The Third Annual Yellowstone Photography Symposium wrapped up at the beginning of May 2019 with one of the most inspiring speakers we have encountered on this journey.  Canon’s Explorer of Light, Chas Glatzer left everyone in attendance with a reignited passion for photographing life and capturing moments worth saving.  As one of the world’s leading professional photographers, Chas is known for inspiring and educating photographers at every age and skill level to pursue a passion for creative photography.  We are incredibly excited to announce that Chas will be returning next year to the 4th Annual Yellowstone Photography Symposium scheduled for May 10-15, 2021.

This past symposium drew in an array of instructors focused on teaching nature, wildlife, and landscape photography in one of the greatest natural playgrounds.  Our geologist friend, Dr. Duncan Foley – found once again how to accent the parks liveliness through his whimsical teaching style. BYU-I professor, Caryn Esplin, brought her hands-on approach to instruction and helped to cement theory with practical application of shooting. The talented and ever creative Steven Hatch brought both inspiration and solid technique to creative image development.  This year also included Doug Owens and Ed Cannady – seasoned park rangers providing a perspective on photography and protecting our wildlands.  Marc Morris of Tamron once again brought with him both his incredible knowledge of lens technology and rock star savvy to inspire and educate Throughout the symposium, Christopher Balmer, owner of Photo Adventure Workshops, Perfect Light Camera and now, the newly opened Yellowstone Camera Store provided teaching and education on everything from understanding the intricacies of exposure to capturing the best possible images in camera.

Inspiring education, an exceptional caliber of instructors, and patrons filled with excitement to learn and grow, both as photographers and artists, permeate this weeklong event known as the Annual Yellowstone Photography Symposium.  We invite you to join us May 10-15, 2021 for next year’s Symposium in West Yellowstone, Montana.

In the meantime, here is what a few poeple had to say about the event this year:

"This was such a wonderful experience. It was great to review and build on my pervious classes. I was blown away by the difference in the photos I took on the first day of the symposium compared to the ones on the last. Thank you all again for the wonderful teaching. It isn’t too often that you find such high caliber photographers willing to share their knowledge. Christopher Balmer, Caryn Esplin, Charles Glatzer, Kevin Odette, Harold KleinKatie BalmerGlenn Kulm. The vendors were also so helpful and willing to bend over backwards to help and let us borrow their equipment Tamron, Nikon, MacKenna Pro, MePhoto, Canon, and others."

"What a great week! An opportunity to learn from many great photographers and industry experts. Everything from landscape photography to how to capture birds in flight to light painting and wildlife photography, and tons of classes in between. Plus, you get hands on experience by shooting in Yellowstone National Park. It is educational, entertaining, and all the instructors are willing and able to answer all questions. A big thank you to Christopher, Katie, Kevin, Steven, Harold and all the other instructors for putting on a great symposium that culminated with an educational and entertaining keynote talk by Charles Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light. What a great way to end a great week!"

"The total immersion into everything photography for 6 full days, with time to run into Yellowstone to catch some photons of an evening, has moved my shooting abilities to a completely new level. Thanks to all who helped put this together! Outstanding!"















Cancellation Policy

Workshop Fees 

All travel workshop balances are due 90 business days before the photo tour workshop start date. Full payment is required on bookings taken 60 days prior to workshop start date. All workshop fees can be paid by check made out to “Perfect Light”. All card transactions for final payments will be charged a 3.5% processing fee. There will be a fee affixed for late payments. Deposits are due at time of registration and are non-refundable.


Workshop Cancellations

After registering for a workshop tour, you have three (3) business days of the original deposit date to cancel and receive a full refund (less a 6% card fee). Cancellations on the part of the participant must be made in writing and received by our office by US mail or email. If you cancel 121 or more days prior to the photo tour workshop start date, 25% of the workshop fee will be forfeited. If you cancel 120 or less days prior to the workshop start date, 100% of the workshop fee will be forfeited. If you cancel 120 days or less prior to the workshop start date and your spot is filled by another participant, you may receive a refund less all transfer fees. All refunds will be made by check.


Cancellation Fees

121 or more days prior to workshop start date 25% of workshop price forfeited

120 days or less prior to workshop start date100% of workshop fee forfeited


  1. Transfers You may transfer your workshop registration to another person to participate in your place. To transfer, please submit written notifications of the alternate participant's name, email address, phone number, and mailing address via letter or e-mail to You will be responsible for any transfer fees.

  2. Safety, Insurance, and Physical Fitness Every effort is made to ensure your safety. However, participants are responsible for their own safety and accident insurance. We do not accept responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged property. Participants must be in good physical condition for activities in an environment that may be cold, wet, and windy.

  3. Rules and Regulations: Whether the workshop you participate in is held on private, public, or government lands, you agree to abide by all rules, restrictions, and ordinances governing such lands and property. You also agree to respect the rights of other workshop participants, instructors, and those providing services to or for the workshop. Failure to comply with any governing rules or authority may result in the removal of the participant from the photo tour workshop or related activity with no provisions for refund.

  4. Disputes and Jurisdiction Any dispute over this contract involving litigation or court proceedings will be held to the governing laws of Bonneville County in the state of Idaho. Jurisdiction for any legal dispute over this contract will be conducted in the courts of Bonneville County in the state of Idaho.

  5. Schedules All workshop schedules are tentative (subjects, events, and times). Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather and other environmental conditions, direct or indirect logistical arrangements, transportation plans, health conditions of workshop participants and/or instructors, employees, or assigns, and/or any other factors deemed to be relevant by Perfect Light Workshops. However, we will make every effort to include just as many photographic and instructional opportunities to the participants if changes are made.

  6. Model Release: You consent that any and all photographs made of you or that include you or your property may be used by Perfect Light Workshops and/or its assigns in promotional and/or advertising efforts for no fee and/or compensation.

  7. Equipment: It is the responsibility of each participant to bring and provide his or her own equipment. Workshop participants will be given a list of suggested items to bring, but it is a suggested list only and does not replace personal preferences and for one’s possibly limited resources or health restrictions. We will attempt to have camera and accessory manufacturer’s demo products on hand for workshop participants to try and use. However, we make no promises as to the availability of any demo equipment.


Perfect Light Camera & Supply and The Yellowstone Camera Store are factory direct pro dealers for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, Sigma, Black Rapid, MeFoto, Delkin, Hoya and many other top brands in the industry.


Perfect Light Camera & Supply was opened in 2008 by Christopher Balmer and has quickly become the Nation's leader in photography education with over 14,000 classroom students from across the United States.  Photo Adventure Workshops was created in 2016 and The Yellowstone Camera Store opened in 2019.


We are the same price as online dealers and big box stores, all with the same warranties and far better service!


The Yellowstone Camera Store

16 N Canyon Street

West Yellowstone, MT  59758

(406) 646-5191


Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm

Saturday 8 am - 7 pm

Sunday 8 am - 5 pm

Closed for Season: October 16, 2020


Perfect Light Camera & Supply

2169 E 17th Street

Idaho Falls, Idaho

(208) 523-6789


Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

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