Out of Costa Rica

July 27 – August 3, 2019 

Email michelle@outofchicago.com to add your name to the waitlist.

Immerse yourself in a unique, hands-on, wildlife photography conference in one of the most remote regions of Costa Rica.

Explore the rainforest, listen to monkeys, see sloths, sloth around. Get up-close to creepy crawlies, frogs, lizards and snakes, oh my! Shoot alongside world-class photographers. Learn about the flora and fauna from local expert guides. Capture through your lens, scarlet macaws, toucans and more. Have lunch under a palm tree. Relax on a deserted beach. Discover a hidden garden with exotic wildlife. See blue butterflies. Get hands-on help from the pros to make pictures you are proud of. Eat fresh fish caught that afternoon. Share stories and images poolside with new friends. Go to sleep to the sounds of the rainforest. Wake up and repeat. This is photography pura vida.

Location

The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

“The most biologically intense location on Earth.”
— NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Dive deep with us into the southern most peninsula of Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula, with its rugged natural beauty, is a pristine, primitive paradise of rain forests and empty beaches. We will spend six days exploring untamed rainforests and photographing the country’s rare, endangered animals including scarlet macaws. It is the only place where you can see all four species of Costa Rican monkeys. The Osa Peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, the single largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America. Get to know the locals along the way, plus stay in an amazing luxury resort reserved just for us. Difficult to access, the benefit is no tourists. We will get you there so you can experience Costa Rica’s secluded nature wonderland and photographers paradise.

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore Costa Rica’s most remote nature wonderland with your camera. The Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park are home to rare, endangered animal and bird species, plus one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The Conference is structured so you will be out shooting as much as possible and learn side-by-side from world-class photographers and local expert wildlife guides. There will be daily, hands-on, in-the-field instruction and practicing what is learned. At the end of the day enjoy the luxury resort, one-on-one critique sessions, get feedback and post-processing help. Bond with a passionate community of photographers and share stories and images poolside with people you click with. Just get yourself to San Jose, Costa Rica with your luggage and camera gear, we will take care of the rest.

A wildlife photography adventure

Get away from the tourists and have the ultimate photography adventure of your lifetime. We have curated an amazing one-of-a-kind photography event that will take you to the most beautiful, remote, secluded region of Costa Rica. Experience wildlife photography at its best. And we’re bringing some of the world’s best wildlife photographers with us so you can learn and shoot side-by-side together.

Luxury eco resort

Crocodile Bay is a luxury resort situated on the southernmost peninsula of Costa Rica. It is set up perfectly for photographers to shoot anytime of the day. The grounds are phenomenal and provide lots of opportunities. The partners of the resort are photographers, so they know exactly what we are looking for. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and modern amenities such as WiFi are on the resort. Enjoy the pool, onsite luxury spa or swim-up bar each day if you choose.

All-inclusive

We will fly you from San Jose to the secluded rainforest where your adventure begins. Each day we will travel in private comfortable transport, 4×4 air-conditioned vans or private boat to remote areas. Seven nights lodging, all meals, excursions, guides and photography instruction are included in the conference price. Get yourself to San Jose and we will take care of everything else.

World-class photographers

Take your photography to the next level with some of the world’s most creative photographers all in one place. We gather the best in their field to teach you. Which means, we are here with one purpose – to help you make great images.

Hands-on instruction

Get six full days of personal, hands-on instruction in the classroom and in the field. We teach it and then you practice what you learn with your favorite photographers at the top of their game in wildlife photography.

Local expert guides

Our local expert guides are pro-level photographers and will lead us on daily excursions. They will assist you in getting the perfect shot and help you find where the wild things are.

Critique & post-processing

Receive feedback from instructors at the end of the day in small group critique sessions or get post-processing help. Return home with gallery ready images you are proud of.

Awesome food

Enjoy cooked-to-order meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner that will leave you wanting more. At dinner, order off a full menu including fresh fish and sushi caught that day. Wine is included at dinner.

Friendly community

Be part of a community that is as passionate as you are about photography. Get to know attendees and instructors over several days. Stay in touch afterwards on Instagram or in our private Facebook group.

Itinerary

8-day / 7-night program

This all-inclusive program includes round-trip transportation from San Jose to the Osa Peninsula and Resort; all accommodation, meals and snacks, daily local guides, daily workshops and hands-on, in-the-field lessons with professional photography instructors. Each day you will choose from a variety of full-day field sessions with our professional instructors and expert local guides. All excursions are included in the conference price and range from boat cruises to hidden gardens or rainforest treks on a search for monkeys.

Saturday, July 27th
Arrive San Jose. A driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Enjoy a free day at your first-class hotel before departing for your adventure the next day. Get to know your fellow photographers and instructors.

Sunday, July 28th
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to fly from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. In Puerto Jimenez we’ll pick you up and bring you to Crocodile Bay Resort. Get settled before you head out for your first excursion. In the evening join us for a meet-and-greet cocktail hour, opening dinner and keynote presentation.

Monday, July 29th – Friday, August 2nd
Start the morning early. Explore wildlife on the resort grounds before anyone wakes up. Enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast, then meet your photography instructor and guide to begin one of your full-day field sessions. At the end of the day, return to the resort, rest and meet your companions for a fresh local dinner with wine. Order fresh fish, steak, sushi and more from a full menu. Afterward share stories and get one-on-one help from instructors. Repeat each day.

Saturday, August 3rd
We will fly you back early to San Jose. Book your international flight home departing anytime after 2:30pm.

ACCOMODATION

Crocodile Bay Eco Resort

“Disneyland for wildlife photographers”
— STEVE PERRY, PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

Situated on the southernmost peninsula of Costa Rica, Crocodile Bay is a luxury resort set-up perfectly for photographers. The grounds provide ample opportunities to capture what inspires you anytime of the day. Stumble upon monkeys, sloths, toucans and a variety of exotic birds. Feeding stations to attract birds are located throughout the resort. Enjoy fresh local meals each day, the pool and swim-up bar, hot tub and luxury spa. Modern amenities such as WiFi are available. Rooms are comfortable and spacious. The resort is small enough to be our own private paradise.

Instructors and Guides

“I was repeatedly struck by the fact the instructors seemed as excited to be there as the attendees, and how easily and happily they shared their expertise.”
– Kira, Massachusetts

We’ve put together an amazing team of some of the best wildlife photographers in the world so you can learn a variety of photography perspectives, techniques and styles. Each day will provide something new for you to learn. Local wildlife guides with extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna of Costa Rica will lead you to where the wild things are. Our world-class photographers are there to help.

Each day shoot side-by-side with one of several wildlife photography professionals that specialize in a variety of wildlife photography. Plus, photograph local culture with professional travel and street photographer, Ralph Velasco. Visit a hidden garden to shoot the orchids with our favorite flower photographer, Anne Belmont.

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    Diego
  • Dennis
    Dennis

Why Out of Costa Rica?

“It’s a wildlife photography workshop on steroids”
Chris Smith, Founder, Out of Chicago

We have curated an amazing one-of-a-kind photography event that will take you to the most beautiful, remote, secluded region of Costa Rica. For six days explore the rainforest and shoot in the field, side-by-side with world-class photographers and local guides. Each day, choose your own excursion with one or more of our photography instructors, each with their own specialty, opening your eyes to new perspectives and photography techniques. Plus, you will be staying at a luxury resort set up perfectly for photographers and for you to enjoy your own private paradise.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

All-inclusive price $5500 (double occupancy)
Registration closes February 15th

What’s included?

1 night stay in San Jose at a first-class hotel with breakfast
Round-trip flight and ground transportation from San Jose to the Osa Peninsula and Crocodile Bay
Welcome meet-and-greet cocktail reception at Crocodile Bay Eco Resort
6 nights hotel at luxury resort with modern amenities
6 cooked-to-order breakfasts at luxury resort
6 lunches (on-site or on daily excursions)
6 excellent dinners, from the menu, with wine at the resort.
6 full-day hands-on photography workshops with world-class photographers
6 full-day excursions with local expert guides
Water, snacks and drinks provided on all excursions
Daily transportation for excursions in comfortable, air-conditioned vans and/or private boat
One-on-one and/or group critique/help from the instructors in the evening
Online teaching sessions before the event
Private Facebook group to connect with your fellow photographers and instructors
Gratuities for local guides included