Costa Rica | Nature Photography Workshop

Costa Rica | Nature Photography Workshop

About this workshop

Join nature photographer Kristen Grace of the Florida Museum of Natural History for a fun rainforest photography camp in Costa Rica! All skill levels welcome: you’ll receive hands-on instruction from experts as you capture the wonders of the forest by camera. With its rich and diverse flora and fauna, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for getting inspired about nature photography!

This introductory photo workshop is for families with teens ages 14-17 and adults 18 and up who are new to photography and would like to learn skills to take home to continue their appreciation and exploration of natural surroundings. Minors should be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. 

Highlights

  • Photograph iconic wildlife of the tropical rainforest with expert nature photographers.
  • Practice photography techniques with fast-moving subjects, low-light settings, and macro focus.
  • Explore river habitats by boat, and glimpse elusive nocturnal species on a night hike.
  • Visit the area around Arenal Volcano on a day excursion and practice landscape photography techniques.

Gear requirements

Participants are responsible for bringing their own camera and/or equipment. We recommend at least 1 DSLR per family, with other types of cameras encouraged (point-and-shoot, hybrid digital camera, smartphone, etc.). Each family should have at least one laptop for processing and sharing photos for critiques. We encourage telephoto/zoom lenses and macro lenses and also suggest having at least one tripod per group.

Meet your photography instructor

Kristen Grace

Kristen Grace is the award-winning resident photographer and digital asset manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She specializes in documentary photography, photojournalism, nature photography, and editorial photography. Her passions include science communication, informal science education through photography, youth photography, and youth mentorship with specifics in outdoor adventures and engaging with nature.

Support research and education at the Florida Museum! A portion of your fees will go toward funding special programs at the museum. 

Chilamate

Jul 19, 2024

Upon arrival in San José meet your Florida Museum of Natural History photography instructor and Costa Rican guide. Depart for Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve, situated on over 500 acres of tropical rainforest along the Sarapiquí River. Along the way you will stop for lunch, enjoy a Costa Rican meal and some time to get to know other group members. Upon arrival at Selva Verde check-in and gather for an introduction to the lodge and the exciting program you will be a part of the duration of your time in Costa Rica. Before dinner meet to discuss equipment and photography techniques. Check-in starts at 2:00pm. ***Please schedule arrival flight into San Jose no later than 2:30 pm in order to arrive in time for group transfer to Chilamate. If you cannot find a flight that arrives before that time, we can assist with hotel arrangements for those needing to arrive a day early or we can book a private transfer to Chilamate at an additional cost.

Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

Chilamate

Jul 20, 2024

Early this morning, set out for a bird and wildlife hike with stops along the way for observations. After breakfast, visit Copearte - the home and gardens of the artist, photographer, birder, and nature-lover known as Cope - to photograph bats, owls, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Have lunch onsite, then return to Selva Verde for a presentation by Costa Rican guide and photographer who will discuss how they get their best shots in rainforest conditions. Later in the afternoon explore the grounds and practice photography. Your instructor will be on hand for guidance if needed. Time before dinner will be free to work on photos or relax. After dinner take a night hike in search of nocturnal creatures, especially frogs and insects.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

Chilamate

Jul 21, 2024

Today you will travel to the Arenal area to work on landscape photography. Enjoy a boxed lunch and then visit Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges for the opportunity to photograph different levels of the forest floor, understory and treetops. Later in the day return to Selva Verde. After dinner join the instructor to share your photos and get critiqued.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

Chilamate

Jul 22, 2024

Early this morning take another bird walk in search of new species. After breakfast, we will have a choice of going white water rafting or taking an origins of chocolate tour. In the afternoon you will have a choice of zip lining or an informative pineapple plantation tour.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

Chilamate

Jul 23, 2024

This morning visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens to learn how to photograph waterfalls from different vantage points. Have lunch, then travel back towards Selva Verde with a stop at a site well known for hummingbirds to learn how to capture great photos of fast moving wildlife. This afternoon, take a boat ride on the Rio Sarapiquí and learn about the importance of the river to the local community. During the ride get a firsthand look at fascinating wildlife and water fowl that lives in and along the river. After dinner at the lodge meet for a critique session followed by a night hike.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

San Jose

Jul 24, 2024

After breakfast, depart early for Bosque de Paz Reserve. Surrounded by cloud and rainforests, Bosque de Paz sits on the Caribbean side of the Continental Divide, between the Poás Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco National Parks. Have lunch then continue to San Jose for check in at your hotel in time for your farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Wyndham

Jul 25, 2024

This morning you will take the hotel shuttle to the airport for your flight home. Check-out time 12:00pm

Breakfast- included