Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop

Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop

In Grizzly Bears of Alaska, Upcoming Workshops by Matt Shetzer

Grizzly Bear Photo Workshop

Dates: July 22-July 28, 2017

Fee: $5,995 USD PP

Dates: July 27-August 2, 2017

Fee: $5,995 USD PP

Dates: July 21-July 27, 2018

Fee: $6,195 USD PP

Dates: July 26-August 1, 2018

Fee: $6,195 USD PP

Locations: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska

Deposit: $1,000

Limit: 8 photographers

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Optional Excursion: Puffins & Seabirds on Bird Island $150

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Non Photographers Discount: $250

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

Trip Origination: Anchorage, Alaska

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Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Shetzer for the trip of a lifetime photographing Alaskan Grizzly Bears in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska at Silver Salmon Creek.

During our Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop you will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque setting of the Alaskan wilderness. Workshop guests will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears from early to late while enjoying home-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck.

The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop focuses on small groups and one-on-one instruction.

This small group style ensures maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests. Our small group size also allows photographers to move around easily and efficiently. This helps them get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout their wildlife photography – while maintaining respect for the animals. This approach helps us end up with really natural shots.

Just recently, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of us without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience which our guests will never forget.

Snow-covered peaks of volcanic mountains tower in the background as brown bears display instinctive behaviors. Throughout the course of the grizzly bear tour, photographers have the opportunity to capture behaviors like:

  • Grizzly bear sows nursing their young
  • Grizzly bear cubs frolicking and playing in grassy meadows
  • Bears charging through the water and plucking fish out of Silver Salmon Creek
  • Hungry grizzly bears digging for razor clams in tidal flats along the fertile coastlines of the Cook Inlet
  • Cute bear cubs playing with their siblings
  • Grizzly bears fighting and playful attacks
  • Cubs napping curled up with mom


Lake Clark National Park and Preserve at Silver Salmon Creek

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a photographer’s paradise and one of the hidden gems of the National Park System. Located 100 miles from Anchorage but accessible only by small aircraft or boat, the park is deep in the Alaskan wilderness. With 4 million acres of land, one could explore this area for a lifetime and still not see everything.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve at Silver Salmon Creek is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears in their natural habitat. The grizzly bears which live inside the wildlife preserve have never been hunted by humans, meaning that photographers can watch the bears acting naturally without adding any stress to these beautiful creatures, more naturally than any other setting. Although grizzly bears are still formidable wild animals that require respect, the bears inside Lake Clark National Park and Preserve peacefully live and let live.

This tendency makes Lake Clark National Park and Preserve a great location to be introduced to wildlife photography, and the perfect setting for our Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop.

More details about Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

There is scenic beauty everywhere in Alaska – and it’s remote. There are no roads for tour buses to pull up on, and there’s nothing like being out in the true Alaskan wild watching these incredible animals. Unlike sites that have been overrun with tourists, Lake Clark Preserve sustains its pristine environment. The park doesn’t have any crowds, boardwalks or viewing platforms. There are just beautiful landscapes and grizzly bears begging for your lens.

Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop - Lake Clark National Park

A sow nurses her two cubs that were born this year.

Although you are not far removed from Anchorage, Alaska’s capital city, the mountains and wildlife all around lend Lake Clark an atmosphere of complete isolation. Every morning when you wake up you are confronted with high Alaskan peaks towering outside your window. It is an amazing escape from the hurried pace of our modern world, full of beeping cell phones and blinking lights. Lake Clark is like nothing else you have experienced.

Workshop participants while at Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark stay in a luxury lodge, are served meals prepared by a chef, and most importantly, are given ample opportunity to shoot as much as possible. We will be accompanied by a trained Bear Guide who know the animals just as well as our photography guides know cameras.



The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop is a unique opportunity to hone your photography skills and learn how to get the most out of your camera equipment. It’s also an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories and plenty of pictures to commemorate the experience.

The Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop is always a highlight our year, and we hope we can make it the highlight of your year as well.