PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS AND TOURS


Shetzer’s photography specializes in one-of-a-kind wildlife photography workshops in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. Our professional expertise and small-group philosophy allows us to cater to each individual’s photography goals while capturing stunning images of spectacular animals in their natural habitat. Please contact us if you would like to discuss an upcoming photography workshop.


HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

photo tours | Brown Violetear Hummingbird

OVERVIEW

Hummingbirds Photo Workshop

Dates: May 24-31, 2014 (SOLD OUT)

May 9-16, 2015 (Space Available)

May 17-24, 2015 (Space Available)

Locations: Best Hummingbird lodges in Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador

Fee: $3,750 USD PP

Deposit: $500

Limit: 6 photographers. 2 photographers per light setup

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the vibrant rainforests of Ecuador with us during our 8-day hummingbird photography workshop and learn specialized techniques to create stunning images of hummingbirds as they feast on native flowers.
Over the course of the hummingbird photography workshop, we will journey over mountain passes and across the equator into lush rainforests to three different bird lodges. Each destination we stop at is home to unique species of hummingbirds and a diversity of flowers, giving you the opportunity to create your own exclusive portfolio of exotic hummingbird images.

Have you always wanted to know how to photograph hummingbirds? We have perfected our hummingbird photography workshop setup by using a series of seven to eight flashes synchronized by wireless radio transmitters. The multi-flash technique creates a strobe effect and freezes hummingbird wings (which can beat up to 80 times per second) in their tracks.

Guests who attend the hummingbird photography workshop will capture superb images of dozens of colorful hummingbird species feeding on beautiful native flowers.
Hummingbird photography workshop participants who arrive in Quito early can also enjoy adventure attractions such as rafting, mountain biking, swimming in waterfalls, climbing snow-capped volcanoes and cruising around the Galapagos Islands. There are also opportunities to see Quito’s modern side before or after the hummingbird photography workshop, by taking scenic tours, shopping at South America’s largest market and enjoying cultural fare.

Why do we go to Ecuador? It has the best photography opportunities with the most diverse species of hummingbirds of any country in the world.

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GRIZZLY BEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

bear photo tours

OVERVIEW

Grizzly Bear Photo Workshop

Dates: July 12-18, 2014 (SOLD OUT)

Dates: July 11-17, 2015 (Limited Space)

Dates: July 16-22, 2015 (Space available)

Locations: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska

Fee: $4,995 USD PP

Deposit: $1,000

Limit: 8 photographers

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Optional Excursion: Puffins & Seabirds on Bird Island $150

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Shetzer for a trip of a lifetime on our grizzly bear photography workshop in the pristine environment of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
During the grizzly bear photography workshop, you will capture stunning images of grizzly bears in their natural habitat and perfect your wildlife photography skills while enjoying the picturesque setting of the Alaskan wilderness. Guests on the grizzly bear photography workshop will be immersed in the region’s spectacular scenic beauty, photographing coastal brown bears while enjoying home-cooked meals and staying in an exclusive and strategically-located lodge, where bears can often be seen just outside the deck.

Shetzer’s grizzly bear photography workshop specializes in one-on-one instruction for photographers of all levels in a small group setting, to ensure maximum field time while catering to each person’s skills and interests. Grizzly bear photography workshop leaders are assisted by a Lake Clark bear guide who knows the animal’s behavior and habitat and will take you to the prime destinations to capture magnificent images of grizzly bears.

Lake Clark National Park is a photographer’s paradise. The wildlife preserve is the best destination to capture photos of grizzly bears because these bears have never been hunted. They aren’t threatened by human presence and are not aggressive. This gives photographers on the grizzly bear photo workshop the rare opportunity to closely observe bears in their natural habitat.

Shetzer’s grizzly bear photography workshop maintains a focus on small groups, allowing photographers to move around easily and efficiently to get the best shots possible – capturing the best light, backgrounds and compositions throughout your wildlife safari – while maintaining respect for the animals. By doing that, we end up with really natural shots. On a recent grizzly bear photography workshop, we had a sow and her twin cubs walk within 6 feet of us without any signs of stress. She was very aware that we were there but just walked right by us. It was an incredible experience our guests will never forget.

Grizzly Bear Photography workshops

Grizzly Bear cubs play and entertain the group as they practice their fighting skills for later in life.

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BALD EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Photo Workshop - American Bald Eagle with Mountains

OVERVIEW

Bald Eagle Photo Workshop

Dates: November 3-9, 2014 (SOLD OUT)

Dates: November 2-8, 2015 (Space Available)

Locations: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Alaska and Haines, Alaska

Fee: $2,950 USD PP. Single supplement of $500

Deposit: $500

Limit: 6 photographers\ 3 photographers per guide.

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Join us in capturing the majesty of America’s national bird at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve during the largest bald eagle migration in the world. Our bald eagle photography workshop is centered on the more than 3,500 bald eagles in southeast Alaska that congregate from far and wide to feast upon salmon during the last major run of the season.
Every bit of the 48,000 acre Chilkat Preserve is inhabited by the American Bald Eagle at some point during the year. But a unique natural phenomenon attracts a breathtaking amount of birds to the picturesque landscape near Haines, Alaska in the early winter months. The convergence of three rivers creates a warm upwelling that prevents the water from freezing – making an easy meal for one of America’s largest birds of prey.

Shetzer’s bald eagle photography tour will assist photographers in capturing crystal clear pictures of eagles along the scenic stretch of the Chilkat preserve. Here, illustrious birds with 7-foot wingspans perch on branches waiting to dine on 10-pound chum salmon from the Chilkat River. Unlike other bald eagle photography workshops offered in Alaska, you will have the opportunity to view bald eagle’s natural behavior. There’s no need to bait or use captive birds during the workshop. Just natural and wild photos await.

Matt has led nine bald eagle photography workshops in this area in the past three years, and spends the entire month of November scouting the best locations for getting one-of-a-kind images of bald eagles in their natural habitat. He will guide you to the best locations for photographing eagles with the best light and will provide detailed instruction on how to capture your perfect shot.

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