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One Day Mini Workshop - December 2, 2018- Space Available

Taking Control
Of Your Camera!

This is a one day version of our
Taking Control Classroom Workshop
by Nature Photography Adventures
Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Overview of Workflow

How do we manage our images? How do we merge our field strategy with our digital darkroom strategy?

This is an interactive workshop. You’ll need your laptops, cameras and manuals. Expect to work on camera settings and to engage in exposure building exercises.

Date: December 2, 2018
Price: $500 - Free to participants in our Northern Costa Rica Photography Adventure (you need to buy an additional room night and meals)
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Liberia, Costa Rica

Price: $500
Free to participants of associated field photography adventure

Today’s photographic equipment is better than any in the history of photography. It is loaded with bells and whistles that promise to do it for you. While those innovations can get you a “workable” image in most situations – they often make it more difficult to get the image you are trying to achieve.

This workshop will teach you how to use a mix of the great new features of today’s photography gear plus manual control to achieve, in the field, the images that convey your design intentions and set you up for an easy path through your digital darkroom.

We will help you build the fundamental understanding of how each move impacts the image you are about to create – and how various camera tools interact with each other. We make it simple – and in the end you are in control because you understand what you want to do, what tool to use, and how to adjust other settings to compensate for each move. You create better images – and get away from relying on the camera manufacturers’ magic!


Then, we'll put an image on the screen and work it, the way we normally would. Whether you prefer Photoshop or Lightroom, we'll show you an easy path through the process. You'll see how our workflow fits with our field techniques to make it all easy!

The beautiful thing about these one day "mini" Taking Control Workshops is that you can take them the day before an adventure starts. You learn new things - then have the entire field adventure to practice and get the routine down. Remember, if you are signed up for the adventure, you only need to cover your extra night's lodging and a day's meals.

Or, if you prefer, these one day "mini" Taking Control Workshops are in a great place for you to launch a solo adventure.


Setting up your camera(s) to take control (bring your cameras and your manuals)
Stops – the language of photography
Understanding the implications of ISO changes
Exposure modes – how they work, what they give, what they take away
Shoot, review, refine, repeat – the process of building exposures while refining your image
Histograms – Understanding them, using them, ignoring them.
Metering – how to use it and when to ignore it
Your composition – what are the drivers? How do they tell you what to do in exposure?

We'll test drive some images through our digital workflow - show you how we do it and respond to questions as we go!

We will provide ample handouts and worksheets – you’ll be able to repeat these steps with new cameras or to refresh your skills before a major outing.

1 day of classroom workshop
Powerpoint presentations
Handouts and worksheets

Not Included:
Lodging and meals
Transportation to and from workshop site

Cameras, Laptop, Photo editing software,
Camera manuals (electronic version is fine)

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures



11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Contact Us! May 1-9
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Full June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
2 Spaces
Nov 7-16


Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Space Available
Dec 2-12


Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... We offer the best itinerary, the best oversnow vehicles, and a balance between wildlife, landscapes, thermal features, waterfalls, and macro photography! Join us!
Space Available
Jan 13-19
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Space Available
Mar 14-23
We are off to Rioja and Ribera del Duero in Spain in search of castles, Roman aquaducts, cathedrals, and great wines. We'll venture into centuries old underground wine caves, visit modern wineries, walk among the vines, eat gourmet meals, and taste excellent wines - photographing as we go.
Private Adventure
Apr 1-11

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7

Abacela Winery's Argentina Salta Highlands Wine and Photography Adventure

We're headed to Northern Argentina to explore some of the highest altitude/lowest latitude wineries on the planet - along with dramatic geological formations, archaeological sites, and Argentina's Altiplano areas!
Private Adventure
Nov 9-18


Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available
Feb 15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr 12-25