A 7-Day Workshop in
June 23-29, 2021
Limited to 12 Participants (Wait List Only)
All Inclusive Resort
About the Workshop
Costa Rica Wildlife Experience!
Quick Note: This workshop is sold out. We often have people cancel in the first few days, or give up their spot so please send us a message (bottom of page) and we’ll put you on the wait list. Thanks!
I’m super excited to announce that we’re doing another Photography Workshop in Costa Rica in June 2020. These have been my most popular workshops. Some of the attendees actually said it was “life changing” and everyone came away with awesome photos, an entirely new set of skills, and could not stop raving about the Crocodile Bay resort. I don’t think people realized just how good the resort staff would be, and that it is indeed all inclusive with AMAZING food and service throughout the trip. If you’ve ever been on a workshop before, I promise you it’s nothing like this.
As for photography, we have consistently hit the jackpot!!! I’ve often heard from attendees (after just the first day) “Wow, I could go home now and be perfectly happy!!!”.
We’ve seen all 4 types of monkeys from the area, Sloths, Frogs, an Anteater and too many species of birds to name. The macro opportunities were spectacular as well. It truly is a special place, and ideal for a photography workshops.
I hope to see you there!
– Matt Kloskowski
PS: This is a very small workshop group of only 12 people.
In Your Workshop Fee?
All Photo Workshop Location Fees, Trips and Guides
Every photo excursion, location fee, transportation, and guides are included for Day 1 thru Day 5. If you choose to do something on Day 6, you’ll be responsible for any costs.
Basically, you pay for your flight to and from San Jose (Costa Rica) airport. All of your transportation from that point is included in this package.
- Shuttle from San Jose airport to Double Tree
- 1 night at Double Tree in San Jose
- Shuttle from Double Tree to San Jose Airport
- Roundtrip Airfare from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
- Shuttle from Puerto Jimenez Airport to Crocodile Bay Resort
All-Inclusive 5 Nights at Crocodile Bay
- All Meals at Crocodile Bay and wine at dinner (includes packed lunch if on outing)
- Gratuities (but, does not include gratuities for spa or your Day 6 excursions)
What Is NOT Included?
- Airfare from your home town to/from San Jose
- Excess/Overweight Baggage Fees
- Airline Change Fees
- Alcoholic Beverages (other than wine included with dinner)
- Spa or Activities on Day 6
Due to the nature of the workshop, we’re unable to accommodate cancellations. However, this workshop will sell out, and we do keep a wait list.
If you do need to cancel we will make every effort to fill your spot and get you a refund, but we can’t guarantee it. We recommend trip insurance whenever possible.
Your 7 Day
Day 1 (June 22, 2020)
- Depart your home – Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica
- A shuttle will meet you at the airport and transport you to a beautiful open / outdoor Double Tree where you will spend the night (along with a yummy breakfast).
- Breakfast at the Double Tree
- A shuttle will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport
- You will take a flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
- Shuttle will pick you up from Puerto Jimenez airport and take you to Crocodile Bay.
- Afternoon Photography 101 in the Rainforest and Photo-walk around the grounds. (We want you to be prepped for the days to come)
- Classroom time –Get to know your gear and what settings to use for different shoots
- Group dinner.
- Breakfast at the Resort
- Head out to photograph monkeys, birds and other wildlife.
- Beach lunch with Surfing photography opportunities.
- Post-Processing instruction back at the resort conference room
- Group Dinner
- Breakfast at the Resort
- Morning –River boat wildlife cruise. This is amazing! The wildlife is used to boat traffic along the river, so we’re able to get super close.
- Post-Processing – Instruction back at the resort conference room.
- Group Dinner
- Breakfast at the resort.
- Amphibian and Reptile Day: We’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of snakes and frogs that are all in the hands of experienced handlers. These are all released at the end of the day. Plus there’s lots of bird photography (hummingbirds too!) opportunities.
- Post-Processing – instruction back at the resort.
- Group Dinner
- The workshop is officially over, but your trip would not be complete without at least 1 day to play. You can book a guide for another day of photography, or if you’re photography’d-out, take a fishing charter, walk around on your own (my favorite thing to do there), get a spa treatment, or just relax by the pool.
Day 7 (June 28, 2020)
- Departure ( you’re not going to want to leave)
- Shuttle to Puerto Jimenez airport
- Flight from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose
This includes everything mentioned above in the “What’s Included” section below.
Cost (early bird): $5,895.00 USD per workshop attendee (before January 31st, 2021). Due upon registration.
After February 1st, 2021: $6575.00 USD
*** Additional non-workshop companion: $1399 (this is for spouse, friend, or family member to share a room with you. They are welcome to eat meals with us and join in classroom time. It INCLUDES room, meals, and transfer package, EXCLUDES excursions and gratuities for excursions.)
Our Chief Guide
Dennis Atencio Valverde (Instagram: Osa_photography)
I don’t know any other way to say this. Dennis a one-of-a-kind and we’re SO lucky to have him as our guide throughout the trip.
Dennis was born and raised nearby, and knows so much about the land, wildlife, daily patterns, and just about everything Costa Rica.
Even better… Dennis a GREAT photographer. So he not only knows how to get us to the wildlife, but he knows the best light, direction, and shooting locations for photographers as well.
PS: That’s Dennis to the left, with his night time setup getting ready to take everyone out to shoot frogs and other night critters.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the required "photography" skill level?
This is a really hard one to answer. I’ve had beginners come on the workshop and are amazed at how much they learn in 5 days. Just last year I had two seasoned photographers who were advanced tell me that I under-sold just how much you can learn, even if you’re advanced. You’ll need to be comfortable with your camera. We’ll cover many of the nuances of photographing wildlife while we’re in Costa Rica and I’ll always be around to help with settings if you need. However, you should know what shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are and how they work with each other to affect the exposure of a photo.
What kind of gear will I need?
You’ll need a camera of some sort. Any camera will do. The most important thing you’ll need is a long lens. I’d say 200mm is the minimum. 300mm is better. Something that reaches to 400mm is preferred, and anything longer will definitely help. I’d suggest considering renting a lens for the trip if you don’t have at least 400mm.
One wide angle lens for landscapes will be plenty, as we won’t be doing much landscape photography. And if you have a macro lens (or want to rent one), it’ll definitely come in handy if you want to do close up work. It’s not required though. Whenever we do close-ups, there will also be lots of wildlife opportunities as well.
All that said, after you sign up we’ll have online meetings before the trip and go over exactly what gear to bring and what you should leave home (hint: you’ll leave most of it at home with the exception of the 3 lenses I mentioned above).
How strenuous is this trip (will I need to hike or climb)?
You will need to get in and out of a passenger van unassisted.
This trip is not very intense when it comes to hiking and climbing. We will mostly be on flat ground and very little hiking is involved. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being difficult), I’d give this a 4. We will usually never stray more than 100 yards away from the vehicles (at most), so you won’t be walking a lot. However, some of the days are long, so keep that in mind. We often leave in the morning and don’t return until the mid-afternoon. Much of that time is in the van driving our standing out side of the van shooting. But if we see a lot of wildlife, we’ll often stop 10 or more times during an outing so that means getting in and out 10 times.
We will be walking on sand at times, there are ruts and holes in the road you’ll have to watch out for – but I wouldn’t say it’s dangerous – it’s just unpaved roads.
Finally and just as important… you will need to be able to get in and out of a van-styled vehicle (with a raised 24-inch step) easily, and without assistance.
What will we mostly be photographing?
This is a 90% a wildlife photography trip. It is not a landscape trip, although we’ll have a couple of opportunities to photography landscapes.
Can I bring a spouse, family member or friend?
Prices are quoted based on single-occupancy rooms. You can bring along some one else and the price is $1299. They will receive everything listed in the “What’s Included” section except for the photography trips and tours. However, they’re welcome to join in on our classroom time, eat meals with us, and walk around the grounds. And there’s more than enough excursions to keep them busy. This is a wonderful experience if you have some one to share it with and we’re constantly told by those that bring some one that they also have a wonderful time.
If I bring some one can they come on the photo excursions with us?
No. The photo excursions are very limited in space and will only accommodate the workshop attendees.
What is the classroom time about?
Once a day we’ll meet in the classroom to edit photos. Think of it more as “lab” time. Although, I’ll usually edit my photos up on the screen in the beginning to give you a head start and some ideas.
As for software needed. I personally use Lightroom and Photoshop, however if you have other software you’re free to bring it and I’m happy to help you with that as well.
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