Costa Rica Workshop

Costa Rica Workshop 2019

We are excited to announce our

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop for 2019

Sunday, October 20th to Sunday, October 27th

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is known to be one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. Although small in size, Costa Rica holds approximately 5% of the world's species in its backyard and nearly 30% of the region is protected natural territory, making it a wildlife photographer's picnic.

For us, Costa Rica is a place that speaks to the soul; a place that reminds us that everything is interconnected and we are called to respect and care for the earth. We have traveled to Costa Rica on many occasions and each time we are overwhelmed with the lush natural environment and the shear magnitude of wildlife species we encounter. While there are never any guarantees with wildlife, during our workshop there will be opportunities to photograph numerous species.

Our goal in this workshop is to help you create the images you want. We have purposefully limited registration to 8 people, so we can provide a high level of individual and group coaching. The workshop is designed to respond to the needs of the group. Throughout our week together, topics will include (but are not limited to) camera settings, maximizing your camera's capabilities, techniques for birds in flight, working in low/challenging light situations, using flash and multi-flash set ups to create natural looking photographs, as well as post-processing.

We invite you to join us in October 2019. More information below...

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SUSTAINABILITY

In addition to its biodiversity, Costa Rica is politically stable, safe and known to be a leader and pioneer in sustainability with a goal to be the world's first carbon neutral country by 2021. Just one more thing we love about Costa Rica! This commitment to sustainability inspired our accommodation choices for the workshop. Supporting local communities has been an important aspect of our lives and our business. For this reason, we have chosen smaller boutique owner-operated hotels/lodges that are committed to and actively involved in sustainability practices and projects.

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ITINERARY

On the day of arrival in San Jose, an evening pre-workshop meet and greet with a brief introduction of what lies ahead will be held at our hotel located just 15 minutes from the Santamaria International Airport (SJO).  Note: Airport shuttle to hotel will be arranged for your arrival on Sunday, October 20th.

After a buffet breakfast, we will set out for a 1.5 hour hour drive to spend the next 5 nights in our comfortable, rustic bungalows at a lodge near Carara National Park. The region of Carara National Park is said to be one of the best bird sighting places in Costa Rica. This area is home to more than 350 different species of birds (that's nearly 50% of all bird species in Costa Rica), including the magnificent scarlet macaw. With its proximity to the park and the Tarcoles River, many of these species can be photographed right on the grounds of the lodge. However, we won't be spending all of our time on the grounds. During our stay here, we will embark on three river boat safaris (weather permitting) on the Tarcoles River with photographic opportunities for a host of shore birds, water birds, and birds of prey, as well as crocodiles and other reptiles. Every day is a new day on the river, so just one river safari is not enough. We will also have the unique opportunity to observe and photograph bird and wildlife activity from the shore of the river.

After our 5th night at the lodge, we will have breakfast, a casual morning around the lodge, then load up and make our way back to our hotel near the airport for our last night and meal together. (Note: lunch is not included on this day). Airport shuttles will be arranged for the following day.
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A LITTLE ABOUT US

We are Kevin and Sheryl. We have been partners in life for over 30 years. Through those years, we have traveled to over 50 different countries. Our passion for photography, more specifically, photography with a purpose, began over 20 years ago while volunteering in Mali, West Africa and Bolivia, South America where we soon learned that the beautiful people we encountered needed to have their story told. For more than 10 years, we participated in sustainable community development and led teams of volunteers to these regions all while providing images and other creative media to share the story of the people in these communities. All that to say, when it comes to logistics, traveling with groups, and exploring new territory we have a bit of experience behind us.

In our workshops, we aim to give personalized instruction, to create a positive experience, and to provide you with photographic opportunities for those shots you can't wait to take home and share.

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THE DETAILS

A maximum of 8 participants will be accepted for this workshop; with a minimum of 4 people.

Cost:

The cost of this photo workshop is $2999 /person USD, including tax. 

Pricing is based on double occupancy, so we encourage you to bring someone you can share this Costa Rica experience with. Single supplement is available for an additional fee of $600 USD.

Payments and deposits can be made online by credit card through PayPal (Note: you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this option) or offline, usually by money order or by other means as arranged with Kevin & Sheryl Photography.

A confirmation receipt and registration package will be emailed to you once your registration form and deposit have been received.

Price includes:

  • All photo instruction
  • Local guides and drivers
  • Gratuities
  • Ground transportation during the workshop
  • Airport shuttle to and from hotel
  • Accommodation starting from the night of arrival, 7 nights based on double occupancy
  • All meals from the first morning of departure from hotel near the airport, unless otherwise indicated
  • Drinking water for the duration of the workshop

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Price does not include:

  • Airfare to and from San Jose
  • Any additional nights' accommodation outside of workshop, as indicated above
  • Meals and beverages on day of arrival
  • Laundry and other personal expenses
  • Beverages (water is included)
  • Any activities outside of the workshop
  • Visas, medical and cancellation insurance, passport fees, vaccinations, medication
  • Emergency services, hospitalization or evacuation costs
  • Any other expenses not listed in the “Price Includes” section above

Payment Terms:

A $1000 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on this workshop. The balance of the payment is due before August 1, 2019.

Physical activity requirements:

The level of physical activity during this workshop will be low. The majority of our photography will take place at the lodge and from the boat. Walking with gear will be minimal in the area surrounding the lodge.


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Suggested equipment requirements:

A complete list of suggested photography and other gear is included with the registration package. For your reference, a short list of suggested gear is provided here.

  • Digital SLR camera (or higher end mirrorless)
  • Long lens, minimum 300mm focal length
  • Medium length lens
  • Wide angle lens, if interested in landscapes
  • Tripod and monopod
  • One or two speedlights/flashes 
  • Trigger for flash, if you have one

How to register:

To reserve your spot in the workshop, click on the 'Enquire about this workshop' link below and send us a message. We will email you with workshop space availability and registration information. Note: to reserve your spot, you are required to agree to the workshop terms and conditions, complete the registration form, and submit the $1000 USD non-refundable deposit.

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CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY

If Kevin & Sheryl Photography cancel the workshop due to low registration or other unforeseen circumstances, participants will receive a full refund for monies paid to that date. Alternatively, participants may opt to have monies paid applied to another workshop with Kevin & Sheryl Photography.

If a participant cancels more than 60 days in advance, any monies paid above the $1000 USD deposit will be refunded.

If a participant cancels between 60 and 45 days in advance, 50% of any monies paid above the $1000 USD deposit will be refunded.

If a participant cancels less than 45 days in advance, no refunds will be applied.

Note:  The Cancellation and Refund Policy applies to workshop fees paid to Kevin & Sheryl Photography only. Additional costs incurred for airline tickets or other services outside of the workshop fee are not covered in this policy and may be subject to other penalties/policies set out by the provider. To protect yourself, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Additionally, no refunds will be issued in the case of weather delays or cancellation because of weather. Kevin & Sheryl Photography is not responsible for additional expenses that may be a result of weather delays or cancellations.



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OTHER NOTES

We highly recommend participants purchase both cancellation and medical travel insurance. Kevin & Sheryl Photography require a copy of your travel insurance prior to departure for San Jose.

All prices are quoted in USD.

We will try our best to stick to the itinerary outlined; however, unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, disasters, unsafe travel conditions, or other unexpected circumstances may require deviations to the schedule

Many factors can influence wildlife patterns. Given its unpredictability, there are no guarantees in the overall abundance, variety, or appearance of specific species.

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