St. Augustine Florida Bird Expedition
Cost: $1600, $800 Guest/Spouse
This brand new trip last year will take us to the warm Florida for a variety of birding and photography opportunities . The itinerary (weather permitting) should include admission and two sessions at The Alligator Farm where a huge bird rookery will provide ample herons, spoonbills, wood stork and more. Beyond an evening and morning session at the rookery, we will also do a sunrise at the pier near our hotel, a sunset skyline of Jacksonville and some architecture photography of historic St. Augustine. We will leave Charlotte on Sunday morning, April 14th to head on the 7 hour journey to the FL coast. Monday and Tuesday will be full of shooting. After a likely skyline shoot on Tuesday evening we will stay in Jacksonville that night. Wednesday morning we will head back to Charlotte. Three nights accommodations as well as meals, entrance fees and any tour costs as well as all instruction are included in the pricing. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 10
Cataloochee Elk Preserve (GSMNP/Asheville)
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019 (Monday 2pm-Tuesday 3pm)
Cost: $500 (FULL)
This is an incredible chance to photograph elk and so much more. Cataloochee Elk Preserve is located about 45 mins from Asheville so our trip will begin by meeting at the Fairfield Inn in Ashville on Monday afternoon at 2pm. We will hopefully be able to check in and then will provide transportation to the Elk Preserve. We will photograph the elk in the late afternoon light and catch a mountain sunset. After a late dinner we will get some rest before leaving early the next morning to go back photograph not only the elk but also picturesque valley and century old buildings including a barn, farmhouse and church. In the early afternoon we will depart and have lunch on our way back to the hotel where everyone will head home. You can check out some images we captured on our last trip by clicking here. Cost includes transportation to and from the park, overnight lodging, all meals and instruction. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 10
Join us for this international expedition when we travel to beautiful Costa Rica. We will start our trip in the capital city of San Jose. We will then head to the Sarapiqui region and there we will have ample opportunity to photograph waterfalls and plenty of wildlife, including amazing hummingbirds, monkeys, sloths, frogs, etc.. After this, we head to a brand new stop for us which is Tortuguero National Park which will put us close to the animals both onsite at our lodge as well as with area boat tours. From there, we head west to the Turrialba region, where we will spend two days photographing sunrises, waterfalls, birds, gardens (including Lankester Botanical Garden which is new to our itinerary as well) and the most important cathedral in Costa Rica, the Basilica of Cartago. We will end our trip back in San Jose for easy departure from the airport. The vast array of photo opportunities will allow participants to sharpen all their skills in one trip. Cost includes ground transportation (private mini-bus), full-time driver and English-speaking guide, 8 nights’ accommodations, all meals and instruction. Cost does not include international airfare and tips for guide and driver (personal decision). Maximum 8 people.
Milky Way and Fall Colors Expedition (Brevard, NC)
October 21-22, 2019 (Monday-Tuesday) (1 spot open)
Cost: $350 ($250 if added on to Waterfall trip)
Join us on this expedition to do Astrophotography of the Milky Way (weather permitting) in the NC Mountains as well as photograph fall colors in the Pisgah Forest the next day. We will meet in Brevard, NC around 6:30pm immediately following our Autumn Waterfall Expedition.. We should be able to start shooting the nighttime images around 8pm and will hopefully be done around 10 to arrive back in Brevard that night. The required equipment is a camera, sturdy tripod, regular or wide-angle lens and a remote. The next day we will have breakfast at the hotel and then head up to the forest to spend the morning shooting fall colors. Lunch will be provided and then we will end around mid afternoon. Price includes private hotel accommodation for one night, breakfast and lunch the next day and instruction.
Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12. For couples or guests, the second person can attend for half price when registering together.
Oregon Coast and Mountain Expedition
June 20-27, 2019 (FULL)
Cost $2800 (Guest/Spouse $1600)
Oregon is a photographer's paradise and The Photo Classroom has been taking photographers out there for years. The trip will begin in Portland after lunch on the first day when we will head out to the Columbia River Gorge for two and a half days of sunsets, waterfalls and Mt. Hood. On the third day of our expedition, we will go to the coast for 3 days touring lighthouses at sunset, rocky coastlines, monoliths and much more. The trip will conclude back in Portland capturing beautiful landscapes. To see the photobook from the 2016 Oregon Expedition, click here.
Cost includes ground transportation (airline travel is the participant's responsibility), 7 nights private accommodations, all meals and instruction. Deposit $500, Remaining Balance due 45 days before. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 8.
Raptor Center Expedition
March 15th, 2020 (Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm)
This expedition will allow our group to have access to the Raptor Center near Latta Plantation where birds such as owls, eagles and hawks will be on display outside of their enclosures for great photographic opportunities. The shoot will take place from 1:00-3:00pm during which we will have various birds rotated and posed on natural looking backgrounds. Another new aspect of this expedition is that we will likely have half an hour at the beginning to photograph a few birds in flight. While a checklist of settings will be sent out prior to the event, a telephoto lens (flash and monopod optional) will give plenty of opportunities to practice wildlife photography.
The price includes exclusive for our group, basic instruction including a checklist of settings and admission. Minimum 10 participants, maximum 26. For couples or guests, the second person can attend for half price when registering together.
Outer Banks, NC Coastal Expedition
April 1-4, 2019 (FULL)
Cost: $1300 ($650 Guest/Spouse)
2018 was our first year offering this trip to the Outer Banks of NC for a variety of landscape and wildlife photography opportunities and our group loved it. Weather permitting this expedition, should include shoots of both Cape Hatteras and Bodie lighthouses, multiple sunrise and sunset opportunities, sand dunes maybe a wild horse tour as well as an early morning Milky Way shoot. We will leave Charlotte on Monday morning, April 1st to head on the 6 hour journey to the coast. Tuesday and Wednesday will be full of shooting. Thursday we will head back to Charlotte. Three nights accommodations (in Kill Devil Hills) as well as meals, entrance fees and any tour costs as well as all instruction are included in the pricing. Deposit $500, Remaining Balance due 45 days before. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 10
Additional Notes about Expeditions:
• Reduced rates for a spouse or guest accompanying a participant are available on most Expeditions. Call or email for more information.
• Trips have a minimum number of participants who have to register for the Expedition to take place. In addition, all of the Expeditions have a maximum number of participants in order to keep the instructor to student ratio around 1 to 5. Register early with your deposit to guarantee your spot as we are often at sold out capacity. Refunds are only given if The Photo Classroom cancels an Expedition for any reason. We are not responsible for travel expenses already incurred and we highly recommend travel insurance.
• Participation in any Expedition requires each participant to sign a Release. To request a copy of this release, please email us.
For more information on the photo expeditions, please see the calendar on the home page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 704-905-4729, or use the contact us form to see if there is space available.
Latta Plantation Expedition
This brand new expedition will allow our group to have access to the Latta Plantation which is the last plantation in Mecklenburg County open to the public. Here we will not only be able to photograph the buildings, barns and animals but where we will have stations of demonstrations setup to allow lots of creative action shooting. The shoot will take place from 3:00-5:00pm during which we will have a short instructional time followed by demonstrations (blacksmith, hearth cooking and spinning) where small groups can rotate around and take as many photos as you like of these activities. We will discuss camera settings, etc. when you arrive but as for equipment, a general zoom, a telephoto lens and maybe a prime lens (flash optional) as well as a polarizing filter will give you plenty of opportunities. The price includes the staff for the demonstrations, all instruction and admission. Minimum 10 participants, maximum 25. For couples or guests, the second person can attend for half price when registering together.
Zoo Expedition (Columbia, SC)
Monday, May 13th 7:00am-6pm
Cost: $200 (Guest/Spouse $100)
We will be meeting at the Best Western Plus in Pineville at 7:00am where we will be providing transportation to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC (about 1.5 hours). We will spend the day going around the zoo as an informal group. My team and I will be there to help, offer hints and to make sure you get the images that you want. We will stop for lunch around 11:00am. After spending the rest of the afternoon we will leave the zoo around 4:30 to be back in Charlotte around 6:00pm. This trip is always a favorite for all levels of photographers. Cost includes zoo admission, lunch and transportation. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 14
Spring Waterfall Expedition (Brevard, NC)
Photograph some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the NC mountains with a pro by your side! This trip will not only give participants the chance to shoot 3 different waterfalls but will also have two computer editing teaching sessions to complete the waterfall photography process from beginning to end. Accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Brevard and meals are included. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12
Autumn Waterfall Expedition (Brevard, NC)
October 20-21, 2019 (Sunday-Monday) (FULL)
Photograph some of the most beautiful waterfalls and fall autumn colors in the mountains with a pro by your side! This trip will not only give participants the chance to shoot 3 different waterfalls but will also have two computer editing teaching sessions to complete the waterfall photography process from beginning to end. Accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Brevard and meals are included. Deposit $225, Remaining Balance due 45 days before. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12
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Photography Trips and Expeditions
Our Photography Expeditions offer the best opportunity to learn hands-on and have fun doing so with a wide range of places and subjects. Our trips often are all-inclusive including meals, admission, overnight accommodations as well as ground transportation and instruction. In addition, we have a 1 to 5 teacher to student ratio which makes sure that you get assistance and can learn even more while you are shooting. Registrations for each trip can be made below. If you have any questions, please contact us by email (email@example.com) or call. Last year most of our trips were sold out so don't wait to register.
Old Salem Expedition (Winston-Salem, NC)
November 2, 2019 (Saturday) 7am-6pm
We will be meeting at the Best Western Hotel in Pineville at 7:00am where we will be providing transportation to the Old Salem in Winston-Salem (about 1.5 hours). We will spend the day going around taking in the autumn colors, architecture and period costumes. Our team will be there to help, offer hints and to make sure you get the images that you want. We will have lunch at the Old Salem Tavern (included). Everyone will also get access to the building tours so that they can take pictures inside some of the buildings as well (included). After spending the rest of the afternoon we will leave the town around 4:30 to be back in Charlotte around 6:00pm. Every year participants get incredible shots of Old Salem in the peak of fall color.
Eagles & Osprey on the James River - Richmond, VA
August 6-7, 2019 (FULL)
August 7-8, 2019 (FULL)
August, 8-9, 2019 (FULL)
Cost $550 ($250 for guest)
This is your chance to photograph bald eagles, osprey (including feeding), blue herons and more. Please note that this expedition takes place near Richmond, VA which is about 5 hours from Charlotte and transportation is on your own. We will meet at the Courtyard Marriott in Chester, VA on the day before our morning tour around 4pm. After check in and a short instructional time we will go to dinner (included). If the weather is good that evening, we will then go up to Richmond where we can do a neat skyline shoot of the city. We will leave the hotel the next morning just before sunrise around 6:30am to head to the location where we get on our boat tour. The tour will be from 7-10am and is limited to 4 participants plus myself and the captain who will get us to various wildlife, set us up to get images of the birds diving in for food and many other shooting opportunities. After the tour, we can check out of our hotel and have lunch together (included) before everyone departs for home.. Cost includes the boat tour fee, overnight lodging, all meals and instruction. Minimum 2 participants, maximum 4 per day.
Sunflower Fields (York, SC)
Friday, June 28, 2019 (FULL)
Monday, July 1, 2019
We will meet in York, SC and talk about some of the composition and exposure options for capturing fields of sunflowers. We will then spend about 2 hours photographing a variety of fields. Cost $60
Costa Rica Expedition 2020
April 13-21, 2020
Cost: Single $3300, Double $3700 (per person)
Maine Coast Expedition
Sept. 15-22, 2019 (FULL)
Cost $3200 (Guest/Spouse $1600)
This expedition to the Maine coastline for a week of landscape photography will be the first trip open to all of our students to this beautiful area. We will start the afternoon of Sept. 15 in Portland and depart on Sunday, Sept. 22nd from the same airport. Based off the experience of our scouting trip last year with some photographers, this trip has been designed to give us the complete experience of the area. Starting out of Portland, we will spend one and a half days photographing as far south as Rockport, MA and famous area lighthouses such as Nubble (pictured) and Portland Head. Then we will head as north along the coastline taking in various light houses, harbors, fishing towns, rocky shoreline and much more. Most of our accommodations will be near the water ranging from resorts to two nights in a historic inn right next to a lighthouse. Weather permitting, we will also have a boat tour in the Rockland, ME area allowing us to shoot images from a different vantage point. Cost includes ground transportation from Portland, 7 nights private accommodations, all meals (except two lunches which will be on your own) and instruction as well as admission fees, etc.. Airline travel to and from Portland, Maine is the participant's responsibility. A reduced price of $1600 will be available for a spouse or guest rooming with the registrant. To see photos from last year's trip, click here.
Deposit $500, Remaining Balance due 45 days before. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 10.
GA Autumn Expedition (Gibbs Gardens and Old Car City) - Brand New Expedition
November 6-8, 2019 (Weds.-Friday)
Cost: $1100 ($550 Spouse/Guest)
This brand new trip will take us to Georgia in the fall to visit two highlight spots. Leaving on November 6th in the morning, we will head to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA. The gardens offer many flower and landscape opportunities but the focus at this time of year will be on the red leaves of the Japanese maples as well as many bridges and more. The next day will be spent at Old Car City USA in White, GA. This is a large property full of old cars that have been overtaken by nature and is a photographer's paradise. We will likely return to Gibbs Gardens for the morning hours on the 8th on our way back home. We will stay two nights at the Fairfield Inn property about 25 mins away. We will return after dinner that evening to Charlotte. Transportation, hotels, meals and entrance fees are all included in the pricing. Minimum 6, Maximum 10 Participants