Tours and Workshops

From time to time and at various locations The Point and Shoot Nature Photographer leads Point and Shoot Nature Photography Tours to interesting locations around the world, from Central and South America to Africa and Europe. Point and Shoot friendly tours, with an emphasis on excellent photographic opportunities. In addition the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer offers workshops and workshop series at Birding and Photography Festivals across the United States. This is the page to check on upcoming trips and workshop locations.

Tours and trips…

Cuba with Optics for the Tropics.

March 17-25th. This is more of a photography trip: birds, landscapes, culture, etc. than it is a traditional birding trip. We will see some of the endemics, but we will not be chasing down every on. It is a relaxed trip to experience the Cuban landscape and culture. Very affordable. Lots of fun. $1600 per person plus airfare. For a detailed itinerary see the pdf download at the bottom of the page. 


Uganda, Birds and Wildlife

My second trip to Uganda with Epic Uganda Vacations. 14 days, August 20-September 2, around $3894 plus airfare. This is a super deal. The experience is equivalent to that of trips costing over $10,000. Only 2 spaces left on this trip. We will see most of the most wanted species of birds in Uganda, chimpanzees, Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey, antelopes, giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, etc. We saw 9 species of primates last year. For more info contact me at lightsheddder at, or check out the itinerary at the bottom of the page. 


Costa Rica in December. Two trips.

Point and Shoot Nature Photography experience in Costa Rica, Rain and Cloud Forest, November 28-December 6, 2020. Organized by Holbrook Tours. Costa Rica. This is another very affordable trip, and should be a lot of fun. Around $1800 (excluding airfare). It will be my 6th trip to the best bird and wildlife areas of Costa Rica.

And this year for the first time, I am visiting the Osa Peninsula in Southern Costa Rica for the deep rainforest experience. We will travel back through Las Cruces Biological Station with its world famous Botanical Gardens, and San Gerardo de Dota and the cloud forest, looking, of course, for the Resplendent Quetzel. Also arranged by Holbrook Tours. Osa. A bit more expensive due to flights within Costa Rica and limited lodge choices in the Osa, but still very affordable. Book as a stand alone trip, or as an extension to Rain and Cloud Forest trip above. December 6-14th.


By the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer exclusively for Point and Shoot Nature Photographers! Point and Shoot Nature Photography experiences in a non-threatening, supportive, nurturing atmosphere.

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 22-27th, 2020.

Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island NWR, FL

4 session intensive workshop track in and around Titusville Florida and Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge, from basics to advanced field techniques. Some classroom, but mostly outdoor, hands-on instruction. Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival.

Florida Birding and Photo Fest  Not certain about this yet.

Point and Shoot for Warblers
: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ohio. Warblers are a challenge with any camera, but they can be captured with an advanced Point and Shoot super-zoom. Join me and to find out how…or just to improve your skills. Hands on. In the field. Limited to 10. May 2020. Dates and times to be announced.  Meeting in parking lot near the East end of the boardwalk. Sign up on the Biggest Week website when it goes live.

Bay-breasted Warbler, Magee Marsh, OH


Point and Shoot Nature Photography at the Festival of the Cranes. Similar to the Florida Birding and Photo Fest P&S track, but at Bosque del Apache NWR. 14,000 Sandhill Cranes. 30,000 Snow Geese. Great opportunities for other wildlife including deer and elk. Cost as posted when the 2020 schedule is posted. For more information email,

4 thoughts on “Tours and Workshops”

  1. When will your 2019 workshop schedule be published.
    I would also like to know where I can get a bean bag that goes on top of a monopod.
    I got your book from amazon a few weeks ago and really enjoy lt. One of my friends got me to buy a Canon sx60sh. I have been using 100-400 canon with 70D body and was about to buy 600mm. Glad I didn’t. You are correct far to heavy.

    1. I am in Costa Rica right now on this year’s Point and Shoot adventure. I will post a full schedule when I get back, but so far it is India in March, Portugal in April, The Dry Tortugas in April, Costa Rica (this same trip) in December, and Guatemala in December. Probably something in September but I am not sure where. 🙂

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