Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshops
April 12th - 20th
April 21st - 29th
May 3rd -11th
May 12th - 20th
May 21st - 29th
New Dates Added...
June 3rd -11th
(1 Space Available )
June 12th - 20th
(4 Spaces Available)
June 21st - 29th
(3 Spaces Available)
More dates may be added...
Intro Video Below...
About the Workshop
Explore Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula known for being the most biologically diverse place on earth, improve your wildlife photography skills, get some once in a lifetime shots and have fun whilst doing it.
The workshops are open to all experience levels. The main objective is to make sure you come away with some incredible photos and have squeezed every bit of performance out of your camera.
Some of the things we will cover is exposure modes, exposure compensation, back button focus, predicting animal patterns, back lit subjects, positioning, composition, auto focus settings, macro photography and more.
Plus with our nightly editing lessons you will learn how to take your shots from a great holiday snap to a professional looking photograph.
Each workshop has a maximum of 3-4 people. This is to make sure everyone has the opportunity to receive 1 on 1 tuition but also the time and space to get their perfect shot.
(It is possible for more participants for a private group booking)
We will be staying in a four bedroom house surrounded by wildlife in the small town of Puerto Jimenez. There is a house tour at the bottom of the page you can view for a better idea of the accommodation.
There are 3 rooms available, 2 standard doubles and a king suite. The double rooms are single occupancy and the king suite can either be single occupancy or booked by 2 people (sharing bed)
About Your Guide
Award winning photographer Charlie Page will be your workshop leader and photography guide for Costa Rica. You can find out more about Charlie here.
You will also have a variety of knowledgeable, local nature guides that work together with Charlie to create an incredible wildlife photography experience.
Some of the animals you can expect to see include...
Three toed sloths
Two toed sloths
Red eyed tree frogs
Poison dart frogs
Humming birds and much more...
Arrival San Jose
This will be the day you arrive in Costa Rica. After arriving in the capital (San Jose ) you will check into a comfortable air conditioned room in a near by hotel.
You will be sent all the details of the hotel once you pay your deposit and the room is booked.
The other people on the trip will also be staying in the same hotel so you can meet up for something to eat in the evening before getting a restful night ready for pick up in the morning.
Travel to Puerto Jimenez, Intro, Photo Walk
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning in a private, air conditioned car and head down to Puerto Jimenez.
The journey takes around 6 hours so enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax. When you arrive at the house I will show you to your rooms and we will have some lunch.
After we eat we will have a quick intro before heading out for our first photography walk. We will explore the property and hopefully get the first wildlife photos of the trip before returning to have some dinner.
We will then go over some photo techniques and discuss the plan of action for the rest of the week before heading to bed ready for an early start.
Wildlife Photography Safari
As for most of the days we will have an early start, breakfast will be ready at 5:30am and we will aim to leave around 6am. We will then head out with our driver and guide to visit various reliable spots for wildlife. It is likely we will see monkeys, lizards, crocodiles, macaws, toucans and more on this day.
After our morning photography session we will return home for some lunch before having the opportunity to spend the rest of the afternoon shooting around the grounds of our house.
Usually monkeys or some sort of wildlife will pass by our photography deck at this time so it’s a great place to chill out and wait for the animals to come to us.
Most days we will have this afternoon time, you can of course go off and explore for yourself if you like (there is beach a 5 minute walk away) it is your free time so you can spend it as you wish.
Macro & Hummingbirds
On this day we will again have our breakfast around 5:30am. We will then head to off spend the early hours photographing hummingbirds as this when they are most active
Around mid morning we will start our macro workshop. Here you will learn all about the technical side of macro photography and have the opportunity to photograph some of the most amazing reptiles and amphibians Costa Rica has to offer.
We will spend a few hours here before heading back to the house for some lunch, after this we will have our free time and evening meal. Finally we will finish the day with reviewing our macro shots and doing some editing.
On this day we will have breakfast a little earlier (5:00am) as we will be being picked up at 5:30m to go to our river cruise.
The drive is just under 2 hours up to Sierpe, we will then have our river cruise where we will see a a variety of incredible wildlife lining the banks. The diversity of species you can see on a river cruise is just breathtaking.
In my opinion it is one of the best ways to see wildlife in Costa Rica and i'm certain you will love it.
We will then return back to the house for a slightly later lunch, before our free time, editing session and dinner.
Free Day/Optional Excursions
This is your free day where you can take part in some extra activities or tours. A popular choice is to visit the world famous Corcovado National Park however, you can also use this time to go dolphin watching (my personal recommendation), fishing or just relax on the beach.
Alternatively you can chill out at the house and photograph whatever animals decide to come and visit that day. It is completely up to you how you spend your free day.
(Extra activities are not included in the workshop price)
Wildlife Photography Safari
We will have another early start with breakfast being served at 5:30am before heading out with our driver and guide in search of more wildlife. This will be the day where we will try and tick off any remaining species you may not have photographed yet.
We will visit an area called Matapalo which is known for being a great place to photograph all four species of monkeys, toucans and much more as well as having some stunning beaches.
We will then come back for lunch before our free time and editing session.
This is our last full day of photography and if sloths are on your photography bucket list this is the day for you. We will leave slightly later on this day so you can either have a lay in or wake up and get some photos of the wildlife that visits the house before we head off.
The sloth garden is a trail that has an excellent success rate in spotting sloths so hopefully we will get some great shots of these incredible creatures.
After the photography walk we will have some lunch at the garden before returning home. We will then enjoy some free time before having dinner and doing some editing.
Morning Photography & Departure
This is unfortunately the last day of the workshop. This doesn't mean there isn't time to get some last photos in though.
We will spend the morning at the house photographing whatever wildlife decides to come and say goodbye before pick up at 11am.
You will then have a comfortable car journey back to the capital or wherever you would like to be dropped off in Costa Rica.
- Entrance Fees
- Photography & Editing Tuition
- In land transport
- 3 meals a day
(Cooked at the house)
What's Not Included?
- Tours Taken on Free Day
We will have our own 4 bedroom house situated in 4 acres of rainforest. There are few other properties on this land all owned by the same family. There are some public areas where you can meet other travellers staying in the nearby properties if you wish. Don't worry though theres also more than enough space to enjoy the beautiful surroundings by yourself and photograph the visiting wildlife.
There are 3 rooms available, 2 standard double rooms that will share a bathroom and a king room with en-suite. (first come first pick) all rooms are clean, air conditioned and comfortable. There is also WiFi available through out the house.