D. Robert Franz

Nature & Wildlife
Photography Tours

Refine Your Photographic Vision

Franzfoto Nature Photography Tours are high energy, wildlife and nature photography tours with an emphasis on photographic technique and pertinent natural history instruction. I feel that to become a truly outstanding nature photographer you must first have an understanding of the the natural world and the species you wish to photograph. I strive to give each participant as much photographic and natural history instruction as they require, maximizing your overall experience. I’ll work to help you improve your technical proficiency with the camera refine/develop your own special photographic vision, as well as having you become a better naturalist. The small group size assures you of plenty of individual attention during the tour.  My goal is to strive to help you capture as many high quality photos as possible during the week.

Designed by Professional Nature Photographers

These trips are designed by a professional nature photographer and optimized for productive photography.  The days in the field are typically spent much as I would when on a photo assignment or out shooting stock images.  We depart early and stay out late to take advantage of the prime light. These tours are about making high quality and memorable images. Primary instruction occurs in the field.  Image reviews are done during the evening or down time. The small group size assures you of plenty of individual attention during the tour.

I try hard to provide you with an informative photo adventure. Natural history  instruction is also an important part of these tours.  I feel to be a good nature and wildlife photographer an understanding of the subject is vital.  Even more importantly we try to have fun while we’re doing that. My goal is for you to take home “pictures of a lifetime  with a better understanding of the natural world.” I work as hard when on a tour helping you capture the most dramatic images, as I would when I’m on assignment.  During my long professional career I’ve have published nearly fifteen thousand photographs and won many prestigious awards for my nature photography.  Visit my biography page for more details.


2018 Tour Schedule

December 9-14th “Battling Bighorns”

2019 Tour Schedule

January 26-Feb 2nd “Winter in Yellowstone” (5 spots remaining)

February 2-9th “Winter in Yellowstone” (full)

March 7-12th  “Bald Eagles of Alaska”  (3 spaces left)

March 12-17th  “Bald Eagles of Alaska”


Great Fountain Geyser at sunset


Thanks for the great trip.   This was my first professional photo tour and I was impressed with how everything was handled.  I think everyone, even with different personalities and focus, got a lot out of the trip. Don’t be surprised if I sign up for one of your other tours, once I know what my future travel plans are.  Alaska sounds really good.  Cindi Probst “Winter in Yellowstone” 2015


Wendy and I have recently arrived back in Australia, so I thought I’d just send you quick note to thank you again for hosting the tour at Silver Salmon.  We can honestly say it exceeded all expectations, and we had a wonderful time. If you ever have any enquiries from Aussies thinking about the tour, we’d be more than happy to chat to them locally and give them our recommendation and experiencesAndrew & Wendy McFadden, Melbourne Australia,  “Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska” 2016

Here some images from the photo workshop and the aurora.  Must say that the eagle photography workshop was exceptional with so many eagles and such great light.  The comradery of the group made the workshop even more enjoyable with good humor all around, even during the choppy rides across Kachmemak Bay.  I had lots of great images to choose my favorites from. Thanks to you and Kevin for having made this a fantastic adventure.  Rinus Baak Germany; “Bald Eagles of Alaska” 2015

Just wanted to thank you again for a great trip!  It was everything I expected – and more; and I look forward to joining you on another expedition someday soon.  Thanks again!   Cory Huntington “Coastal Brown Bears” 2016
My tour group in the field

My tour group in the field ” Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska”

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Make your deposit for any our  2017 photo tours now to assure your spot on the tours. There may be new trips added to the  schedule in the future.  I’m now taking deposits on the popular 2018 “Winter Yellowstone” tours.

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Castle Geyser

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Red fox image from “Winter Yellowstone” tour

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