& Culture of Belize Photo Workshop February 12-19, 2011
Saturday afternoon at 5:00 through Saturday evening
Special pricing for alumni Discounts for early birds, BCPA alumni, ASMP, & NANPA
- association proof required.
Transportation, lodging, meals, and personal expenses are your responsibility.
Limit 10 with 2 instructors (maximum 5:1 student-to-instructor
here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.
Imagine staying in a screened, rosewood cabana with thatched roof and private
bath at an eco-friendly lodge in southern Belize and featured on the Jan/Feb
2010 issue of National
Based on a beautiful river and surrounded
by lush, tropical gardens, we will be amongst the friendly Mayan people
who live in small, traditional villages of 15-30 families in the rain forest.
While it may seem like nothing has changed for hundreds of years, you’ll
see various outside influences at work.
The villagers mostly live in thatched-roofed, board houses.
They use wood fires for their heat, cooking, making tortillas, firing pottery, or roasting cacao beans for chocolate on comals, round, cast-iron griddles.
In the Mayan villages, we'll be invited into people's homes, and with English
being the language of Belize, you will have no trouble communicating with these
lovely people. You'll also hear Kekchi, one of the traditional Mayan languages in this area.
You'll see them in their traditional dug-out canoes on the river
or their children scampering alongside you as you enter a village. These Mayans will welcome you into their modest homes. We'll be photographing them, of course, but you may also want to try your hand at making tortillas or chocolate, and get a real feel for the culture of the area.
We will be near stunning waterfalls, ancient ruins, organic cacao farms, river scenes, and the flora and fauna of the jungle, all of which you'll enjoy photographing.
In the process, we'll encourage you to seek your own vision, teach
you how elements of composition and the magic of light work in concert to make
This is a location that you may want to share with your spouse or significant
other. They are always welcome at our workshops and instantly become part
of our group. For them, there are additional activities such as horseback
riding, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and medicinal plant
walks. Of course, we can partake in these, too!
Because we are headquartered in a small, intimate lodge, we only have room for
10 participants (plus spouses and guests), so it is really important to book
your cabana early and make your deposit if you want to join us during this special
week. We don't want those rooms to go to other individuals outside our group! The lodge rates include all your meals, all your excursions, and all transportation once you arrive at the lodge. We travel by what we have affectionately dubbed The Jungle Bus, a gaily-painted, small bus.
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first shoot. Our workshops include the following:
Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Overseas workshops are structured with the same shooting time as domestic workshops but scheduled differently to take advantage of overseas customs and culture;
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Several individual and group critiques;
Access to some special locations;
Imaging and processing (we use the latest version of Lightroom - timing will vary depending upon our locations);
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
Plenty of opportunities to sample the excellent local fare; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!
If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for
questions you may have as well as for equipment and installed downloads you need
to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions
of Adobe and other imaging products.
Click here for more
information about accommodations, discounts, PayPal payments, trip insurance,
closest airport, etc. There are no other practical accommodations nearby, so
at the very least, reserve your room; you can always cancel later.