School of the World
300 M Este 50 N De La Pops, Escuela del Mundo, Playa Jaco Costa Rica
Office (outside Costa Rica) +506.2643.2462
Office (Costa Rica)
We all have these amazing devices in the palms of our hands, some of them even shoot in 4K video, yet somehow it is still so difficult to capture the beauty that we see with our eyes. We know it’s possible because social media is full of amazing photography and videography, but just how do they do it?
Sure, you could watch countless YouTube videos and learn the photography basics (that’s the beauty of the internet), however, putting those skills to the test with one-on-one attention in a tropical local with an experienced guide…nothing beats that!
Whether you are a first-time photographer, a seasoned professional or somewhere in between, we will teach you new techniques for composing, shooting, and editing images. You will come back from your trip with skills that you can continue to develop, tons of great memories, and gorgeous photos to show your family and friends.
Here are seven things you will learn during your photography workshop:
Choose your equipment wisely. Sure, a DSLR looks fancy and is capable of taking some really amazing photos, but it does you no good if it’s too cumbersome to carry around. Choose a camera that fits your needs and destination, whether it’s a DSLR with multiple lenses, a point-and-shoot that fits in your pocket, or a smartphone.
Have patience. Not all great photos come in a flash of inspiration. Some images take an investment of time. Wait for the perfect moment to capture that sunset, wave, or bird as it readies for flight. Your patience will pay off.
Look for the unexpected shot. Anyone can take the typical, straight-on shot of a popular landmark. Instead, try changing your perspective. Get down low or find another unique vantage point. Are there tall buildings around or sand dunes you can climb? Look for other opportunities, like reflections from glass or water, to make your photos really stand out.
Don’t be flash-happy. A lot of beginner photographers leave the in-camera flash on, no matter the lighting conditions or the type of photo they’re trying to capture. Refrain from using the flash when capturing landscapes, or when taking photos at large venues like concerts or sporting events. Instead, only use a flash to illuminate poorly-lit subjects when they’re within the flash range (typically 10′).
Use natural light. For best results, use natural light whenever possible. Many photographers seek out the “golden hours”—the first and last hour of daylight—each day, when the light gives objects more shape. And don’t be scared of shadows—they can actually add interest to your photos, providing contour and balance.
Pay attention to the background. A light pole sticking out of someone’s head, an errant hand jutting into the frame—these are the kinds of things that can make an otherwise good photograph bad. The background of a photo should help to provide context for the image, not distract the eye. When composing your photo, pay attention to the background and edges of your photo. If you’re unhappy with the composition, try moving your subject, or if that’s not possible, move yourself to get the shot.
Get personal. A destination is a lot more than its landmarks. Try to capture scenes of everyday life that include locals, whether it’s fishermen pulling in the day’s catch, a crowd at a café, or the old woman who runs the fruit stand. When possible, introduce yourself and ask for permission first—not only will it make your experience richer, but your photographs will be, too.