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2020 Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshops

The 2020 Costa Rica Workshops Are Bought Out!

Get On The Waitlist ASAP!

WOW – All the workshops (6 weeks / 60 individuals) bought out in less than 36 hours! In case you still want in, we highly advocate jumping on our waitlist (type at the bottom of this web page). Whereas all the spots are presently spoken for, we are nonetheless waiting on deposits and we all the time have a few that fall via every year (as well as two or three sudden cancellations between now and the workshop). The sooner you join the wait record, the better your probability of getting a spot.

The Journey Of A Lifetime!

I’m excited to announce our new 2020 Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop!  This once-in-a-lifetime photograph workshop will happen on Costa Rica’s lovely Osa Peninsula, a location Nationwide Geographic calls, “The most biologically intense place on Earth.” A powerful claim, however just some hours on website is enough to make a believer out of any skeptic. The truth is, I feel the Nationwide Geographic statement might not do it justice!

As a full-time wildlife photographer, I’ve been to various unimaginable places, however I’ve to inform you – I’ve never skilled an setting that was so extremely goal wealthy and numerous as the Osa Peninsula. This is really a workshop experience that you will all the time keep in mind! Once I went to guage the situation for a possible workshop, I by no means dreamt I might find yourself capturing over 14,000 pictures in slightly below every week’s time!

What can you see and photograph? Though there are never any ensures with wildlife, it’s very possible you’ll see fairly a couple of of the species listed under – heck, you may even see all of them after which some! The truth is, the Osa Peninsula harbors 2.5% of the biodiversity on the planet, although it solely covers less than 1/1000th of 1% of the surface area of the earth! There are over 463 species of birds and 140 species of mammals – think of it as Disneyland for wildlife photographers! For just a small pattern of what I captured, take a look at the Costa Rica gallery here.

Here’s a short record of a few of the more widespread species you’re more likely to encounter.

Howler Monkeys
White-Confronted Monkeys
Squirrel Monkeys
Spider Monkeys
Sloths (two / three toed both stay within the area)
Scarlet Macaws (largest inhabitants in Central America)
Tree Frogs (numerous – however especially the Pink-Eyed Tree Frog, probably dart frogs as nicely)
Lizards / Iguanas
Parrots / Parakeets
Numerous Raptors (Caracaras, Widespread Black Hawk, And so on)
Snakes (professionally dealt with)
Numerous Songbirds (Cherry, Golden-Hooded And Blue-Gray Tanagers are right at the resort!)
Hummingbirds (tons of fun)

And that’s only a style – you by no means know what you’ll see!

As for the workshop itself, the aim is twofold. First, I would like YOU to fill your reminiscence playing cards with as many unimaginable photographs as attainable within the time we have now and I’ll do every thing in my energy to make that occur. Second, I need to train you as much as I can about wildlife images.

As a dedicated wildlife photographer, more than 90% of the pictures I capture annually are of wildlife. I’m a specialist, and in terms of getting critters in your reminiscence playing cards, I have a wealth of ideas and tips up my sleeve that may make it easier to accomplish that aim. Additionally, and as lots of you already know, educating images is what I do – simply take a look at my in depth collection of blog posts and movies to get an concept of how I convey myself and my info.

In this workshop, I’ll not only make it easier to get the shot, however I’ll additionally share ideas and tips you should use to seize the special moments of any wildlife encounter. We’ll take a look at every part from digital camera and tech settings to artistic methods – it’s the whole package deal, and I feel you’ll actually take pleasure in it. At every wildlife encounter, I’ll be there to guide you and help in capturing these wall-hangers! Additionally, while I’ll take a shot here and there, in the course of the workshop, I’m NOT there for my own photographs, however for YOUR photographs. I’ve heard of nightmare workshops where the trainer was more curious about his or her own photographs than that of the individuals – that is NOT the case here. YOUR pictures are the precedence for everyone involved.

In addition, we’ll even have skilled guides along to assist locate wildlife – and let me inform you, their capacity to seek out wildlife borders on the supernatural (you’ll see for yourself that last line isn’t simply advertising hype). I delight myself on my potential to spot wildlife, but these guys put me to disgrace. They know the world and may persistently find and hone in on wildlife of all types. Plus, they are super-knowledgeable about each facet of the rainforest; from fauna to flora, they will inform you all about it. Oh, and they’re a blast to hang around with – you’re gonna love ‘em!

Finally, our residence base shall be Crocodile Bay Resort – and it’s just unbelievable! The property itself is gorgeous, and the truth is, you possibly can (and do) see nearly every animal I discussed on the record above. Some of my greatest photographs have been captured right there at the resort, and a few of our capturing will take place there. Heck, on our final morning there I was capturing howler monkeys that have been less than 20 ft from my rest room window. (The truth is, I was barely involved they could try to be a part of me!) Plus, the employees there’s jaw-droppingly outstanding. Everyone seems to be super-friendly and all the time makes you are feeling welcome. I wish all resorts have been this good!

Right here’s the rundown from start to end:


Day 1 Arrive in San Jose Costa Rica

On the primary day, you’ll fly into San Jose, Costa Rica (most flights arrive within the late afternoon or evening) and luxuriate in a night on the lovely Double Tree lodge. It’s an unimaginable facility and provides you the right alternative to take a seat back, loosen up, hang out by the pool, and get a great night time’s sleep.

Day 2 Arrive At Crocodile Bay Resort

That is the place the fun really begins! You’ll fly over on a small 12 seat “puddle jumper” within the morning, enjoying unimaginable views along the best way. (Maintain your cameras out!)

We’ll meet you at the lobby and get you checked in instantly. Once your gear is dropped off, we hit the convention middle the place I’ll have a presentation that covers the way to photograph the wildlife of Costa Rica. Wildlife images in Costa Rica is usually a problem and I would like you to be completely prepared when the action begins unfolding in your viewfinder. When the superb moments happen, I would like you to know EXACTLY what to do to safe the shot. In any case, you don’t need to miss an unimaginable photograph since you weren’t absolutely instructed beforehand!

After the presentation, it’s time for a scrumptious lunch and then an afternoon photograph stroll so you’ll be able to turn into snug with the brand new methods discussed in the presentation.

Day three – Full Day Of Capturing

Immediately we’ll head out to the countryside very first thing within the morning  and uncover some unimaginable wildlife with our skilled guides. We’ll take pleasure in touring in a set of 4WD automobiles that can get us in all places we need to go. All through the day, we’ll be driving via totally different places and stopping along the best way once we see fascinating wildlife (some days, it’s so lively we stop every 10 to 15 minutes). There’s no telling what we’ll see on a given day, however the variety is unimaginable.

Alongside the best way, our guides will give a blow-by-blow of the forest and surroundings we’re driving by means of. We only ask that you simply maintain your jaw off the ground of the truck ?

Day 4 – Reptile And Amphibian Day (often with some birds and mammals too!)

Immediately we’re up shiny and early again and off to one in every of my favorite places where we’ll uncover even more wildlife! You’ll have the opportunity to photograph quite a lot of snakes (wild snakes which might be within the arms of knowledgeable handler and released once we’re completed), numerous frogs (probably even poison dart frogs), and a large number of birds as properly.

It’s on the prime of a mountain overlook and the variability will maintain your shutter snapping your complete time. I captured a few of my favourite photographs on this location and it’s by far considered one of my favourite spots!

Day 5 – Optionally available Excursions And Afternoon Picture Evaluation

The morning of this present day is set aside for many who need to do their very own non-compulsory excursions by means of the resort (not included within the workshop worth, however very reasonably priced). We frequently have individuals who need to target a selected species or groups of animals (just birds, simply monkeys, and so on.) and this lets you work immediately in the direction of that objective – or you’ll be able to take the morning off should you choose. I may also use this morning to help anybody who has technical problems with their gear. (Occurs greater than you assume!)

Lunch is on the resort and we’ll spend a part of the afternoon doing a gaggle image critique, answering tech questions, and fixing any images points. If we end early, we’ll take a stroll across the resort in late afternoon and see if we will turn up something exciting ?

Day 6 – Morning And Afternoon Shoot

On day 6 we’re back at it again beginning on the Osa Interactive Gardens where we’ll uncover ample macro prospects together with potential hen and mammal opportunities. This website is usually colorful frogs, lizards, and bugs (especially butterflies), but you never know what you’ll uncover!

From there, it’s again to the resort for a delicious lunch after which again out on the street for more! In the afternoon, we’ll hunt for monkeys, birds, and anything we will discover along the best way. Deliver additional memory cards!!

Day 7 – Boat Tour

We prime off our final full day of capturing with a three hour boat tour on the Sierpe river. We embark on a pair of pontoon boats and slowly glide down the river, always stopping for the wildlife we uncover along the best way. The shoreline is loaded with critters and the shutters fly continuously!

The wildlife along the river is accustomed to the boat visitors and sometimes allows an incredibly shut strategy. You’ll need additional memory playing cards for this present day!

Day eight – Fly again to San Jose and home

You’ll be up vibrant an early right now in your flight back to San Jose and then residence.


What dates are you getting in 2020?

Might 29 – June 5 – Bought Out
June 6 – 13 – Bought Out
June 16 – 23 – Bought Out
July 17 – 24 – Bought Out
July 25 – August 1 – Bought Out
August four – 11 – Bought Out

What’s the talent degree?

This trip is greatest fitted to photographers who have at the very least some expertise with their cameras and have accomplished no less than a some wildlife images. Costa Rica is among the most challenging places on the planet and while I can information you although the robust stuff, remember that we do have 10 individuals so it’s essential that you’ve some experience beneath your belt.

First, you ought to be snug with working your digital camera. You also needs to be acquainted with – and capable of change – the next choices on your digital camera:

  • Publicity Modes
  • Publicity Compensation
  • AF Modes / Areas
  • Metering Modes
  • Drive Modes
  • As well as, it is best to perceive what shutter velocity, F/Stop, and ISO do.

Briefly, the objective of this trip is to teach wildlife images, not the fundamentals of images.

For those who’re not sure if in case you have the right talent set, contact us.

Are the animals tame?

Nope. Many individuals assume that is kind of like a zoo experience where we head out to a location and the animals are just dripping off the timber. That’s not the case – this a wildlife workshop, not an tour to the zoo ? If you need a zoo-like experience, this journey isn’t for you.

Nevertheless, in case you like and settle for the the thought of photographing wild animals, you’ll have an unimaginable time! Positive, we will’t predict what we’ll see or once we’ll see it, however the area is loaded with wildlife and it’s all the time a blast!

What’s included?

  • All meals / meals (offered at / from the resort – on full days, the resort packs us a cooler, you get to select what you need them to pack)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (offered at / from the resort)
  • Lodging throughout the workshop as outlined above. Observe you possibly can come early / stay later however your package deal only consists of the nights for the workshop
  • Ground transportation
  • Flights from San Jose to the resort and again to San Jose

What’s not included?

  • Your flights from house to San Jose and from San Jose again house.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Excessive baggage charges
  • Gratuities / ideas
  • Airline fees / insurance / passports / private bills
  • Any further tours, actions and so on. not expressly mentioned in the workshop
  • Any further nights accommodations that happen beyond the time-frame of the workshop dates (but it is cool to stay an extra day or two)
  • Laundry (there’s an on-site laundry service)
  • Any emergency providers, if crucial. (There has never been an evacuation in the historical past of the resort, rest straightforward).
  • Any meals you determine to have outdoors of the resort.
  • Some other bills not explicitly coated in the “What’s Included” part above

Can my spouse / member of the family come and keep at the resort?

Sure. For a further $1500 your spouse or family member can share your lodging all through the workshop, nevertheless, they will be unable to hitch you on any workshop activities. That stated, consider there are tons of different activities on the resort, or they will simply sit back and loosen up when you’re collaborating in the workshop.

What number of members are in the workshop?

With a view to give you the greatest expertise attainable, we’re limiting the number of individuals to only 10 individuals. Reserving shall be finished on a primary come, first serve basis – nothing is held until a deposit has been positioned.

What ought to I put on?

The weather in Costa Rica is scorching and humid. Like actually scorching and humid. Like, Florida in July, solely hotter and more humid. And it likes to rain at the least as soon as a day. So, I like to recommend avoiding something cotton – it just gained’t dry and it will really feel scorching and icky (that’s the technical term BTW). I like dry-fit fashion shirts (I have some from Eddie Bauer that work nicely) and shorts (Columbia makes some good options with their “Omni Wick” and “Quick Dry” water shorts). You’ll be able to put on lengthy pants in the event you like, nevertheless, be sure that they are of the lightweight and quick drying variety.

Once I go, I take the next:

Shorts (notice – many individuals choose light-weight lengthy pants)
Brief Sleeve Dry-Fit fashion shirts
Lengthy Sleeve Dry Fit fashion shirts (for solar safety if we’re out on a sunny day – shirts with SPF safety are really helpful)
Non-cotton undergarments (critically, sweat-soaked underwear sucks)
Lightweight hat
2 pairs of light-weight climbing footwear (preferably waterproof)
Light-weight raincoat
Lengthy socks (we typically use rubber boots offered by the resort and you’ll need a pair of long socks)

What should I deliver for photograph gear?

Remember this can be a devoted wildlife journey, so that you’ll undoubtedly want your huge glass. Using full frame, you’ll need no less than 400mm, nevertheless, I HIGHLY advocate 500mm ~ 600mm or extra. One of many tremendous zooms is an effective selection like the Nikon 200-500, Sigma 150-600, Tamron 150-600, or Canon 100-400. When you occur to have an enormous prime that’s even higher – I exploit my 600 F/4 all the time and it works out extraordinarily properly.

I also HIGHLY advocate a macro lens – we’re going after quite a bit of wildlife that’s anyplace from dime to greenback measurement. Stick to a focal length of 100mm or longer. (Notice – in a pinch you possibly can definitely get by with most tremendous zooms for macro work).

I also highly advocate taking a short zoom for snapshots and it’s all the time attainable an excellent landscape opportunity will crop up. Something like a 24-70 can be simply superb.

Since it can be wet at occasions, you also might want some kind of “rain jacket” in your gear (or at the least borrow a towel out of your lodge room).

As well as, you’ll doubtless need a tripod and monopod (I used both quite a bit, but if I had to decide one, it might be the monopod).

With regards to cameras, you’ll want as new of a DSLR as you possibly can muster, ideally one thing from the final 3~4 years. We end up in a variety of tough lighting situations, typically requiring good dynamic range and good excessive ISO. So, the newer, the higher. Any current Nikon or Canon is simply high quality.

Oh, and don’t overlook additional memory cards and batteries!

What sort of non-photography gear ought to I take?

You’ll want your laptop computer / card reader for positive – we take a TON of pictures and also you’ll need to offload them at night time. I’d additionally advocate a further backup system, corresponding to an exterior onerous drive or giant reminiscence card (I exploit a large SD card for backup and maintain it on my individual always).

You’ll also want:

  • Bugspray (the bugs really aren’t dangerous in any respect – more often than not you gained’t need it, however doesn’t harm to have it)
  • Knee pads (optionally available)
  • Small reflector (non-compulsory)
  • Sunscreen (High SPF – the solar might be brutal)

Do I want to speak Spanish?

By no means. I find out about a dozen words in Spanish and I obtained along simply positive. Everybody you’ll cope with speaks English.

Is it protected there?

Completely. Everyone seems to be tremendous friendly and never as soon as did we really feel “unsafe” in any method.

Is there a whole lot of climbing?

No, not on this workshop. Most of our images is completed near the automobiles, with some strolling at the resort. Nothing too strenuous in any case.

Is the world full of vacationers?

Nope, under no circumstances. Positive, there are visitors there, but I was amazed at simply how few vacationers have been within the area. It’s one of the causes I needed to go to this location – no “competition” for critters!

Will there be alternatives aside from wildlife?

Simply to be 100% clear – this can be a wildlife images workshop, so the critters take precedent. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply you’ll be able to’t seize a nice panorama or two when you’re down there. The truth is, the docks are an unimaginable location for sunrise. ?

What’s the climate like?

We’re going to be down there in  (Might-Sept), so it’s scorching however not as dangerous as it gets from Dec-April. Nonetheless, anticipate scorching and humid circumstances with rain probably. The good news is that we’ll probably have an excellent bit of overcast that may permit us to shoot all day in respectable mild.

Is any of this topic to vary?

Sure. We might choose to rearrange / modify the schedule based mostly on weather, unexpected circumstances, or simply higher alternatives so that you can get a better choice of pictures. The first objective is for YOU to get as many great photographs as attainable, and any schedule change can be based mostly on meeting that objective.

What’s the worth?

The worth is $4985 per individual (or $4307 for double occupancy) with a deposit of $1500 per individual due upon reserving (Word, for those who e-book within 90 days of the trip, your complete cost is required upon reserving.) Again, this is fairly inclusive and consists of:

  • All meals / food (offered at / from the resort)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (offered at / from the resort)
  • Lodging all through the workshop as outlined above. Word you’ll be able to come early / keep later however your package deal solely consists of the nights for the workshop
  • Ground transportation
  • Flights from San Jose to the resort and again to San Jose
  • For single occupancy, you’ll have your personal personal room

Word that you may be answerable for the flight from your own home to San Jose Costa Rica. Examine together with your favorite airline for current charges.

Additionally observe that the rate for double occupancy (two workshop members sharing a room) is lower per individual, coming in at $8614 for two ($4307 every). So, get a good friend to do the workshop with you and also you each save!

What if I have questions?

Ship ’em to us by way of our contact type and we’ll get again to you as quickly as you possibly can. Word that this is only for questions – to sign up, use the shape under.

How do I enroll?

Fill out the form under to start out the signup course of should you’re able to e-book / put down your deposit. Thanks!

Our 2020 Costa Rica Workshops are bought out. Should you nonetheless need in, we extremely advocate jumping on our waitlist (type under). While all the spots are presently spoken for, we are nonetheless ready on deposits and we all the time have a few that fall by way of every year (as well as two or three sudden cancellations between now and the workshop). The earlier you join the wait listing, the better your probability of getting a spot.

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