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Arizona Hummingbird & Night Photography: Madera Canyon

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Santa Rita Lodge

1218 South Madera Canyon Road

Madera Canyon, AZ 85614

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4-Day all-inclusive workshop: $1595

Includes: Meals, shared lodging (2 beds / 2 per room), instruction & photography setups. Single room supplement may be available in limited quantities--inquire. Single supplement cost averages around $165/night and is based on availability.

$500 deposit holds your seat.

Join Lisa Langell (http://www.langellphotography.com) and Kim Gray (Phoenix, AZ) in beautiful Madera Canyon, located in southern Arizona, for a Hummingbird & Night Sky Photography Extravaganza!

Arizona Hummingbird Photography Workshop

An incredible photography experience

This photo experience will teach you how to use multiple flashes to photograph hummingbirds with incredible color and detail. We provide each photographer with their own dedicated flash setups, abundant instruction, and plenty of time to photograph the birds. Bring your camera, tripod and a lens--and start taking amazing pictures! We'll show you how!

You will be a part of a small group (8) participants and two instructors as you sit amidst myriad hummingbirds that are concentrated in this renown area as they travel northward through Madera Canyon, an internationally known flyway for migrating hummingbirds.

This workshop is based right at the rim of the canyon where we may see and photograph:

  • Broad-Billed Hummingbirds
  • Black-Chinned Hummingbirds
  • Magnificant Hummingbirds
  • Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds
  • Rufous Hummingbirds
  • Much more

These birds often visit our specially placed feeders and the trees nearby. There is also an abundance of other species in the area, offering you plenty of photographic opportunities for birds. Additionally, wildlife frequents the canyon--including mule deer, reptiles, butterflies, coatimundi, javelina, and even the elusive ringtail--which could all add to your photographic diversity during this workshop.

Over the 4-day workshop, you will be taught the various techniques, settings, and gear needed to successfully photograph hummingbirds using a multi-flash setup. To effectively photograph the gorget and irridescent feathers of a hummingbird, it requires skill, artful location of flashes, precise settings, and specialized gear. Again, we'll provide all of the flash setups you'll need, along with abundant instruction and support so that you may create oustanding images of a variety of hummingbird species.

You will be able to photograph the birds right from the luxury of the yards and patios of our specially reserved cabins. We have activities and an abundance of various setups available in strategic locations to ensure everyone has plenty of instruction and shooting time throughout each day.

Here is a sample of what other participants have photographed during our workshops:


And then? There's Astrophotography!

When the sun sets, you're welcome to relax in the cabins, but if you're interested, join your leaders for an evening of night shooting! Have you ever wanted to photograph the stars and night sky? Or have fun with light painting? We will take you out (weather permitting) and each you how to do so during the evening hours. Near the top of the mountain nearby (driveable), there is ample darkness and stunning stars. Shoot from the parking lot and enjoy the clean mountain air and gorgeous stars!

Night Sky and Stars

(Above: Night sky and Milky Way atop the mountain near the cabins in Madera Canyon)

We will teach you how to:

  • Set up a multi-flash setup for hummingbird photography
  • Set your cameras and flashes on the proper exposure settings for maximum success
  • Photograph hummingbirds in the best positions, using a series of techniques, for optimal images
  • Post-processing techniques including basic light, contrast and composition, plus compositing and layers. Lightroom and Photoshop will be covered.
  • Photograph wildlife and nature in natural light (where possible and based on interest)
  • Night / astro-photography and light painting (Weather permitting)
  • We will teach you how to use time exposures and proper settings to photograph the night sky and Milky Way, which makes its appearance each evening, beautifully, during Augist in Arizona.

Optional Extension: Bat, Reptile & Bird Photography -- an Evening of Photographic Adventure:
Want to enhance your adventure? We have a special location about 45 minutes from the lodge where you will get a treat! A local expert will provide incredible opportunities and under controlled settings that draw in wildlife, we'll coax out Arizona's bats, birds and reptiles! You'll photograph up to 6 types of bats using special laser triggers (we provide the setups), plus a variety of birds, mammals, and special setups for Arizona's reptiles so that you can photograph them safely and beautifully! This night is an incredibly special treat and is not to be missed! $239/person for approximately 8 hours of incredible photography.

FAQs:

  • I'm a beginner -- is this too advanced for me? If you have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a hot shoe (the mount on the top of your camera for a detachable flash), a lens that zooms to about 200mm (more is fine), a remote trigger (about $20), and a tripod, we can help you with the rest! We provide the flashes and setups for you and the instruction you need.
  • Is there a lot of walking or climbing? No. This is a low-impact workshop. We will be shooting right from the luxury of the lodge, situation right on the canyon. You may optionally take hikes nearby through the lovely forests adjacent to the cabin. Please inquire with lisa@langellphotography.com if you have questions about your physical needs relevant to this workshop.
  • May I have a private room? Currently we are set up for shared lodging -- two people per cabin (same gender, unless you are traveling with a friend, then we will pair you together.) A single supplement may be available on a very limited basis. Inquire with lisa@langellphotography.com for details. Single supplements, if available, run approximately $480.
  • What's the altitude of the cabins? Approximately 5500' altitude.
  • What's the weather? Temps during the day at Madera Canyon in April are usually in the low to mid 70's. At night they can dip to the low 30's to upper 40's. Chances of rain are typically low in April.
  • May I bring a friend who does not want to participate in the workshop? Please inquire with Lisa@langellphotography.com for details.
  • What camera do I need? We require either a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a hot shoe. Because of their limitations, we cannot accommodate bridge or point-and-shoot / compact cameras at this time.
  • What's the culture of this workshop? We provide abundant upbeat, supportive, and caring instruction. Kim and I care dearly for our clients and want you to have a fun, helpful, and successful experience.
  • Have more questions? Contact Lisa Langell at lisa@langellphotography.com or 602-345-0883

What's included:

  • 4 days / 3-nights lodging (April 26-29, 2018)
  • All Meals (We prepare wholesome home-cooked meals and can happily accommodate most dietary needs)
  • Instruction by Lisa Langell & Kim Gray
  • Flash-related photography setups and instruction for hummingbird photographys, including backdrops, flowers, flashes, etc.
  • Night photography instruction

What's not included:

  • Transportation to/from the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, Arizona
    Closest airports are:
    Tucson, AZ (about 45 mins from the lodge)
    Phoenix, AZ (about 2.75 hours from the lodge)
  • Your basic camera gear (see checklist in your registration packet, upon registration, for details.)
  • Transportation to/from the Optional Extension or night photography (participants may work together to carpool or drive separately)
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Madera Canyon, AZ 85614

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