Southern California Birding Safari

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 4:00 PM - Saturday, 22 January 2022 8:00 AM PST

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

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Southern California Birding Workshop Partial Approval - $1,200.00

Hands-on photography workshop with Jason Odell, Jan 18-22, 2022

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Tuesday, 18 January 2022 4:00 PM - Saturday, 22 January 2022 8:00 AM PST

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

brown pelican by Jason Odell

Birds and Wildlife of the California Coast

The premier location for mastering photographs of birds in flight!

Join me in San Diego, 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.

This safari is perfect for beginning to intermediate photographers who wish to capture portraits of birds and wildlife, plus hone their skills on photographing 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 into fine-art masterpieces. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products. 

When: January 18-22, 2022

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

Shooting locations include:

  • La Jolla Cove
  • San Diego Bay/Mission Bay
  • Santee Lakes

Photo Gallery: Southern California Birds and Wildlife

Instructional Fee

$1200 per photographer (maximum 6)
A $300 deposit will reserve your space until October 31, 2021.

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 instruction on digital processing techniques & workflow to produce the highest quality fine-art images
  • Daily image review sessions

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to the field sites
  • Park Fees

Nearest Airport

San Diego, CA (SAN)

General Itinerary

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

Day 1: Orientation and technical setup workshop at the 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


Payment & Refund Policy

A $300 deposit will reserve your seat until October 31, 2021
Full payment is due on November 1, 2021
Refund policy: Deposits are non-refundable
Workshop fee is non-refundable within 45 days of the event. 

I recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in this photo safari: Get a free travel insurance quote here

Cancellation policy

Deposits are non-refundable and reserve your seat until October 31, 2021. The workshop fee is non-refundable within 45 days of the event.

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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