Birds in Flight Photo Workshop: La Jolla, CA

Sunday, 22 January 2023 4:00 PM - Thursday, 26 January 2023 8:00 AM PST

4540, Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA, 92109, United States

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Sunday, 22 January 2023 4:00 PM - Thursday, 26 January 2023 8:00 AM PST

Holiday Inn Express Sea World-Mission Bay, 4540, San Diego, CA, 92109, United States.

Bird & Wildlife Photography in San Diego, California

Dynamic Flight Shots of Birds in Breeding Plumage

Join me in La Jolla, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to six (6) participants for a personal experience that you can't get from the big tours. I offer "ask me anything" instruction during the safari to ensure you're getting the best quality images. Because of the small group size, I'm able to offer a more intimate instructional style that allows each participant to get the knowledge they need to succeed.

Winter is the breeding season for the pelicans and cormorants in southern California, so we'll be able to capture them in their colorful breeding plumage.

This workshop is perfect for  intermediate to advanced  photographers who wish to learn how to capture  stunning images of birds in flight. We will have the opportunity to photograph numerous species, including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and terns. We will also likely encounter sea lions and other wildlife on the beaches, and have the opportunity to get some nice sunsets and environmental shots.

Each day, we will download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos stand out. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products.

Where: San Diego, CA (La Jolla & surrounding areas)

Nearest airport: San Diego (SAN)

Shooting locations include:

  • La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Children's Pool
  • Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve

Photo Gallery: Southern California Birds and Wildlife

Partial Species List

  • Brown Pelican
  • Brandt's Cormorant
  • Snowy Egret
  • American Coot
  • Wood Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • White Pelican
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Heerman's Gull
  • Western Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Osprey

General Itinerary

Note that the day to day itinerary will be flexible in order to account for weather and other conditions.

Day 1: Evening orientation and technical setup workshop at our group hotel.

Days 2-4: Field photography at one or more of the shooting locations in the morning and afternoon. Mid-day post-processing classes and image review sessions.

Day 5: Depart for home

Workshop and Instructional Fees

$1499 per photographer (min 3, max 6)
Early bird discount: Save $100 when you place a deposit by Aug 31, 2022.

What's Included

  • Pre-workshop online webinar Q&A session with Jason Odell 
  • Hands-on field instruction and photography sessions
    • How to set up your camera to capture stunning images of birds in flight
    • Exposure and autofocus settings
    • Camera support techniques
  • Classroom Topics
    • Workflow for wildlife photography
    • Processing the wildlife image
    • Sharpening and noise reduction techniques
  • Daily image review sessions

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to the field sites


Payment & Refund Policy

A $300 deposit will reserve your seat until November 30, 2022
Full payment is due on December 1, 2022

Refund policy: Deposits are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled
Final payment is non-refundable

I recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in this photo safari (contact me for a quote)

Cancellation policy

Deposits are non-refundable. 

Jason P. Odell Photography

Jason P. Odell is a professional photographer and educator from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jason specializes in wildlife, landscape, and creative urban themes. He has authored 13 comprehensive photography guides, including guides to Nikon's Capture NX, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Nik Plug-ins. Jason holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation research included field work on the island of Trinidad, where he became familiar with many of the interesting bird and wildlife species. Jason has been leading small-group photo safaris and tours since 2007. His approach to photography is holistic and includes an emphasis on composition, exposure, and post-processing. Participants in Jason's photo tours get a hands-on instructional experience tailored to their individual needs and skill level. Jason's photography has been featured by Nik Software, Tiffen, Studio Photography Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine, Singh- Ray Filters, and Digital Silver Imaging.

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