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NatureScapes Photography Workshops - Instructors
Our Instructors

Greg Basco

Greg Basco lives and works in Costa Rica where he photographs the rainforest. His photos have been awarded in both the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice Competition (most recently winning the Art in Nature category in the latter). He is co-author of the popular e-book The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography and recently finished a coffee table book titled National Parks of Costa Rica.

He is co-founder of a new conservation photography organization called The Tropical Conservation Photography Group which will work to provide photographic support for local and national conservation and sustainable development efforts in Costa Rica. When he is not out photographing, he leads photo workshops in Latin America, including a number of popular Costa Rica tours through NatureScapes.

You can see more of Greg's work on his website at

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, is a leading authority on the birds of Iceland and one of the country’s most experienced bird photographers. He has written numerous articles on birds in books, magazines and papers and is the author of the bestselling book Icelandic Bird Guide, a photographic guide which has been sold in almost 40,000 copies. Jóhann Óli has held many courses, lectures and exhibitions and his photographs has been published around the world in books, magazines, on stamps, bank notes, etc.

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan is an award-winning nature photographer and naturalist who specializes in close-up photography of plants and insects, portraits of wildlife, and intimate landscapes. His images range from abstracts of natural designs, to butterfly portraits, high magnification images of ice crystals, floral abstracts, and forest and waterfall scenes. He is a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the North American Butterfly Association, and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. His clients include the City of Aspen, Colorado, Trent University (Ontario), the North American Butterfly Association, the Boston Museum of Science, and others. Tom's photographs have won awards in competitions sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation and the North American Butterfly Association. Visit his website at: or his blog at

Steve Metildi

Steve has lived his entire life in southern California where he has been an avid wildlife photographer since his late teens. He spends most of his time pursuing large mammals and birds in optimal photographic locations and staying current in all technical aspects of nature photography. As much as he is passionate about the latest gear and techniques, Steve is most interested in wildlife conservation and thoroughly understanding animal behavior prior to setting out to photograph a species.

The majority of the time Steve photographs along the diverse coastline, desert, and mountains near his home in southern California and has assembled an extensive portfolio of western birds and mammals. Steve's highest interest though is reserved for traveling the world to capture intimate portraits and environmental photos of the world's great predators and primate species. In the past few years this has led him to the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic, the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Brazil, Ecuador, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Steve thrives on meeting others with these same interests and in teaching others his techniques and photographic vision.

Check out Steve's work at

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject's beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil's fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.

Each year Nikhil leads several photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a regular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed eBook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography.

Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media and his fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections.

See more of Nikhil's work at

Iain Campbell

Iain started his life in Australia as a fanatical birder. He ended his career as a geochemist in West Africa when he decided that watching birds was indeed far more important than gold. He moved to Ecuador, started Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Tropical Birding and spent his time guiding people around the world. Few years ago listing species started to wear thin and he became more interested in chasing down individual rare species and getting photographs of them. He now guides bird and wildlife photographers around the world to shoot the world’s coolest species.

Carl Donohue

“I'm a wilderness advocate, and consider my photography a critical part of that journey. I'm also a fan of the creative process, of creating, of the experience of making art, which reflects the wildness within our selves; is creating art in the external wilderness perhaps a perfect union? When possible, I write, photograph, hike, camp and dally in the places I love; when I can't, I imagine I'm writing, photographing, hiking, camping and dallying in the places I love,” says Carl Donohue. “The lessons I learn in the wilderness are some of the most valuable experiences in my life, and for each of them, I'm grateful. I'm currently working on a book on Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska, which grants me time in some absolutely amazing places. What a world!” And, says Carl, “For better living, visit the wild.”

Chuck Keim

Chuck Keim has been running his charter business for 20 years now, and there's simply no one in the business with anywhere close to his experience. He's the person so many of the world's foremost wildlife photographers and filmmakers and researchers turn to when they need great brown bear photography. Chuck's absolutely “the guy”.

Juan Pons

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan is a nature and wildlife photographer, whose passion is photographing our worlds magnificent wildlife and natural features. Juan is a strong supporter of wildlife and natural habitat conservation and is a member of several conservation organizations. Though private individuals purchase photos directly from him, Juan donates his images to non-profit organizations with nature and wildlife preservation missions. Juan never ceases to be amazed by the natural subjects he photographs and hopes that sharing his photographs will inspire others to appreciate and respect natural life.

With more than 20 years experience in photography, Juan has also become a recognized expert on maximizing the capabilities of DSLRs when shooting video, and has published a new instructional DVD titled The Photographers Guide to Creating HD Video with the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.

Juan travels extensively capturing nature’s beauty, and also teaches during his own workshops and multitude events throughout the world on many photography topics and he has recorded instructional videos on wildlife photography and Adobe Lightroom through Additionally, Juan is the producer of the acclaimed Birds Through The Lens video series.

Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, American Photo, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.

Juan is the co-host, with his friend Rick Sammon, of The Digital Photography Experience podcast, a leading audio podcast that covers many photographic topics.

Jan Post

Jan Post

Jan was born in 1972 in Hoorn, a small town near the west coast of the Netherlands. Growing up in that part in of Holland means sailing, surfing, or cycling, which are still some of Jan's favorite activities today. During his studies in Amsterdam and having trouble to find the right study, he discovered a passion for gastronomy and worked as a chef in various high-end restaurants. The call of nature took him eventually to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea while crewing private sailing yachts as a chef and mate. On the yachts he picked up an interest for scuba diving and became a dive instructor. It was not until much later that he ended up in the Galápagos Islands and never left.

Jan has worked for ten years on yachts throughout the Galápagos as a naturalist guide both underwater and on land. What he likes most about being a naturalist is you never stop learning and thus wondering. He is very interested in zoology, oceanography, geology, and biogeography. Ecuador, with its biodiversity, active volcanoes, and many cultures, is a fantastic base for a naturalist and Jan is confident that it will spark many more fields of interest in years to come.

At home you will find Jan baking bread or pastry with one of his daughters, in his garden, or on one of his surfboards trying to catch a wave.

Greg Downing

Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.

Greg's images are known for their unique style, exacting composition and strict attention to detail. As an internationally recognized photographer, his numerous publishing credits include books, advertising campaigns and editorial publications such as Birding Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Birder's World, National Geographic and many others. Especially passionate about birds, his images can also be found in printed form in several Wildbird Centers on the east coast, as well as appearing in private art exhibitions.

In 2003 Greg founded with E.J. Peiker and Heather Forcier. Today Greg is the Publisher, President and sole owner of the company and oversees all operations from his home base in Parkton, Maryland.

As Greg travels the world taking pictures he enjoys meeting others, teaching and sharing his passion while making new lifelong friends in the process.

To see more of Greg's work visit his website at

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy, an award winning photographer, grew up in England and is an avid birder. Upon immigrating to the States Alan picked up a camera and began pursuing his vision of how birds should be photographed. Alan has developed a style that is very recognizable with stunning portraits of birds on beautiful perches. Alan turned a full time professional bird photographer a few years ago and is now in demand to speak at festivals, conferences and photography clubs around the nation. Alan is the Author of an ebook called "Alan Murphy's Guide to Songbird Set-up Photography" which has sold thousands of copies and has helped many photographers learn how to take better photographs of birds.

Alan teaches his techniques around the nation through his highly successful in-the-field workshops with small groups. If Alan is not in the field taking images, then he is busy submitting images to many magazines. His published credits include National Geographic, Birders World, Wildbird, Birding, and many more.

Visit Alan's web site at

E.J. Peiker

E.J. was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany and moved to Ohio in 1969. He attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and completed graduate studies in Microelectronics and Semiconductor Physics. After working for the Intel Corporation for 27 years, he is now retired from the electronics industry and is a professional freelance photographer. E.J. and has formally studied photography at the University of New Mexico and completed courses from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography. E.J. has two sons, and has lived in Chandler, Arizona since 1994. A photographic specialty is artistic images of ducks and E.J. has published the book Ducks of North America - The Photographer's Guide. E.J. is also prolific in landscape photography, his first photographic love. E.J.'s photographs have been published worldwide in books, advertising, magazines, billboards, murals and more. Some of his publishers and clients include The National Geographic Society, World Wildlife Fund, The United States National Parks Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Navy, State Parks Arizona, Barrons, and Dorling Kindersley. New Zealand Post honored E.J. by making one of his penguin images the primary image for their 2014 Commemorative Antarctica Ross Dependency Stamp set. He has also been named one of the top 100 Wildlife Photographers in the world by Eastern Europe's Digital Photographer Magazine. Visit his website at:

Workshop Testimonials
After many years spent mostly as a “grip-and-grin” photographer for an organization, this workshop helped fulfill my wish to become more proficient at photographing nature and wildlife for a change, while having a good time doing it.
Ruth S.
Chincoteague Weekend Event - Virginia
Nikhil was a great instructor. He has a very easy going personality and was always helpful in answering your questions and also providing tips for improving your techniques and skills as a photographer.
Hank S.
Rookeries by Boat and Fort Desoto Park - Florida
It was great to have Greg as a mentor. He is very forthcoming and does not mind sharing inside info on how to, camera settings, use of equipment and in general to get the most out of what is important at that moment. I will for sure take many more workshops with him.
Carlotta G.
Loons and More - Kamloops, BC
I had a great, relaxing time with Greg and the other students. It was a fun and stress-free time and I left the class shooting at a higher level than when I went in, especially for using longer lenses.
Alex C.
West Coast Rookeries by Boat - Sarasota, Florida
Nikhil is a great person in general and in my eyes a very good instructor. In the field he made sure to work with each individual on whatever settings or techniques they were having issues with but also didn't give a lot more time to any one person. His critiques were done to honestly better our work and not to find fault.
Neil N.
Springtime at Chincoteague Island - Virginia
Nikhil's enthusiasm, guidance, and assistance made this workshop a real learning experience for me. Nikhil was willing to share his knowledge and always had our interests as top priority.
Lynn B.
Bosque del Apache and White Sands - New Mexico