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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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Fall Nature Photography on Assateague Island

Sep 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - Oct 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Wild Horses fighting on Assateague Island

Assateague Island National Seashore

Fall Photo Workshop

Led by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto and sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance.

29, 30 Sep, 1 Oct 2017

Fall Nature Photography on Assateague Island 


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 in nature photography and who desire to improve their photographic skills and optimize the use of their camera.  Program includes field sessions on Assateague Island, instructive slide programs, and critiques of participant images. Topics discussed include 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) digital media and image storage, 6) basic image manipulation and 7) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Beach and snow fence to help hold sand in place and protect the dunes.. Potential subjects for nature photography at Assateague
Beach and snow fence

During the Friday evening orientation, departure times, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical topics will be discussed. Prior to dawn on Saturday, the class participants will depart for the beach to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light.  Potential subjects include the sunrise, sand dunes, shells, the surf, beach vegetation, fisherman, the wild horses of Assateague Island, and local wildlife including whitetail deer, fox, raccoons, herons, rails, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.  Mid-day will be set aside for editing images, followed by a critique of photos taken during the morning. The remainder of the afternoon will be devoted to more photography of island inhabitants, the beach and sunset.  Sunday, photography will begin at dawn and continue through the morning.  Mid-day editing will be followed by a final critique of images.

Herring Gull bathing
Herring Gull

The number of participants is limited to 12.


Friday, 29 Sep

 Orientation (7:00 PM-8:30 PM)

Saturday, 30 Sep

 Sunrise –10:00 AM (photography)

 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (edit images, lunch)

  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (critique of images)

  3:00 PM – Sunset (photography)

Sunday, 1 Oct

 Sunrise – 10:00 AM (photography)

 Mid-Day (lunch & prep images for review)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (critique)

Swallows mating on Assateague Island


Timing of excursions will be adjusted as needed based on the weather, subject availability, and desires of the class participants. Orientation, lectures and critiques will be held in the Assateague Island’s Visitor Center.

A pre-class assignment will be provided via e-mail along with guidance for submitting images for Friday night’s orientation.

Assumes a basic knowledge of your D-SLR digital camera and familiarization with basic terms such as F-stop, ISO, & exposure plus the ability to perform minor edits on images and download your image files to e-mail or a thumb drive for the critique sessions.  A laptop computer or tablet is required for image editing and transfer. 

For those from out of state requiring overnight accommodations, rooms are available in Salisbury, West Ocean City, & Berlin, MD. (Approximately half hour or less travel time).

Common loon
Common loon


 Price: $300

Register early since this workshop fills rapidly.

Red-winged Black Bird singing and displaying
Red-winged Black Bird

To register contact the sponsor: The Assateague Island Alliance

Email: outreachaia@gmail.com 

Website: http://www.assateagueislandalliance.org/aia-events.html

Phone: 410 629-6095



Sep 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Oct 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Assateague Island Alliance
(410) 629-6095


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