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2024 is our FINAL YEAR to host these popular workshops! Last chance to register.

Many thanks to all of you who have responded, wanting me to offer our Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops one more year. I have been hosting these workshops for a decade and had intended 2023 to be my final year. After much reflection and working around family plans, etc. I have decided to honor your requests and add one more year, but with a twist!

NEW IN 2024: We will do these as new 6 day photography adventures (as opposed to the 4 day workshops I have led in the past), so there would be more days of fun adventures in the park, more memorable experiences, and at a little slower pace.

Join us for our (truly) final year and be a part of this special 2024 adventure!

MORE INFO: Scroll on down this web page for more info about the workshops!

ONE SPACE LEFT!


 
IMPORTANT: If one of our options is full, you might still be able to go! Get on our waiting list in case there's a cancellation! Email:
 
    • Summer Adventures

    • Fall Adventures

      • Mon Sept 16 - Sat Sept 21, 2024 - $1499
        • Arrive on Sun Sept 15 with a free pizza / meeting that night
        • 6 days of photography adventures
        • Cookout by Fall River
        • Check out on Sun Sept 22 (or stay an additional day or two just to relax or explore on your own)
        • SOLD OUT!
        • Contact us if you'd like to be added to a waiting list
        • TOO LATE TO REGISTER!

      • Mon Sept 23 - Sat Sept 28, 2024 - $1499
        • Arrive on Sun Sept 22 with a free pizza / meeting that night
        • 6 days of photography adventures
        • Cookout by Fall River
        • Check out on Sun Sept 29 (or stay an additional day or two just to relax or explore on your own)
        • SOLD OUT!
        • Contact us if you'd like to be added to a waiting list
        • TOO LATE TO REGISTER!

** Price includes all workshop photography activities, 2 pre-trip meetings, 6 days of adventures, materials, course notes, etc. plus pizza dinner on first evening and our burger cookout by Fall River.
Transportation, lodging, and all other meals are extra.

MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

  • I have many years of experience in photographing my favorite place on earth, Rocky Mountain National Park, and it has been such a joy to lead workshops there for the past decade.
  • Our workshops have been so much fun with numerous participants coming back and doing them again 2, 3, even 4 times.
  • Participants are saying: "outstanding workshop" - "most organized photography workshop I have ever attended" - "truly wonderful experience" - "best workshop I have ever attended" - "a workshop you can't afford to miss!" - "amazing experience" - "5 star experience from beginning to end!" - more...
  • The workshop includes:
    • Over 50 hours of photographic adventures and learning
    • 2 Pre-trip meetings (usually online, depending on where people are coming from) to help you prepare for the trip
    • Optional Additional Help - with two special added pre-trip learning opportunities on camera techniques and/or Lightroom Classic CC photo image editing/ enhancement techniques if you need the extra help/preparation
    • Complimentary pizza for our evening meeting on the night before workshop adventures begin
    • Complimentary burger cookout (with all the fixin's) on Fall River
  • You'll go as a photographer, but you'll return with a lot of great photographs, cherished memories of our many adventures, and a new set of photographer friends
  • We limit our groups to be small
    • Usually with a limit of 6 photographers (sometimes can expand to 7)
    • Optional: If you pre-arrange this at the time of registering, bring along one adult non-photographer spouse/partner for our outings. They are welcome to come to our our cookout on Fall River, etc. for free!
    • We will carpool for all of our adventures into the park. This arrangement has worked out very well for the past decade.
  • COMMON QUESTIONS:
    • What is the difference between Summer and Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park?
      • Summer (July)
        • Temperatures usually in the low 50's to upper 70's (colder in the higher elevations)
        • More large wildlife (like elk) in the higher elevations for mountain scenics in the background
        • Typically more water flow in the rivers and waterfalls from mountain snow melt (great for photography)
        • Wildflowers throughout the park
        • Sometimes patches of snow may remain in some parts of the park and mountains
        • Sunrise is earlier so we have more time to go into the park and explore before the vacationers wake up and enter the park (this is surprisingly valuable)
        • Excellent wildlife, landscape, lake, waterfall, sunrise, nature photography opportunities
        • Most of our activities are in the morning hours with afternoon down time and opportunities to review your photos and get help from Kevin
      • Fall (September)
        • Temperatures in the 40's to 70's (colder in the higher elevations)
        • Wildlife such as elk have moved down into the lower elevation meadows during their mating season called "the rut." You'll get lots of wildlife photography opportunities with herds of elk
        • Water flow in the waterfalls and rivers might be less as snow melt has subsided
        • The wildflowers are mostly gone; the grass fields have all turned golden brown
        • The aspen all begin "turning" stunning colors of yellow/gold/orange
        • We go out a little later in the morning than the summer group because sunrise happens later
        • We often also go out again in the mid/late afternoon to photograph the wildlife for a couple of days
        • Excellent wildlife, landscape, lake, waterfall, sunrise, nature photography opportunities
        • There is always a possibility we might get an early snow blanketing the park in white (which is quite beautiful, and the roads are easily drivable)
    • Which is better??? Summer or Fall?
      • BOTH are great experiences! Which is my favorite? Both! It's just amazing how much the park changes in just 8 weeks between our Summer and Fall Groups! We have even had some folks sign up for BOTH summer and fall!
    • Our "Home Base" and lodging will be at Castle Mountain Lodge, conveniently located just 2 miles from the entrance to the national park, right on the banks of Fall River. They offer a variety of pricing/lodging options from motel style rooms to cabins of various sizes with full kitchens. Once you register for the class, I will follow up with info about how to book your lodging.
    • Are Our Adventures Physically Demanding? We don't hike any of the more difficult trails in RMNP. This is not a hiking-intensive workshop, but we do some hiking. But remember, we will be at higher elevations with thinner air. Typically the most we might hike on any one day is 3 miles round trip (425 ft. elevation gain), but it might vary with the group's needs. If you are not in good physical condition, we recommend you start doing some daily walking (which is good for you anyway). If you have any serious health concerns, you might want to check with your doctor first. Or contact Kevin for more info, if you have any questions.
    • Cancellation Policies:
      • Summer: For cancellations made prior 3/1/2024, a Cancellation Fee of $199 will be charged. For cancellations made 3/1/2024 - 5/1/2024, a $449 Cancellation Fee will be charged. For cancellations made 5/1/2024 - 6/1/2024, a $749 Cancellation Fee will be charged. Cancellations made after 6/1/2024 will forfeit the full amount paid.
      • Fall: For cancellations made prior 5/1/2024, a Cancellation Fee of $199 will be charged. For cancellations made 5/1/2024 - 7/1/2024, a $449 Cancellation Fee will be charged. For cancellations made 7/1/2024 - 8/1/2024, a $749 Cancellation Fee will be charged. Cancellations made after 8/1/2024 will forfeit the full amount paid. Exception: Regardless of the time-frame, if someone fills your vacated space, you will be refunded the amount paid minus a $199 Cancellation Fee.

Optional Add-ons for These Workshops

When registering, you can choose to include these optional add-ons:

  • $49 Photo Post-Processing/Editing Techniques Online Video Class
    • Taking the photo is only half of the process in creating great images.
    • This is a 2-hour online learning video where I cover useful photo editing tips and techniques for post-processing your images using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Photoshop CC (including the NEW AMAZING AI features that have been added).
    • Each year I create a totally new video using the latest version of these Adobe products.
    • Learn various effective methods for enhancing your images and producing the best results for all the great photographs you are going to be taking in Rocky Mountain National Park!
    • These tips are focused on landscape, nature, and wildlife photographs.
    • Includes demonstrations of other useful plugins and HDR processing techniques.
  • $99 Nature Photography Techniques Class Summer Option: May 22, 2024 6:30pm-9pm, Fall Option: July 31, 2024 6:30-9pm
    • We'll cover many helpful tips, lens considerations, camera settings for nature photography including:
      • landscapes
      • wildlife
      • birds
      • waterfalls
    • Great option to add if you want to be more prepared when you get to Rocky Mountain National Park to get great shots!
    • For anyone who cannot attend the meeting in person at our studio in Austin, TX, no worries! We will also make it available online via Zoom!


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** Kevin Gourley is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through a Commercial Use Authorization Permit to legally conduct workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park.