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Magic of Arizona Hummingbird & Bat Photography (Aug 31 - Sept 3, 2018)

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Santa Rita Lodge

1218 South Madera Canyon Road

Madera Canyon, AZ 85614

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4-Day Inclusive Workshop: A Magical Photography Experience!

$1795/person ($850 deposit holds seat)

Includes breakfast, shared lodging, and dedicated hummingbird setups (one per person).

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Celebrate Labor Day by relaxing in the cool mountains of Arizona! This photo experience is second-to-none with regard to Arizona's hummingbirds! We typically see and photograph the following hummingbirds:

  • Rivoli's Hummingbird (formerly Magnificent Hummingbird)
  • Broad-Billed Hummingbird
  • Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
  • Black-Chinned Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird (occasionally)
  • Plus we often see and may photograph other species that include: Acorn Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Wild Turkey, Gambel's Quail, Bridled Titmouse, Arizona Woodpecker, and myriad other species as shown here (click link).
  • 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.

We make it easy! Lisa Langell & Kim Gray are both expert hummingbird photographers and LOVE helping people learn while creating a fun, upbeat and supportive experience for you! We provide you with your own fully dedicated (i.e., no sharing required) flash setup and system! We're the ONLY known workshop in Arizona that fully supports each of the eight participants with their own full setups and shooting areas so that you don't have to "take turns" and share with fellow participants.

SEE AN EXAMPLE OF OUR HUMMINGBIRD SETUPS (click for video)

Simply bring your camera, a mid-range zoom lens (examples include a 70-200mm, 300mm, or 100-400mm--or similar), a remote trigger ($10 or so) and your tripod! We provide the rest! We'll show you how to use multiple flashes to photograph hummingbirds with incredible color and detail. You'll receive abundant instruction, support, smiles, and plenty of time to photograph the birds!



What's included:

  • 4 days / 3-nights shared lodging on-site (Labor Day weekend, Fri August 31 - Mon September 3, 2018) (2 people per room. Single Supplement is approximately $495 additional and available on a limited basis. Exact rate will be given at time of request and is based on lodge's current rates and availability.)
  • Continental Breakfast, coffee/tea, bottled water and light snacks.
  • Dedicated flash-related photography setups and instruction for hummingbird photographys, including backdrops, flowers, flashes, etc. (1 setup per person -- and you never have to share!) This makes us unique among the various hummingbird workshops in the USA that typically make people share setups!)
  • Hummingbird photography instruction, bat (optional) photography instruction, and processing instruction with PhotoShop and Luminar by Skylum.
  • A library of video and digital tutorials for your post-workshop use and reference
  • LOADS of fun, supportive instruction, laughs and great experiences!

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.)
  • Meals (except continental breakfast, bottled water and snacks, which are provided). Due to Arizona law, we cannot provide meals; however, your cabin is equipped with a kitchenette: Includes a stove, oven, microwave, sink, coffee maker and toaster, plus assorted utensils, soap, dishes, etc. You are welcome to pick up grocery items for your snacks/meals in Green Valley on the way to the lodge (about 25 minutes from the lodge entrance). Some participants also choose to enjoy dinner in Green Valley.

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 August in Arizona.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • Do we photograph bats, too? If you're interested in the evening bat photography portion of the workshop (which is optional---but included), we'll set you up to do so! The Mexican Long-Tongued Bats are nectar-feeding bats that migrate to this region from Mexico each summer. Don't worry--they don't attack people! They love sweet nectar from local flowers. We have setups that attract them to a location about 10' from you so that you can photograph them comfortably at night. We'll show you how. If you're not "into bats," then you are welcome to explore the area for night photography or enjoy a leisurely dinner in nearby Green Valley.

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

  • Is it physically demanding? This is an EASY workshop for the body and soul! You will be photographing humminbirds right in the back yard of your cabins and/or steps away. This is a physically easy workshop and most of the time you are relaxing in a lawn chair while you photograph the birds.

  • What about the ethics of flash photography for hummingbirds? Wildlife safety and ethical photography are important to us. We follow the Ethical Guidelines for Nature Photographers published by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). We have done extensive research on how to conduct this type of photography. Our practices, according to the current research available, do not appear to be detremental to the birds. We use very low powered flashes set at comfortable distances. You will notice that the birds do not mind the brief flashes on low power at all--and continue to come to the feeders all day long. We will provide you with our research findings from the current literature and studies during the workshop.
  • I'm a beginner -- is this too advanced for me? No! We welcome new learners of photography! 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.
  • 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 $495+ and are subject to availability and current room rates at the lodge.

  • What's the altitude of the lodge? Approximately 5000 feet in altitude.

  • What's the weather? Temps during the day at Madera Canyon in September are usually in the low to mid 80s. At night they can dip to the low 50s-60s. Chances of rain are typically moderate in September.

  • May I bring a friend / spouse / partner who does not want to participate in the workshop? Depending on availability, we have made this possible in the past for a reduced rate. 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 (the mount for an external flash atop your camera). Because of their limitations in manual mode, we cannot support the use of bridge or point-and-shoot / compact, or film cameras at this time.

  • What's the culture of this workshop? We provide abundant upbeat, supportive, and caring instruction. Kim and Lisa care dearly for participants 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


Enjoy photographing beautiful hummingbirds all weekend long! We can't wait to meet you!

Offered by:
Langell Photography, LLC.

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