South Florida is a wild and diverse place with countless photographic opportunities. From coast to coast the state offers the best beaches in the country and in between, the pine forests, swamplands, and Florida Everglades provide a beautiful habitat for wildlife to thrive.  The locations for this workshop have been carefully scouted and selected to provide a showcase of the many ecosystems and landscapes of Florida. This gives our students the opportunity to improve and hone their creative skills with a variety of situations and photography subjects. There will also be time carved out in between field sessions for processing instruction with various techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop to help students bring their images to life!

Participants should be in good physical health. While there will not be any strenuous hiking during the workshop, students should be prepared to be a little uncomfortable. We will be doing some hiking in wet conditions and hot, humid days can occur year round in Florida as well as pop up thunderstorms (which are great for photography!). 

DATES:  February 12 - 19, 2017

INSTRUCTORS:  Chris Byrne and Amy Shutt (

LOCATIONS: Gulf side and Atlantic side beaches, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Key Biscayne

COST: $1950 total, $350 deposit to secure space, with the remainder due 60 days prior to workshop

GROUP SIZE: Limited to 8 participants (4 to 1 student to instructor ratio)


The workshop will start in the afternoon on Sunday February 12 and end after a sunrise shoot on Sunday February 19. We'll begin on the gulf side and use Ft. Myers as our base for the first few days as we photograph scenic beaches, migrating birds and burrowing owls. From there we'll move south to Big Cypress National Preserve and immerse ourselves in "undiscovered Florida" by staying in a cottage in the swamplands and going for an early morning photo walk into the swamp itself. Then it's on to the Everglades with ample opportunities to see and photograph gators, birds, and other wildlife in the wetlands. We'll round out the last couple days with a sunset shoot at an iconic lighthouse followed by a great spot to see the Miami skyline at night. Finally we'll hit the beach again on the Atlantic side this time for a unique rocky coastline with lots of composition possibilities. 



The workshop will begin in Ft. Myers and end near West Palm Beach. There are airports in Ft. Myers, West Palm Beach, and Miami and it would be best to fly into one of these locations. Distance between West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers is 126 miles (2.5 hrs), West Palm Beach to Miami International Airport is 72 miles (1.5 hrs) and Miami to Ft. Myers is 154 miles (2.5 hrs). 

Feb 12-14 - Baymont Inn & Suites Fort Myers Airport, 9401 Marketplace Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33912      (239) 454-0040

Feb 15-16 - Big Cypress National Preserve - Lodging is included in workshop fee

Feb 17 - Fairway Inn Florida City, 100 SE 1st Ave, Florida City, FL 33034, (305) 248-4202

Feb 18 - Super 8 North Palm Beach PGA Blvd, US 1, PGA Blvd to US 1 South North Palm Beach FL     (855) 799-6862




  • Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
  • Closed toe shoes that can get wet (I love these SEAC Neoprene Boots to keep the dirt out),
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Block
  • Umbrella (for help in shooting waves, not for the photographer!)


  • DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (16mm) to telephoto (300mm). Serious bird photographers will want to bring a 400mm or longer lens. 
  • Camera manual
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Cable Release Trigger
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. 
  • Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Notebook



Meals and snacks

Lodging (except in Big Cypress)


Park entrance fees (includes $20 for 7 day Everglades pass and several small state park fees)

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We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.