ABOUT US
 

Perfect Light Camera & Supply was opened in 2008 by Christopher Balmer and has quickly become the Nation's leader in photography education with over 12,000 classroom students from across the United States.  Christopher created Photo Adventure Workshops  in 2016 and hosts wildlife and nature photographers of all skill levels on small group photography tours worldwide.   

 

After shooting in Yellowstone National Park most of his life, Christopher fullfilled his dream of epening The Yellowstone Camera Store in 2019.

MONTANA

The Yellowstone Camera Store

16 N Canyon Street

West Yellowstone, MT  59758

(406) 646-5191

Hours

Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm

Saturday 8 am - 6 pm

Sunday 9 am - 5 pm

IDAHO

Perfect Light Camera & Supply

2169 E 17th Street

Idaho Falls, Idaho

(208) 523-6789

Hours

Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

2019 Perfect Light Camera & Supply | Photo Adventure Workshops | The Yellowstone Camera Store 

ALASKA BEAR

Alaska Bear Photo Tour / Workshop

Before you, the shoreline approaches as the ocean falls away.  Untamed and untouched is the wilderness that lay before you. Here, in the wild places of Alaska, experience not only the beauty and grandeur of the Alaskan Brown Bear in their own home – but also, find a respite from the distractions of a hurried life.  Meander along the beaches and inlets as these great grizzlies hunt for salmon. Set foot into the high grass that blankets these emerald fields. The mist of morning lifts as dawn unfolds and the world around you awakes with life during this Alaska Bear photo tour.

 

Mother bear rallies her cubs, ever watchful for predators that would steal them away from her tender care.  Young cubs frolic and spar until they’ve worn themselves into an afternoon nap – content, at peace, and at home with their mom. 

A Photo Adventure in the Untamed Alaskan Wilderness
 

On the opposite bank of the creek bed, two older siblings engage in a dance of dominance – grunting, wrestling, sparring and then, the takedown!  The scene is reminiscent of a Greco-Roman wrestlingmatch between two burly heavyweights.  The difference is that these contenders are garnished with razor sharp claws and teeth, not to mention with a might bit more hair on their bodies.

Return to our live-a-board yacht for lunch prepared by the captain's first mate. Savory, sweet and excellently prepared dishes are consistently welcoming you back on board.  After lunch cast a line off either the port or starboard side and join those in pursuit of their daily catch.  Freshly caught halibut is among one of our favorites prepared for dinner during the photo tour.

 

Following a break on board, return to shore for yet another late afternoon until dusk photo adventure.  Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, puffins, sea otters, and an occasional lone wolf patrolling the waterfront.  Traveling along the shoreline, one cannot help but begin to see how untouched and pure this landscape has remained.  Waterfalls, glaciers, and snow-covered peaks all adorn this pristine wonderland.  If you’ve not experienced the wilds of Alaska, you absolutely must join us on our Alaska Bears photo tour workshop and encounter Alaska’s brown bear with the very best accommodations and photographic education.

Skill Level

Beginner to Pro

Great Trip for Non-Photographers

Your Photographers/Guides

Christopher Balmer

Dates

June 24-30, 2019

$6,995 per person
$2000 Deposit
$500 Single Supplement
Balance Due March 26, 2019

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.

 

July 25-31, 2019
$6,995

$2000 Deposit
$500 Single Supplement
Balance Due March 26, 2019

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.

 

 

Availability 

 

Sold Out

 

Sold Out

July 25-31, 2020

$6,995 per person
$2000 Deposit
$500 Single Supplement
Balance Due March 26, 2020

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.

 

Available

 

Available

July 31- August 6, 2020
$6,995

$2000 Deposit
$500 Single Supplement
Balance Due March 26, 2020

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.

 

 

What's Included 

Lodging throughout the photo tour workshops as outlined above. If you arrive early you may be able to stay earlier or later but your package only includes the nights for the workshop.

  • Lodging through the workshop - aboard a private yacht

  • Meals aboard the yacht

  • Transport from boat to shore daily

What's Not Included 

  • Flights or transportation to Kodiak, Alaska.

  • Airline Fees to Kodiak, Alaska / Insurance / Passports / Personal Expenses

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Excessive baggage fees

  • Gratuities: Suggested Gratuities are: $25 per day per person for boat captain - $10 per day per person for Cook

  • Any additional tours, activities, etc. not expressly mentioned in the workshop.

  • Any additional nights accommodations that take place beyond the time frame of the workshop dates

  • Laundry (there is an on-site facility)

  • Any emergency services, if necessary.

  • Any meals outside of those mentioned above.

What's Should I Wear? 

  • Rain Jacket

  • Fleece coat

  • One set long underwear

  • Several long sleeve fishing shirts

  • Underwear

  • One pair wool socks

  • Several pairs cotton socks

  • Finger less gloves

  • Fine mesh head net

  • Hat

  • Lounge pants for boat

  • 2 T-shirt's to wear on the boat

  • Comfortable shoes to wear on boat

  • Shampoo, Soap, razor, Tooth brush, toothpaste, Towel, Tylenol

  • Large duffel (to transfer clothes on to the float plane)

  • OFF bug wipes or small can of spray

Suggested Photo Gear

  • 2 camera bodies

  • One long lens 400mm to 600mm

  • One medium length lens up to 300mm

  • Several memory cards

  • Card reader

  • Three extra camera batteries

  • 2 battery chargers

  • Small power strip

  • Compact 1TB external hard drive

  • Computer W/Charging cord

  • 3 to 4 cleaning cloths

  • Rocket blower

  • Headlamp or small flashlight

  • Waders and wading belt

  • Wading boots - no felt soles

  • Small roll of gorilla brand clear tape for wader repair

  • Headlamp or flashlight

Protect Your Trip

Travel insurance isn’t just for medical assistance. Our plans protect you AND your belongings. We offer coverage for lost, damaged and stolen luggage and belongings. Our insurance team can help you replace lost prescriptions and travel documents while you’re on your journey. Travelex Insurance is here to help.

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 photo tour 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 photo 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 perfectlightcamera@gmail.com. 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.