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I am a pioneer in the field of photo workshops and tours, offering programs since 1979. Each is carefully crafted and well planned. By limiting the number of participants per program (primarily 3-8), I am able to offer personalized instruction.

Workshops are short and last from 1 to 3 days, often offered over a weekend. Photo sessions in the field are followed by image editing and critiques. My preparation for each workshop includes scouting out the photo opportunities at each location.

Photo Tours on the other hand, last from one to three weeks. They are custom designed and cover multiple locations. Sites are chosen for their natural beauty and relatively accessible wildlife. These can include wildlife refuges, eco-friendly ranches, private wildlife sanctuaries, and state and national parks. As per weekend programs, each location is carefully scouted. For international programs, an English speaking local guide accompanies the group. Past tours have included South Florida, South Dakota, NWT, Bryce/Zion/Arces Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Newfoundland, and the Falkland Islands.

Nature photography is the focus of the majority of programs with attention paid to composition, lighting, exposure, perspective, creativity, and attracting, locating, and photographing wildlife.

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Mar 2017

A Passion for Wildlife Photography, The Stories Behind the Images

Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Photography Section of the Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA United States
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Based on Irene’s more than 30 years’ experience photographing birds and other animals, this program covers the knowledge, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture professional wildlife images. The talk will include locating, attracting, and approaching animals along with prime locations for wildlife photography, the use of photographic blinds, and stalking techniques. She will share her motivation for photographing wildlife along with entertaining stories behind some of her images. (1.5 hr) For info: Photography Section of the Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh,

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Apr 2017

Nature Photography Workshop on Assateague Island

Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm
Assateague Island National Seashore,
Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island National Seashore, United States
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Nature Photography Workshop on Assateague Island National Seashore Led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto and sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance. 21-23 April 2017 Description: This nature photography workshop on Assateague Island is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera an interest…

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Tangier Island April Photo Workshop

Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm - Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
Tangier Island, VA,
VA United States
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The Tangier Island April Photo Workshop will be the third I have offered in this unique waterman community. 28-30 April 2017 Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lays Tangier Island, VA. Covering approximately 1.2 square miles, Tangier Island is actually a series of…

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May 2017

Joy of Garden Photography, Norfolk Botanical Garden

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 6 @ 3:00 pm
Norfolk Botanical Garden,
6700 Azalea Garden Rd
Norfolk, VA, VA 23518 United States
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During the photo workshop at Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA, Joy of Garden Photography, learn how to be more creative photographing flowers and garden wildlife.

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