Photographer & Tour Guide
here’s the story…
I know how frustrating it can be when you miss a shot because your camera settings weren’t right. Especially with wildlife, you rarely get a second chance at that moment.
While living and working in some of the best locations for nature photography (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Smoky Mountains), I’ve learned the essential skills you need to transform your photography from simple snapshots to pieces of art that you can be proud to share.
As I start transitioning to full time photography myself, I wanted to create an online course to help other photographers master the skills they struggle with most.
Stunning landscapes and wildlife are all around. (You certainly don’t have to move across the country like I did.)
Here’s what happens… You plan a weekend trip to your favorite place, in search of that winning shot. You get up before sunrise and spend the day outdoors, shooting away at everything you see. You can’t believe the scene in front of your eyes!
But, you get home just to be disappointed by what you see on your computer screen. What happened to those National Geographic pictures you imagined?
You’re probably thinking your photos could’ve been better with a new lens, or a new camera, or a new anything.
When I first started photography, I had a pink point-and-shoot camera. Maybe you just have your iPhone. Those aren’t keeping you from winning contests… In fact, a photo I took with that little Sony camera was published in an outdoor magazine, alongside photographers using their Canon 1D or 5D and lenses worth thousands of dollars.
Fast forward to 2016, and my Canon 7D is still from 2009… far from brand new. My lens collection is higher quality, but certainly didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
The secret to the most awe-inspiring photographs isn’t the gear. It’s the stories behind them, and how the photographer portrays them that makes the difference.
By learning how light works and creating a post-processing workflow that works for you, you’ll be able to starting truly enjoying photography, frustration-free. You’ll create photographs that are composed to enhance your story, not distract from it.
When the technical side of photography becomes second nature and you start focusing on the creative side, your photographs will really start to shine.
You’ve probably scanned over the thousands of tips and tricks available online, but they didn’t work for you. Why? They aren’t connected. They’re all over the place.
That’s where this course comes in…
I’ve put together a step-by-step workflow that teaches you the core fundamentals of the art of photography, so you can transform snapshots into inspiring memories you can be proud to share.
In addition to the online course, we will meet weekly in an online classroom setting to cover that week’s material. Meeting dates and times are as follows:
6:30 – 7:30 PM MST
June 22 – Module 1
June 29 – Module 2
July 6 – Module 3
July 13 – Module 4-5
Composition is the life blood of your images. Without a good composition, everything else just seems to fall apart. You’ll learn how to use the building blocks of composition to create a piece that naturally flows.
Any photographer can show up and find good light, a good subject, and get a good shot. Still, only photographers that understand composition are able to come away with a truly excellent shot.
Exposure sets the overall feeling and mood in your photos. You’ll learn how there’s a “technically” correct exposure, and then how to move away from what the camera thinks is right so you can be in control!
Finally get out of auto mode, and start manual adjusting each of the three exposure settings!
Varying qualities and directions of light have a huge effect on your image. No amount of post-processing can beat naturally good and flattering light.
As a nature photographer, you won’t have much control over the light. You have to put yourself in the right place, at the right time. You’ll learn how to take advantage of various lighting scenarios and how each one can affect the overall mood.
If you aren’t using Adobe Lightroom to process your RAW files, you’re missing out on an enormous opportunity to take your photos to the next level. You’ll learn how to get started with a free trial of Lightroom so you can start bringing your images to life.
The RAW file from your camera sets the stage for your final piece. You just have to learn the tools that Lightroom offers to enhance and finish it!
Besides exposure, there are several key camera features and settings you’ll need to grasp. You’ll see how focus, white balance, and a few others are important to master if you want to take control of your camera.
Some of these settings can be the most frustrating, especially when you miss a shot because you couldn’t focus fast enough!
You will get all current lessons, as well as all lessons added to the course in the future. Of course, you will be notified of each new lesson so you can go check it out!
Connie Troutman, Montana
what else do you get?
Join our members-only Facebook group where you’ll be able to get help, critiques, and see what others are doing! Facebook offers a quick way to get your questions answered by several like-minded photographers.
If you’d like personal critique and feedback of your work throughout the course, I will be available via email or the private Facebook.
Get some of my best time-saving presets for Adobe Lightroom. Apply the necessary settings to ALL images on import instead of one-by-one.
Having trouble and can’t find the answer? All members receive unlimited email support for the course, as well as any of your own photography related questions!
As a course member, you’ll receive a discount on any future live workshop!
Yes! You will get immediate access to all the course content, so you can get from start to finish at your own pace, on your time schedule.
It’s up to you! If you spend about an hour a day, you should be able to cover everything within a week. If you read one lesson (10-15 minutes) per day, you would finish in a few weeks.
Yes! Whether you just bought your camera or have been shooting for years, you should find something useful.
The course is not camera specific, but you will get the most out of it with a camera that allows manual exposure settings, whether it’s a DSLR, mirrorless, or simple point and shoot.
Yes! You will get access with your own username and password, so you can login whenever you’d like.
Nope! The course itself is fully accessible online. You will likely want to download Adobe Lightroom for your computer in order to fully organize and develop your photos. I will show you how to get a 30 day free trial inside the course.
Yes! If you aren’t satisfied, just send me an email and ask for a refund within the first 30 days.
After creating your account, you will go to the Dashboard where you will get immediate access to all the modules, bonuses, and resources.
Once you’re inside the course, you’ll be able to view each lesson at your own pace and even save your place for next time you return! All the lessons are neatly organized and simple to navigate from one to the next.
ZERO RISK – 30 DAY GUARANTEE
I want your course experience to be both easy and helpful. If you aren’t satisfied, simply request to cancel anytime in the first 30 days.
what do people think?
“The dashboard and the website itself was done beautifully. I really enjoyed the photos you used in the course to compare and show what was being taught. Having a visual to help explain things was immensely helpful. I also really liked how the modules were broken down. You covered everything from taking the photos all the way through post processing and exporting. I found my importing and exporting could be streamlined which will save me loads of time! Overall, as a beginner wildlife photographer, I benefited greatly by taking your course and I would suggest those who are interested in wildlife photography to take it as well. It’s more than just how to capture a moment, Trent’s course teaches you how to tell a story with your photos. And to top it off, you offer a facebook group for questions and support!”