Introduction to Rainforest Photography

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

Hunt’s Seminars

Provided by Hunt’s Photo and Video

The annual Hunt’s show is approaching November 4-6, 2011and we are offering three days of great educational seminars! For more information and to register for classes please visit link below or call 781.662.8822 to speak to any of our highly trained sales associates. Hope to see you there!

Learn more about Hunt’s Seminars on their Web site with full program information.


American Photo Model Shoot Workshop

American Photo Model Shoot

I have received the following information from the Workshop Coordinator for American Photo Magazine. It sounds like a very promising event, all day long, 15 models, 10 stations, all the photos you can take with instructions. Read about the deep discount in members only page for this workshop.

On October 1st we will be in Boston MA, hosting the American Photo Model Shoot Series. I would like to extend a deep discount to you and your club for those who want to join us. We don’t want anything in return, we are just going to 10 cities across the country and are teaching from the beginner to expert photographers how to take better model photographs in one day. They are priced at $279 for each admission (see the information link above for PSRI discount information). The Model Shoots are always a huge hit.

We will have 15 models and about 10 stations on hand for a one day event. We are also doing this in NYC as well as other major cities.

David Middleton Workshop

PSRI Annual Photo Workshop & Seminar – 2011
Featuring David Middleton

David Middleton is a nationally recognized professional nature photographer, writer and naturalist. His philosophy is to photograph whatever he finds attractive which leads him to photograph subjects and places as disparate as harbors, wildflower meadows, large mammals, small birds, forests, quaint villages, indigenous markets, people and mountain streams. See David’s photographs at his Web site.

Read more details in the Workshop flyer. For more information contact Ted Lawson at

Passage to India

This is from Shiv Verma, see the post for details.

After many months of planning, I am really excited to announce this fantastic trip to India. A photo opportunity with over 20 safaris and a trip to Agra to photograph the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset.

India – Tigers, Birds & More – Photo Workshop – Feb 11 – 26, 2012

Details for the 2012 India Photography Workshop and Tour are now available on my Blog.  I would truly appreciate your forwarding this to your fellow photographer friends and photogarphy club members.

Best Regards,

Shiv Verma
shiv verma | photography
C: 617.759.0010

Smoky Mountains Workshop

This message is from Shiv Verma

I have just made arrangements for another 5 day photography workshop in the Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove in Tennessee. The workshop is oriented to landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife – limited to 10 participants. The weather conditions in 2010 and the 2010 – 2011 winter indicate a spectacular photo opportunity. A block of rooms has been reserved at Econo Lodge in Townsend for an unbelievable price of $59 a night.

The workshop details are attached and all registration information is available on my blog at

I would appreciate your forwarding this to your Photography Club members and fellow photographers.

Call or email me with any questions.



Shiv Verma

Hi-Jink Day at GLPA

The following is from Susan Moser, an invitation to all

Please Join Us

The Greater Lynn Photo Assoc. would like to invite you all to join us at GLPA headquarters (564 Boston St. Lynn, Ma 01905) on Saturday Jan. 29th from 10 am to 3 pm for a day of indoor photo opportunities similar to those available at the NECCC Conference and past Yankee seminars.

Winter may be upon us but that doesn’t mean you should put away your camera. A big hit at NECCC this summer was a high-speed flash setup designed by Roy Marshall, MNEC. Roy will be there with his one of a kind paint and water drop set-ups. We  will also have various setups featuring still life, flower impressions, glassware, black light and a few surprises—some dog models and a child model. Try out those new holiday presents and your creative juices while trying this kind of photography.

Have you missed out on these at NECCC because you were attending seminars or working on other committees? Here is your chance to try them at GLPA. Keep in mind that some of the setups require a tripod.

This photo opportunity is open to members and visitors. Cost is $10 for GLPA members or $15 for non-GLPA members. Come for an hour or stay all day. Doors will be open at 9:45 am. We will run through lunch but there are sub shops and restaurants in the area available for your lunch break. Please go to for some photos of previous set-ups and directions to the club.

For further information please contact Chris Germain or Susan Mosser.

Chris Germain

Susan Mosser

Florida Workshop

The following is from Shiv Verma, see attachments for more details

I have just made arrangements for a 5 day fun filled photography workshop in South Western Florida. We will be visiting Fort Myers Beach, Little Estero Lagoon, Sanibel Island, Ding Darling NWR, Venice Rookery, Marco Island and more.

I would appreciate your forwarding this to your Photography Club members and fellow photographers.

Call or email me with any questions.



Shiv Verma

SW Florida

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Local Photography Seminar

The Rick Sammon, one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, is coming to the Plymouth area for a full day seminar on November 20th. 

Rick Sammon Seminar

If you look at Rick Sammon’s website, you will see his scheduled visit to the Newport Photo Guild on 10 November 2010, as well as a visit to the Camera Connection in Colchester, CT on 14 November 2010.

Rick Sammon Seminar Saturday, November 20th, 10-3.
Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA
$40 for Plymouth Digital Photography members, $45 for non members.

This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is there to share what he’s learned over his many years as a professional photographer. After Rick “takes” us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography. Rick will share some of his favorite Photoshop CS enhancements.
All level photographers will be inspired from this seminar.
For more info, visit with Rick at Rick will be autographing his books at the event.

This seminar is presented by PDP, Plymouth Digital Photographers, a photo club of 460 members in Plymouth, MA. To join go to   for free PDP membership.

A buffet lunch and free parking are included in the seminar fee.
Please arrive by 9:30 for registration so we can begin promptly at 10am.

Sharpening Presentation

As you may recall, I had a workshop on sharpening strategies in Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom a few months ago. Not everyone could make it due to its timing. Since then the Quinebaug Valley Photo Club invited me to present an abridged version of it on April 15, 2010. They are located in Putnam, CT. If anyone is interested to attend we should let them know ahead of time. Also, if anyone wants to go, I would like to hitch a ride if possible.

On another note, “water” has been the subject of conversations, clean up, repair, basements, etc. I have been taking so many water and water-related photographs for the last 4-5 days, I almost feel bloated. Some are documentary, others the result of my photographic pursuit of a subject. If you care to see them, point your browsers to RI Flood on my blog.


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