Photography Workshops and Photo Tours Designed With You in Mind

In Upcoming Workshops by Matt Shetzer


Alaskan Grizzly Bear Photography Tour

2024

July 14 - July 20, 2024
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July 19 - July 25, 2024
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July 24 - July 30, 2024
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2025

July 4 - July 10, 2025
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July 9 - July 15, 2025
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Fee: $7,695 USD PP.
Single supplement option of $750.

Limit: 9 photographers

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Grizzly Bear Photo WorkshopJoin 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.


Costa Rica Photography Workshop: Highlands

2025

February 28 - March 11, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Best hummingbird and wildlife locations in the Costa Rican highlands.

Fee: $6,995 USD PP.
Single supplement of $650

Limit: 4 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup

Duration: 12 days/11 nights

Costa Rica Photo WorkshopJoin 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 and 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 travel to 4 of the best hummingbird and bird lodges in Costa Rica to see a variety of species, and 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.

For those photographers looking to explore more of Costa Rica, consider attending the Costa Rica Tropical Lowlands Photography Workshop, and save $500 when you register for both trips.
 


Costa Rica Photo Tour: Lowlands

2025

February 17 - 27, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Tropical Lowlands of Costa Rica

Fee: $6,995 USD PP.
Single supplement of $650

Limit: 6 photographers

Duration: 11 days/10 nights

Costa Rica Photo WorkshopJoin us on our 7-day photographic adventure through Costa Rica’s beautiful tropical lowlands. Capture beautiful images of birds, monkeys, frogs, bats, sloths, snakes, and 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, and 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.

 


Hummingbird Photo Tour: Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

2025

May 10 - May 16, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Best Hummingbird lodges in Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

Fee: $4,995 USD PP.
Single Supplement of $500.

Limit: 4 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Hummingbird Photo WorkshopExplore 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.


Hummingbird Photography Workshop: Mindo & Beyond

2025

April 16 - 23, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Best Hummingbird lodges in Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

Fee: $5,495 USD PP.
Single Supplement of $500.

Limit: 4 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Hummingbird Photo WorkshopJoin us as we explore the regions of Mindo, Pichincha, and Amagusa all known for their diversity of birds and large endemic population.

Mindo and Beyond is our second itinerary specializing in hummingbird photography in the beautiful South American country of Ecuador.

Over the course of this Hummingbird Photography Workshop you will learn specialized techniques to create stunning images of hummingbirds as they feast on native flowers. In pursuit of this goal, we will journey over mountain passes and across the equator into Ecuador’s famous cloud forests.

Though hummingbirds are our primary focus, we will take advantage of our location and photograph stunning birds such as the Cock-of-the-Rock, the colorful Plate-billed mountain toucans, and vibrant tanagers.

During the week we will visit five (5) of Ecuador’s finest locations for hummingbirds and photograph diverse species of hummingbirds and many native flowers, providing the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of exotic hummingbird images.

 

Galapagos Photo Tour: East Route

2025

May 1 - 9, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

Fee: $7,995 USD PP.
Single supplement (private cabin) option of $2,995.

Limit: 14 guests with 2 photo guides

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

Trip Discount: Save $500.00. Can’t decide on our Galápagos East or West Itinerary? Do both together at a savings on our Two-Week Galápagos Photo Workshop.

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

Galápagos Photo TourThe Galápagos Islands are some of nature’s finest works of art. Starkly beautiful scenery teems with rare birds and native animals, with opportunities for a life-changing photograph practically everywhere you look.

The Galápagos Islands have the most endemic species of any region on Earth. Reptiles like the Galápagos Tortoise, mammals like the Galápagos Sea Lion, and birds like the famous Darwin’s Finches can be found nowhere else.

There are permanent human settlements on only four of the Galápagos Islands. Across most of the archipelago, nature remains wild and free, and the animals are utterly fearless.

You might see three different species of boobies, great frigatebirds that go weeks without touching land, sally lightfoot crabs with their rainbow-colored shells, or land iguanas lazing in the sun on rocky beaches.

The landscapes of the Galápagos are entrancing, with towers of volcanic rock, mangrove bays teeming with fish, and the constellations of both hemispheres overhead when the nights are clear.

Our Galápagos Photography Workshop will teach you how to photograph these majestic islands in a way that does them justice.

With instruction from veteran photographer Matt Shetzer, and a luxury yacht with a local crew and professional chef, you will be in shape to snap some of the best photographs you have ever taken. There is plenty here to thrill you even if you are not a photographer, with snorkeling, hiking, wildlife-watching, and exploring in totally unique landscapes.

We will use the 104′ luxury catamarans low-impact zodiac pangas to reach narrow inlets and beaches. At each landfall, Matt Shetzer will be on hand to give you personal instruction, while our Galápagos naturalist will teach you about the geology, ecology, and history of nature’s paradise.

Galápagos Photo Tour – East Route

Every night, after a delicious dinner, we will gather to learn about cameras, lighting, composition, and other photography techniques in the yacht’s salon. At each stop along the way, we will be following best practices to preserve the Galápagos ecosystem for future generations.

If you have been looking for a chance to reach new heights as a photographer, or to be inspired by a landscape like no other, our Galápagos Photography Workshop is the trip for you.

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Galapagos Photo Workshop: West Route

2025

April 24 - May 2, 2025
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Important Details

Locations: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

Fee: $7,995 USD PP.
Single supplement (private cabin) option of $2,995.

Limit: 14 guests with 2 photo guides

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

Trip Discount: Save $500.00. Can’t decide on our Galápagos East or West Itinerary? Do both together at a savings on our Two-Week Galápagos Photo Workshop.

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

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.

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), and 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.

Galápagos Photography Workshop – West 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.

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Post Processing Workshop: One-On-One Training

Important Details

What: Master the Post Process! Take your photography to the next level by mastering post processing with Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.

When: To your schedule. We typically do 2-3 hour blocks of time.

How: Via Zoom. Work on your Images as we setup your computer to work more efficiently and develop your style. Record the tutoring session so you can watch it again and reference it in the future.

Fee: $100 per hour

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Instructor: Matt Shetzer

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Shetzer's post processing workshopHave you ever wanted to Master Photoshop and Lightroom and bring your images up to the next level?

Do you want to make the most of your favorite images?

Join Matt Shetzer remotely via Zoom from your home as he conducts private, one-on-one, post processing tutoring geared for photographers, taught by a photographer.

Learn on your computer at your pace, getting comfortable with the tools and techniques that enhance images and bring out their full potential.

Learn a workflow that uses 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.

Each private session is geared towards you!

Whether you want some help working up some of your favorite images from a recent workshop, creating that big print to hang in your home, or learn new techniques like HDR, luminosity masks, managing your photographic library, or just needing some help getting your brain around what a Photoshop Layer is.

We customize each session to meet your needs at your pace, and record the tutoring session to your computer so you can watch it again and reference it in the future.

We have an enormous amount of material to make you a post-processing master.

Photoshop Lightroom Private Tutoring

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.

We cover many software products and plug-ins and break apart the complexities of post processing into manageable topics and ensure a non-destructive process.

 


Iceland Photography Workshop

2024

September 28 - October 5, 2024
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Important Details

Locations: Iceland (South, West and Snæfellsjökull peninsula)

Fee: $7,549 USD PP
Single Supplement of $750

Limit: 4 photographers

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Iceland Photo WorkshopJoin 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 and some of the more remote locations that offer breathtaking images of this Nordic island nation.

September is a great month to be in Iceland. 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 the 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.

 


Bald Eagle Photography Workshop: Immersive Alaskan Wildlife Photography Tours

2025

March 18 – 24, 2025
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March 25 – 31, 2025
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2026

February 22 – 28, 2026
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March 1-7, 2026
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Important Details

Location: Homer, Alaska

Fee:

  • $6,995 per person
  • Optional single supplement (private room): $500

Deposit: $1,000

Limit: 5 photographers

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Bald Eagle Photo WorkshopJoin us in capturing the majesty of America’s national bird up close in Homer, Alaska.

Our small-group workshop offers a front-row seat to awe-inspiring encounters with these iconic birds of prey in their natural habitat. It’s an exceptional experience every wildlife photographer dreams of.

Seize this rare chance to observe and photograph more bald eagles than most people will ever see in a lifetime!

Bald Eagle Tour Highlights

Imagine standing in the pristine wilderness of Alaska, witnessing the majestic American Bald Eagle soaring freely above.

  • South of Homer, where these iconic birds gather in great numbers, we have a rare chance to revel in nature’s grandeur against the breathtaking backdrop of Kachemak Bay and the iconic Homer Spit—a long, narrow strip of land extending into the bay.
  • Our tours take us to scenic areas like China Poot Bay, Sadie Cove, Tutka Bay, and numerous small islands, accessible only by our state-of-the-art 33′ Coast Guard-certified landing craft.
  • Each day brings new encounters with eagles congregating along the sandbars, perching majestically against the sky or roosting in dense branches, offering the thrill of capturing these moments against the serene beauty of snow-capped mountains and jagged cliffs.
  • We’ll guide you to the perfect spots for photographing these iconic birds in their natural habitat. Expect a blend of adventure, learning, and unforgettable moments as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska’s wilderness, capturing the spirit of the American Bald Eagle through your lens.

 

Do we have a workshop that you are interested in, but can’t make the dates? See our Custom Photography Workshops and Tours and just tell us what dates work for you and we’ll see what we can do.

Photography Workshops and Photo Tours Designed With You in Mind was last modified: April 11th, 2024 by Matt Shetzer