Katmai National Park, Brooks Camp, Nature Photography Workshops

August 20-24; August 24-28; or August 28-September 1, 2022

Three separate, small group, nature photography workshops, 5 days/4 nights, $3,395/per person/workshop:

  • August 20-24, 2022.  (4 photographer limit, minimum 2 )
  • August 24-28, 2022.  (4 photographer limit, minimum 2 )
  • August 28 – September 1, 2022.  (4 photographer limit, minimum 2 ).  FULL.

Five days, four nights, photographing the wildlife and landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve.

$3395/person .  All Brooks Lodge meals, floatplane between King Salmon and Brooks Camp, and one remote boat trip, are included in the price.

Safe “glamping” in Brooks Camp: bear fence, running water, and showers.

We will eat all meals at Brooks Lodge (fine-dining cafeteria), allowing us more time to photograph.

The instructor/guide has photographed wildlife safely and ethically in Katmai for over a decade

Agenda

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022

    • Floatplane from King Salmon to Brooks Camp in Katmai
    • Mandatory NPS bear safety course at Brooks Camp
    • Lunch at Brooks Lodge
    • Afternoon photography and introduction to the area
    • Dinner at Brooks Lodge
    • Late afternoon and evening photography (photograph until ~ 10:30 PM)
  • Sunday – Tuesday, August 21-23, 2022

    • 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
      • Early morning landscape and wildlife photography
    • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
      • Breakfast
    • 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Field photography
    • 11:30 AM –  12:30 PM
      • Lunch
    • 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Break, rest period. Download and backup photos.
    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Field Photography
    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
      • Dinner
    • 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
      • Field Photography
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022

    • Morning photography in the field
    • Breakfast
    • Pack and floatplane back to King Salmon for your return flight home

Agenda

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022

    • Floatplane from King Salmon to Brooks Camp in Katmai
    • Mandatory NPS bear safety course at Brooks Camp
    • Lunch at Brooks Lodge
    • Afternoon photography and introduction to the area
    • Dinner at Brooks Lodge
    • Late afternoon and evening photography (photograph until ~ 10:30 PM)
  • Thursday – Saturday, August 25-27, 2022

    • 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
      • Early morning landscape and wildlife photography
    • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
      • Breakfast
    • 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Field photography
    • 11:30 AM –  12:30 PM
      • Lunch
    • 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Break, rest period. Download and backup photos.
    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Field Photography
    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
      • Dinner
    • 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
      • Field Photography
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022

    • Morning photography in the field
    • Breakfast
    • Pack and floatplane back to King Salmon for your return flight home

Agenda

  • Sunday, August 28, 2022

    • Floatplane from King Salmon to Brooks Camp in Katmai
    • Mandatory NPS bear safety course at Brooks Camp
    • Lunch at Brooks Lodge
    • Afternoon photography and introduction to the area
    • Dinner at Brooks Lodge
    • Late afternoon and evening photography (photograph until ~ 10:30 PM)
  • Monday – Wednesday, August 29-31, 2022

    • 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
      • Early morning landscape and wildlife photography
    • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
      • Breakfast
    • 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Field photography
    • 11:30 AM –  12:30 PM
      • Lunch
    • 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Break, rest period. Download and backup photos.
    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Field Photography
    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
      • Dinner
    • 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
      • Field Photography
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022

    • Morning photography in the field
    • Breakfast
    • Pack and floatplane back to King Salmon for your return flight home

What is Included

  • Wildlife and landscape photography sessions each day
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Brooks Lodge Cafeteria while at Brooks Camp
  • Floatplane round-trip airfare King Salmon – Brooks Camp (not your luggage fees).  I will reimburse you $290 for your floatplane ticket.
  • One day trip to a remote area of Katmai National Park
  • Campground reservations and fees

What is Not Included

  • Airfare to and from King Salmon
  • Luggage fees and baggage charges
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Any meals and drinks at Brooks Lodge outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fishing license fees, rental fees for waders, boots, or other equipment
  • If you choose to visit the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes there is a bus fee of ~$80
  • Depending on the conditions and the group’s desire and ability we may charter a boat for additional days in a remote part of Katmai (approximately $245/person).  I will pay for one boat trip to remote areas of the park.

What You Need to Bring

  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Camera gear (~24mm wide-angle lens, ~ 100-400mm zoom, 500 mm optional)
  • Tripod/monopod
  • Chest waders (optional, can be rented from Brooks Lodge)
  • Raingear, including rain covers for camera and lenses
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and hiking poles suggested
  • Bug spray, bug head net, sunscreen
  • Daypack, ideally waterproof and can hold your camera
  • Laptop, battery charger, external hard drive(s), power cord, short (6′ – 8′) extension cord, card reader

Frequently Asked Questions

If the workshop limit of two photographers per 5-day workshop is not met for the workshop you registered for I will fully refund your workshop fee.   I will let you know as soon as the minimum is met.

In past years I have photographed bears in August at Brooks Camp / Brooks River.  In early-mid August, many of the bears will go to creeks around Naknek Lake to optimize their salmon fishing.  Most of these bears return to Brooks River in late August when the spawned out salmon provide easy food for the bears.

In recent years I am noticing more bears staying at Brooks River in August.

Here is a 2018 article discussing bears in August on the Brooks River.

Here is a 2021 video that shows and discusses bears on the Brooks River in August.

Here is a NPS 2015 article on bears in August.

We will take one day trip to a remote area of Katmai National Park to photograph bears in a smaller stream.  I will pay for this one day trip.  If we decide as a group to make additional trips to any of these remote areas, you will be responsible for paying for those additional trips (approximately $250/person/day).  In my past workshops I have found that one remote trip is optimal.

The mileage from the Brooks Camp campground to the lodge and ranger station is 1 mile and flat, along the shores of Naknek Lake.  We will do this walk at least two times per day.  There is a gear storage locker at the ranger station where you can leave items while you are out photographing.

The mileage from the lodge area and lower river area to the falls platform is 1.5 miles.  We will hike this at least two times per day.  Often we will wade up the Brooks River and then access the trail close to the elevated walkway that leads to the Riffles Platform and the Falls Platform.

We will wade through a marshy area to access the Brooks River. We will cross the Brooks River in the wider and shallower areas.  When we wade the river we will be very “bear aware” — which requires us to move upstream, downstream, in/out of the river to give the bears and salmon lots of space.   Sometimes we have to stay put at a given location until the bears move, on their own accord.

Having one extendible/collapsable hiking or trekking pole, with an attachment leash and carabiner, helps you to stabilize yourself while wading.

We will stay in a group for safety while wading and for minimizing our presence and impact on bears while we wade and hike.

Having a small waterproof daypack (drybag pack) is helpful for carrying your expensive camera equipment while wading.

Getting to Brooks Camp, Katmai

  • You need to arrive in King Salmon, Alaska (AKN) on the first day of your photography workshop unless you plan on spending a night in King Salmon (sometimes difficult to do…)
    • Flights from Anchorage (ANC) to King Salmon (AKN) can be booked with Katmai Air or Alaska Airlines.
    • Please ensure your arrival time in King Salmon is early in the day, before the last Katmai Air floatplane flight into Brooks Camp.
    • Katmai Air.   800-544-0551
    • Alaska Airlines
  • You will then take a floatplane from King Salmon into Katmai National Park
    • IMPORTANT:  Please contact Katmai Air to book your floatplane flights — let them know your arrival time in King Salmon.
    • Please book your roundtrip flights: King Salmon –> Brooks Camp –> King Salmon so you arrive at Brooks Camp on the first day of your workshop, and leave Brooks Camp on the last day of your workshop.  You will not be able to arrive earlier or stay longer in Brooks Camp – since the campground reservations are all booked.
  • I will reimburse you ($290) for the floatplane portion of your travel.  AKN –> Brooks Camp –> AKN
  • You are responsible for booking your flights.
  • You need to coordinate your flights into and out of Anchorage so that you arrive/leave King Salmon in conjunction with the Katmai Air flights

Please coordinate/communicate with me your proposed flight itineraries.

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You will get an email confirmation if your registration is successful, if you did not receive an email confirmation, please contact me

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