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Costa Rica

Digital Photography in Nature: Capturing the Best of Costa Rica

Learn to get the most out of your digital camera as you join experts to practice exposure, composition and wildlife and landscape techniques in the colorful landscapes of Costa Rica.
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Program No. 15114RJ
Length
9 days
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2,099
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Costa Rica

Digital Photography in Nature: Capturing the Best of Costa Rica

Learn to get the most out of your digital camera as you join experts to practice exposure, composition and wildlife and landscape techniques in the colorful landscapes of Costa Rica.
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,099
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500
Length
9 days
Rating (4.78)
Starts at
2,099
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500
Program No. 15114RJ

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Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2023
Hotel 2,099
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 19 - May 27, 2023
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Oct 13 - Oct 21, 2023
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Nov 7 - Nov 15, 2022
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Hotel 2,649
Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2022
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Hotel 2,649
Jan 15 - Jan 23, 2023
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Hotel 2,929
Feb 5 - Feb 13, 2023
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Hotel 2,929
Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2023
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Hotel 2,929
Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2023
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Hotel 2,929
Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,219
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 19 - May 27, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,099
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 13 - Oct 21, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,099
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2023
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Hotel 2,929

At a Glance

The rugged orange bloom of the Heliconia looks even more exotic as you zoom in for a shot in the Caribbean lowland rainforest. Accompanied by a naturalist photography instructor, learn to capture brilliant photographs in the dynamic Costa Rican environment. Lectures and field instruction help you to create digital images using professional techniques, while presentations and excursions introduce Costa Rica’s flora and fauna, as well as its human heritage.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. Elevations up to 11,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Bromeliads, colorful birds, iconic tree frogs and more offer interesting subject matter for daily photo sessions.
  • Learn how to manage light, exposure and composition, as well as macro, landscape and wildlife photography techniques.
  • Experiment with depth of field and polarizing filters to add atmosphere to your landscape shots at Cerro de la Muerte.

General Notes

Participants should have their own digital camera (preferably with multiple lenses or adapters), tripods, chargers and digital media storage devices.
Featured Expert
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Andrés Quirós (Photography Group Leader)
Andrés Quirós Gutiérrez grew up in Cartago. Loving the outdoors since childhood, he became an adventure and wildlife photographer in 1994. He then finished the Rios Tropicales guiding school and became a rafting guide, a hiking guide, and kayaker. Andrés graduated from Colegio San Luis Gonzaga, and INA (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje) and ICETUR (Instituto Costarricense de Educación Turística). His work has taken him to the U.S., Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. He has been a general and nature guide in Costa Rica since 1999.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Andrés Quirós (Photography Group Leader) View biography
Andrés Quirós Gutiérrez grew up in Cartago. Loving the outdoors since childhood, he became an adventure and wildlife photographer in 1994. He then finished the Rios Tropicales guiding school and became a rafting guide, a hiking guide, and kayaker. Andrés graduated from Colegio San Luis Gonzaga, and INA (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje) and ICETUR (Instituto Costarricense de Educación Turística). His work has taken him to the U.S., Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. He has been a general and nature guide in Costa Rica since 1999.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Costa Rica Birds
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too.
Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica’s more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species.
Culture Smart! Costa Rica
by Jane Koutnik
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
by Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations.
Wild Costa Rica
by Adrian Hepworth
This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation.
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
by David Rains Wallace
Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.
A Brief History of Central America
by Hector Perez-Brignoll
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Costa Rican Wildlife
by Pocket Naturalist
Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each.
Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature
by Adrian Hepworth
Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
by Richard Fisher
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Barbara Ras
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide
by L.H. Emmons
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
The Birds of Costa Rica
by Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps.
National Geographic Costa Rica
by Christopher P. Baker
This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.
Perfect Digital Photography
by Jay Dickman
A guide to the art of digital photography, including equipment, lighting, composition, tips on subjects and travel destinations by a Pulitzer Prize-winning National Geographic photographer.
National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography, Digital Edition
by Tim Fitzharris
Fitzharris shares his tips for capturing and processing flawless images of nature in this detailed guide, with hundreds of brilliant color photographs.
National Geographic Complete Photography
by Scott Stuckey, National Geographic Society
Beautifully bound in hard cover, National Geographic's top photographers, including Annie Griffiths, Steve McCurry and Frans Lanting, contribute to this comprehensive reference, packed with tips, how-to's, photo galleries and stories from the field.





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