Greg Basco is a resident Costa Rican professional photographer and environmentalist who enjoys a working relationship with Canon. He is a BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner, and his photos have been published by National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, and other magazines and have been used in many books, public exhibits, calendars, and other projects. Greg's latest work in progress is a coffee table book of artistic photos from the rainforest. In addition to his own photography, Greg truly enjoys working with tour clients to help them improve their photography and capture great photos of their own in the challenging habitats of Costa Rica. Indeed, he liked it so much that a few years ago he founded Foto Verde Tours, Costa Rica's first and only travel company specializing in photographic tourism.
Keith Bauer is a wildlife and nature photographer based in Albuquerque, NM. He is a moderator in the Avian forum on Nature Photographers Network, winner of the 2020 NANPA showcase competition in the birds category, published in NANPA’s expressions magazine the past 10 years, winner of the Best of 2010 Visual Wilderness competition, winner of the International Nature Photographers network, and best of show in the 2010 Annual New Mexico Photographic Art show, and many others. Keith has many images in the smartphone application iBird. He is a recognized expert in digital post processing and offers classes on Photoshop and Lightroom. Keith retired from a successful career working at a national laboratory in 2017.
When not knocking people out (he's a cardiac anesthesiologist by day), Doug Brown is a BBC prizewinning photographer best known for images of birds in flight. You can see his photos in the smartphone application iBird. His work has been published in 'New Mexico Magazine,' 'Western Birds' and 'Aloft' and his photos are utilized extensively in 'A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque' and the new book 'Raptors of New Mexico.' Doug enjoys leading photo tours in the US and to Costa Rica, his favorite international destination for bird photography.
Bosque 2020 with Keith Bauer, Greg Basco & Doug Brown
Join NPN avian moderator Keith Bauer, Foto Verde Tours owner Greg Basco and Doug Brown for a workshop at the Bosque del Apache in early December 2020! The workshop experience will be broad-based, emphasizing manual exposure for long lens flight photography (either hand held or with a tripod). The other major emphasis will be on image optimization with Lightroom and Photoshop. All three instructors are well versed in image processing, but Keith is a true expert who teaches classes on both Lightroom and Photoshop. We'll be doing formal and informal computer sessions every day. Additional workshop highlights will include environmental avian photography (one of Greg's specialties), landscapes (including sunrises, sunsets, nighttime shoots), long exposures, and silhouettes. We'll also devote some time to captive raptor photography with a fantastic collection of birds from a local raptor education and rehabilitation center (Hawks Aloft). A contribution of $1,000 from the workshop proceeds will be donated to Hawks Aloft to help support their important educational and research programs.
When: December 1 - December 4, 2020
Where: Bosque Del Apache, NM, USA
Well, I anticipated the Bosque workshop would be great but that just turned out to be a major understatement! Everything about it was a wonderful experience. You guys couldn’t have been more helpful, organized, or sensitive to all our needs. The varied wealth of talent and expertise that each of you brings to the to the workshop enhanced the experience tremendously for me. I can’t thank you enough and look forward to seeing you again in another workshop.
"I am convinced I attended the best workshop possible. As a teacher myself and a self proclaimed workshop critic, I can say with confidence that this workshop had several distinct advantages and was the best of the best. The primary difference that I appreciated the most were the three award winning photographers who stood by our sides and made sure each of us took great images. Doug’s expertise in flight photography, Greg Basco’s incredible artistic talents and Keith Bauer’s unique skills and experience made for the perfect combination. Not only did Doug, Greg and Keith teach us one-on-one but they also patiently reviewed exposure theory, camera settings (both Canon and Nikon), bird behavior and equipment issues both in the field and in the classroom. As most of us know many leaders spend most of their time taking pictures in the field instead of actually supervising the attendees which was definitely not the case with this workshop. These instructors worked very hard walking back and forth teaching and reviewing images the entire time. With a student teacher ratio of 5:1 each attendee had more than enough interaction in the field to capture everything we set out to accomplish."
~ Greg Gulbransen, DO
Features and Highlights
Birds In Flight: There is no better place than Bosque del Apache to master your BIF skills. Great subjects, incredible backgrounds, and expert instruction will help you to produce an impressive portfolio of flight shots. Use a tripod or give hand holding a try.
Landscapes: Capture images of magnificent Bosque sunrises and sunsets as well as gorgeous panoramas!
Captive Raptors: Get up close and personal during a private session with a collection of educational raptors.
Images from the Bosque
Tuesday, December 1
Participants arrive to Socorro by no later than 12:00 noon. (See links at the bottom of the page for suggested hotel accommodations)
At 12:30 sharp, we'll begin with introductions and greetings followed by a presentation on Flight Photography to provide you with knowledge of how to begin capturing those great flight images. After the presentation, we'll head out to the refuge for an afternoon of shooting. We'll shoot until dusk.
Day 2, Wednesday December 2
Meet very early this morning at the refuge to shoot birds at the pond near the flight deck or at the Crane pools. We'll photograph until around 9:30 this morning and then take time to return to our hotels to download images.
After lunch, we'll review the morning's images with an eye toward ensuring that you are obtaining optimal photos in the field. We'll focus especially on how proper exposures can help you to draw out maximum detail in your bird images with LightRoom and Photoshop.
Mid-afternoon, we'll gear up and return to the refuge, where we'll concentrate on shooting geese and cranes at the fly-in. We'll continue shooting until sunset and will head back to town. Dinner is on your own this night.
Day 3, Thursday December 3
We'll meet again early this morning at the refuge for the sunrise, blastoff, and/or Crane pools, and then we'll take the rest of the morning to hone our flight skills.
We'll then work late morning and early afternoon on LightRoom/Photoshop skills and a solid digital workflow.
Later this afternoon, we have a special treat for you. We've arranged a captive raptor shoot with a local raptor rehabilitation center. For the next two hours, you'll have fun getting great shots of local raptors
After the Raptor shoot, we will prepare to go out for a night shoot.
(Schedules may change based on weather conditions).
Day 4, Friday December 4
We'll take the very early morning again to photograph the refuge's avian inhabitants at dawn, and we'll continue shooting until mid-morning. After this morning's photo session, we'll have some time devoted to individual processing of one or two of your favorite images from the workshop. Our goal is for you to take home a few of your favorite images ready to print and display proudly in your home or office. This will conclude at noon to complete our workshop with you.
THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES •
Full-time instruction from Keith, Greg and Doug
All shooting sessions as described above
One-on-one time with instructors to answer any specific questions or to work on any particular techniques
THE ITINERARY ABOVE DOES NOT INCLUDE •
Air travel • Rental car • Lodging • Meals • Refuge entrance fees
Best Western, Socorro, NM - This hotel is our base of operations and our recommended lodging location