Big Bend Landscapes & Night Skies with Jeff Parker

Experience the magnificence of Big Bend National Park through your lens with me during my “BIG BEND ~ Night Skies & Landscapes Photo Tour ~ 2020.”

By day we’ll create photographs of those famous Chihuahuan desert landscapes. And by night we’ll blaze digital star trails through this International Dark Sky Park.

Includes a Welcome Dinner at the famous Starlight Theatre Restaurant in Terlingua.

LIMITED to just six (6) photographers

Tanzania with Tom Mace

This trip’s itinerary is very unique compared to commercial safaris. The location and time of year has been chosen and vetted by Tom in partnership with a US company and Safari specialists based in Arusha TZ. What we do different is use qualified drivers who have been trained by Tom to fulfill the high demands photographers expect. We will not be co-mingled with other tourists or placed on a clock that dictates when or where we need to be. From sun up to sun down we will be on the wildlife. The first 4 days of the trip we will be in the Ndutu area in a glamping tent community and the final 2 days in a lodge. Both scenarios are minutes away from the wildlife, offer amazing food, and all the comforts you’ve come to expect with Tripod Travelers. Our guides stay with us at all times and the level of service in these accommodations is outstanding.

An all day Safari is very demanding, we will have specific objectives during each day with breaks and lunch along the way. We will work with you while on Safari to ensure you capture the pictures you expect while offering photography instruction and support. At night after dinner or during down times, we will also work with you on your post processing techniques so you leave Africa with pro grade pictures.

This Safari has one of the largest diversity of animals in very accessible locations. In February 2019, we photographed Lions, Cheetah, Hyenas, Elephants, Hippos, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest each day. We had to search, but our guide was able to locate a Leopard and two separate Caracals (both rare and tough to locate). With over 9,000 pictures captured, we can attest that you will not leave this trip disappointed.
** If you have a group of 4 or more, we will offer group discounts (perfect for camera clubs), we can also extend dates or choose another week (last week of January or 2nd week of February, 2020)
** NANPA members will receive $200 off this trip price, please email us at info@tripodtravelers, for the details, include your NANPA Member #

Death Valley with David and Jennifer Kingham

Death Valley is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest National Parks in the United States. Even with this distinction, it is a landscape that encompasses many dynamic scenes. These qualities make it an endless world of opportunities for beautiful photographs. Evidence of Earth’s forces can be seen all around the park with the carved canyons, never-ending salt flats, mud cracks, sand dunes, mountain ranges, and rock formations. We will be visiting and photographing this park when more pleasant cooler temperatures are occurring. We will photograph and chase the light across this varied and textured landscape, while also heading out one night to photograph under the stars for some night photography. We will be photographing areas such as the Mesquite Dunes, Badwater Basin, and Zabriskie point, and other locations that have become our favorites over the years, which are lesser known. We will photograph larger scenes, and take time to catch the details in more intimate scenes. During the workshop, we will also have classroom time to teach photo processing techniques, and workflow to help your photos stand out! With over 3.4 million acres to explore, there is always something to photograph, and you will not be disappointed. Come photograph and explore this incredible landscape of many faces!

Moss Landing CA with Jennifer Leigh Warner and Alicia Amerson

Join The Photologists, Jennifer Leigh Warner & Alicia Amerson, on a marine wildlife photography safari in Moss Landing, CA
During this workshop you will create images of native wildlife and landscapes, learn about the importance of conducting ethical field practices when photographing wildlife, learn about the local ecology and biodiversity of the region, expand your understanding of which camera settings to use in different scenario, and learn how to create storytelling images that support conservation efforts to protect the subjects that we photograph.

*Please note that that the registration deadline for this workshop is October 1st.

Suitable for All Levels:
This photo safari is suitable from the amateur wildlife watcher to the serious professional photographer. Instruction will be as much or as little as desired.

Physical Requirements:
Very low. We will be photographing from a boat at a seated position for the duration of the photo safari. If you get seasick, please take the appropriate measures to make it as comfortable for you as possible.

What’s included in the price:
Private boat charter, photography instruction from Professional Wildlife Photographer Jennifer Leigh Warner. She will assist with camera settings and helping you create interesting compositions of the unique animals that call Moss Landing home. Marine Biologist, Alicia Amerson, will be available to provide information about the area, natural history of the local wildlife, and share ethical standards for flying drones around wildlife.

Jennifer and Alicia invite guests to join them for a PhotoShare event in the lobby of the Residence Inn in Monterey following the safari.

Bonus Gifts

– Book on Conducting ethical and safe drone flights around wildlife and humans by Alicia Amerson

– Bookmark featuring Jennifer’s wildlife photography collection

– Ethical wildlife photography and drone flight guidelines

Nature Photography 101 with Jeff Parker

This workshop is perfect for both intermediate photographers & beginners — & anyone else wanting to strengthen their digital photography foundation. Getting tired of the good images getting away?

Those with intermediate skill sets will benefit by filling in the “holes” in their knowledge base. Beginners benefit from a warm & friendly teaching style that encourages you to ask all the questions you want (remember: if you have a question someone else probably does too!).

Enjoy both structured instruction inside as well as activity-based learning outside. Throughout, I’ll provide plenty of one-to-one guidance as you try out what you learn in the country setting of my small central-Texas nature preserve, Red Belly Ranch.

SPACE FOR: Eight (8) ~ Check out our special price when two sign up together.
$95 ~ OR ~ $150 for two

Expanding Your Creativity at Mono Lake with Lewis Kemper

Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra offer some of the best nature photography in North America. The Mono Lake Basin offers a diversity of landscapes unlike any other in the country. Spend from Monday afternoon through Friday’s sunrise with Lewis Kemper, as we work on creative techniques to take your photography to the next level. Lewis will talk about night photography, long exposure photography, HDR, panoramas, creative composition and the use of color in your images. This week is the week of New Moon, which means we will have very dark nights and wonderful views of the Milky Way. October is also the time of autumn color in this region and we will take full advantage of nature’s show.

This is class is for those that want to create more creative images of the natural landscape. It is a class for night owls! It will be an action packed, informative week that will jump start your photographic skills.

Connecting with Nature on California Coast with Jacqueline Deely

Join award-winning wildlife photographer and naturalist Jacqueline Deely for an inspirational weekend of photography amid a spectacular setting along California’s rugged central coast. Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria is a rustic camp sitting on thirteen acres of Monterey Pine forest that nearly meets the ocean shore. Wildlife abounds, with seals and otters swimming by, and deer roaming through the property.

Throughout the weekend, explore how we can connect with nature, learn about our environment and make a difference through our experiences and the images we capture. Field activities visit nearby locations with specific goals in mind. We will take advantage of optimal light in the early morning and evening and when wildlife tends to be most active. Classroom sessions include illustrated presentations and discussions evolve around our own unique moments and encounters in the wild. Sharing our work allows us to delve deeper into the thought process behind our photographs and the stories they tell.

Although not required, staying on-site at Camp Ocean Pines is highly recommended to enhance the overall experience. Accommodations are shared in comfortable straw bale cabins, engineered for passive solar efficiency, and constructed from timbers and siding milled from wind-felled trees on the property. It will be a wonderful way to stay connected with nature and fellow participants throughout the entire weekend.

All meals are included except dinner on Saturday night, which will be free for participants to visit and dine in the quaint town of Cambria. Alcohol is not available at the camp, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Transportation to the various field locations will be in our own vehicles with the plan to carpool.

This workshop is tremendous value and open to anyone with a love of nature and photography. All levels are welcome: however, students must have a basic understanding of how to operate their own equipment.


$402 with meals and lodging / $350 with meals and no lodging

Grand Teton NP with Jason Eldridge and Beth Ruggiero-York

The Grand Teton National Park for lack of better words is well… grand. The peaks jut straight up out of a relatively flat area allowing for pristine views of the Grand Teton portion of the Rocky Mountains. One of the most iconic images of the Tetons comes from Ansel Adams at the Snake River Overlook. This image is one of many which have inspired photographers young and old. Snake River Overlook is one of the many places we will visit as we chase the light.

Monday night, May 20th, we will all meet in the hotel conference room set aside for the Nature Photography Show This will be for an orientation and to go over the itinerary for the following three days as well as get a sense of what each of you is looking for out of the workshop.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be filled, sunrise to sunset, with photographic opportunities as we explore the Tetons visiting many of the famous locations. Each day there will be an opportunity to look at what you have captured and receive post processing instruction. Finally, after photographing sunrise at Schwabachers Landing on May 24th we will meet for a recap and a final breakfast as everyone leaves on their own.

Workshop Includes:
• Photographic instruction
• Lodging: This is based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a private room it can be arranged for an additional fee.

What’s not included:
• Transportation: Transportation to and from the airport or during the workshop is not provided.
• Food

Choosing A Photography Workshop

Shooting the rapids on Calamity Brook. © Tom Dwyer

Story & Photographs by Tom Dwyer


How do you know if a photography workshop you are considering is right for you? Good question, huh? I’ve asked it myself and I’ve heard it asked many times, so I thought I’d try to answer it in case it’s a question that’s on anyone’s mind.

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