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Dart Frog Photography!

                                                      Amazing Frogs!

Amazing opportunity! We will spend an entire day photographing up to 50 species of South American Dart and Red-Eye Tree Frogs. Here in Tennessee! We will be provided special access where the public is not allowed.

The Tennessee-bred frogs originate from many countries including Brazil, French Guiana, Panama, Surinam and Costa Rico. Many are now endangered and rare in their native habitat but thriving here. 

We will photograph exotic species such as Tinctorius, Auratus, Leucomelas, or Vittatus. In a kaleidoscope of colors, we will hear descriptive names like Blue Ipaliwini, Cobalt, Powder Grey, Yellowbacks, Citronella, Super Blue, Green/Bronze, Microspot, El Cope, or Giant Orange.

Are Dart Frogs dangerous? Not these, because they are not eating plants or insects from their native jungles. The Tennessee-bred frogs are completely safe to handle. 

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is not a Dart frog. The soft, green frogs with large red eyes are truly captivating and make endearing subjects.

 We will depart from the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee. Transportation is included as we all travel together for 2 hours by van to the location. Shooting is indoors (air-conditioned) only a few feet from thousands of frogs, tadpoles and eggs. The included lunch and refreshments will be enjoyed on location to maximize our shooting time. 

Photography will take place in controlled lighting with attractive backgrounds and colorful tropical plants. The breeder is providing 2 "Frog-Wranglers". The Wranglers will be with us all day, catching and posing frogs. 

Equipment is easy. This is close-up photography. Macro lens are great but any lens which can close focus will do the job. Flash is needed to allow good depth-of-field and a reasonably fast shutter speed for hand-held shooting.  A tripod is not desirable.

For your option and convenience, 2 DSLR cameras with macro lenses and ring flashes will be available for use. I shot the photo above using a 50mm macro with a ring flash. The ring flash was rented from (they are located in Brentwood but will ship to your home).

Bring extra camera cards. You can quickly shoot hundreds of photos!

 We will take a break to discuss editing. Tools and techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop will be demonstrated to help you get the "perfect" frog pic.

Imagine the cost of traveling to Central and South America to photograph such a variety of frogs. This is a rare chance to get an entire collection of gallery photos in a single day!

The tuition for this photography trip is $150.00. This includes transportation, exclusive access, a full day of shooting, 2 Frog-Wranglers, lunch, refreshments, tropical plants and backgrounds, 2 DSLR cameras/flash, and a mini-workshop using Lightroom/Photoshop.

Limit---6 photographers. 

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  • Doris E. L.

    This was amazing. I met some really terrific people and was able to photograph beautiful Dart frogs. I would love to shoot these again.

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Doug J.

    Thank you, Teal, for uploading 86 photos. Fantastic images!

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Cindy

    Thanks, Doug, for organizing such a wonderful experience - and for your patience. Had a great time with the group ... and the frogs!

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Doug J.

    What a great Meet Group!

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Martha K.

    The frogs were so amazing and the family that handles the frogs are so kind and patient!!!

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Teal

    I'm so looking forward to this excursion!

    One question. Is it okay for me to follow in my own car? Still paying the same amount, of course. :)

    August 21, 2014

  • Doris E. L.

    This would be my first event with the group. I truly hope to be allowed to go.

    August 15, 2014

  • A B.

    Will definitely try to make it.

    August 14, 2014

  • Monique

    Hi Doug, is it not at all possible to increase the group size? I would LOVE to go .. as i'm sure the others on the wait list.. [fingers crossed :) ]

    August 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may try and make it

    August 13, 2014

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