Dates: April 13th-22nd, 2018
Location: Cocobolo Nature Reserve, Panama
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
Do you want to take images of rarely photographed species? Do you like those wide-angle, “animal in its habitat” shots that are impossible to get with telephoto lenses? This ten-day workshop will provide hands on experience in using dSLR camera traps to obtain these unique photographs. Your instructors on this adventure include Sebastian Kennerknecht and Morgan Heim, conservation photographers who have worked for the likes of Panthera, World Wildlife Fund, and BBC Wildlife. Both have used dSLR camera traps for over fifteen years, all over the world, to create prize-winning images of rare species like pumas, fishing cats, and snow leopards.
- Familiarize each student with the concept of dSLR camera trapping
- Teach students about the various triggering systems and dSLR camera trap designs
- Hone tracking and habitat skills to learn how and where to set-up dSLR camera traps
- Gain hands on experience setting up dSLR camera traps from beginning to end
- Teach students about exposure and flash lighting when using dSLR camera traps
- Arrive into Panama City on the 13th of April (flight not included). Night in Panama City
- 14th April, head up to Cocobolo Nature Reserve in 4WD vehicles
- Seven nights at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve’s biological field station
- Hands-on ecology learning to understand where to place camera traps
- Setting up DSLR camera traps for target species
- Evening lectures and slideshows
- Depart reserve on the 21st April to Panama City. Debrief. Night in Panama City
- Fly out of Panama City 22nd April (flight not included)
Photographic Equipment: All dSLR camera trap equipment will be provided for you (two students per camera trap). Please feel free to bring your own SLR camera and lenses as there will be lots of wildlife to photograph during the workshop. If you would like to bring your own dSLR camera trap to the workshop, please feel free to do so. If you want to build your own camera trap before the workshop begins and have questions, please reach out to the instructors.
What to Bring: See CREA Packing List
Travel: Fly into Panama City, Panama airport
Accommodations: In Panama City and at Cocobolo Field Station are included in the workshop fee. At Cocobolo Field Station, accommodations consist of two ranchitos, traditional thatch-roofed wooden platforms, each supporting up to six individual tents for comfort and privacy. Additionally, three larger tents for up to 2-4 guests each are set up in the gardens of Cocobolo. We provide tents and individual inflatable mattresses, but participants have to bring their own pillow, bed sheets or silk liner, sleeping bag, bath towel and toiletries.
Food: Will be provided to you at Cocobolo Field Station, but you are on your own in Panama City.
Transportation: Is covered to and from Cocobolo Field Station.
Physical Requirements: Reasonably fit. The environment in Cocobolo is humid and the jungle is made of uneven terrain.
What’s included in the price: Panama City accommodations, all transport to Cocobolo Field Station, lodging at Cocobolo Field Station, three meals per day while at Cocobolo Field station, tuition, use of field equipment and camera trapping equipment.
What’s not included in the price: Flights and other travel to and from Panama City, transport for pick-up and drop off from Panama City airport, meals in Panama City, personal snacks, and anything not listed in the “What’s included in the price” list above.