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How to plan a guided photo safari in Rocky Mountain National Park

Wouldn’t you love coming home from a vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park with stunning photos of wildlife and awe inspiring landscapes that you took yourself? Planning a photo safari is a great way to experience the beauty of one of America’s most popular national parks while bringing home more than just memories.

Learn new skills and score the ultimate souvenir – breathtaking photos to share and display that will always remind you of your memorable trip to the unspoiled Colorado Rockies!

Why hire a guide?

An experienced photography guide will be able to teach you the ins and outs of a DSLR camera. You will pick up tips and tricks that take your photography to the next level! They will know what settings to use, which lens would give you the results you’re after, and they will be familiar with the park’s “best angles”.

It is so helpful to be coached on the times of day when the lighting is just right to highlight a mountain peak, or when the flora is at its most colorful, or where and when certain wildlife is known to gather to get an unforgettable shot.

Some photo tour guides will let you borrow their equipment – extra-long lenses to capture every detail, quality binoculars to help you find a prime shot, or a tripod to ensure a professional delivery. It’s definitely a good idea to ask what will be provided with your tour, and what equipment you will need to bring. 

Local Guides in Estes Park

Yellow Wood Guiding – Jared Gricoskie has been offering year-round guided photography tours in Rocky Mountain National Park for more than 18 years. He is passionate about exploring the natural world and bringing it to people through photography.  He specializes in both wildlife photography and landscapes and can work with beginners and experienced shooters alike.

Nathan Wood Photography is a local photographer who offers private landscape photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pick the setting and the season you’re coming – sunrise photography, night sky photography, waterfalls, autumn foliage, or winter landscapes – and Nathan can cater a workshop for you!

For a comprehensive written guide on photography in Rocky Mountain National Park, check out professional photographer Erik Stensland’s book, The Photographer’s Guide to Rocky Mountain National ParkIn it you’ll find 136 photo locations, 40 maps, full-page color photos, and the guidance of a professional photographer who has spent nearly 20 years photographing its amazing landscapes.

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