Galapagos Photo Workshop

Galápagos Photography Workshop

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Galápagos Photography Workshop

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  • 2021
    Dates: May 29 - June 6, 2021
    A cabin for two and one space in a shared female cabin available
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    Locations: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

    Fee: $7,995 USD PP.
    Single supplement (private cabin) option of $5,995.

    Deposit: $1,000

    Limit: 14 guests with 2 photo guides

    Duration: 9 days/8 nights. 8 day/7 night Galápagos cruise

    Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

    Non-Photographers Discount: $250

    Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

    Trip Origination: Quito, Ecuador

    Trip Discount: Save $500.00 when you book the Galápagos Photography Workshop with our Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photo Workshop.

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    Galápagos Photo WorkshopJoin us at one of the world’s best wildlife photography locations in the world, the Galápagos Islands, for our 9-day/8-night Galápagos Photography Workshop.

    The Galápagos Islands, a small archipelago of islands, have been preserved to the highest standards and are a pristine environment where wildlife flourishes and home of one of the most spectacular scientific discoveries in the world.

    The Galápagos Islands are unlike any other location in the world, where the wildlife has little fear of humans or other predators, providing nature photographers with up close and personal opportunities with the species that call the Galápagos their home.

    Smaller photography groups
    Better for wildlife photography and reduce impact on the wildlife producing superior images.

    The incredible diversity of wildlife and flora species in the exotic ecosystem of the Galápagos Islands will amaze you, with many species only found in the untouched beauty of the Galápagos.

    The Galápagos Photography workshop will spend the majority of the workshop (8-days/ 7-nights) on our private chartered yacht. As the only clients on the yacht, photography is our priority as we schedule our shoots for the best light and conditions to get you those award-winning images. In additional to photography, we will be planning many other activities such as hikes and snorkeling to interested parties which makes this trip ideal for couples and non-photographers.

    During the day, we will take the yachts’ two zodiacs (pangas) and land at multiple island locations that have the best wildlife opportunities with no signs of civilization, just wildlife photography as it should be. These efficient boats will get us to the locations quick, thus maximizing our time ashore.

    Trip Discount: Save $500.00 when you book the Galápagos Photography Workshop with our Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photo Workshop.

    We will visit many different locations during the week to photograph a wide range of wildlife, such as the Galápagos penguin (the only penguins found in the Northern Hemisphere), as well as the beautiful beaches and volcanic landscapes. While out in the field, you will have hands-on photography instruction and assistance to obtaining your best wildlife and landscape images.

    Once the sun sets, we will spend our evenings in a photography workshop discussing techniques for wildlife and landscape photography. Our instructional classes will be focused about the Galápagos islands. We will discuss camera settings, compositional ideas and different techniques to create those once in a lifetime stunning images.

    Our Galápagos Naturalist on the yacht will share information on the island’s geology, history and the wildlife we are photographing.

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    Galápagos Photography Workshop

    Galápagos Photography Workshop Route

    As the week progresses, we will then turn our attention to image post-processing techniques to bring the most out of your images. When we have clear skies at night, enjoy the Equatorial sky as you see the Northern and Southern hemisphere skies overhead.

    Galápagos Photography Workshop

    The private yacht for the week, a custom 70 foot vessel built especially for the Galápagos

    We have designed the Galápagos Photography Workshop to put you in the best photography locations with superb comfort and fantastic food during the trip.

    Limited to 14 guests, with 2 photography guides and a Galápagos Naturalist, everyone can get the personal attention that our small groups provide.

    The Private Yacht – Our Galápagos home for the week

    Our luxury yacht for the week, the motor vessel Angelito, blends luxury and comfort over its entire 70-foot length. Taking only 14 guests that are supported by 8 crew provides excellent service, accommodations and fine dining.

    The custom motor yacht was designed especially for the Galápagos Islands and is owned by an Ecuadorian family proud to share the culture of their beautiful country. The family has been operating cruises in the Galápagos Islands for over 20 years and due to their experience, provides excellent service to their guests.

    The yacht contains 8 double cabins on the main level all with large picture windows with ocean views, private bathrooms with hot water and air conditioning.

    The crew of 8, captain, first mate, machinist, two sailors, cook, auxiliary cook and Galápagos naturalist who are mostly local from the Galápagos Islands, will be working hard to ensure we have a fantastic trip enjoying all the Galápagos have to offer. Our local Naturalist will explain the history of the Galápagos, animal behaviors, and guide us on the islands making sure the animals are protected, we are in the best locations, and we follow all rules that make the Galápagos such a magical and natural place.

    On the top floor of the yacht is a roomy sundeck to take in the views or just relax in the warm sunshine. Next to the dining room, is the comfortable main salon that will also double as our photography workshop meeting room.

    In the islands each day we will make beach landings easy and quick as the yacht is supported by a pair of ten-person Zodiac pangas (dinghies) with ecological Yamaha engines.

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    The Galápagos Wildlife Species

    The Galápagos Islands have the highest level of endemic species. Endemic species are species that only exist in one geographic region, such as the Galápagos Islands, and exist nowhere else on earth.

    The Galápagos have 22 endemic birds, 19 endemic reptiles, and 7 endemic mammals. In addition to all the endemic species found in the Galápagos Islands, there are many species that are native to the Galápagos, that occur naturally without any human intervention.

    Galápagos Photography Workshop Route Species List.


    • Galápagos Penguin (endemic)
    • Blue-footed booby (native)
    • Greater flamingo (native)
    • Galápagos mockingbirds (endemic)
    • Darwin’s Finches or Galápagos Finches (endemic)
    • Flightless cormorant (endemic)
    • Galápagos Green Turtle (endemic sub-species)
    • Giant Tortoises (endemic)
    • Galápagos Sea Lion (endemic sub-species)
    • Galápagos Hawks (endemic)
    • Great frigatebird (native)
    • Magnificent frigatebird (native)
    • Galápagos flycatcher (endemic)
    • Vermilion flycatcher (endemic sub-species)
    • Land Iguana (endemic)
    • Franklin’s gull (native)
    • Galápagos Dove (endemic)
    • Galápagos Gull or Swallow-tailed Gull (endemic)
    • Galápagos heron or Lava heron (endemic)
    • Marine Iguana (endemic)
    • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
    • Lava Lizards (endemic)
    • Common gallinule or Moorhen (native)
    • Elliot’s Storm Petrel (native)
    • Galápagos martin (endemic)
    • Galápagos petrel (endemic)
    • Galápagos shearwater (endemic)
    • Great blue heron (native)
    • Lava Gull (endemic)
    • Red-billed Tropicbird (native)
    • Semi-palmated plover (migrant)
    • Whimbrel (migrant)
    • Wilson’s phalarope (migrant)
    • Sanderling (migrant)
    • Bottle-nosed Dolphin
    • Short-finned Pilot Whale
    • Manta Ray
    • Spotted eagle rays
    While we won’t be able to photograph all the species listed above during the Galápagos Photography Workshop (we can always hope) this lists provide a good sample of the wildlife that visit the locations we will be photographing.

    Wildlife photography in the Galápagos Islands is spectacular as we are in such proximity to the wildlife, sometimes just feet away. No long lenses are needed on this photography workshop.

    Galápagos Photo Workshop

    Marine iguana with blue-footed boobies

    If you wish to join us snorkeling, you will be amazed at the colorful underwater wildlife as large marine creatures swim by, such as sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins, stingrays, and an enormous amount of colorful tropical fish.

    The Galápagos Photography Workshop has created a Galápagos experience and a must see for wildlife and nature photographers that will surpass your expectations and help you create your dream images with thoughtful expert guidance.

    Each day during the Galápagos Photography Workshop receive expert guidance by professional wildlife and nature photographer Matt Shetzer (Read more about Matt) (Read Client Reviews) in the field, and in the evenings during our workshops.

    When you join the Galápagos Photography Workshop, once you arrive Quito, Ecuador, we take care of everything so you can concentrate on your photography and having a fantastic time in the wildlife photographers dream location, the Galápagos Islands.



    Galápagos Photography Workshop was last modified: March 27th, 2020 by Matt Shetzer