Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop

Come join me on an amazing adventure to one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet, Costa Rica. Here we will spend our time learn a variety of different camera techniques and skills as we photograph scarlet macaws, cormorants, kingfishers, hummingbirds, caimans, lizards, monkeys, turtles, toucans, tanagers, honeycreepers, parrots, and much much more. If you are looking for a wildlife photography workshop that provides you the opportunity to photograph some of the most colorful and amazing wildlife species on the planet while learning how to be a better photographer, this workshop is geared just for you!

Trip Dates

January 7th – 15th, 2024

Tuition Costs


Group Size


Difficulty Level


A Scarlet Macaw in flight, Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop with Colby Brown
A Scarlet Macaw in flight
A Chesnut-Mandibled Toucan

Important Details: Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop

  • To join this workshop you will start your adventure by booking a flight to and from the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) on any major airline.
  • From there we will pick you up in our private bus to begin our amazing wildlife adventure.
  • Throughout this adventure, we will provide you with a mixture of wildlife photography opportunities which include finding a variety of species organically in their own natural environments, photographing birds from man-made perches & feeders, and macro night photography excursions.
  • My team and I will work with you to make sure you learn to master a variety of different wildlife focused techniques such as photographing birds in flight, shooting in low light situations, expanding your plane of focus, understanding AF tracking, macro photography skills using both natural and artificial light and much more…
  • While the workshop starts and ends in San Jose, giving you the opportunity to visit a handful of different Costa Rican providences throughout our time in this amazing country.
  • Our night photography excursions will offer amazing opportunities to photograph a mixture of poison dart frogs, lizards, owls, insects, and even bats. They are truly a highlight of this trip!
  • This trip is gear to photographers of every different skill level, from beginners to professionals. We will work hard to make sure we meet you on your level, answering each of your questions when we are out in the field as well as when we have some down time at our hotels to focus on the post processing side of things.


There is a lot to see and experience in Costa Rica….
The group size is limited to only 8 people, so If interested, please sign up today for this amazing Photography Workshop in January of 2023!


Green & Black Poison Dart Frog
Green Pit Viper in Sarapiqui

What is Included?

What is Not Included?


Payment for Costa Rica Wildlife Photography Workshop

If this workshop is sold out and you want to be notified if a spot opens up for this trip or any other, click HERE!

Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Costa Rica and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

Quetzal Perched On Tree Branch
Some of the Many Different Species of Humming Bird

While many photography workshops in Costa Rica focus on the most touristed National Parks in the country, this workshop is different. Our time will be spent exploring 5 different Costa Rican Providences that offer some of the best-hidden gems in the country when it comes to wildlife experiences. Away from the crowds, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the lesser-traveled northern part of Costa Rica, making this workshop an incredible experience not matter if this is your first time to Central America or even if you have visited Costa Rica numerous times before.

Where in Costa Rica Are We Going?

What Is In Colby's Gear Bag For This Trip?

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Howler Monkey
Sloth Climbing on a Vine

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)


A GREAT question! As a professional wildlife, landscape, and travel photographer for the last 18 years, I have been very fortunate to have worked all over the globe, both as a photographer and a photo instructor. I started my career working forNational Geographic as a photography instructor in South America and currently, I average around 10-15 workshops each year. I am a firm believer in an organic to teaching photography, which involves a mixture of technical, philosophical, and hands-on learning that gives you the best opportunity to make the most out of each of our workshops. Our goal is to meet you at your level and work together to help you achieve your goals.


The workshop begins on January 7th, 2024 in San  Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport code). You would want to arrive in the early morning on the 7th or choose to fly in a day earlier to give yourself more time to adjust and get over any jetlag.

*Please confirm your flights with me before purchasing anything to make sure everything lines up


The workshop ends on January 15th, 2024 in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport code). I will drop everyone off either at the airport or at a hotel of your choice near the airport in the mid afternoon on the 15th.

*Please confirm your flights with me before purchasing anything to make sure everything lines up


For this workshop, you will fly in and out of the San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO).


It is recommended by the Costa Rican government to purchase separate travel insurance before entering the country. I recommend THIS one or World Nomads.


We will be staying in comfortable 3 star and above accommodations throughout our time in Costa Rica. Our goal is to get you as close to the amazing wildlife as possible, which means we found accommodations that will put us right inside the jungle where we will be photographing each day.


Yes, your tuition fees as based on the idea that you will be sharing a room with another workshop client of the same sex. If you wish to have your own private room, that can be arranged for an additional $750 USD charge.


With the focus on wildlife photography, you will want to have a camera that is capable of shooting at high FPS (Frames Per Second). Additionally, using longer-telephoto lenses will allow you to fill more of the frame with your subjects. Refer to the “Gear” section above on this page for more information.


This workshop is not overly challenging in terms of physical activity involved. While we will have some walks/hikes in the jungle and forests, they are not overly challenging in terms of physical difficulty.


My goal is to have each of my clients feel safe, healthy, and comfortable throughout the workshop. We will abide by any local or federal COVID-19 regulations put out by the Costa Rican government. 

To learn more about Colby Brown Photography workshops in general, please visit our FAQ page

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog in Costa Rica
Ghost Glass Frog Perched on a Leaf

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown Photography Workshop Bio Image

Colby Brown


Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.


Shaul Firon
One of the best trips I had

Just came back recently from an amazing photographers tour to Costa Rica, with Photographer Colby Brown. Even though I have quite a long experience as an armature photographer, this was my first such tour. What a first time experience, the trip was! The trip was perfectly organized with great planning and perfect timing placing us in the prefect spots with the perfect timing to get the best shots possible.(...)

Sandy Stolzman
Nature in Abundance

No matter where I choose to travel with Colby Brown on a workshop, I always learn new tricks! Costa Rica was no exception. Despite all the concerns over Covid, I was never uncomfortable or felt at risk. I chose Costa Rica for the abundance of wildlife and the opportunity to take my macro photography to a new level with flash. Colby was patient and gave us so many opportunities to learn. We traveled to(...)

Julie P
Fantastic photographic adventure!!

I really enjoyed the Costa Rica workshop. We went to some stunning locations and the trip was very varied - from boat trips along the river to rainforest walks, a butterfly sanctuary, nighttime outings and a trip into the mountains to see beautiful quetzals and hummingbirds. This was my first experience of macro photography and using a flash and having developed the skills it is something I look forward to(...)

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

The first thing to note is that deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable.  In addition, all cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge to cover PayPal transaction fees. In most situations, we ask for the remaining balance of a workshop is to be paid 120 days from the start of the workshop in question. If you wish to cancel within 120 days from the start of a workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your deposit and the $150 processing fee) or transfer to another workshop with no penalties or fees.

If we don’t find someone to fill your spot, what does your refund window actually look like?

120 Days or More...

Your deposit will be transferable to another Colby Brown Photography Workshop without issue.

90 to 120 Days

You will receive a refund of 50% of the full tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit.

Less Than 90 Days...

If you wish to cancel within 90 days of your workshop starting, you are not entitled to a refund.

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