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BugShot Belize 2015


Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM (CST)

BugShot Belize 2015

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
BugShot/Belize (double bungalow occupancy)   more info Sold Out Ended $3,449.00 $19.95
BugShot/Belize (triple suite occupancy)   more info 7 Tickets Ended $3,249.00 $19.95

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Event Details

Instructors: Alex Wild, Thomas Shahan, John Abbott, and Nicky Bay

Venue:  We are lucky to be hosted by Caves Branch Lodge, one of Belize's oldest and best appointed jungle lodges. Caves Branch Lodge sits on 50,000 acres along the "Hummingbird Highway" and provides ready access to high quality tropical habitat, including forests, rivers, caves, and a botanical garden that holds the country's largest orchid collection. You will also enjoy the lodge's comfortable accommodation and excellent food. We have included an open day in the schedule if you wish to tour local Mayan ruins or partake in some of the lodge's cave adventures. Caves Branch on Google Maps


Day 1. Attendees arrive at Caves Branch lodge from the Belize City airport (1.5 hour drive) in time for a late afternoon social and dinner. In the evening we introduce the workshop and blacklight for insects around the lodge.

Day 2. We introduce different methods of magnification after breakfast. This will be followed by hands-on practice in one of several unique locations. In the afternoon, we will talk about lighting and use of flash. An after-dinner presentation will introduce insect biology, after which we'll take a walk through the forest to spot katydids, net-casting spiders, army ants, stick insects, and other nocturnal animals.

Day 3. We divide into smaller groups for trips away from the lodge. One group will visit Footprints cave to photograph amblypygids, cave crickets, and predaceous fungus gnats. The cave also holds Mayan relics.

The second group will travel to Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to hone photo technique amid swirling clouds of domesticated butterflies, including longwings, glasswings, morphos, and swallowtails. 

In the evening, we reunite for a natural history talk by one of the instructors. As usual, the blacklight will be running to attract night-flying insects.

Day 4. The morning will be spent in small groups out in the field with instructors for hands on practice. After lunch we'll hear about specialized techniques like high-speed flash photography and focus-stacking. After dinner, we will have another natural history talk by one of the instructors, followed by blacklighting and night hikes.

Day 5. Free Day! This is unscheduled until dinner. During this free day you are welcome to sign up for one of Caves Branch's many adventure tours, visit Mayan ruins, continue shooting in the forest, or just lounge by the pool. The instructors will be on hand all day to offer one-on-one sessions. After dinner, we will have another natural history talk by one of the instructors, followed by photo-sharing and a night walk.

Day6 The group that traveled to the cave on Day 3 will now visit the Butterfly ranch, and vice versa.

In the evening, back at the lodge, we'll have another natural history presentation followed by a night hike and blacklighting.

Day 7. We remain on Caves Branch trails to practice our photographic skills on fascinating subjects like orchid bees, dung beetles, and acacia-ants. The day also includes sessions on how to find and identify insects and an open Q & A discussion. We have a closing social event planned for the evening.

Day 8. After breakfast and workshop closure we depart for the airport.

Throughout the event, indoor insect studios and aquaria will be available for general use, and the blacklight/mercury vapor lamp will run every evening. 


Lodging: Spacious 2-person ($3449) and 3-person ($3249) cabins are the default accommodations included with registration, but upgrades to extra-luxurious Tree Houses may be possible at additional cost, pending availability. To upgrade, register through BugShot, then contact Caves Branch ASAP-the lodge is a popular destination and the cabins fill quickly.  Lodging Preview 


Required Equipment: At a minimum you will need a camera and lenses capable of close-in photographs, as well as an off-camera flash. We recommend a SLR camera with a 1:1 or greater macro lens. Alternately, suitable magnification is possible with a set of extension tubes, bellows, or a reverse-mounted lens kit. A good point-and-shoot camera with a Raynox filter and an external flash mount is also suitable.


Price includes: All scheduled course activities, lodging, meals, and transportation to/from the airport.


Price does not include: drinks/snacks from the bar, laundry service, tours taken during the unscheduled day and anything else not listed as part of the formal workshop.


If you wish to bring a non-participating friend or spouse, they are welcome to stay at the lodge during the course pending availability. Contact Caves Branch for arrangements.


Registration by mail: Offline registrations are welcome! Contact Kendra (kendra(at) ASAP to reserve your place manually and arrange alternate payment. 

Cancellation policy is as follows:
- prior to June 1st: 100% refund minus $100 cancelation fee
- prior to July 1st: 50% refund minus $100 cancelation fee
- no refunds after July 2nd, 2015 

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Below is a video on Thamas Shahan's macrophotography! 


Here is a short video of Nicky Bay's macro photography tips! 

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Have questions about BugShot Belize 2015? Contact BugShot

When & Where

Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Armenia, Belize

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM (CST)

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BugShot is a photography workshop that focuses on invertebrates. It is lead by world-class entomologist and photographers, John Abbott, Alex Wild, Thomas Shahan, Piotr Naskrecki and Nicky Bay. This workshop attracts everyone from nature enthusiasts to graduate students to professors to learn how to capture natural history in ways that we don’t normally get to see. 

BugShot courses are designed to help you improve your macro photography technique in the field and in the studio, regardless of your equipment or experience.

  • Macro-& microphotography equipment
  • Composition
  • Lighting & flash
  • Working with live insects
  • Introductions to insect biology and photography
  • Special techniques: focus-stacking, time-lapse & video
  • Field sessions in beautiful natural habitats
  • Evening photo-sharing presentations
  • Photography in Social Media
  • and more!
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