|by Kaeli Conforti||National Parks, Nature Appreciation, Wildlife Appreciation, Photography, Travel Photography, Trip Ideas||4|
Looking to hone your digital photography skills and enhance your travel photo collection? Try one of Canon's free workshops offered in several U.S. National Parks this summer.
The Photography in the Parks program started earlier this summer with free workshops in Grand Canyon, Zion, and Yosemite National Parks, and continues with dates thru Aug. 29, with workshops in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Acadia National Parks. The program is open to all ages and skill levels (children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult) and if you don't have your own camera and supplies, you can borrow a digital SLR, lenses, and memory cards free of charge. There is no advance registration, so plan to arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes the class begins class.
Yellowstone National Park: Jul. 23–21
Capture Yellowstone's unique landscape and practice taking better photos of Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, Specimen Ridge, Yellowstone Peak, and Bunsen Peak during your time at this park that spans into parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Workshops are offered from Old Faithful Inn at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Grand Teton National Park: Aug. 1–2
For two days only, free classes will be held at Teton Village in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., giving attendees the chance to master their photos of Oxbow Bend, Signal Mountain Summit, Jackson Lake Lodge, the Gros Ventre River, the Blacktail Ponds Overlook, and the Aerial Tram, which offers 360–degree views of Jackson Hole as well as the rest of the park and Snake River Valley.
Rocky Mountain National Park: Aug. 5–11
Workshops take place three times a day from the Fall River Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., allowing visitors to practice their newly learned photography skills at sites like Alberta Falls, Bear Lake, Estes Park, Long's Peak, Moraine Park, Sheep Lakes, Sprague Lake, and take their cameras for a spin along scenic Trail Ridge Road.
Acadia National Park: Aug. 18–29
Those on the east coast can attend workshops at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine (exact location within the park to be determined, check the Canon workshops website in August) at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. It's a photographer's paradise with such a variety of scenery as Cadillac Mountain, the Otter Cliffs, Stanley Brook, and Sand Beach to practice with.
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