You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture stunning images of the Tetons or Yellowstone.
Whether you’re armed with a cell phone camera, a point-and-shoot, or fancy DSLR, you can photograph scenes that you will proudly display on your wall.
Jason B. Whitman is a professional photographer and fourth generation native of Wyoming. His landscape, nature and adventure images focus on the beauty of these national parks.
Here he shares his favorite places for photography and tips for capturing the best images on your vacation:
“After years of exploring these parks, I have a couple of easily accessible locations that are particular favorites,” Whitman says
Without a doubt, my favorite location in Grand Teton Park National Park is Jenny Lake.
I highly recommend you take the Jenny Lake Trailhead and follow it up Cascade Canyon.
There will be many awesome photographic opportunities, particularly as the sweet evening light approaches.”
Early morning, late afternoon and early evening provide the best opportunity for photography, as the light is soft and golden, highlighting the details of the mountains, lakes and trees.
Early morning is also ideal for spotting wildlife.
If you have to take photos midday, try to shoot in shaded areas to avoid the harsh shadows caused by the sun being directly overhead.
“One of my preferred places to visit in Yellowstone is the Norris Geyser Basin located on the northern section of the Grand Loop.
Its central location is handy in terms of visiting other features in the northern region of the park.
There are a variety of trails in the geyser basin of varying difficulty and length,” Whitman adds.
“For photography, the trail I most enjoy is the Porcelain Basin. It presents a unique combination of stark and desolate landscapes, pleasant pastel colors, and volatile thermal features.
It can be technically challenging but rewarding to shoot.”
Another photography tip: When framing your image, look not only at your subject but also everything in the background and foreground.
Does your image of the Grand Teton include other tourists?
Tilt your camera or shift your focal point until the entire frame is exactly how you want it.