Ultimate Birds in Flight: San Diego, California

Sunday, 12 January 2025 4:00 PM - Wednesday, 15 January 2025 8:00 PM PST

4345, Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA, 92109, United States

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Sunday, 12 January 2025 4:00 PM - Wednesday, 15 January 2025 8:00 PM PST

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Pacific Beach, 4345, San Diego, CA, 92109, United States.

Master the Art of Photographing Birds in Flight

Join me in San Diego, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. 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 geared towards 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.

In addition to "ask me anything" support, I will teach you my complete workflow for bird and wildlife photography using Adobe Lightroom Classic. You'll get my full set of bird keywords with every bird species in the world, learn how to identify birds from your photos, and then learn how to process your images to deliver maximum impact.

Prerequisites: You are expected to know how to set exposure and autofocus parameters in your camera.

Activity Level: Mild. There will be walking on sidewalks with some hills, but nothing strenuous. You'll need to be able to carry your gear short to medium distances (0.1 mile).

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

Nearest airport: San Diego (SAN)

Photo Gallery: Southern California Birds and Wildlife

Partial Species List

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

Also: California Sea Lions & Harbor Seals


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 (no planned shooting, but you're free to stay and get some more practice in)

Workshop and Instructional Fees

$1999 per photographer (min 3, max 6)

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 reserves your seat until October 1, 2024
Final payment is due on November 1, 2024

(Save $100 when you book before August 1, 2024)

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)

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 over a dozen 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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