Glacier National Park Workshop (26th Sept - 2nd October 2019)

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Glacier National Park Workshop (26th Sept - 2nd October 2019)


This is 6 night / 6 day workshop in the Rocky mountains of Glacier National Park, Montana.  It is limited to 8 participants and run by popular YouTuber and professional landscape photographer Nigel Danson and local photographer and former park ranger Sarah Ehlen.

(Anybody not wishing to pay the full amount please contact me to pay a £750 deposit)

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Glacier National Park Workshop

26 Sept -2th Oct 2019 | Nigel Danson | Sarah Ehlen

I enjoyed every minute of my workshop with Nigel. His passion, enthusiasm, and technical knowledge made for a great day, and I learnt a great deal from him. I would strongly recommend a workshop with Nigel...a great experience
— Steve Ball

An Amazing Location at a dramatic and stunning time of the year

There are few places on Earth as stunning as Glacier National Park - a landscape photographer's paradise awaits.

Sarah and I are really excited about being able to offer this once in a lifetime trip to Glacier National Park in Montana at a gorgeous time of the year.

Start to take photos you want to hang on your wall

My workshops are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography.  Either beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, through to advanced photographers looking to find some great locations or rekindle their enthusiasm and inspiration.  The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors whilst leaving inspired to take photos that you want to hang on your wall

I believe that if you want to improve your photography you need to be in the right mindset.  I will show you how I take less photos but end up with more keepers and photos to hang on the wall

I will talk you through what I use as the 4 key elements to producing a great image.   

  • Composition

  • Light

  • Subject

  • Timing

As we wander through the landscape we I will also chat with you about the technical aspects of photography. We’ll help you understand your camera and settings while keeping it simple. We will help with this throughout the day on the technical aspects depending upon your requirements.  Typical areas that I work with are

  • The exposure triangle of f-stop, ISO and shutter speed.

  • Help with composition and how to find unique angles

  • Help with understanding light and how it can impact the mood of the image

  • Understand the key technical elements, demystifying the often overwhelming array of camera settings (focus, exposure, histogram, lenses, tripod, filters)

  • Dedicated time to slow down and think more carefully about taking fewer but better images

  • How to visualise an image and then see that through to the final print

We also can help with appropriate use of filters.  I think that getting the image correct in camera at the time of the shoot is a good practice and helps you spend less time sitting at a computer and more time out in the fresh air improving your photography.

Workshop Key Features

Apart from some awesome time we will have scouting and shooting some great images around Glacier National Park in the Fall here are a few of the other features and benefits that the workshop will provide


Sarah Ehlen

Photographer living Glacier National Park
I think that photography is an incredibly special art form, and I love helping others develop their eye and learn the craft.

  • Small group size. Maximum of 8 people - so lots of 1-2-1 time with me and Sarah

  • Transport provided throughout the park over the 6 days.

  • 6 nights accommodation in 3 locations.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal included

  • A great opportunity to make unique photographic friendships

  • Help with lightroom / post processing in the evenings (Sarah is a also a qualified Adobe Lightroom instructor)

  • Review of your images over dinner and a photo of the week competition

  • Moderate walking at a pace that works for everyone. (There will be a few steeper climbs)


Participants should fly to Kalispell and get a shuttle to our first night's accommodation at West Glacier Lodge.

If you’re looking to improve your photography regardless of your experience Nigel is your man, he is so passionate about photography it really rubs off on you, plus his knowledge & experience is top class, that coupled with his sincere and humble personality made for a profound experience. I will be returning for more!
— Andy Noble

Locations that we will visit during the trip

There are many locations along the route from one lodge to another and we will pick them based on current conditions.  However, here are some highlights we plan on photographing if conditions allow

  • Lake McDonald

  • Avalanche Lake

  • Trail of the Cedars

  • Avalanche Gorge

  • St Mary Lake Viewpoints

  • Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake

  • St Mary Falls

  • Going-to-the-sun Road

  • Highline Trail

  • Logan Pass

  • Hidden Lake Overlook Trail

  • Two Medicine

The accommodation

We will be staying in 3 locations 

  • West Glacier Lodge

  • Cottages at Glacier

  • Grouse Mountain Lodge

The trip is fully catered (all breakfast, boxed lunch and evening meal)

What should I bring along?

  • Winter clothing - it could be raining, snowing, frosty,cold and wet. However days could also be sunny and warm so come prepared for changing conditions.

  • Walking boots (ideally 2 pairs)

  • Camera (obviously) and spare batteries as they will soon run flat in the cold

  • Sturdy Tripod

  • Backpack

  • Filters if you have them (but not necessary)

  • Manual for camera

  • Phone