Suggested Equipment: Bring a tripod, your camera’s manual.

I’ll send out a full equipment list a month before the workshop.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Additional information

Max Participants


Min Participants

4 or the workshop is canceled. You will be notified 30 days before the workshop and refunded your deposit.

What's Included

Quality small group and one-on-one photography instruction. Fun!

What's Not Included

Transportation. Car pooling is highly recommended. Lodging. Meals. Park Pass. Ferry Fees.

Lodging Partner

There is no lodging partner for this workshop.


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