Rocky Mountain Park Photo Tips

Learn how to capture beautiful photos of the views and wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our pro photographers inspire you and share tips.

Slackline walker at Jurassic Park above Lily Lake

Rocky Mountain Photography – People’s Park by Ben Fullerton

Beautiful photo gallery of park trails, climbers, slackline walkers, and hikers at Rocky Mountain National Park. Read More...

Grizzly Bear #399 and her cubs. Photo by Mike Wheeler

2014 Photo Contest Winners

The winners to the 2014 National Park Trips Photographic Memories Contest are in. We had 553 entries in all. See the prize winners plus other top photos. Read More...

Hiker on Chasm Lake Trail. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Rocky Mountain Photography – Picture Show by Ben Fullerton

Get inspired by Ben Fullerton’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park trails, streams, autumn trees and wildlife. Follow tips for your own photos. Read More...

Alluvial Fan Cascades. Photo by Erik Stensland

Rocky Mountain Photography – All-Star Scenery by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park skies, clouds, and mountains. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More...

Moose Bull in Kawuneeche Valley. Photo by Erik Stensland

Rocky Mountain Photography: Wildlife by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More...


Rocky Mountain Photography: Landscapes by Erik Stensland

Get inspired by Erik Stensland’s photos of Rocky Mountain National Park lakes, waterfalls, sunsets, and wildflowers. Follow his tips to take your own beautiful photos. Read More...

Tamron Photo Guide

Quick Photography Tips from Tamron

1. Best time to shoot
Pre-dawn, mid-morning and late evening until after dark, in any season is the premier time to take photographs while in Rocky Mountain National Park.

2. Remember the rule of thirds…
Have your subject occupy one third of your frame to achieve the best composition.

3. What lens to use
You do not need a big lens; 300 MM and below are enough unless you are shooting the dangerous animals. For dangerous wild animals in Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s recommended you use a larger lens and shoot from the safety of your vehicle.

4. For landscape photos…
Use a focal length setting of 10mm up to 300mm on your wideangle, telephoto or all-in-one zoom lens lens and put the subject in the landscape…to capture the sense of place with the animal or subject in its environment.

5. Optimal summer conditions in Rocky Mountain Park
In June and July, optimal photography conditions in Rocky Mountain would be a blue sky with some clouds in it. If you’re out early, when the light comes out, it creates the magenta sky with red and orange clouds.

6. Have patience
If you want to shoot photographs in the outdoors and in a natural wonderland like Rocky Mountain Park and surrounding regions, patience is a must. It’s a waiting game. Accept this and embrace it.

7. Pay attention to the lighting
Contrary to popular belief, do not shoot with the sun directly at your back. Doing so will make the light on the subject flat. Move so the light is at an angle and you’ll get more texturing and shadows and a result, a much more interesting photo. Most great photos are either side-lit or have the light coming in from a different angle.

8. Make photography a passion before you choose to make it a career.
You have to shoot a lot of photos to really learn how to take great photos. It is an art form.

Great Tamron gear for great Rocky Mountain photos!

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SP 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro

Tamron’s award-winning All-In-One™ zoom lenses are favored by photo enthusiasts and seasoned travelers worldwide for their lightweight design, one-lens versatility and high image quality. The 16-300mm is the world’s first 18.8X zoom featuring cutting-edge technology like image stabilization, fast autofocus system and macro focusing capability. It delivers remarkably high image quality with its new optical system, while maintaining the compactness for which Tamron is known. Moisture-resistant construction puts your mind at ease when shooting in inclement weather like light rain, snow or humid conditions. Bottom line: Tamron’s all-in-one zooms lets you capture people, places and things with lightweight ease. Designed for your Canon, Nikon or Sony small-sensor digital SLR camera. No matter where your travels take you, go with just one lens, for every travel moment.

Tamron Ultra Telephone Zoom 150-600 Lens

SP 150-600mm Di VC USD

Tamron’s SP 150-600mm Di VC USD (for Canon, Nikon and Sony Full-Frame and APS-C DSLR cameras) all new ultra tele zoom enhances the creative potential of telephoto photography. With advanced optical technology, new eBand coating, USD autofocusing and Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s stylish new ultra tele zoom delivers vibrant images with astounding clarity and definition. Its 4X ultra-telephoto focal length range is a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters. And its compact design and perfect balance provides excellent portability for outdoor shooting.

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SP 10-24mm Di II

Landscapes, streetscapes, architecture and confining interiors come to life beautifully with the true, striking wide-angle perspective provided with this ultra wideangle zoom. Images exhibit negligible distortion in normal use, but—if the photographer chooses—spectacular effects can be introduced by disregarding the camera’s relationship to level. Professional Photographer Hot One Winner 2009. Designed for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony smaller sensor DSLR cameras.