Costa Rica Workshop July 28 – 6 August 2012
Unlike the typical photographic tour, this brand new workshop is designed for those starting out in photography and with a desire to learn to use their equipment in new and exciting ways to capture the essence of the rainforest. You’ll return home with a colorful portfolio of tropical nature images and an expanded photographic toolbox so you can create dynamic images at home and in your future travels.
Photography is about light, and light in the tropical environment can be challenging, so our first full day will be short classroom sessions to refresh our knowledge of camera operation and metering, exposure, fill flash, depth of field and selective focus. We’ll follow each session with time in the 10+ acres of garden at our arrival hotel where we will practice these skills to prepare you for your time in the rainforest. We’ll tailor the learning segments to the needs of the participants, and with two instructors we’ll be able to accommodate any skill level.
Our first destination is the lowland rainforest along the Sarapiqui River where we will spend three days photographing in the lush vegetation of the forest. This lodge was selected for its abundance of poison dart frogs, tree frogs, lizards and the colorful birds that take advantage of strategically placed bird feeders. We’ve also scheduled a private boat trip along the river to photograph the wildlife that frequent the water’s edge.
Next we’ll travel high into the Atlantic slope cloud forest (4,500 feet) to a lodge located in one of the most bio-diverse areas of Costa Rica. Here we will photograph rushing mountain streams, lush vegetation, birds, and mammals. We’ll practice our macro techniques on the plentiful orchids and even venture out one evening to see what we may find to photograph by flashlight. You’ll also have an opportunity to use high speed flash set ups to photograph hummingbirds in flight.
Photographers and instructors Greg Basco and Dennis Goulet will ensure you come home with a diverse collection of rainforest imagery.
For the complete itinerary see http://www.dennisgoulet.us/tours-and-workshops