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Interior Back Country Photo Workshop

See Denali while surrounded by fall colors and wildlife

Learn To Shoot Like The Pros

Alaska Back Country Workshop

Have you ever wanted to photograph the interior of Alaska, seeing Denali in all it’s glory and finding varied wildlife ? If so read on. 

Explore the interior of Alaska, close to Denali photographing stunning landscapes black and brown bears, birds, caribou and all while hiking across the tundra and rolling hills. See the fall colors of bright red, orange and yellow from the local flora and fauna as you hike during the first week of September.

Come and join Professional Photographers Dan M Lee and Jessica Haydahl Richardson on a truly unique Alaskan adventure / workshop.

Both Dan and Jessica are seasoned professional photographers ready to lead you on an incredible experience in partnership with our amazing lodges, located on beautiful Kodiak Island and across Alaska.

Dan M Lee Professional Photographer

Why Join Our Photography Workshop

We just don’t visit Kodiak Island, we also visit the interior of Alaska, Stay at our fantastic & rustic wilderness lodge a stones throw from Talkeetna. Enjoy all-inclusive food, drinks, unlimited hiking and overnight backpacking (if that’s your jam), lodging, kayaking, tours and photographic experiences. All flights in and out of our lodge are included. 

During your stay at the lodge near Talkeetna, there are options for other recreation experiences as well. From hiking to lake kayaking, and overnight stop overs in the tundra with Denali as your backdrop.

Our Talkeetna / Denali workshop is open to hobby and professional photographers anting to experience the interior of Alaska.

Come and create stunning visual imagery and work alongside Dan and Jessica as they show you the beauty of Denali and the wildness that surrounds it. From Wildlife photography, landscape and editorial photography, you will have an opportunity to try your hand at capturing images from a large array of wild subjects.

Workshop Profile

Hiking
Fitness Level
Bear & Wildlife Viewing
Facilities

* Editorial * Landscapes * Wildlife * Macro * Story Telling

* Editorial * Landscapes * Wildlife * Macro * Story Telling

Watching Brown Bears in their natural habitat is one of the most life changing events you can experience

-Dan M Lee

Sample Photo
Workshop Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive at Talkeetna Float Base for your 15 min flight to the lodge.

You will be welcomed and shown to your allocated cabin.

Welcome lunch / dinner and site orientation.

Day 1

Explore the local scenery, spot wildlife. Finish at 6:30pm for dinner at the lodge.

Evening of photography editing and mentoring if you want it. 

Day 2

Explore the local scenery, spot wildlife. Finish at 6:30pm for dinner at the lodge.

Optional overnight in the wilderness with tents and camping equipment.

Day 3

Explore the local scenery, spot wildlife. Finish at 6:30pm for dinner at the lodge.

Day 4

Explore the local scenery, spot wildlife. Finish at 6:30pm for dinner at the lodge.

Explore the local scenery, spot wildlife. Finish at 6:30pm for dinner at the lodge.

Departure Day

Time to saddle up and head back to Talkeetna float base, feel free to enjoy a breakfast before you leave.

Take any last minute pictures before you go, keep your camera at hand, enjoy the flight !

pay

Based on dual occupancy, starting at:

$3,450 / 4 Nights per person, 2 sharing

Non-Photographers Will Love It Too

We understand not everyone who comes wants to learn photography so there are loads of ways to enjoy yourself without talking f/stops, iso and hyper focal distances, who has the longest lens and nerding out over image sensors.

Guests can enjoy unlimited hiking, kayaking, local hiking and of course wildlife viewing which would keep any outdoor enthusiast occupied and happy.

From a quick 10-minute stroll up Blueberry Hill to capture an unparalleled view of Denali, to immersive multi-day backcountry journeys into the heart of the majestic Talkeetna Mountains, our trails span a wide spectrum.

Our expert-guided day trips encompass a variety of hikes, leading you to nearby lakes, plateaus, streams, or beaver ponds for wildlife observation or simply relishing the invigorating mountain breeze and the surrounding panorama.

Whether you’re packing a lunch for a day’s hike or gearing up with essentials for extended excursions into the Alaskan wilderness, an adventure awaits you at every turn.

Talkeetna Day Hiking

Getting To Back The Country Lodge

Reaching the lodge is exclusively possible via small aircraft: whether by float-plane, ski-plane, or helicopter. The majority of our guests opt for a flight from Talkeetna, which is a convenient choice.

Talkeetna, positioned a 2.5-hour drive north of Anchorage, serves as a gateway to the lodge. Air taxi services readily provide complimentary parking for the duration of your lodge stay. Additionally, they extend the courtesy of a free shuttle to and from the Alaska Railroad train depot located in downtown Talkeetna, ensuring seamless transitions for your journey.

Throughout the summer season, the preferred mode of transport is a float-plane, unless specifically requested, in which case a helicopter charter can be arranged.

If you wish to fly in to our lodge directly from Anchorage contact us and we will help find current pricing.

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FAQ

What Clothing To Bring

The weather will be very mild June reaches around 47.0°F low and 62.3°F high with July a low of 51.5°F and highs around 65.3°F so bring layers and a waterproof shell at the very least. Contact us if you have questions about weather. 

Bring enough socks (expect them to get wet) and some decent hiking books and day pack. Sleep clothes are a must as well as a towel and wash / personal hygiene kit.

A heavy and a light waterproof jackets are essential. 

Waterproof hiking shoes, please don’t wear regular “sneakers”. 

Water bottle that can attach to your bag preferably metallic and some hand sanitizer.

Camera Equipment

Highly recommend the following equipment for your Alaskan photography workshop to be a success.

  • Carbon fiber tripod (such as Sirui W-2204) with a ball head.
  • Long lens like a 70mm-400mm f/4 or better.
  • Wide angle lens 15mm-30mm f/4 or better.
  • Circular Polarizer and UV Filter (Tiffen or Hoya at a minimum spec).
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Full frame camera is preferred, APS-C and MFT with long glass.
  • Many batteries and chargers (5 batteries and 2 chargers as a suggestion)
  • Tactical light (such as Fenix PD35)

What Cost Am I Responsible For ?

You will be responsible for your flight to Alaska.

Once you get to our Talkeetna float-plane base you will have nothing else to pay for, Souvenirs are available from the Lodge.

You MUST have comprehensive travel insurance.

Price Includes

Lodging, meals, nonalcoholic beverages, guided wildlife viewing, wifi, unlimited kayak rental.  

Admission for two people, sharing one room, single rooms are available but super limited supply, single room supplements are available 

Photography tuition and workshop classes, signed limited edition copy of “Creative Photography : The Professional Edge” by Dan M Lee.

20% off camera protection gear at outex.com with our exclusive partnership, included with every booking.

Price Excludes

Flights to and from Alaska.

You are welcome to bring your own alcohol, our Backcountry Lodge is a completely dry location. 

Tips and gratuities are not included, you can tip online on this page

Single Travelers

Almost all the rooms available at any of our partner lodges are double or dual occupancy, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel alone. 

Let us know when you’re thinking of coming to visit Kodiak Island to join our photography workshop, we will try and match you with someone to room with, we do have limited single rooms available on some tours.

If we have available rooms check the booking page for tickets.  

Of course we can also try and get pricing for single in a full room too, peak times are normally in July and early August.
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