Wildlife Model Workshop - Kalispell MT




Wildlife Model Workshop

Triple D Game Farm, Kalispell, MT

June 4-7, 2018


In 1989 I led the first workshop to a game farm in the United States! I met Jay Deist of Triple Game Farm the year before, when I went to visit his game farm for an article I was writing for Outdoor Photographer. While there for the article, we came up with the concept of leading a group of people to have the experience of photographing wildlife in natural settings under controlled conditions.  This ended up leading to many people copying the idea at Triple D Game Farm as well as other game farms around the country. I have been leading trips to Triple D for 27 years and it has always been a wonderful experience!

Photographing at a game farm gives you not only the opportunity to get great photographs that would take years of work and cause undo hardship on wild animals, but it also gives you the chance to refine your wildlife photography skills by practicing various techniques that you can carry over into the field. The animals are captive, but they are still wild and behave in the same manner as a wild animal. The advantage is we get to have them posing in the areas we want and the poses are usually repeatable!

Practice your panning techniques, try different lenses, experiment with manual exposure and different shutter speeds all with the help of a professional photographer and your skills will grow by leaps and bounds as you create amazing images to add to your photographic library. You will have the chance to get behavior images, portraits and depending on the animals, running and jumping images as well.

Besides just receiving tips and techniques from Lewis in the field you will also experience his renowned teaching skills in the classroom where he will discuss the digital workflow, processing your raw images, mastering creative processing techniques to bring out the most in your images and more! Lewis is well known for his skill presenting both Lightroom and Photoshop as well as helping people with the their photographic technique and composition.

During the class we will be photographing eight species of animals from a list that includes: wolves, mountain lion, tiger, bobcat, lynx, badger, fox, coyote, porcupine, black and brown bear. Lewis will work with Triple to pick a great selection of wildlife to give us a great photographic experience. There are three days of shooting involved. We have scheduled a fourth, weather day in case it is needed to accomplish our goal.  If we do not need the weather day, you will have the option of choosing additional species at a cost of $150 an animal per person if you choose to do so.

You are in the enclosures with the animals and photographing at close distances. The longer lenses would be in the 70-200mm, 70- 300mm, 100-400mm and 150-600mm; 200 – 400mm range. I also recommend having a wider lens available. I carry two cameras; one with a 24-105mm and one with a 150-600mm. Long primes are not necessary and will restrict the number of pictures you will be able to take.

Participants: Class is limited to ten participants to allow plenty of room in the enclosures and individual attention in the classroom.

Cost: $1450 if paid by check to Lewis Kemper 800 Saverien Dr Sacramento, CA 95864 or $1500 if paid by credit card, this fee includes photographing 8 species with trainers, in field and in class photographic instruction, and all gratuities to the staff. If we do not use the weather day, you have the choice to purchase photographic sessions with additional species available $150 per person. This is optional.

Deposits and Refunds: A check deposit of $950 or full credit card payment is required to hold a space in the class. Full refunds will be given up to 60 days in advance of the start date.  After 60 days 50% of the deposit will be refunded and if I am able to fill the space the balance will be refunded.

Lodging: I recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express 275 Treeline Road, Kalispell, MT 59901 (406) 755-7405 Give them the code Triple D and get a discount rate. We start photographing early on the morning of the 4th so I recommend you arrive on the 3rd. We will go to dinner on the evening of the 1st and discuss the class. We will be finished photographing by lunch on the 7th so you can either leave in the afternoon, evening or the next day.  There are plenty of other lodging options in Kalispell and you are welcome to stay at place of your choosing. Triple D also rents a guest cottage and you can contact them directly if you desire.

Transportation: Transportation is not included in the cost of the class.  You will need a car or to share a car with another participant.  For those interested in car sharing contact me and I can put you in touch with other participants.

Misc: Download the info packet and registration forms here. Fill them out and return to Lewis Kemper via email at lewis@lewiskemper.com or by mail to 800 Saverien Dr Sacramento, CA 95864

To pay by credit card use this link below. If paying by check use the address above.

Price: $1,500.00