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Join us for workshops at some of the most premier locations around the world for nature photography!Learn how to make technically excellent images alongside our professional instructors and return home with not only amazing photographs and new skills, but lasting memories and newfound inspriation.
Why attend a NatureScapes workshop?
By taking a workshop with NatureScapes, we strive to live up to our professional reputation while offering the best workshop experience with some of the most talented leaders in the industry. Our instructors and leaders are not only passionate about photography, but also equally passionate about teaching and sharing their photographic knowledge and professional experiences with you.
Are you new to photo workshops?Read our helpful article Choosing the Right Photo Workshop by fellow nature photographer Kari Post for guidance on selecting a workshop that best suits your photographic interests and goals.
Just as we have earned our reputation of professionalism and class through our online community and store, we leave our egos at home and cater to what your individual photographic needs are with professionalism, generosity and good humor! We only offer workshops run by instructors who possess unwavering patience, determination and good humor to ensure an educational and enjoyable photographic adventure for everyone in attendance! We welcome you to read our testimonials from past attendees or contact us for references to see what other photographers are saying.
Our Pledge to All Workshop Attendees
To provide the best possible experience for you based on your individual goals with each and every workshop, whether you are a first timer or a repeat attendee.
To lead, teach and become a friend in a non-confrontational, non-egotistical and approachable environment.
To be excellent “people persons”—especially when it comes to managing small groups of individuals with varying interests, skills, needs, and personalities.
To inspire creativity and share our technical knowledge without waver and to put the importance of your photography endeavors above ours as leaders.
To be prompt, ethical, and trustworthy and to instill responsible photography with minimal impact to the planet.
What can I expect when I register?
Immediately After Registering
Upon registering for your adventure, you will immediately receive an automated email confirmation of your registration, which also serves as a receipt for your deposit. Within 48 hours or two business days we will contact you personally to confirm your reservation.
Before the Workshop Begins
About 90 days before the workshop you registered for is scheduled to begin, you will receive a detailed information package which is customized for every workshop that NatureScapes leads. This package is full of comprehensive trip information, including a welcome letter from the workshop leaders, detailed lodging and transportation information, equipment suggestions and clothing guidelines, luggage requirements, important contact numbers, an interactive registration form, and anything else that pertains to the specific workshop you registered for.
“The packet you all put together is incredible! I wish everybody who offered workshops was as detailed and informative as NatureScapes. Very, very impressive!” –Karen S.
In Preparation for the Workshop
As part of the registration process, attendees will be asked to summarize their photography skills and what areas they feel they need guidance with the most in terms of advancing their skills. This gives us the opportunity to get some background information to design the workshop programs with the individual needs of the attendees in mind.
Each workshop is different. Some are all inclusive which includes lodging, meals and/or transportation; others may not include certain things. For details on what is included in each workshop please refer to each workshop page in the current schedule.
What about instruction and activities?
While each workshop location is different in terms of what the activities are, whether we are flying in helicopters in Hawaii, or exploring St. Paul Island by vehicle, all workshops will include a mix of in-the-field instruction as well as some formal classroom, teaching and critique sessions and in-depth discussions on the ins and outs of nature photography.
How large are your group sizes?
All of our groups are kept small so a high level of personalized instruction is available for all skill levels. In general there are no more than 8 attendees per instructor. This allows us to focus on your individual needs, minimize our impact on the areas we visit and maximize the photographic opportunities. The end result is a better value for your money and time and a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
What is your cancellation/refund/payment policy?
Cancellations can be made up to 120 days prior to the workshop date, however you forfeit your deposit unless we cancel the workshop, in which case you will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after 120 days prior to the workshop date are not eligible for refunds. We have the right to cancel any workshop for lack of registrants up to 120 days prior to the workshop date. While many workshops will run with just a single registrant, other may require a minimum registration. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal are accepted for deposit payments. Should you wish to pay the final payment amount by credit card or PayPal, a 3% convenience fee will be added to the remaining balance. We do accept wire transfers and checks.
Do you offer equipment rentals?
Depending on availability, participants may rent photography equipment from us for their use during a workshop on a first-come-first-served basis. Selection is limited. Please inquire for availability and pricing. We can also refer participants to reputable photo equipment rental companies.
Deposits are required to reserve your spot in a workshop. Amounts are specified on each workshop page. Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable—unless we cancel the workshop.
What about travel insurance?
We strongly encourage trip cancellation and travel insurance for all our destinations. If you wish to purchase insurance, we recommend visiting our partner, RoamRight® for a free travel insurance quote.
What is your smoking policy?
We do not permit smoking within vicinity of the instructor or other non-smoking participants, either in the field or during indoor class sessions. At lodges and after hours smoking may be permitted in certain designated areas. Check with us if you smoke. We also do not have any instructors who smoke.
How can I contact you with other questions?
Please don't hesitate to contact us for additional information. You can also call us at 1-888-667-0559 Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST, Monday–Friday; holiday hours may vary).
The packet you all put together is incredible! I wish everybody who offered workshops was as detailed and informative as NatureScapes. Very, very impressive!
Karen S. Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania
The photo opportunities regarding the loons greatly exceeded my expectations. I live on a lake myself and because I'm pretty well the only person here, there is no way you can approach loons that closely as they are very wary of people. The leaders were outstanding in their patience and guidance. They really know their stuff and how to get it across. The workshop was well organized in spite of the weather and the meals were super!
Larry C. Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
Being in Amboseli National Park, Kenya with Piper Mackay was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She knows the area, the behavior of the animals and is a pro at directing the driver to get in position for that perfect head-on shot. I came home with priceless images and memories!
Laurie Rubin, Nik Software The Best of Kenya, Africa
I have attended MANY workshops over the years, but no experience even begins to compare with the incredible Tanzania trip that we just experienced. In addition to learning more about life and more about photography, Dik and I had the time of our lives! We are huge Greg Downing fans! This was my fourth Greg workshop, but definitely not my last!
Patricia H. Ultimate Africa Experience - Tanzania
The Ultimate Falklands workshop offered the best combination of location, timing, and leadership that I've experienced to date. Greg worked tirelessly to see that all details were perfect and to offer guidance to all participants regardless of ability level. He was always alert to those small details that make a big difference.
Paul S. Ultimate Falklands - Falkland Islands
As a biologist, this trip was a thrilling and long awaited exposure to the tropics. I took my share of photos, too, but also enjoyed taking in the culture and scenery of Costa Rica. It was a very mellow, compatible group of people. The lodges chosen were perfect for our purposes and I'd like to visit them again. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip!
Stephen and George-Ann M. Hummingbirds and More - Costa Rica