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    • flash photography toucan in Costa Rica

      Flash for Wildlife Photography?

      Most people don’t think of flash as something to use in wildlife photography situations. In fact, many photographers loathe the idea of using flash altogether. However, on our recent trip to Costa Rica, we found ourselves using the flash almost every day and we got some pretty good results with it. Especially in strongly backlight conditions – flash can really make the difference.

    • Jesus Christ lizard in Costa Rica

      Photography time out in Costa Rica, part 2

      The five days we spent in the highlands of Costa Rica were filled with pretty chilly weather, wind and rain. Nevertheless, as mentioned in our previous blog post, it is one of a few great spots to check out the unique “resplendant quetzal.” This colorful bird is quite a site and tricky to find! Those same highlands happen to be one of Costa Rica’s best known coffee growing regions.

    • Holler monkey in Costa Rica

      Photography time out in Costa Rica

      Costa Rica has been on my exploring radar for quite some time. I’d heard from several people who have visited that it’s just an amazing place, rich with a wide variety of wildlife to photograph.  I felt like Costa Rica was calling our names: Maaatthew, Daaagmar! We seized the opportunity to travel during a break from photography courses in February and booked our seats on the non-stop Edelweiss flight. However, two weeks prior our trip, some bad news darkened our anticipation of the upcoming trip.

    • viewfinder center photography students enjoying print portfolios in Zurich, Switzeland.

      Advanced Study – Print Portfolios

      Time flies when you’re having fun (and working hard)! Hard to believe it, but this year’s Advanced Study group is already rounding the half-way mark on their exciting year together. It feels like we just got started yesterday, but now here we are, looking through our student’s amazing portfolio prints from our first three units together, having studied advanced exposure control, the digital darkroom and creative composition together.

    • packing tips for photography enthusiasts traveling to Africa.

      Planning Your Photo Safari to Africa

      For most of us, a big trip to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we may not get to repeat. If you’re just starting with your research, you might be asking yourself what kind of experience you get in one African country or location versus another. This is the first of three blog posts about the three countries in Southern Africa that we’ve travelled to and photographed in, plus a few tips on what clothing and camera gear to bring with on your own trip.