A Discovery Series Workshop
March 21 - 26, 2020
Tuition $2,450 - Limit 4 participants
Florida is a unique place for bird photography in North America. The geography of the peninsula provides a natural funnel through which countless numbers of migratory birds fly on their way to and from Central America and the Caribbean. This workshop is timed to take advantage of the spring migration, mating and nesting season along Florida's East Coast.
Many species of birds make Florida their home year round. Raptors, wading birds, song birds can all be found here, as are many Audubon Priority Species, such as the Bald Eagle, Black-necked Stilt, Wood Stork, and Roseate Spoonbill.
We will visit a variety of locations during the workshop in order to maximize our opportunities to photograph a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Workshop locations include Blue Cypress Lake, Viera Wetlands, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. These locations may change depending on where the birds are available.
Physical Difficulty: Easy
All of the locations for this workshop can be reached with a minimum of walking.
What You Can Expect:
Professional, one on one photographic instruction on par with your level of experience.
Minimum of 8 hours per day of in-field shooting and instruction
Positive, interactive and fun learning environment
Class size limited to five students to insure personal attention
Water and snacks while in the field
What's Included: Field Photography Sessions, All Park and Preserve Admission Fees, Class Session on Digital Image Processing, Critiques, and Image Print Session sponsored by Canon. We will have a cooler with soft drinks and water while in the field, and a box lunch will be provided on the days noted in the schedule.
What You'll Learn:
The importance of balancing shutter speed, f/stop, and ISO to achieve sharp images. Choosing the best background and camera positioning for the most dramatic shot. Locating and approaching birds. The importance of the raw image. Shooting tips and techniques.
With James Neihouse as your instructor you will receive the benefit of his many years of experience as a professional image maker, with ample one-on-one instruction time in the field, as well as spirited critiques and post processing training.
(Shoot locations are subject to change based on conditions and bird activity during the workshop.)
March 21 - Afternoon Meet & Greet at workshop hotel, followed by orientation, then dinner.
March 22 - Early departure for Blue Cypress Lake, one of the largest nesting sites for Osprey in the state. Box lunch and drinks will be provided. Afternoon and sunset on the lake.
March 23 - Check out of workshop hotel, drive to Viera Wetlands, for morning photo session. Lunch in Titusville. Afternoon and sunset in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Drive to workshop hotel - Check In.
March 24 - Morning photo session where we will get up close with many nesting birds. Afternoon/sunset photo session.
March 25 - Morning/sunrise photo session. Lunch, Afternoon post-processing session, critique and Canon sponsored printing session. Farewell dinner.
March 26 - Return Flights
You may choose to pay in full for your workshop, or place a $500.00 deposit to hold your reservation. When you choose the deposit option the balance of the workshop fee will be due on December 22, 2019.
Florida Birds Workshop - March 2020
Please be sure to READ and UNDERSTAND our Policy on Payments, Deposits, Cancellations, and Refunds
Until December 22, 2019 you may choose to place a $500.00 deposit to hold your place in the workshop, after that date all workshops must be paid in full when registering.
You are encouraged to purchase trip insurance to protect your investment in case of an unforeseen situation or emergency that might require you to cancel your workshop. Here is a review of travel insurance companies - Travel Insurance Reviews
Payments are handled through Stripe.com and you should receive a payment confirmation from them as well.
You are encouraged to purchase trip insurance to protect your investment in case of an unforeseen situation or emergency that requires you to cancel your workshop. Here is a review of travel insurance companies - Travel Insurance Reviews
What's Not Included: Lodging, airfare, and meals, other than those mentioned above, are NOT included in the workshop fee.
Group size is limited not only for a more favorable instructor to student ratio, but also to help minimize the human impact on the natural environments we will be photographing. At James Neihouse Photography Workshops we strive to uphold the Leave No Trace code for outdoor ethics.*
About Camera Gear & Equipment:
Basic requirements are:
DSLR or Mirrorless camera that is capable of shooting in manual mode
Sturdy Tripod (gimbal or ball head)
Wide to normal lens
Telephoto Lens (300mm or longer suggested)
It is possible to rent equipment in Orlando. There several fairly well stocked camera stores in the area.
You will receive more information on equipment after registration.