Galapagos Photo Workshop

Galápagos Photography Workshop

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Galápagos Photography Workshop

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  • 2021
    Dates: May 29 – June 6, 2021


    Locations: Galápagos Islands, Quito Ecuador

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

    Deposit: $1,000

    Limit: 14 guests

    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, 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.

    The Galápagos 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.

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

    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 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.

    During the days, we will take the yachts’ two zodiacs (pangas) to land at multiple island locations that have the best wildlife opportunities. These efficient boats will get us to the locations quick, thus maximizing our time ashore.

    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 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 on the subjects of the Galápagos islands. We will discuss camera settings, composition ideas and different techniques to create those once in a lifetime stunning images.

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    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. In addition, our Galápagos Naturalist on the yacht will share information on the islands and the wildlife we are photographing. 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 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 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 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 place.

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    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 dinning room, is the comfortable main salon that will also double as our photography workshop meeting room.

    While 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.

    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, 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)
    • Nazca Booby (native)
    • Red-footed Booby (native)
    • Darwin’s Finches (endemic)
    • Mockingbirds (endemic)
    • Galápagos Hawk (endemic)
    • Galápagos Short-eared Owl (endemic)
    • Galápagos Dove (endemic)
    • Galápagos Martin (endemic)
    • Common Gallinule or Moorhen (native)
    • Flightless Cormorant (endemic)
    • Waved Albatross (endemic)
    • Red-billed Tropicbird (native)
    • Brown Pelican (native)
    • Frigates (native)
    • Galápagos Petrel (endemic)
    • Elliot’s (White-vented) Storm Petrel (native)
    • Lava Gull (endemic)
    • Great Blue Heron (native)
    • Lava Heron (endemic)
    • Greater Flamingo (native)
    • Galápagos Sea Lion (endemic)
    • Galápagos Fur Seals (endemic)
    • Giant Tortoises (endemic)
    • Sierra Negra Volcano Turtle (endemic)
    • Galápagos Green Turtle (endemic)
    • Land Iguana (endemic)
    • Marine Iguanas (endemic)
    • Lava Lizards
    • White-cheeked Pintail Duck (native)
    • Black-necked Stilt (native)
    • Whimbrel (migrant)
    • Paint-billed crake
    • Dolphins
    • Whales
    • Stingrays
    • Spotted eagle rays
    • Golden rays
    • Sally Lightfoot Crab
    • Hermit Crab
    • Galápagos snake
    • Pompano
    • Dorado
    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 excellent as we are in such close proximity to the wildlife sometimes just feet away.

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    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 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: January 6th, 2020 by Matt Shetzer