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2014 Workshop Information and schedule

Photo Tours, Workshops and Western photography expeditions to the wildlife and nature hot spots of Africa, Alaska, Yellowstone/Grand Teton, and American Southwest workshops. Our trips are designed to put you in special places at the right time and learn how to bring home the most unique images possible. Specializing in workshops and tours to beautiful locations with abundant wildlife.

Our photo tours and workshops are instructional nature photography tours with an emphasis on creating new classic images. Jess feels that everyone has it in them to become a outstanding nature photographer. You already possess the passion and the desire, by studying with us you will learn the tools to polish your skills and fine tune your craft. Your current skill level doesn't matter. After a Jess Lee Photo workshop you will expand that skill level. Jess will pass on his knowledge of the natural world, it's history and the species we are photographing. Jess will also show you how to find, approach and create great photographs maximizing your overall experience. Our goal is to refine your own special photographic vision, and our small group sizes assure you of individual attention during our workshops. Jess's relaxed easy style allows you to learn at your own pace. Our goal is for you to take home pictures of a lifetime. Most of all we have fun!

Days in the field are typically long, we head out early and stay out late to take advantage of the prime light. Instruction subjects covered and techniques explored include: Choosing the right equipment for your trip. Large, medium, panoramic,and 35 mm formats—which one to choose and why. Panoramic techniques for film and digital. Tilt/shift lens use and techniques for digital and 35mm users. Flash for nature photographers. How to read your histogram. Professional exposure techniques and compensation. Creative composition—the rules, when and how to break them. Landscape and scenic techniques to expand your vision. How to find, approach and photograph wildlife. Predicting behavior, lens selection, macro and close up techniques. Tripods, heads, beanbag and camera supports. Filters for nature photography the digital world. Choosing, using graduated neutral density filters and digital blending.
How to make your photos more appealing and saleable.

This instruction is field based, without the burden on after lunch classroom lectures. With our small groups ( 6 per guide is the normal maximum) we can tailor our teaching to the things YOU need. Instruction is in the field where and when you need it!

You have the opportunity to share the knowledge and tap the skills of Jess's 30 years of photographic expedience. Jess has won numerous awards nationally and internationally. Jess's images have appeared in numerous publications including magazines, books and newspapers, as well as advertising usage. Jess has recently had the honor of having the cover photo for National Geographic Magazine, a dream for most photographer's. Jess's images can also be found in other prestigious publications, as Audubon Magazine, Smithsonian, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife, Sierra and Sports Afield, just to name a few.

 

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Custom expeditions and private trips available

 

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Yellowstone Fox

2014

Jan 26-Feb 1

Winter in Yellowstone

Steaming geysers, frost covered wildlife, spectacular scenery. Come experience winter in one of the most unique lands on the planet.

Full
Grand teton Winter photo workshop Feb 1-8

Winter Landscape Special

Winter in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone scenic wonderland.

Full
Alaska Northern Lights Workshop

March 9-15th

2014

Northern Lights, Alaska

This is a great chance to capture great images of the Northern Lights and Alaska in winter. Including dog sled races and International Ice Sculpture contest excursions.

openings
Morning run March 16-22

Arizona Cowboys, horses in the best of the Sonoran Desert, then Salt River Wild Mustangs and Wild Flowers.

 

 

openings
totems

April 6-12

2014

Monument Valley and slot canyons

This trip will combine the wonders of the Arizona Slot canyons, Hoo Doos and the splendor of Monument Valley.

openings
wyoming wild horse May 4-9 th

Wyoming Wild Horses,

Red Desert, Great Divide, Bitter Creek the real west. Real wild horses.

openings
Bison spring May 24th-30

Yellowstone/Grand Teton Spring. Bears, Baby wildlife and great scenery

openings
June 23rd-28th Alaska Brown Bears, Cubs and Flowers Openings
wild horses July 18th-21 th

Wyoming Wild Horse Workshops

Photography one of the most spectacluar Wild Horse areas in the west. The beauitful mustangs of
McCullough Peaks near the Town of Cody Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.

 
Cowboy Photo workshop August 1-8

Cowboys and Wild Horses

This cowboy and wild horse workshop brings you to one of the best working ranch location around. The cowboys and their ranch are authentic and the horses are truly wild. This workshop will take place in some of the most scenic country in the west. The beautiful country near the historic town of Cody Wyoming. You will photograph working cowboys riding broncs, roping, working cattle and going about their daily chores with a backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains along the Wyoming/Montana line.

 
totems August 10-16th

Monument Valley and slot canyons

This trip will combine the wonders of the Arizona Slot canyons, Hoo Doos and the splendor of Monument Valley during the summer monsoon for dramatic skies

 
Yellowstone Autumn Photography Workshop Sept 21-26 Yellowstone Fall openings
Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming Sept28-Oct 3rd Grand Teton Autumn color Openings
Mesa Arch Photographer Nov
8-13

Arches and Canyonlands
National Parks, Utah

Openings
   

 

 

 
Grand teton Winter photo workshop Jan 23-30

Repeat of last years great trip Winter Landscape Special Winter in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone scenic wonderland.

Led by Pete Bengeyfield

Openings

 

 

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Our Photo tours are designed to help you develop your unique vision while putting you in locations which are breathtaking in beauty and rich with wildlife. Jess's relaxed easy style allows you to learn at your pace. Small groups insure individual attention on what you need. These are intensive Photography trips planned and scheduled to maximize our in time in the field.  All trips are operated with licensed concession holders where required.

Instruction subjects covered and techniques explored include: Choosing the right equipment for your trip. Professional exposure techniques and compensation. Creative composition—the rules, when and how to break them. Landscape and scenic techniques to expand your vision. How to find, approach and photograph animals. .Predicting behavior. Lens selection. Macro and close up techniques. Tripods, heads, beanbag and camera support techniques Filters for nature photography in a digital world. Choosing, using graduated neutral density filters and digital blending.
Large, medium, panoramic,and 35 mm formats—which one to choose and why. Panoramic techniques for film and digital. Tilt/shift lens use and techniques for digital and 35mm users. Flash for nature photographers. When to chimp and how to read your histogram.
How to make your photos more appealing and saleable. Digital techniques in nature

This instruction is field based, without the burden on after lunch classroom lectures. With our small groups ( 5 students is the normal size) we can tailor our teaching to the things YOU need. Instruction is in the field where and when you need it!




What others say,

Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest
Posted on March 10, 2011 by Cathy

When I was an editor at Audubon magazine, I saw a lot of really stunning wildlife and nature photos. I can take a decent shot, but my photos are nowhere near the quality of those professionals.

I wish they were, because then I could enter to win a fabulous prize like the one that Defenders of Wildlife will be awarding this spring: a grand-prize photo tour to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks with expert wildlife photographer Jess Lee. Now, that would be a great trip!

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hi jess, arrived well back in south florida last night, the flights were fine, and wanted to email with another thanks for your time and work to make it a great week in yellowstone. much success to you and i'd look forward to sharing future photo ops together. murray c.

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"Jess,
Thanks for another great trip. You more than lived up to what I had read about you, your knowledge of the area and ability to get us up close to the wildlife made it possible for even a novice photographer like myself to come home with some great shots.
I am trying to arrange my schedule so I can make your spring trip to Yellowstone and the Teton's, it should be spectacular.
Look forward to our next adventure.
Tom"

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Jess,

This was the greatest photographic experience of my life. Spending time with Jess inside the wilds of Yellowstone for a week really improved my photo skills. Jess is extremely knowledgeable both about photography and has the skills to relate his knowledge in an understandable way. This trip was extremely rewarding and fun! Thanks Jess.All the best to you.

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Jess,

I have spoken to Alan since he returned to Ashton (thanks for bringing him). He could not stop telling me what a great time he had and how much he learned on the trip to Yellowstone. I cannot thank you enough. Your time and work are appreciated. I do not know what else to say to someone who made my Christmas gift to my step-son so special, all I can do is thank you again. Dustin

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Wonderful 3 1/2 days. I loved your approach and pace. The rest of the crew was really great as well.You are certainly one of a kind and I learned a lot. thanks."

Christopher A

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Larry W. If you ever want a recommendation have them give me a call. Looking forward to Africa

"Jess:Thanks for your usual fine job. I enjoyed the trip and looking forward to sharing another trip with you"

Larry W.

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Thank you Jess...I went for wolves...and I got WOLVES everyday!!

Wally, winter '08

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Great Trip,

Charlie M.

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Gene Covey after one of his many trips

"Jess: I just got back home and reviewed my photos. I got some killer shots.
Thanks for a great photo safari. I could have never gotten anything like I
did. You were an excellent guide"

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Julie J.

Jess we have traveled the world over and you are the best.

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Another great trip

Walt, Yellowstone spring

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Give Jess Lee a call for Yellowstone.

Chas
Charles Glatzer M.Photog
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George Kaczmarek

Hi Jess and thank you so much for giving me chance to shoot with you. It was great...........Jess, as I mentioned to you I do not have too much time but during summer I will like to go with you on one of your custom weekends for some wildlife shooting. Now you have shown me there is so much to do in North America I don't have to go to africa for unique photos .....George

http://www.1000gkphotos.com

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Greg Rothschild

"Yellowstone was great. Jess found tons animals for us to photograph
our first day out we spotted a wolf pack- it's the first time i've seen wolves in the wild... and to hear them howl from the mountain top... really nice moody images ...definitely the highlight of the trip for me...."

greg http://www.gregrothschild.com

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Maria B "you were great, sign me up for the Canadian Rockies"

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Steven Berkowitz " I only got them because of you"

About our trips

Africa Photo Safari Guide

Africa Tanzania New Mexico
Yellowstone Christmas
Yellowstone Winter Florida Birds Wild Horses Alaska Bears

Yellowstone Teton Spring

 
Yellowstone Fall

Africa Kenya

Alaska Eagles

 

GROUP MINIMUM: Occasionally I am able to run a trip below our group minimum which is generally 3. In such instances it may be necessary to apply a small group supplement. You would be contacted regarding such a situation but you would not be obligated to accept the new terms.
RESERVATIONS: Your $ 500 deposit is required to secure your place on any trip, with the balance due120 days prior to the departure date.
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Details of hotels, flight arrival recommendations and other trip tips will be mailed when the tour is full.
MEALS: Some meals and refreshments are included depending on the trip details, but not alcoholic beverages.
ADMISSIONS: Access to public buildings and national parks etc. is not included in the land price.
CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, and due to costs incurred by JessLeePhotos llc in arranging a tour, deposits are non refundable. Payment in full is required 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations after 120 days will receive a full refund ( except deposit) if your spot can be filled from a waiting list or if you can fill your spot. If you place can not be filled or in the case of private tours your payment is non refundable.
JessLeePhotos LLC strongly suggest that tour participants invest in trip cancellation insurance.
CANCELED EXPEDITIONS: In the event of insufficient tour sign-ups, JessLeePhotos reserves the right to cancel any given trip. In that event 100% of moneys received will be returned. However, JessLeePhotos is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
LUGGAGE: JessLeePhotos request that tour participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag and tripod. We do not wish to be dictatorial in this matter, but asks that group members bear in mind space and comfort in our vans. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner so please keep the weight to a limit YOU can handle and other restrictions can be met.
SMOKERS: Smoking is not permitted at meals or on vans. It can be permitted at photo stops where local ordinances permit, photography and photographers are not affected.
RESPONSIBILITY: JessLeePhotosLLC and its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, and as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. JessLeePhotos reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
JessLeePhotos reserves the right to pass on to tour members any additional and unplanned expenditures incurred during the tour, via events beyond JessLeePhotos' control.
The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour. The possession of firearms, licensed or non licensed, by clients or guides is not allowed.
Payment of tour fees by trip participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein including but not limited to injury, death or other liability incurred during a trip..

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