Perfect Light camera has taught over 4,000 students in just four years. We have built a reputation as offering the very best photography education available anywhere. We believe that the very best way to become a better photographer is not online or in a book…The most efficient and cost effective way to learn is to have “Hands on” instruction. We will teach you more in six hours than you will learn in years of reading books or studying online.
The Nature seminars that we offer in Yellowstone simply cannot be matched. We do not just take you into the park and say shoot this or this. We offer both classroom time and “in the field” hands on instruction while keeping a very low student to instructor ratios. Unlike many photography seminars offered in the park, we are fully insured and licensed through an outfitter to offer these seminars in the park. All of our nature seminars include your lodging, private coaches, park entry fees and one on one instruction from our team for one low price.
Invest in yourself and come join us to become a better photographer either in our store location or the best classroom in the world, Yellowstone National Park.
Christopher is a nationally known Northwest wildlife and nature photographer. He has become a very well respected photography instructor throughout the country. He has extended knowledge and expertise in Wildlife, Landscape, Portraiture, Commercial, Product, Flash and Macro photography. His technical knowledge of all cameras and camera equipment is unsurpassed. He has taught over four thousand students over the last four years. Students travel to his courses from all over the country and even a few from overseas. His passion and excitement for photography is very contagious and he has always had the goal to teach people how to take the picture right in the first place and to not rely on Photoshop and other editing programs to “fix” the photo. Come and see why so many people have sought out his photography educational courses.
You can see some of Chris’s work here: Flickr
Ever since Susannah was a little girl and got her first camera for Christmas when she was five, she has had a love for photography. Susannah studied photography at Boise State University and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts Paros, Greece. She has been working in the photography field for the past 6 years and loves every minute of it. She is very excited to be joining the team at Perfect light to teach others what she loves. Prior to joing the team at Perfect Light, Susannah worked at Alyce Clegg Photography.
Susannah teaches our Portrait/Lighting, Wedding, Senior Photography and some Photoshop courses.
Bill, a native of southern California, and began his life-long love of photography when he joined the photography club at his high school. A guest speaker gave a talk to the class one day on landscape photography and Bill was hooked. Bill studied with a student of Ansel Adams and Adam’s work has influenced Bill’s photography ever since. He was also influenced by the nature photography of Galen Rowell. After giving up on career as a professional photographer, Bill went on to have a career in product development and operations management. Now retired and living in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Bill spends much of his time on photography–capturing images, post-processing, and writing. Through his photographs exhibited on Flickr, many of his contacts kept asking if he ever gave photography lessons. This led Bill to teach landscape photography workshops. He is also on the board of directors of his local camera club where he is Education Coordinator. Bill licenses his landscape images world-wide and has had his photographs in several publications, including Popular Photography magazine.
Bill is not a landscape photo journalist, intent on capturing reality, but considers himself a landscape photography artist. His goal in landscape photography is to take the very best shot in the field and then to present that image to a viewer with the most impact possible.
You will often find Bill out photographing in Joshua Tree NP and the Eastern High Sierra. Bill’s newest interest? Night photography and light painting.
Bill currently shoots with a Nikon D800 and uses Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro and NIK for his image post-processing.
You can see some of Bill’s work here: Flickr
Kevin McNeal is a Washington St. photographer focusing on grand colorful landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States, and several of his images were recently selected for the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was also the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C. Kevin is the author of several articles and a cover in Outdoor Photographer magazine. Not only is Kevin an outstanding landscape photographer he is also a skilled teacher of this subject.
You can see some of Kevin’s work here: Flickr
What other Students have to say about us…
“I loved the beginning photography class! I walked into the class intimidated by a new camera. After the second night, I walked out with confidence. Chris helped me understand not only what the camera could do, but the reasoning behind its many options. I am no longer afraid to experiment with camera settings. I can now look at a potential shot and know what to adjust to get the kind of picture I want. I also left the class with a great new respect for the art of photography. I had no idea of the training and skill and talentinvolved. I have found an awesome new hobby. Thanks Chris!” Lynn
“I took the beginning/intermediate DSLR photography class. It was wonderful. I have taken 2 different sets of 6 week night classes at a college. I learned more in one day from Chris than in both of them. I learned so much about taking care of my camera, aperture priority, how the exposure triangle works, about white balance, metering, using flash, and composition, he is very skilled both in teaching and photography and very patient with questions that were asked. I have been into the store several times since with questions and he is very helpful each time. I look forward to taking more classes. Thank you Chris!” Pam
“I took a class at a store here in town to only find out the instructor had less than 6 months experience in photography. When you are ready to really learn your camera, go to Christopher�s class. I learned more in one hour at his class than in the other entire class. They are fantastic about helping you after the class as well. I bought my Nikon flash from them after shopping the internet. Not only did they beat the price, they taught me how to use it properly. They�re service is impeccable!! Local service is well worth paying the sales tax.” Laurie
Highly recommended, reputable and probably the best customer service you will find anywhere in SE Idaho. Chris and Tyson are the best!
Christopher Balmer’s Store is the best. He is the person to answer all your Photography Questions. Great classes, products, and service. Love this store!!!!!
Love this store and all who work there! Best customer service ever dealing with cameras and photography sup pies.
Just finished an excellent class at Perfect Light. I can’t believe how much I learned in two nights. Thanks!
If you are within 37 hours driving distance, do yourself a favor and stop in at Perfect Light. I’m not saying that ALL your wildest dreams will come true, but close.