Views of Nature Photography
Online Programs and Courses
Images of Nature - Instruction - Workshops
Online programs and Classes
With the outbreak of the infectious disease (COVID-19), we have added a virtual class and program capability. Even after this crisis is over, we feel that our clients will have developed a level of comfort with online classes and programs and we want to support that medium. Our online presentations use the latest in virtual meeting technology so as to protect participants from nefarious intrusions and security issues to the degree possible.
Just about all of our classes and travel programs have been modified for online presentation. We can accommodate up to one hundred viewers and we support both verbal and written questions and comments. If you don't see the offering here, and if it's in our regular course catalog, we can create it for your group.
Our offerings include:
One hour or less instructional programs:
Zoo, Aquarium and Aviary Photography: This program will provide insight into the techniques to deal with backgrounds, barriers and other distractions found in zoos, aquariums, aviaries and animal sanctuaries, and still come away with great images.
Bird Photography for Beginners to Intermediate Photographers: Birds are one of the most abundant yet challenging photographic subjects. This course will provide students with the tools and strategies to bring home great images.
Flower Photography: Starting in Spring and going all the way to Fall, flowers continue to present great photo opportunities. In this short course we’ll look the craft of flower photography and explore the artistic use light and creative composition for making images of these gifts of nature.
Travel Photography: The program starts with planning, discusses recommended equipment, and then uses examples of first world, third world, tour-based and domestic travel destinations to show how to get images you'll be proud to show. We will also spend a bit of time discussing how to present your travel images to your family and friends.
Photographing Colorado’s Mountain Towns: We have expanded our travel program on Colorado's Mountain Towns to provide our audience with a vision of these towns from the photographer's viewpoint. They are all full of photo opportunities. As with our travel program, this presentation takes the audience to over a dozen towns and explores their history, current status, a glimpse into their future and of course, looks at the opportunities for great photographs. We also discuss the ins and outs of travel to these towns and provide some recommended camera gear for the journey.
Airshow Photography: We have recently revised and upgraded one-hour short course on photographing airshows. Our main areas of expertise are nature and travel, but we have always had a passion for aircraft and flight photography. We have presented to many audiences a course we call Airshow Photography 101, A Photographer’s Survival Guide to Airshows. Our program takes attendees through the logistics of locating and planning to attend airshows, the typical sequence of events, and how to get the most out of the day. We of course, provide a lot of hints on camera equipment and techniques to get those great shots.
One hour or less travel programs with the photographer in mind:
The Upper Amazon: The upper reaches of the Amazon River System are home to incredible numbers of birds, mammals, reptiles, and other critters. Add to this the thousands of plant species and communities of indigenous people and you come up with a photographer's dream. Our program will take audiences to this ecosystem and will explore the rivers, rainforest, and villages with images and stories of our trip. We'll be sure to include hints, cautions and planning ideas for your own trip.
Antarctica and Environs: In this one-hour presentation we will not only take the audience on this incredible journey, but we’ll provide educational information on the history, fauna and geology of this wonderous place.
Atlantic Canada: Our presentation features a tour of the cities, countryside and more remote sections of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We will explore the scenic beauty, some of the special events and look at the history of this far eastern part of our northern neighbor.
The Galapagos Archipelago: Our program tours the islands, with superb images of the animals and plant life, we also give our audience a view of the present human population centers as well as an introduction to the geology and the human history of the archipelago.
Belize, the Sea, and the Rainforest: We start out on South Water Cay, a small, quiet part of the Belize Barrier Reef (second largest in the world, only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger). We then move back to the mainland to visit historic Dangriga, then on to the rainforest to a modern Mennonite settlement, local villages, and ancient Mayan sites. We also explore the wide varieties flora and fauna in this tropical land.
Colorado’s Eastern Plains: Our program will provide the audience with images and stories about many of the small towns, picturesque canyons and the human history of this vast area.
The Greek Isles: We present both images and information about the history and culture of the islands as well as a look at modern life on the jewels of the Aegean Sea.
New England in Fall: Our tour will show the fall color, the historic structures, the quaint villages and the overall flavor of New England in the fall.
Southern New Mexico: Travel with us from El Paso (where we will stop by the local zoo) up into New Mexico to visit a variety of places. We will explore Hueco Tanks Texas State Park with its Native American rock art and Guadalupe National Park, a Park that is almost all trails. We will venture into New Mexico to visit two very well-known sites, Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Monument. In addition, while in Alamogordo to visit White Sands, we will go to a small zoo and visit a great museum dedicated to America’s space program. This presentation will give ideas on exploring an area of the southwest you may not have put on your must-see list.
Sacred Valley of the Incas/Machu Picchu: Our presentation will take the audience on a tour of several of the Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, culminating with Machu Picchu. We’ll also look at both the pre-Inca cultures and the present-day Peruvian towns and villages in the Sacred Valley. The Inca Empire is gone but the Inca people are alive and well!
The San Luis Valley: We will explore the history, the available activities, the wildlife, and the modern life of the Valley. Our many trips to this region allow us to pass on tips and ideas on how the traveler can enjoy the area.
Monuments of the Four Corners Region: Our adventure starts at Mesa Verde then going west and south to Canyon de Chelly, up to Monument Valley and back to Hovenweep and Canyon of the Ancients. We will look at the human impacts and the geologic features of this vast area of land. As we explore the people, we will look at the ancient and modern societies.
Tasmania: Our presentation will take the audience on a tour of cities, countryside, and remote sections of this island state. We will explore the scenic beauty, some of the special events and look at the lives of the people in this unique part of Australia.
Winter in Japan: Photographic and travel opportunities in Japan in the winter are really great. This program starts on the northern island of Hokkaido as we look at the endangered red-crowned crane (the Eurasian relative of our trumpeter swan), the whooper swan and the indigenous Ainu people. We complete our visit to Hokkaido with time in the bustling city of Sapporo to experience the snow and ice festival as well as the local fish market and brewery. After that we travel down to the main island of Honshu and spend time with Japanese Macaques, known better as snow monkeys. While traveling between wildlife sites, we took advantage of and present to our audience, some of the culture and everyday life in this fascinating country.
Our two-three hour in depth instructional programs:
Basic Nature Photography: This course is designed for the amateur photographer who wants to learn to get the best images possible with their current camera. We assume our students are using point and shoot cameras or entry level digital SLR cameras. The primary intent of this class is to provide an understanding of the creative controls on your camera, basic composition and where to go to get wildlife and scenic images.
Macro Photography: Close-up or macro photography is a special activity that requires both technical understanding of the process as well as a good eye for composition. This is an in-depth class that is tailored to your group.
Wildflower Photography: Participants will learn to use the creative controls on a camera to capture beautiful images of flowers from panoramic views to close up details. Delve into the software tools for focus stacking (allowing nearly unlimited depth of field) and discover the amazing world of wildflower photography.
Bird Photography. Birds are one of the most abundant yet challenging photographic subjects. This course is an extended version of our shorter beginner class. It will provide students with some of the more advanced tools and strategies to bring home great images.
Flower Photography: Starting in Spring and going all the way to Fall, flowers continue to present great photo opportunities. In this course we’ll look the in depth at the craft of flower photography and explore the artistic use light and creative composition for making images of these gifts of nature.