Introduction to Rainforest Photography
Northern Costa Rica 28 July – 6 August 2012
Workshop Price: $3,299 per person double occupancy, single supplement available.
Unlike the typical photographic tour, this brand new workshop is designed for those starting out in nature 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 with 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.
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 have an opportunity to use high speed flash set ups to photograph hummingbirds in flight.
This workshop is organized by Foto Verde Tours, a company founded and run by photographers for photographers..
Greg Basco is a resident Costa Rican professional photographer and environmentalist who is a Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner, and his photos have been published by National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, and other magazines and have been used in many books, public exhibits, calendars, and other projects. Greg is a co-founder of Foto Verde Tours. One of his images received a highly commended award in the 2011 BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Dennis Goulet is an award winning photographer from Massachusetts whose images have appeared in several magazines including Audubon, Nature’s Best Photography, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, Rhode Island Monthly, Outdoor Photographer, and Sierra, as well as on the websites of Audubon and National Wildlife magazine. He was the grand prize winner in Audubon Magazine’s 2010 Birds In Focus competition.