How We Choose Our National Parks

Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park

“How come you don’t teach in Yosemite, Yellowstone, or the Tetons?”  This is a common question, and there are four principles that determine our National Parks selection.

The 4 Principles for choosing our National Parks

First, our goal is to teach, not tour, so the National Parks we choose must present opportunities to learn basic as well as advanced creative seeing and technical skills in order to master the art of landscape photography. This means students need solitude, locations without crowds or significant interruptions. Some of our larger parks are quite crowded and as one Park Ranger pointed out, “It’s wall to wall tripods and traffic.”

Second, we work with the National Park Service to identify parks that have unique, challenging, and not often seen photographic locations. To reach these sites requires some hiking or extensive 4-wheel drive excursions. These parks provide exploratory adventures as well as great opportunities to master the art of landscape photography.

Third, we teach end-to-end workflow so it is important to work in locations where we can access a conference room or other teaching facility.

Fourth, we want our program to be cost effective for our landscape photography workshop students. Thus, a big part of organizing a Master Class requires us to find moderate, comfortable lodging, meals, and support services near our National Parks.

We love what we do, and our support staff invests a great deal of time working with the National Park Service and others to ensure that we position you in a park that allows you to grow while photographing what most others will never see. Come join us! Some of our alumni have are well on their way to apply for the Artist in Residence programs for our National Parks. You will be amazed at what you will learn and how you will grow as an artist.

Remember our roads are less traveled . . . way less.

About Author

Bob Killen is a nationally recognized Fine Art Photographer, Landscape Photography instructor, and artist. He is the Director of the National Park Photography Expeditions, President of the Mojave National Preserve Artists Foundation, a National Park Service Friends Group, a national speaker on landscape photography and an Adobe Certified Instructor. His thematic work explores Western Americana landscapes with a focus on man’s obsession to abandon structures, places, and things across a shared American landscape. His work is owned by collectors in 20 countries.

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