Explore the vibrant rainforests of Ecuador with us during our 7-day hummingbird photo tour and learn specialized techniques to create stunning images of hummingbirds as they feast on native flowers. Over the course of the hummingbird photo tour, we will journey over mountain passes and across the equator into lush rainforests to three different bird lodges. Each destination we stop at is home to unique species of hummingbirds and a diversity of flowers, giving you the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of exotic hummingbird images.
Have you always wanted to know how to photograph hummingbirds? We have perfected our hummingbird photo tour setup by using a series of seven to eight flashes synchronized by wireless radio transmitters. The multi-flash technique creates a strobe effect and freezes hummingbird wings (which can beat up to 80 times per second) in their tracks.
Guests who attend the hummingbird photo tour will capture superb images of dozens of colorful hummingbird species feeding on beautiful native flowers. Hummingbird photo tour participants who arrive in Quito early can also enjoy adventure attractions such as rafting, mountain biking, swimming in waterfalls, climbing snow-capped volcanoes and cruising around the Galapagos Islands. There are also opportunities to see Quito’s modern side before or after the hummingbird photo tour, by taking scenic tours, shopping at South America’s largest market and enjoying cultural fare.
Why do we go to Ecuador? It has the best photography opportunities with the most diverse species of hummingbirds of any country in the world.
Have you ever wanted to Master Photoshop and Lightroom and bring your images up to the next level?
Join us for our Post Processing workshop geared for photographers, taught by photographers, where we spend the week learning post processing of images in a hands-on environment.
Learn in the classroom with your own computer at a nice detailed pace, getting comfortable with the tools and techniques that enhance our images.
We take you all the way through importing images, building metadata, post processing and outputting to file or print with hands-on examples.
Master the Post Process! Take your photography to the next level by mastering post processing with Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC
We teach how to use both Photoshop and Lightroom in tandem to get the most out of your images as you develop a custom process that works for you and achieves the style of images you wish to create.
You will learn a technique, and then practice it on sample images. Each topic will be followed with a hands-on example for you to work through as learning is done best by doing. At the end of each day we will do a project using each technique discussed and we will be right there for you if you have any questions. During the last day, you will work on some of you favorite images you have taken in the past applying everything you learned during the week with us there to help.
In the Field Field trips to photograph the beautiful landscapes
Each day we will leave the classroom and take a field trip to photograph the beautiful landscapes around us in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, our home, and provide images for our next project.
Digital photography has put the photographer in charge of image processing letting us develop the look and feel of we individualy desire allowing us more control than ever.
BEFORE AND AFTER By understanding the capabilities of post processing you will capture better images in the field as you are confident of what you can produce. Here the Northern Lights over Iceland produce a very high dynamic range photo that all the details can be brought out if captured correctly.
Learn non-destructive processes for your images and bring out their full potential!
Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Shetzer for a trip of a lifetime on our grizzly bear photo tour in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. During the grizzly bear photo tour, you will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque setting of the Alaskan wilderness. Guests on the grizzly bear photo tour will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears while enjoying home-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck.
Shetzer’s grizzly bear photo tour specializes in one-on-one instruction for photographers of all levels in a small group setting, to ensure maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests. Grizzly bear photo tour leaders are assisted by a Lake Clark bear guide who knows the animal’s behavior and habitat and will take you to the prime destinations to capture magnificent images of grizzly bears.
Lake Clark National Park is a photographer’s paradise. The wildlife preserve is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears because these bears have never been hunted. They aren’t threatened by human presence and are not aggressive. This gives photographers on the grizzly bear photo tour the rare opportunity to closely observe bears in their natural habitat.
Shetzer’s grizzly bear photo tour maintains a focus on small groups, allowing photographers to move around easily and efficiently to get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout your wildlife safari – while maintaining respect for the animals. By doing that, we end up with really natural shots. On a recent grizzly bear photo tour, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of us without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience our guests will never forget.
Join us in capturing the majesty of America’s national bird at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve during the largest bald eagle migration in the world. Our bald eagle photo tour is centered on bald eagles in southeast Alaska that congregate from far and wide to feast upon salmon during the last major run of the season. Every bit of the 48,000 acre Chilkat Preserve is inhabited by the American Bald Eagle at some point during the year. But a unique natural phenomenon attracts a breathtaking amount of birds to the picturesque landscape near Haines, Alaska in the early winter months. The convergence of three rivers creates a warm upwelling that prevents the water from freezing – making an easy meal for one of America’s largest birds of prey.
Shetzer’s bald eagle photography tour will assist photographers in capturing crystal clear pictures of eagles along the scenic stretch of the Chilkat preserve. Here, illustrious birds with 7-foot wingspans perch on branches waiting to dine on 10-pound chum salmon from the Chilkat River. Unlike other bald eagle photo tours offered in Alaska, you will have the opportunity to view bald eagle’s natural behavior. There’s no need to bait or use captive birds during the tour. Just natural and wild photos await.
Matt has led 15 bald eagle photography tours in this area in the past seven years, and spends the entire month of November scouting the best locations for getting one-of-a-kind images of bald eagles in their natural habitat. He will guide you to the best locations for photographing the eagles, using his experience and knowledge to show you the places with the best light, and will provide detailed instruction on how to capture your perfect shot.
The Bald Eagle Photography tour takes place at the height of the salmon run in Alaska – the peak time to view bald eagles. Every day, hundreds of eagles can be seen congregating along the snow-capped sandbars, perched upon snags emerging from the river and roosting in the branches of cottonwood trees.
Join us on our 12 day photographic adventure through stunning Costa Rica as we capture beautiful images of hummingbirds, resplendent quetzals, toucans, other colorful birds, sloths, frogs, flowers and much more.
During the Costa Rica photography workshop, we will share our techniques for creating hummingbird images with flash photography setups as well as natural lighting to ensure you go home with your perfect image.
Learn how to freeze the hummingbirds wings and display all their feather detail. We will show you how to use 6-8 flashes per multi-flash setup controlled by radio triggers to produce an effective shutter speed of 1/10,000 of a second.
During the photo workshop, we will visit 4 of the best hummingbird and bird lodges in Costa Rica to see a variety of species, as well as a local family who has turned their farm acreage into breeding grounds for the colorful Costa Rican frogs, and an area that offers opportunities to photograph the amazing Resplendent Quetzal.
Join us on our 7-day photographic adventure through Costa Rica’s beautiful tropical lowlands. Capture beautiful images of birds, monkeys, frogs, bats, sloths, snakes as well as the vibrant green landscape.
During the photo workshop, we will visit Tortuguero National Park and have custom photography boat trips to explore the fresh water canals that are full of diverse wildlife, as well as explore Northern Costa Rica’s rainforest as we focus on the wildlife that calls this area home.
We will also visit family farms and reserves that specialize in frogs, monkeys, colorful macaws, and the other birds that live in the forest of these properties.
During the Costa Rica Tropical Lowlands photography workshop, we will share our photographic techniques for creating images of nectar feeding bats at night with flash photography setups. Learn how to freeze the bats wings and capture tack sharp detail as they visit our flowers during their late night feedings.
We will show you how to use flashes controlled by radio triggers to produce an effective shutter speed of 1/5,000 of a second producing amazing detail.
For those photographers looking to explore more of Costa Rica, consider attending the Costa Rica Photography Workshop with a hummingbird focus, and save $500 when you register for both trips.
Explore the rapidly advancing world of aerial photography during our one-day Drone Photography Workshop held before or after many of our workshops around the world.
Learn to fly a drone safely and considerately as you open up your photography with new compositions only available from the air. You will be amazed how easy they fly with the GPS assisted technology and modern controls.
Build confidence with our hands-on flight training and learn to fly before you buy your own drone. Experience aerial photography and videography basics as you become a UAV pilot with our small group training.
Understand the best practices for flying safety and understand the regulations as you learn aerial photography.
We use the industry leading DJI brand drones during the course and will discuss which model drone is right for you. We will also discuss the camera settings for still photography and video capture with the drones.
As you get comfortable flying these amazing flying cameras, your concentration will switch from flying the drone to your photographic composition adding a new dimension (literally!)
Lighthouses offer aerial photographers compositions never thought possible.
In Iceland many of the parks allow drones to fly offering new perspectives
Join us in stunning Iceland, “The Land of Fire and Ice”, to photograph beautiful cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, cool blue glacial ice, glacial lagoons, Icelandic horses and much more. During the Iceland photography workshop we will be visiting the iconic “must-see” locations as well as some of the more remote locations that offer breathtaking images of this Nordic island nation.
September is a great month to be in Iceland as the sun now sets unlike in the summer months. The start of fall offers nice temperatures and perfect opportunities to photograph the stunning Aurora Borealis over interesting foreground objects. We will still have over 12 hours of daylight each day to explore and capture the natural beauty of Iceland.
Over the week we will be traveling from the Reykjavik region down the southern coast and back up to the Snæfellsjökull peninsula to see the best Iceland has to offer with its dramatic landscapes, glacial lagoons, massive glaciers and enormous waterfalls.
Each night we will keep an eye on the weather and monitor the conditions for Northern Lights photography. If the skies are clear, we will head out in hope of capturing images of the infamous Aurora Borealis. The aurora is always occurring and will appear in different strengths due to solar storms.
Iceland’s waterfalls are perhaps the most impressive of any country. We will be photographing the most photogenic of the waterfalls including the iconic waterfalls of Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Kirkjufoss. Icelandic waterfalls are often wrapped by basalt cliffs making them a dramatic waterfall photo.
Explore the best the Texas Rio-Grande valley has to offer for bird photography during the South Texas Bird Photography Workshop as we visit three of the best photo ranches in the valley.
During the week, we will visit the Laguna Seca Ranch, the Santa Clara Ranch, and one of the largest historic Texas ranches settled in the 1890’s.
We will explore these premier nature photography locations that have been designed for photographers by photographers. Each ranch location has multiple professional below-ground photo blinds designed to capture the beautiful morning and evening light. They also place the photographer at eye level with the wildlife and add desirable warm creamy backgrounds that bring focus to your subject.
Each of the three private ranches have unique wildlife species, as well as varying backgrounds that will make your portfolio from the trip stand out.
A local guide will be joining us to assist the group with the wildlife trends and behaviors as well as assist with photogenic perches and tricks for attracting with wildlife.
Over the years, we have found that having a local guide assist the photo workshop is a great asset to the group as they are daily out in the field at the ranches we visit and are familiar with the species that are currently visiting the blinds.