Upcoming Photo Workshops

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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Chincoteague November Photo Workshop 2019

Nov 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Red fox and mouse in road

Chincoteague November Photo Workshop 2019

Newly added dates –  15-17 November 2019

(plus original dates – 22-24 November 2019)

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Assateague Island, & the Town of Chincoteague

Because of the small class size, this Chincoteague December Photo Workshop 2019 is the perfect blend of one-on-one assistance in the field, instructional PowerPoint presentations, and image critiques.

Chincoteague NWR is located on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague.  In the fall, the refuge attracts large numbers of snow geese along with ducks, swans, herons, ospreys, shorebirds and other migrants. It is also the home to wild horses, deer, raccoon, fox squirrels, and other animals.  Used to being protected, the wildlife is unusually tolerant of humans and presents visitors with great photo opportunities.  The ocean, dunes, shells, workboats, harbor, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets offer workshop participants a variety of subjects with which to work. The program includes tips on locating and approaching wildlife, capturing in-flight shots of birds, equipment selection, composition, lighting, and exposure.   We will explore both the refuge, seashore, and the community.

Red Fox on beach.
Red Fox sitting on beach at Chincoteague NWR

Schedule (November 2019)


7:30 PM-9:00 PM (orientation)


Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (slide editing and lunch break)
12:00 – 2:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)

2:00 PM til Sunset (photography in the field)


Sunrise to 10:00 AM (photography @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (slide editing and lunch break)
12:00 – 2:00 PM (discussion/critique of workshop images)

Orientation & critiques will be held at the Best Western Plus Motel, Chincoteague Island, VA.) 


Squirrel eating on branch in Chincoteague
Fox squirrel


This Chincoteague Photo Workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature.  Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimize the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation PowerPoint program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, and in the town of Chincoteague.  Included is a critique/review of images from the weekend.  Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) basic image manipulation and 6) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Rudy Turnstone eating on beach
Rudy Turnstone eating on beach

Based on my findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, we will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for migrating birds.  Potential photo subjects include sand dunes, shells, ocean wave, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, local architecture, and wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.

The orientation and discussion sessions for the Chincoteague Photo Workshop,November 2019, will be held at the Best Western Motel in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd just outside of the wildlife refuge.  For the weekend, a small block of rooms is reserved at the Best Western for workshop participants at a reduced price. Contact the hotel for availability at (800) 553-6117 or (757) 336-6557.  Mention you are part of the photo workshop led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto.  Also, rooms should be available at other nearby hotels in the town of Chincoteague. For a listing of accommodations other than the Best Western, go to www.chincoteaguechamber.com

Marble Godwit feeding in shallows.
Marbled Godwit feeding off of Beach Road.


Kingfisher holding crab in bill.
Belted Kingfisher eating crab.

Cost/Person: $545

Deposit: 50% of cost.  Final payment due 1 month before start of photo workshop.

(Register on my website:  www.ospreyphoto.com. Click on button at top of the home page “Register Now.” Complete the form and send it with your check)

NOTE: Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees. Where possible, we will carpool to locations. The number of participants is limited to 8.

Snow geese flying in formation against blue sky.
Snow geese flying in formation.


Nov 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Nov 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
8231 Beach Road P.O. Box 62 23336-0062
Chincoteague, VA, VA 23336-0062 United States
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(757) 336-6122
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