Best vacation I ever had!!! The grizzly photo workshop was like a dream.

There’s plenty of time out in the field to get great and unforgettable photos. Matt will sacrifice getting his photos to ensure that everyone in the group is paying attention to the elements, ISO, aperture, etc. His attention to detail and professionalism make this a first class workshop.

Thanks, Matt. I’m looking forward to your other workshops.

-Maureen from San Diego
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


We really enjoyed our time with you at the Haines workshop!

So much to be impressed by: the quality of your instruction, both as it related to the use of our equipment to produce optimum in-camera images as well as the post processing workflow guidance, your knowledge of the area and eagle behavior and, of course, the amazing beauty of our surroundings.

But beyond that, it was the more subtle aspects of your work that really made for a special trip: your constant focus on us as your customers, the care you take to go the extra mile in scouting out uniquely special places and the relationships you maintain with the local community that pay big dividends for you and your customers!

I would highly recommend this workshop and you, as a workshop leader, to anyone!

-Chris from California
Bald Eagle Photography Workshop


Superb Trip !

Nancy and I want to thank you for putting together such an outstanding trip to photograph Grizzlies in Alaska. We have been on many photo workshops, and we found the kind of instruction you gave us in the field and back at the lodge to be the best we have ever experienced.

We learned a lot about how to photograph under some difficult lighting conditions, and we are thrilled with the images with which we have come home. Your tips on processing also gave us new ways to enhance our images, and above all, we really appreciated your thoughtfulness in leading our group and handling things calmly and effectively when adverse weather caused travel complications.

Again, we thank you for running such a superb trip.

-Chuck and Nancy from Arkansas
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


Turns out that workshop was everything it claimed to be, in fact, it was much more.

The shooting was superb but we were also given a good dose of Alaska life. We toured around between sessions and saw some of the most beautiful places in my life.

I have been on other photography workshops, all of them great experiences but this Alaska trip was really first class.

– Ron Boyd (Diary of a bird shooter)
Bald Eagle Photography Workshop


I learned more in the first two days than I would have in six months on my own.

–  Edward from Alaska
Bald Eagle Photography Workshop


It was worth every pound of gear I carried and every cent.

Matt and Angela really went the extra mile to make sure everything worked out.

– Iain from Australia
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


They are meticulously organized, running smoothly from beginning to end.

I recently returned from Shetzers Iceland Photographic Workshop. It was a great introduction to Iceland and I came home with photos that I am very pleased with. This was not my first Shetzers workshop—I attended the Hummingbird Workshop in Ecuador and the Bald Eagle Workshop in Alaska, both very enjoyable and productive. I have already signed up for South Texas Birds and Stars in February. Other workshops offered by Shetzers feature grizzly bears (Alaska), birds and nature (Costa Rica) and fall colors (Colorado). I have attended many photographic workshops over the years but, for me, Shetzers are the best. They are meticulously organized, running smoothly from beginning to end. The number of participants is small, typically 4-6. The cost is very reasonable, especially considering that accommodation, meals and transportation during the workshop are included. The workshops are open to photographers of all levels. Matt is a highly accomplished photographer (see his web site). He has extensive knowledge of a wide range of photographic techniques and equipment that he is more than willing to share. He takes participants to some great photographic locations but does not push any particular approach, instead encouraging individuals to explore the possibilities themselves. However he is always nearby, ready to help and advise. Of course Matt cannot control the weather but he makes good use of “downtime” to give informal talks on technique. This is also a good opportunity for participants to show their new photos. I am very enthusiastic about Shetzers workshops and recommend them highly without reservation.

– Ian from San Francisco
Iceland Photography Workshop


There are no words to describe his passion for photography and teaching others

Matt went above and beyond to to make this week along the Chilkat River and Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska a magical trip of a lifetime. There are no words to describe his passion for photography and teaching others, no matter whether you are a novice or a professional photographer. He can handle it all on the same trip! From the Northern Lights, to the Eagles, to the Sunrise and Landscapes, Matt looked for opportunities for us every minute to make sure we had the best possible experience. His assistant, Judy, was a very knowledgeable and helpful naturalist and a delight with her stories about Haines and the surrounding area. Loved every second and hardly noticed the cold!!! I will do another trip with Shetzer Photography!

– Laurel from Santa Clarita
Bald Eagle Photography Workshop


Matt had the whole trip planned perfectly. No wasted time which equals lots of shooting

South Texas Bird Photography Workshop February 2018 What a great week I had. The weather was less than perfect but still managed to get a lot of great images of South Texas birds. We went to 3 Ranches that had beautiful dug-out bird blinds overlooking a small watering hole. (Shooting at eye-level is awesome.) Matt had the whole trip planned perfectly. No wasted time which equals lots of shooting. He also had a local professional with us the whole time. I highly recommend this trip.

– Hank from Pennsylvania
South Texas Birds and Stars Workshop



There was enthusiasm about the location and photography at all times and when reviewing pictures you were always looking for the positive things to mention with gentle suggestions on how to improve them.

The group size was perfect and it was nice to have someone leading the group who is involved in the community. By working the Bald Eagle Festival it shows more commitment rather than just busing a bunch of people through.

I would take this trip again

-Brian from Connecticut
Bald Eagle Photography Workshop


The Grizzly bear tour with Shetzer’s photography was my first tour with Matt Shetzer. After coming back from my first tour I immediately contacted Matt to sign up for another one.

The group was small (8) which enabled each of us to have individual attention from Matt, tailored to our individual needs and skills. No matter what level we were, Matt was able to provide information, advice to improve our photography skills and images. I was able to approach Matt with any questions I had. He gave regular sessions for critiquing our work, photo editing advice and tuition. We received feedback on our photography, and how we could improve – with camera settings, composition, editing etc. The accommodation and food was excellent. His attention to detail from the first inquiry whether it is by phone or email was very clear, concise and thorough, to ensure one was fully prepared for the tour. Matt’s tour was in a remote part of Alaska, where there were no tourists, which allowed the group to wander around and get very close to the bears and observe them in their natural habitat undisturbed. Matt is a ONE OF A KIND photographer, and has an amazing ability to combine a group of people who have not known each other, to blend in and become friends long after the trip ended. I would highly recommend Matt Shetzer’s trips to anyone who is looking for a travel adventure with the opportunity to see the Grizzly bears or any other of his tours, refine ones photography skills, meet interesting people and laugh your way through the day and night. 10/10.

-Margaret from Sydney Australia
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


Surpassed all expectations
Several weeks have gone by since the trip to Alaska with your photo workshop and I can not help but reflect on the wonderful time I had. When asked about the trip over the last few weeks, my answer has simply and quickly become “it surpassed all expectations”. Keep in mind, my expectations were high. What beautiful landscape we were exposed to. And the take away is only to feel “privileged” to witness the beautiful creatures before us.
Again, a sincere Thank you!

-Mark from Delaware
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


Our whole experience with Shetzers, from start to finish, was fantastic.

Prior to the workshop, Matt was available to answer lots of questions–that availability really helped us prepare for this Alaska workshop. Once in Alaska, Matt was a great group leader and teacher. He was very patient with us as beginners and he did a phenomenal job making the group dynamic really, really great! The lodge that Shetzers chose was fantastic–really first class. We’re already looking forward to going back to Lake Clark with Matt in a couple of years. We learned so much that will help us with our daily photography for the rest of our lives. Thanks!

-Jay from Colorado
Grizzly Bear Photography Workshop


Wonderful experience

I took the Moab workshop with Matt. Wonderful experience, Matt is a great guy and an excellent teacher. We had a strenuous schedule, shooting until the wee hours of the morning but I learnt a lot and came home with great pics. Also Christian Sasse was great in the astronomy and I-telescope part. I highly recommend him and I am planning to take more workshops with Matt.

-Ed from California
Moab Astrophotography Workshop


Once you take a photo workshop with Matt Shetzer — it will not be your last!

When Matt offered a photographic workshop to do Landscapes in Iceland, we just had to go. It was our first trip out of the country and we knew that it would be an incredible trip with Matt handling the Photo Workshop when we got there. We already knew one of the other gentlemen going to Iceland, since we had attended a Bald Eagle Photo Workshop (2015) with Richard and was looking forward to meeting Ian (see his review). The Iceland trip was unbelievably wonderful and Matt made the entire workshop smooth, educational and easy to concentrate on just taking beautiful pictures. Matt listens to each person’s “wish list” as to what type/or kind of photos they always wanted to capture, then he goes above and beyond to try to make it happen. Matt does extensive research on every trip to take you to the locations & times to get the best shots. He is there with his experience to help you should you need it. Matt keeps each workshop more fun and informational than the previous ones (which is hard to do!). We are looking forward to attending the Bald Eagle Photo Workshop in Haines, AK for 2018 (our 3rd workshop) and expect to get even greater Bald Eagle/”Swans”(insider joke, “sorry had to do it Matt “) shots than before. Once you take a photo workshop with Matt Shetzer — it will not be your last!

-Barry and Paula from Colorado
Iceland Photography Workshop


He makes certain that his workshops are first class

Nancy and I came home from Matt Shetzer’s South Texas Bird Photography Workshop with a superb collection of images. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the workshop was handled to assure us the best possible photo opportunities, from the ground-level blinds and set-ups on the ranches, to Matt’s timely and helpful advice on camera settings, shooting opportunities, etc. Matt understands that his clientele prefers smooth logistics and comfortable accommodations, and he makes certain that his workshops are first class. Would we travel with him again? Absolutely, and we have already booked a Shetzer workshop for 2019

-Chuck and Nancy from Arkansas
South Texas Birds and Stars Workshop


Photography Workshop Reviews was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Matt Shetzer