Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica (translated it means, "rich coast") is indeed a rich land of amazing diversity. With its lush tropical rainforests, quiet beaches, vast coastal wetlands and volcanic cloud forests, it is easy to see why Costa Rica is a top travel destination. It is definitely a birder's paradise, a botanist's dream, a herpetologist's jackpot and for Aperture Academy, a photographer's ultimate playground. Join us at Aperture Academy for a week of photography as diverse as the country.
A person could spend months, even years in Costa Rica and still not see the completeness of its biodiversity, so to get the most out of our time there, we have decided to concentrate on three distinctly different, but incredibly productive, regions ranging from Mountain Cloud Forest all the way to the lush jungles along the Atlantic Coast.
The sky's the limit on photographic subject matter, but particular emphasis and time will be directed towards gathering professional quality images of various species of birds, especially hummingbirds, as well as other opportunistic wildlife offerings. We'll be working with highly experienced local naturalists, and their amazing skills at locating the hidden wildlife all around is truly astounding. With over 700 species of birds listed for Costa Rica, there certainly won't be a dearth of bird subjects to photograph. After the birds bed down at the end of the day, night flash photography skills will be introduced as we trek into the night forest and seek out the colorful frogs and insects the region is famous for. You'll experience how the jungle forest comes alive at night with a cacophony of sights and sounds, and we will be there with our cameras to capture the moments. A walk through a rainforest at night is truly an unforgettable experience.
© Ellie Stone - Aperture Academy Instructor
Even more diverse than the wildlife is the plant life of Costa Rica, as it is home to over 9,000 identified species of plants (with more described each year). At each of our carefully chosen locations, in addition to the natural flora of the area, extensive gardens will provide a wealth of incredible subject matter. For the plant life of Costa Rica, we will definitely be pulling out our macro lenses and working on the delicate abstracts and subtle techniques indicative of this style of photography.
Costa Rica is also known for its abundance of water, specifically its myriad of mountain streams and waterfalls and time, techniques and instruction will certainly be devoted towards capturing the grace of moving water.
In addition, to help get the most "pop" out of our images, there will be casual sit down sessions to highlight various Photoshop and post-processing techniques. So bring a laptop, a glass of wine, and your images from the day as we work to get the most out of your images!