Big Lost River Valley, Mackay, ID

Photograph the ever-changing beauty of the Lost River Range, home to many of the state’s highest peaks, Borah being the tallest at 12,662 feet. Situated near the historic mining town of Mackay with its quaking aspen, cottonwoods and clear crisp mountain streams, it doesn’t get any better than this! Over the past 25 years, the Stoecklein family has made close friends with the families and ranchers in the Big Lost River Valley who share their lifestyle with us so we can document the West.

Western Ranching

Price: From $1,500
Meals: Included
Duration: 3 days
Activity level: Easy
Equipment Necessary: Camera, laptop

July 27-29 2018

Big Lost River Valley
Mackay, ID

Equipment Necessary

We suggest that you bring all the camera equipment you typically shoot with as well as a personal laptop, card reader, and external hard drive to store and/or backup images. We recommend a camera that allows for exposure control. Students do not need to own a wide variety of equipment or lenses for this course. However, being able to experiment with a few focal length options via an interchangeable lens system will aid students in capturing the action as scenarios and scenes change throughout the workshop. The course will cover photography fundamentals and theory, elements that remain consistent regardless of the camera system students use. As we like to say, “It’s the Indian, not the arrow, that gets the shot.”

Activity Level and Weather Considerations

Students should be in good health and feel comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Sturdy boots will be needed. Daily activities may include mild hiking on uneven ground, and shooting photos from the ground on up. Rain is a possibility. Please be prepared and dress accordingly.


The workshop price is $1,500 which includes all meals. A 10% discount is given for returning students. A deposit of $500 is due upon registration. For an additional $250, significant others can join the group for meals only. You may also add on the Lightroom Plus Class which is an additional $400. The Lightroom Plus Class begins Friday morning and will end in the late afternoon. The start time will be announced closer to the workshop date.


A detailed schedule will be sent out two weeks prior to the beginning of each workshop.


9:30 Lightroom Instruction begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Lightroom instruction ends
6:30 Meet and greet
7:30 Dinner


5:00 Breakfast
6:20 Sunrise photo shoot
10:30 Photo review and editing instruction
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Photo review and editing instruction
5:30 Dinner and photo shoot


5:00 Breakfast
6:20 Sunrise photo shoot
10:30 Photo review and editing instruction
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Preparing photos for slideshow
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Closing Slideshow



Accommodations are not included in the price of the workshop. Please be sure to make your reservations at the hotel promptly after you have registered for the workshop.

White Knob Motel & RV Park

Hwy 93
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: (208) 588-2622

Wagon Wheel Motel & RV Park

809 Custer St.
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: (208) 588-3331

Bear Bottom Inn

412 Spruce St.
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: (208) 588-2483

Moose Crossing RV

3798 N. Hwy 93
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: (208) 221-2994

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