Yellowstone Big Game Photography, with Moose Peterson

Join wildlife photographer Moose Peterson as he explores Yellowstone and captures amazing images from this national treasure

Yellowstone National Park in the fall is the best place to photograph big game. Join wildlife photographer Moose Peterson as he explores Yellowstone and captures amazing images from this national treasure

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Welcome (Duration 01:42)

Moose introduces himself and gives an overview of what he will be covering in the course

Lesson 2: Practical Tips (Duration 06:37)

Have your camera gear ready to go when you reach location and be careful because theft can be an issue

Lesson 3: Do Not Be Afraid of Bad Weather (Duration 02:51)

Some of the best photography can be taken in the worst weather

Lesson 4: Time is Everything (Duration 06:56)

When you are shooting big game, it is important to know the basic biology and to have the patience to wait for the shot

Lesson 5: Creating the Photo (Duration 03:58)

It takes a lot of forethought to be ready to combine all of the elements of a quality shot into one frame

Lesson 6: Composing the Scene (Duration 03:46)

Moose frames the subjects of his photos in the viewfinder and does not rely on photo editing tools

Lesson 7: Lone Bison (Duration 12:48)

Moose talks through the process as he shoots a single bison that is moving closer and closer

Lesson 8: Bull Elk, Testing, and Teleconverter (Duration 11:23)

It is important to know what kind of camera settings you want to use before shooting

Lesson 9: Break the Jinx (Duration 03:38)

Old superstitions comes into play when shooting an elusive animal like the wolf

Lesson 10: Scouting After Dark (Duration 01:29)

Watching a herd of elk and anticipating the presence of larger predators

Lesson 11: Working the Background (Duration 07:04)

Backgrounds are an essential part of telling the story with your photograph

Lesson 12: Bad Boy Number 6 (Duration 06:04)

Photographing an infamous elk that has a reputation for aggression

Lesson 13: Camera Bag (Duration 03:41)

Moose breaks down his camera bag and talks about what gear he likes to carry with him and why

Lesson 14: Classic Shots (Duration 03:07)

Moose takes some classic shots of a herd of elk drinking from the river

Lesson 15: Hand Holding and Panning Techniques (Duration 04:23)

Reviewing some of the basics that are very important when shooting nature photography

Lesson 16: Hop Scotch (Duration 07:20)

Method for multiple photographers to approach an animal without startling it

Meet Your Instructor: Moose Peterson

A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide,…


  1. Simply one of the best courses I've watched. Great to watch an expert at work, with a sense of humor and a commitment to the natural world. Really enjoyed it!

  2. Moose as always a great lecture. Lots of practical tips with a few good warnings. Great photography and videography for the presentation. Thanks for producing this.

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