Getting good photographs of wildlife can be challenging for a novice photographer; your subjects are always moving, there's variable light and weather to contend with, flora may be camouflaging your fauna and chances are you have yet to accrue or master how to use the higher-end camera equipment that you need to take magazine-quality photos. But did you know that deep within the Amazon Rainforest of Southern Peru is one of the best places to learn to take professional wildlife photos?
Operating out of the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon, award-winning photographer Jeff Cremer escorts small-group trips between three different lodges and offers a mix of in-the-field shooting opportunities combined with photography workshops back at the lodge to help budding photographers develop their skill set. The Tambopata is one of richest wildlife areas in the Amazon so photographers and wildlife enthusiasts have an excellent chance of encountering and shooting a variety of species in their natural habitat. During the five day course, one is likely to see macaws and parrots feasting noisily at a clay lick, peccaries, capybaras, caiman, toucans, horned screamers and a variety of photogenic bird life, brightly colored insects and amphibians, the endangered giant river otter and possibly even jaguars. In fact, on a recent photo trip, three adult jaguars were spotted and photographed along the river in the same day!
While this trip offers something for everyone, it is best geared towards beginner and intermediate photographers who are still familiarizing themselves with the technicalities of professional-grade photography equipment. Because, (and we think this is the coolest part of all), you don't need to have any of your own camera gear to participate. All equipment is provided and the list is extensive!
- Canon 600mm Telephoto Lenses
- Carbon Fiber Tripods
- Canon and Nikon Camera Bodies
- Extreme Macro Lenses that are capable of taking photos of the eyes of ants and even the tiny scales that cover the wings of butterflies!
- Robotic Focusing Devices and Robotic Heads for Gigapixel Images
- Included workshops teach you how to use the equipment to get amazing shots of Amazonian wildlife, while experienced local guides will reveal the hidden treasures of the jungle!
- We provide everything you need to create amazing gallery quality images.
- Access to Photoshop CS5 and Plugins
All photographers are provided with Canon cameras and lenses such as the 18MP Canon 7D and 20MP Canon 6D. You'll also have access macro lenses to take close up photos of insects and butterflies, as well as a huge Canon 600mm f/4 to take photos of birds in flight and even small subjects over 100m away. The small group size (about 6 participants per instructor) ensures that all attendees receive the instruction and guidance they need to maximize the photographic opportunities encountered.
This 5 day/4 night extension into the Tambopata can be added onto any of our regularly offered Peru trips or integrated as part of an overall custom trip. Week long options are also available for photographers keen on more opportunities to shoot at the clay lick and from the water. Check out our Peru Trip Extensions page for more details!
About the photographer: Jeff Cremer is an award-winning travel photographer based in Lima, Peru. Originally from Colorado in the American West his wanderlust and search for compelling images have brought him to amazing places all over the world. Impressed by the stunning beauty and abundant photographic opportunities in Latin America he lived in Costa Rica and Colombia before moving to Peru.