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Amazon Rainforest Workshop with Ami Vitale, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey

Join three renowned photographers and Nikon Ambassadors: Ami Vitale, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey on the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador to experience the abundant wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and the culture of Quito, its historic capital from March 23 - April 1, 2020.

Ecuador has the highest level of biodiversity per square kilometer anywhere in the world and you’ll experience much of it while learning from these acclaimed photographers.

This all-inclusive 10 day, 9 night adventure is a complete immersion into photography, storytelling and exploration and will focus on landscape, portrait and travel photography.  

Quito is a UNESCO heritage site and the country’s capital. The magical Old Town is filled with colorful people and culture, panoramic vistas and brilliant historic cathedrals.

You will travel in-country to the Amazon basin where you float by the banks and tributaries of the Amazon River and spot a wide variety of wildlife, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

The majority of the workshop will be held at the 5-star luxury eco-resort La Selva Ecolodge & Spa, located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, off the Napo River, inside of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, home to millions of species of plants, birds, rare animals and stunning scenery.

The workshop will give you opportunities to stretch your comfort zone and shoot things you may not have photographed before, including landscape and portrait photography, bird photography, excursion-based photography, flash and natural lighting, as well as the Amazon’s smaller details photographing various macro and close ups. Attendees will be staying in a magnificent location with plentiful photographic opportunities.

Shooting opportunities during the workshop include Portrait Photography in Old Town Quito, a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks, where hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather; make portraits of the Amazonian Kichuas, who live in a part of the Amazon not found on maps, a unique opportunity to learn about their life and create some striking portraits; hike the Matapalo Trail, where you will pass Mahogany trees over 400 years old; photograph an Amazonian sunset from a canoe and more.

This workshop is for intermediate and slightly more advanced photographers and photo editors who have an understanding of the basics of their camera and. how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work.

A DSLR or mirrorless camera will do. You’ll want to have a wide-angle lens (anything in the 16-50mm range will do), and a zoom lens (70-300, 70-200, etc.). If you plan on shooting certain landscapes or night photos you’ll need a tripod. And if you’d like to photograph macro shots, consider bringing a macro lens. For portrait shooting, it is recommended that you bring a flash or a simple reflector.

A photographic trip of a lifetime awaits. Hurry and book your spot. This one will fill up fast. Given the mix of skills and experience of Ami, Joe and Tamara, this will be a truly unique week, rich in expertise, knowledge and adventure, all set in an astonishing environment.

For more information about this workshop or to register, visit the Amazon Workshop page on Tamara's website.

Nikon provides information about this tour for reference and educational use only. Attendees assume all risk associated with booking and traveling for this photo tour and Nikon is in no way responsible for loss, damage or injury associated with a customer’s decision to reserve and travel on this trip.