Take a photo outing on Friday morning with one of our world-renowned photographers! One of our professional speakers will accompany each photo outing to give you tips, answer your questions, and work with you one-on-one to capture some great images.
Group sizes will be small... 15 to 40 photographers depending on the site, which means you’ll have plenty of time to interact with the professional for tips and advice.
You will have approximately 2 hours at the site plus our experts will provide a talk on the bus to help prepare you for a great morning.
All this for only $75.00, which covers coffee and sweet rolls prior to departure for the site, the bus ride to and from the site, and one-on-one time with the professional photographer at the site. It's a bargain and an opportunity you don't want to miss. Sign up now - space is limited.
Our photo outings will take place Friday morning, March 6.
The outings allow you to visit some of the most interesting and photo-worthy sites in the area. You will have 2-3 hours at the site to capture award-winning images.
One of our professional photographer speakers will accompany each photo outing. The pro will spend one-on-one time with each participant to provide tips and answer questions about how to capture great images. The descriptions of the outings include the name of the pro assigned to each outing (some are already assigned; some will be assigned soon).
Don't miss this opportunity to get great tips from some of the world's best professional photographers!
The photo outings will begin at Sugden Hall on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus. We provide bus service to the sites. During the bus ride, our pro will provide interesting commentary and tips.
Each photo outing has a specific start time, so check the description of the outings to determine the time. Plan to arrive early because we'll have coffee and danish for you before you board the buses.
There is a separate fee of $75.00 for these pre-conference photo outings. The fee covers the morning coffee and danish, the bus rides, and any entrance fee to the site.
You will be able to attend only one outing, since they run concurrently. There are 6 photo outings from which to choose. You can select, register, and pay for the outing of your choice during your online registration.
Gear Note: We suggest you bring your camera, a selection of lenses, a tripod, and an on-camera flash unit, at a minimum. However, you can bring as much or as little gear as you want and still capture some great shots. Some outings restrict the use of tripods, so check the descriptions carefully.
Space on each photo outing is limited, so make your reservation early!
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,400 acres of a wetland ecosystem. A myriad of animals like otters, alligators, turtles, wading birds, wild pigs, and more live at the Slough year round. Others, like migrating birds and butterflies use the Slough as a feeding area or a winter home. There is a butterfly garden and two boardwalk loops; the longest is 1.2 miles.
Little Estero Lagoon offers a great opportunity to see a wide variety of shorebirds and waders along with a few raptors. Some of the more popular species are oystercatchers, rosette spoonbills, reddish egrets, ospreys and bald eagles. This is a favorite location for commercial photo trips. Great photo opportunities with a long lens (500mm) or a zoom (70mm to 300mm). Tripods suggested.
Kowiachobee is a non-profit animal preserve and home to 100+ animals, including: lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, bobcats, horses, goats, fowl, rabbits, exotic birds ostrich, alligator, etc. There are numerous camera holes in the cages to facilitate the taking of photos of the exotic cats. Many of the other animals are loose and wandering the facilities. Good lenses are 24mm to 70mm, and 70mm to 300mm zoom lenses. Tripods are discouraged.
Shy Wolf Sanctuary is home to more than 50 rescued animals including wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, a florida panther, a bobcat, various foxes, prairie dogs, and gopher tortoises. Accompanied by a volunteer, you will be allowed to photograph inside many of the enclosures and through enclosures for less "friendly" animals. Good lenses are 24mm to 70mm, and 70mm to 300mm zoom lenses. Tripods not allowed.
Harns Marsh Preserve is a 578 acre water resource known for having over 140 species of animals and wading birds, including: sandhill crane, great egret, snowy egret, great blue heron, little blue heron, green heron, tricolored heron, black-necked stilt, kildeer, limpkin, white ibis, glossy ibis, roseate spoonbill, wood stork, and the possibility of swallow-tailed kites and snail kites. There is a 4-mile hard-pack walking trail around the perimeter.
Take a photo walk through Old Naples, which offers a variety of interesting architecture, historic buildings, and flora. The iconic Naples Pier is a favorite spot for photographers and a short walk from the 3rd Street area.