Photography seminars provide participants with a training session regarding tips for photographing animals led by Wolf Park’s photographer, Monty Sloan. He’ll discuss how to get the best out of your time with the wolves, including good angles, flash usage, and how to eliminate fencing and other background clutter in your shots. This is followed by sessions with the wolves. Participants receive at least two hours’ time with the animals.
You do not have to be a “professional” photographer to attend! Bring the camera of your choice and learn how to photograph Wolf Park’s socialized wolves in a low-key, relaxed setting.
- 9:30am Tips and basic wolf photography methodologies.
- 11:00 Presentation regarding safely interacting with the animals (Required for entering the enclosure)
- Break for lunch*
- We usually step in with the wolves around 2 PM (earlier if the weather looks bad for the late afternoon) and we spend time photographing wolves inside our large wooded 7-acre enclosure. We will be taking several breaks during the program, but we try our best to give photographers more than two hours of time photographing our animals.
- Wrap up by 5:00pm
*Depending on the weather conditions, we may skip the lunch break and go in right after the safety talk, so if the weather looks like rain, we recommend bringing a lunch.
GENERAL INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Tripods are discouraged. Monopods are OK. Tripods or monopods covered in foam padding are not allowed. A flash is permitted.
Be sure to bring extra batteries, flashcards, etc. we can’t tell you how many photographers have run out of card space or ended up with a dead battery. Wear garments with pockets in which to carry extra gear. However, anything sticking out of the pocket is not a good idea. Some of our wolves are proven pickpockets. Camera bags, cases, fanny packs, backpacks, etc. are not allowed in the enclosure as the wolves want to go “shopping” in them. Basically, anything ‘squishy’ is fun to chew on and squish… The exception is a camera strap around the neck. The wolves are fine with those if you are wearing the strap around your neck, and because you may need your hands free at times, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to have a strap for your camera. Please call if you have any specific questions as two what you can have inside the enclosure.
As with any wildlife photography, a longer focal length lens is recommended. A zoom lens is also a good idea as the wolves are free to move about the enclosure but bring what you are most comfortable with. As an example, Monty mostly uses a 100-400mm lens while working with the wolves inside the enclosure. However, he may use a longer 500mm at times or a wide-angle if in a silly wolf mood…
Plan for the weather. We will be outside for long stretches. Dress warmly. Bring changes of closes if necessary. Rubber raincoats are generally not allowed as the wolves may try to eat them. Bring small hand towels to shield your camera from snow and rain. Plastic bags and covers are not allowed as the wolves want to shred those.
Sessions will be held in most weather, including rain or snow. Call ahead if you are uncertain about the weather. We have not yet canceled a seminar due to weather; the wolves are actually more interesting, more active and the photo opportunities are better in inclement weather. There is usually time to dodge between downpours. The schedule may change if we are working around rain showers and we do not want to be out if there is lightning.
Snacks and sack lunches are encouraged. We may not break for lunch depending on the weather. We have a refrigerator and microwave available upon request.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and physically capable of safely interacting with the wolves. The grounds inside the enclosure are natural, overgrown, and in many places full of holes the wolves have dug. There are very few places to sit down so you will need to be able to stand for at least an hour at a time and on a cold rainy day -- that can take a toll on any of us.
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.
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