Everglades 4 Day Photo Adventure

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$849 early registration price through December 31, 2018
$949 regular price
Per person; double occupancy
Single occupancy $145 extra, based on availability.

The Everglades, called Pa-hay-okee, the grassy water, by the Seminoles, is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. At its heart is a slow moving freshwater river, 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Its 1.5 million acres contains a wide variety of plants and animals, many threatened or endangered. Sweeping vistas of the river of grass, lakes, mangrove forests, dense, jungle like, hardwood hammocks, and subtropical pine forests are yours to capture. Wildlife is everywhere. Birds, the Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities.

You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a 4 day photography workshop. Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images. Experienced workshop leader and mentor Joe Fitzpatrick will guide you to his favorite locations at the time of day when the light is right.

At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges. With his guidance you will learn to control the complex features of your camera. Joe’s easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be. This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention.

The field workshop will offer you the opportunity to photograph breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of wildlife under a variety of lighting conditions. Your photographic exploration begins with an introductory gathering at the hotel at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday.

Price includes three nights lodging, double occupancy, at the Quality Inn Homestead - Florida City, FL and all admission fees.

Price listed is per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy $145 extra, based on availability.

50% retainer, final payment due 30 days before.

Everglades Photo Adventure – Stuff You Want to Know

Where will we be staying?

Our base of operations will be the Quality Inn Florida City - Homestead
333 S.E. 1st Ave., US Hwy. #1, Florida City, FL, US, 33034, +1 (786)[masked] on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel is minutes from the main entrance to Everglades National Park. Our first day begins with a get acquainted meeting on Thursday at 4:00 PM at the hotel. The gathering will be followed by a presentation on successful bird photography techniques.

How will we get around?

You will be expected to provide your own transportation to the hotel. From there we will travel in the Understand Photography Minivan.

What will we be photographing?

This Photo Adventure encompasses landscape and wildlife subjects. Everglades National Park comprises over 2300 square miles of unique wilderness, the river of grass, and is home to countless species of wildlife.

What skill level is required?

This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. Our proven 5 to 1 photographer/mentor ratio allows every adventurer from beginner to advanced to proceed at their own pace. We strongly suggest that you take our beginning DSLR course if you are not familiar with the basics of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

What will I learn during the Photo Adventure?

At every step of your Photo Adventure Joe will be at your side, sharing his techniques. Our ratio of a maximum of 5 photographers per leader assures that you will receive personal attention and allow you to learn at your own pace. We will cover:

• Which of your camera’s exposure modes is preferred for each shooting condition.

• Which metering mode works best for each subject.

• Using the histogram to improve your exposures.

• How to take advantage of your camera’s various auto focus modes.

• Composition.

• Filters.

• Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge.

What equipment should I bring?

This Photo Adventure encompasses a wide range of subject matter from very large, the sweep of the river of grass, to very small, a dragonfly alighting on a flower. We suggest:

• DSLR camera or advanced compact (bridge camera).

• Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 500mm or longer.

• For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 300mm or longer.

• A lens with close focusing ability so you can fill your frame with a flower or butterfly is useful.

• A circular polarizer if you own one.

• Tripod

• Remote shutter release. Useful, but your camera's timer will suffice in a pinch.

• Memory cards, bring them all!

• Batteries, you will need spares. Chargers for everything.

• Laptop if you have one.

NOTE! Our National Park Service Permit prohibits the use of flash photography.

Include your phone number and email when registering. We need a minimum of three attendees to make this happen so please register early. Please do not make plane reservations until we give you the go ahead.

We highly recommend travel insurance. There are no refunds within 30 days of the event.