2024 Glacier National Park Photography Hiking &Workshop

July 16-20th | Glacier National Park, Montana

Red wildflowers in a meadow with mountains in the background at sunset.

Beautiful evening in Glacier National Park during peak wildflower season. If only sunsets like this one could last a little longer. This print would make a stunning addition to a home or office space.


Glacier National Park Photo Tour

with Joe Garza & Nick Selway

Alpine blue waterfall rushes over red rocks in a pine forest.

Glacier National Park never disappoints! During one of our photography workshops, this stunning image was captures as the light hit the falls just perfectly.

A showcase of melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes, Glacier National Park in Montana is a landscape photographers paradise. While the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road provides stellar views for photographers, we'll also take you off the beaten path to see turquoise alpine lakes, meadows, deep forests, and waterfalls, with the potential to see and photograph wildlife such as grizzly bears. This 5-day adventure we will take you to see some of the most rugged, wild, and incredibly scenic views the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

It’s our goal to provide you a comfortable, fun environment to create powerful, unique compositions, and explore photography settings and techniques to help you enhance your photography skills as we chase the light on this incredible photo tour. If you’re looking for assistance with editing after the workshop to bring out the absolute best of your images, we’ll be there to help with that as well.


Workshop Information

A male mountain goat sits in a field of yellow flowers with a mountain fills the background.

During a hike up to Hidden Lake I ran across this mountain goat just chilling in the wildflowers taking in the views. He was such a poser for the camera.

Instructors: Led by Joe Garza and Nick Selway, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Both Joe and Nick are professional landscape and nature photographers with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. (See bios below)

Dates: July 16-20th

Group Size: Limited to 10 people

Cost: $3,350 for Double Occupancy | $4,000 Single Occupancy

Deposit: 50% deposit due at the time of registration which can be completed at the bottom of this page.

Included: Lodging, Permits, Guiding, as much laughter as possible, and our wealth of photography knowledge making sure everyone is in the best possible locations for light and compositions to capture their own stunning images.

Not Included: Airfare, meals, transportation to and from the airport, gratuities for instructors.

Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to the workshop start date. Refunds are not available after the 90-day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.


Workshop Instructors

View of rocks underwater and the mountains in the background at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.

Love the colorful rocks at Lake McDonald but want the mountains too? Then this over/under shot taken with my camera in an underwater housing is the perfect fine art print of Glacier National Park for your home or office!

Led by Joe Garza and Nick Selway, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Both Joe and Nick are professional landscape and nature photographers with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. (See bios below)

Joe and Nick create a relaxed, fun environment where you feel comfortable asking questions about your camera gear, settings, techniques, and composition so you can bring your photography skills to the next level. Workshops are a great opportunity to learn as the guided photography tour will bring you right to the best locations and sites so you can focus on your photography and taking in the breathtaking views that will surround you. We hope you'll sign up so we can hit the ground with you in one of our upcoming workshops! Feel free to contact Joe directly with any question.


Workshop Schedule

Image of a sunset at Glacier National Park with a rainbow in the pink sky over the mountain.

The tour will begin on July 16th and we will be meeting at in the lobby at our hotel. From there we will be checking in to our rooms and getting our camera gear ready so we can head out and shoot our first sunset. Before we take off, we will have a meeting downstairs meeting in front the lobby by 4:30 pm to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions and then let the fun begin.

This time of year the sun rises at about 5:30 am and sets at about 9:30 pm in Glacier National Park. We'll be leaving to reach locations before sunrise and not leaving the last location of the day until after sunset. Given the vast landscape, most locations throughout Glacier we will be going to will have some drive time that we'll build into our schedule for the day making each day very full.

We will be shooting sunrise and sunset every day and if the weather is in our favor we can shoot later into each morning looking for wildlife to and enjoy some breakfast then head back out for more amazing Glacier views to capture. We will be visiting different locations each day depending on weather conditions and what areas look the best for peak wildflowers.

Most importantly we create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for an incredible experience. You will feel more comfortable and confident taking your photography skills to the next level. Our Glacier photography workshop will end July 20th after we shoot sunrise by 9am.


Key Locations in Glacier National Park to Photograph

A stream of rushing water flows thru rocks into the forest below. Early morning sunrise gives way to a hazy smoky sky that is filled with pink and purple colors

Early morning sunrise at Many Glacier was filled with a hazy smoky sky giving this image some drama and beautiful colors. This stream is fed by Swiftcurrent lake which leads to a amazing waterfall. Just one of the many amazing views in Glacier National Park on the east side of the park.

During the workshop we will be visiting iconic locations as well as finding spots for wildlife and the classic beauty within Glacier National Park including:

  • The famous Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Logan Pass
  • Hidden Lake Overlook
  • St. Marys Falls
  • Grinnell Glacier Lake
  • Swift Current Lake
  • Peaking Wildflowers
  • Wildlife- Grizzly Bears, Mountain Goats, Moose
  • Avalanche Creek


Lodging Information

We will be staying at the Glacier Peaks Hotel located at 50 Museum Loop in Browning, Montana outside the East Entrance of the park. You do not need to make a hotel reservation. We have secured rooms with standard double occupancy or single occupancy and will assign single or double occupancy rooms based on your selection when you register for the workshop. We will reserve your room for you and send you a reservation number for your room prior to the workshop.

Check in will be on July 16, with checkout on July 20th. If you will be staying additional nights before or after the workshop you are responsible for your own lodging and reservations. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Collage of images from Glacier National Park with mountains, wildflowers and rivers.

Travel & Transportation Information

The nearest airport to our hotel is Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, MT. This is a 91 mile (1.5 hours) drive to the hotel if you take the southern route and do not drive through the park and a 100 mile (2.5 hours) drive to the hotel if you drive through the park on the West Entrance and take the Going to the Sun Road (note this route requires a permit you would be responsible for acquiring).

You will be responsible for transportation to and from the airport. However, we have rented 2 Large SUVs to drive workshop participants from the hotel to our shooting locations each day.


Difficulty of Workshop and Recommended Gear

Beams of sunlight shine onto this dramatic mountain landscape scene with a meadow full of white daisies.

I always love the exquisite views in Glacier National Park but I was absolutely in awe looking at this dramatic scene. The beams of light shining through to created this stunning mountain landscape scene with the meadow full of daisies.

Given we will be leaving early in the morning and may be out all day, we recommend bringing a change of clothes due to temperatures fluctuating from early morning, to evening. Please make sure you have water, snacks or any personal items for the day before we head out. Most locations we won't be close enough to our vehicles to run back to get anything so a small backpack is recommended.

During this workshop we will have some hiking to get to our locations. All the trails we will be hiking on are maintained by the park. Some of these locations we'll hit are just a short walk from where we park. However, some of these hikes may include, but not be limited to, elevation gains up to 800+ ft. and may have short distances that are steep. A good pair of hiking boots and poles are recommended (not required).

Our goal is to get you some of the most incredible views that Glacier National Park has to offer. These amazing landscape views are breathtaking and will give you plenty of opportunity to capture stunning images.


Recommended Camera Gear

A glacier fed turquoise lake is surrounded by mountains and pine trees. Spring purple flowers are in the foreground covering the ground.

Glacier National Park is one of Americas most visited and popular park in the US. Getting away from the crowds and off the path leads to many rewards. This view of Grinnell Lake is just stunning with the soft light peaking thru the clouds along with the spring flowers. When I saw this I knew I had to spend some time to capture it perfectly. This is the end result.. Enjoy the Simple Life.

Recommend gear includes but not limited to:

  • DSLR or mirrorless or camera
  • Lenses: 16-35mm,20mm Prime, 24-70mm,70-200mm
  • Solid tripod with either a ball head
  • Remote shutter release
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)

Instruction Provided During the Photography Workshop Includes:

We aim to help everyone on the workshop take their photography to the next level and will spend time individually with each person working on some or all of the following:

  • Creating Stunning Compositions using the rule of thirds and simplicity
  • Shooting in manual mode (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field)
  • Lens selection for composition and lighting
  • Creating stunning compositions (rule of thirds and simplicity)
  • Finding foreground elements
  • Capturing grand landscape photos
  • Creating intimate, abstract images
  • Creating panoramic images
  • Night sky photography techniques, if weather and time permit
  • Filters - how and when to use them
  • Focus stacking, bracketing, histogram usage






Cancellation Policy

The workshop must be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop starts. Client cancellations prior to 90 days before the workshop will be eligible for a full refund or transfer of funds paid to another workshop. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.



THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

JOE GARZA

Joe Garza | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Glacier National Park Photography Workshop

Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Joe has always had a passion for photography. It started while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's when his travels brought him all over the world. He was able to turn his passion into his profession and continues to focus on bringing you amazing images through his collection of images from National Parks, Hawaii, and the U.S. from the east coast lighthouses, Colorado mountains, and canyons and deserts across the southwest. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with with his 3 children.




NICK SELWAY

Nick Selway | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Glacier National Park Photography Workshop

Born and raised in Lake Stevens, Washington along the Northern Cascade Mountains, he grew a profound appreciation for the natural world at a young age. He spent his childhood traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family as his love for mother nature grew. He has been photographing for the last 18 years. He'd lived in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii for the last 14 years where he ran 2 photography galleries "Lava Light Galleries" and did photo tours to the volcano and around the island. In 2018 Nick moved with his beautiful wife Sarah Buzzetti and embarked on a new journey his lifelong dream by opening his very own photography gallery on June 1st, 2018 located on main street in Breckenridge, Colorado. He currently travels up to 150 days a year photographing mother nature’s beauty and teaching a variety of photography workshops.