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Cody Downard Photography

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Workshops

Cody is a former Park Ranger, a Professional Photographer, a Guide and Naturalist. Whether you are a novice photographer or an experienced shooter, you will learn lots from Cody. He will cover technical aspects including Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and more. Composition and other artistic skills will be taught as well. You will see and photograph the best parts of the Parks and will also visit some very special, beautiful photo locations the travel sites/books don't tell you about. In addition to scenery, we will be looking for Bears, Wolves, Moose, Elk, Beaver, Otters, Eagles, Osprey, Foxes, Coyotes and more. Cody will also teach you about all the flora, fauna, and natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


Cody's  workshops take place in some of the most beautiful spots on earth so you will come home with some incredible images! There is a maximum of 5 participants in each workshop which assures plenty of individual attention and a comfortable ride.  



$200 Deposit taken at booking(Nonrefundable within 180 days of workshop).  Balance is due at the workshop.

Photography Workshop Schedule

September 25-27, 2019

2019 Fall in the Tetons Photography Workshop

6am - 8pm

Grand Teton National Park

+ Event Details

September 25-27, 2019

2019 Fall in the Tetons Photography Workshop

6am - 8pm

Grand Teton National Park

September 29-October 2, 2019

2019 Fall in Yellowstone Photography Workshop

6am - 8pm

Yellowstone National Park

+ Event Details

September 29-October 2, 2019

2019 Fall in Yellowstone Photography Workshop

6am - 8pm

Yellowstone National Park

November tbd, 2019 and December tbd, 2019

2019 Winter in the Tetons Photography Workshop

7am - 6pm

Grand Teton National Park

+ Event Details

November tbd, 2019 and December tbd, 2019

2019 Winter in the Tetons Photography Workshop

7am - 6pm

Grand Teton National Park

May 7-9, 2020

2020 Spring Wildlife in the Tetons Photography Workshop

5am - 9pm

Grand Teton National Park

+ Event Details

May 7-9, 2020

2020 Spring Wildlife in the Tetons Photography Workshop

5am - 9pm

Grand Teton National Park

June 11-13, 2020

Spring Scenery in the Tetons Photography Workshop

5am - 10pm

Grand Teton National Park

+ Event Details

June 11-13, 2020

Spring Scenery in the Tetons Photography Workshop

5am - 10pm

Grand Teton National Park

More Events

2019 Fall in the Tetons photography Workshop

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September 25-27 2019 | 2 day in-field workshop | $999 | Jackson, WY

Fall is my favorite time of the year in the mountains! 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. Fall is my favorite time of the year in the mountains! 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. 

Contact Cody for more information

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1-September 25, 2019

Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. We will establish our pick-up time and your hotel location before you arrive in Jackson.
4pm:  A quick meeting for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd). 

Day 1-September 26, 2019:
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch/Nap. Download your photos from morning.
3pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.

Day 2-September 27, 2019:
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch/Nap. Download your photos from morning, recharge batteries, etc.
3pm-4pm: Photo editing and critique--or head back out for afternoon photography session depending on class desire.
4pm-8pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

Areas we will photograph

Oxbow Bend
Schwabacher’s Landing
Mormon Row

Snake River Overlook

And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have!
Sturdy tripod
Shutter release remote/cable
Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)
Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB)
Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended)
Backup external hard drive

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 Sign up and Information

2019 Fall in Yellowstone Photography Workshop

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September 29-October 2, 2019 | 3 day in-field workshop | $1200 | West Yellowstone, MT

This is my favorite time of the year! The photographic possibilities are endless. The animals are very active during this time and the scenery is beautiful! 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! (minimum of 2 total attendees required for the workshop to occur).

Contact Cody for more Information

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1-September 29, 2019:
5pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 3 days.(location tbd). Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 2-September 30, 2019:
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-12pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant.
12pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography. Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 3-October 1, 2019:
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. Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT.

Day 4-October 2, 2019:
6am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features.
11am-12pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant.
1pm-6pm: Scenic, wildlife, geyer basin, etc photography.
6pm: Arrival in West Yellowstone, MT.  Departure or Hotel in West Yellowstone, MT

Areas We Will Photograph

Madison River(wildlife/scenics)

Geothermal features/Geyser Basins

Hayden Valley

Lamar Valley

Lower Falls/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs
Dunraven Pass
Artist Paint Pots
And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have! 

Sturdy tripod

Shutter release remote/cable

Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)

Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB) Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended) Backup external hard drive

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 Sign up and Information

2019 Winter in the Tetons Photography Workshop

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November tbd and December tbd, 2019 | 2 day in-field Workshop | $999 | JACKSON, WY

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. 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).

Contact Cody for More Information

WORKSHOP ITINERARY

Day 1-November tbd and December tbd, 2019

Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. We will establish our pick-up time and your hotel location before you arrive in Jackson.

 4pm:  A quick meeting for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd). 

Day 1-November tbd and December tbd, 2019:

7am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife. 

11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning, recharge batteries, etc.

3pm-7pm: Wildlife and sunset photography.  

Day 2-November tbd and December tbd, 2019:

7am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife. 

11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.

3pm-4pm: Photo editing and critique--or head back out for afternoon photography session depending on class desire. 

4pm-7pm: Action, wildlife, water, scenic, sunset photography

AREAS WE WILL PHOTOGRAPH

Oxbow Bend

Gros Ventre River area

Jackson Lake

Mormon Row

Snake River Overlook

And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have! 

Sturdy tripod

Shutter release remote/cable

Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)

Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB) 

Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended)

Backup external hard drive

Winter Clothing: winter boots, winter coat/pants, hat, gloves, hand warmers. 

2020 Spring Wildlife in the Tetons Photography Workshop

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May 7-9, 2020 | 2 Day in-field workshop | $999 | Jackson, WY

This workshop is focused primarily on finding and photographing wildlife. The scenery can be incredible this time of year, and it can also very stormy in early spring. This is the best time of year to see grizzly bears that have just emerged from hibernation with their new cubs. Wolves are very active as well. Bison, Moose and Elk are all giving birth at this time of year. Bears and wolves are constantly on the prowl for their opportunity at one of the new babies, so there are unbelievable photo opportunities! The valley floor is still waking up from winter and the leaves are just beginning to emerge on the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. The weather ranges from snowy and 20F to sunny and 60F.

Whether you are newer to photography or an experienced shooter, you will gain lots of new knowledge. In addition to learning photography techniques, tips and artistry, you will learn many aspects of Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

While animals are never guaranteed, this is by far the best and most consistent time of year for them. This workshop is geared more towards the advanced intermediate photographer  and above who owns a zoom lens and a tripod. We will be doing lots of driving in search of wildlife and sometimes waiting and shooting a single bear or wolf pack for an hour or more. We will still hit all the scenic locations, but searching for and photographing bears, wolves, moose, bison and elk are our main goals.

Contact Cody for More Information

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1-May 7, 2020:

Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. We will establish our pick-up time and your hotel location before you arrive in Jackson. 

4pm:  A quick meeting for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd).

Day 2-May 8, 2020:
5am-10am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.
11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.
3pm-8pm:  Wildlife,  scenic, sunset photography


Day 3-May 9, 2020:

5am-10am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.

11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.

3pm-8pm:  Wildlife,  scenic, sunset photography

Areas we will photograph

Oxbow Bend

Schwabacher’s Landing

Mormon Row

Snake River Overlook

And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have! 

Sturdy tripod

Shutter release remote/cable

Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)

Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB)

Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended) 

Backup external hard drive

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 Sign up and Information

2020 Spring Wildlife in Yellowstone Photography Workshop

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May 11-14, 2020 | 3 Day in-field workshop | $1200 | Gardiner, MT

This workshop is focused primarily on finding and photographing wildlife. The scenery can be incredible this time of year, and it can also very stormy in early spring. This is the best time of year to see grizzly bears that have just emerged from hibernation with their new cubs. Wolves are very active as well. Bison, Moose and Elk are all starting to give birth at this time of year. Bears and wolves are constantly on the prowl for their opportunity at one of the new babies, so there are unbelievable photo opportunities! The Park is still waking up from winter and the leaves are just beginning to emerge on the Aspen and Cottonwood trees. The weather ranges from snowy and 20F to sunny and 60F.

Whether you are newer to photography or an experienced shooter, you will gain lots of new knowledge. In addition to learning photography techniques, tips and artistry, you will learn many aspects of Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

While animals are never guaranteed, this is by far the best and most consistent time of year for them. This workshop is geared more towards the advanced intermediate photographer  and above who owns a zoom lens and a tripod. We will be doing lots of driving in search of wildlife and sometimes waiting and shooting a single bear or wolf pack for an hour or more. We will still hit all the scenic locations, but searching for and photographing bears, wolves, moose, bison and elk are our main goals.

Contact Cody for More Information

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1-May 11, 2020:

5pm: Meet for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 3 days.(location tbd). Hotel in Gardiner, MT. 


Day 2-May 12, 2020:

5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features. 11am-12pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant. 

12pm-8pm: Wildlife and sunset photography. Hotel in Gardiner, MT. 


Day 3-May 13, 2020:

5am-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. Hotel in Gardiner, MT. 


Day 4-May 14, 2020:

5am-11am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, wildlife, geothermal features. 11am-12pm: Break/Lunch. We will spend the entire day in Yellowstone National Park with a break at a lodge/restaurant. 

1pm-6pm: Scenic, wildlife, geyer basin, etc photography. 6pm: Arrival in West Yellowstone, MT.  Departure or Hotel in Gardiner, MT

AREAS WE WILL PHOTOGRAPH

Madison River(wildlife/scenics)

Geothermal features/Geyser Basins

Hayden Valley

Lamar Valley

Lower Falls/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs

Dunraven Pass

Artist Paint Pots 

And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have! 

Sturdy tripod

Shutter release remote/cable

Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)

Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB)

Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended) 

Backup external hard drive

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 Sign up and Information

2020 Spring Scenery in the Tetons Photography Workshop

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June 11-13, 2019 | 2 DAY IN-FIELD WORKSHOP | $999 | JACKSON, WY

Spring in the Tetons is a special time of year. The bears have just come out of hibernation and are very visible at this time. The photographic possibilities are endless. Very dramatic skies highlight the Tetons which are still covered in snow. The valley floor is clear and wildflowers are making their first appearance of the summer. The animals are very active during this time. The weather ranges from snowy and 30F to sunny and 70F+.

Whether you are new to photography or an experienced shooter, you will gain lots of new knowledge. In addition to learning photography techniques, tips and artistry, you will learn many aspects of Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

We will visit all the best scenic areas for photography and also try our best to find animals to photograph. Cody knows where to find the animals, so as long as they cooperate, you should see lots of them!

Contact Cody for More Information

WORKSHOP ITINERARY

Day 1-June 11, 2020:

Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. We will establish our pick-up time and your hotel location before you arrive in Jackson. 

4pm:  A quick meeting for introductions and overview of what we will cover over the next 2 days.(location tbd).   

Day 2-June 12, 2020:5am-10am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife. 11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning. 3pm-8pm:  Wildlife,  scenic, sunset photography

Day 3-June 13, 2020:

5am-10am: Sunrise and morning photography. Landscape, barns, wildlife.

11am-3pm: Break/Lunch. Download your photos from morning.

3pm-8pm:  Wildlife,  scenic, sunset photography

AREAS WE WILL PHOTOGRAPH

Oxbow Bend

Schwabacher’s Landing

Mormon Row

Snake River Overlook

And many more 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

Camera-Digital SLR, mirrorless, or whatever you have! 

Sturdy tripod

Shutter release remote/cable

Lenses covering a range of about 17mm to 200mm(or larger if you have it—for wildlife)

Graduated neutral density filter for your landscape lens(Rectangular/not a screw-on filter)

LOTS of memory for your camera(at least 64GB)

Extra batteries/charger

Laptop with photo editing software loaded(Adobe Lightroom is recommended) 

Backup external hard drive

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!)