Category : Workshops

26 Jun 2019

Waterfalls and Wildflowers Workshop in Asheville NC April 27th, 28, 29, 2020

Waterfalls and Wildflowers Workshop in Asheville NC.

Please join me and my good friend Susanna Euston April 27th, 28th and 29th 2020 for this fun and exciting 3 day workshop as we explore wildflowers and waterfalls in and surrounding Asheville North Carolina during the spring. 

Susanna is a long-time, award-winning published photographer from Asheville, and she knows this area very well. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America; a leader and co-coordinator of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographer’s Association-Asheville (CNPA-Asheville) region, for which she also serves as curator of exhibits; a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA); a member of the Asheville Area Arts Council, the River Arts District Artists and is an artist at Trackside Studios in the River Arts District. Susanna teaches individuals and small groups in her Photographic Artistry Training program and Photographic Artistry Workshops on topics including Composition and the Intimate Landscape, and techniques such as Abstract/Intentional Camera Movement, Multiple Exposures, Infrared Photography, and Abstract Macro. She is also a photography instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA. So, if you are looking for a fun workshop with a combination of wildflowers, waterfalls, macro, beautiful landscapes, and even a little abstract, then this workshois for you. We will be visiting the North Carolina Arboretum, Big Creek area in the Smokies, and numerous waterfalls in the surrounding area. Special arrangements have been made at the Comfort Suites Asheville with a discounted rate if you sign up soon, please see booking link below. 

26 Jun 2019

East / West Coast Birding and Wildlife Safari February 17th – 21st, 2020. “SOLD OUT”

East / West Coast Birding and Wildlife Safari

February 17th – 21st, 2020

Cost of this workshop $1495 per person

By January and February, most of us are eager to get away from the icy grip of winter. Join me and fellow photographer Adam Jones in sunny south Florida for four intensive days photographing a wide variety of birds, alligators, and elegant landscapes of stately live oaks draped in Spanish Moss.

We are there to lead you and assist with tips and techniques every step of the way as we explore some of our favorite birding locations. Being a former south Florida resident, I know the area well and led this workshop in the same location in 2017 with outstanding results. We photographed: Kingfisher, Limpkin, Caracara, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Herons fishing & nesting, Green back Heron, Tri Color Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Anhinga, Osprey, Red Shouldered Hawk, Pied Billed Grebe, Little Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, Scrub Jay, Black Crowned Night Heron, Whistling Ducks Alligator, Rat Snake, and Raccoons. Additionally, the moss covered live oak trees at Circle B Ranch make outstanding landscape subjects located just a few yards from our cars.


Feb. 176PM: Meet at the Courtyard Marriott in the Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch Area, FL, 8305 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, FL 941-360-2626

Bring your cameras with you to the meeting. We will go over and set up best camera settings, discuss techniques, and schedule for the next morning shoot.

Feb.18Early AM departure from our base hotel to the Venice Rookery. Begin shooting at first light continuing throughout the morning. This action packed location, features nesting egrets, Anhingas, and Great Blue Herons on a small island just off shore. The Venice Rookery is a spectacular location for Great Egrets in full breeding plumage, lots of interaction in and around nests including the feeding of young chicks. We commonly capture great flight shots as Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Anhingas are taking off and landing right in front of our lenses. With so many birds nesting so close together, there is territorial squabbling and fighting action to keep it interesting.

Depart Venice Rookery mid-day for lunch at Lashley’s Crab House in Punta Gorda.

Afternoon Photo shoots: Various Burrowing owl locations in Cape Coral and a visit to an active eagle nest.

Feb 19

Sunrise shoot at Circle B Bar Ranch. Beautiful location for foggy vistas of giant live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss.Walk on foot to various locations for birds, lagoons, and lots of alligators.This may be one of the best locations in Florida for great Limpkin photos.The diversity in this wetland is amazing. We photographed osprey fishing, Red shouldered Hawks, huge alligators, snakes, turtles, bobcats, and several varieties of perching birds.

Depart Circle B Ranch mid day for lunch in Lakeland, then driving on to Titusville Hampton Inn.

Afternoon photo shoot at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, followed by dinner at Dixie Crossroads.

Feb 20

Morning shoot: We will return to explore and photograph the amazing concentration of bird life at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This will allow two different opportunities of this wetland environment. With an easy drive through, the refuge is ideal for stopping for interesting, often action packed photos. It’s not uncommon to see Reddish Egrets dancing about with wings spread, as they engage their fanciful fishing tactics. The refuge is also a great location to photograph skimmers as they glide inches above calm lagoons skimming their lower beak in the water. Other species that we have photographed there are the beautiful Roseate Spoonbills, Eagles, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Glossy Ibis, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Warblers, Green Herons, Blue Herons, Whistling Ducks, Anhingas, Cormorants, Osprey, and Kingfisher. The diversity at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is amazing. In recent years, the refuge has become one of the must see locations for bird photographers.

Lunch locally, with an afternoon shoot at Cruickshank Wildlife Sanctuary and Viera Wetlands.

Feb 21

Morning photo shoot at the Apopka Bird of Prey Center. We will have the exciting opportunity to photograph a variety of raptors, even some of them in flight.

Lunch locally, then an afternoon shoot at either Apopka Wildlife Drive, or Circle B depending on conditions and activity level at either location.

Late afternoon departure back to Sarasota to the Courtyard Marriot.

30 Mar 2016

Frog’s and Reptile’s and Butterflies Macro Workshop: January 18th, 19th and 20th 2020 “SOLD OUT”

Frog’s and Reptile’s and Butterflies Macro Workshop 2020
Cost of this workshop $1195 per person
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: January 18th, 19th and 20th 2020

I am excited to announce our 8th annual Frog and Reptile Macro Workshop in a new location, Deerfield Beach Fl.!!  Please join me and my good friend Adam Jones as we bring this exciting workshop to a new location in Deerfield Beach just north of Ft. Lauderdale. This workshop is going to be a one of a kind event, plus we have added an extra day to spend at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Fl. just a few miles away. It is going to be a spectacular time with all new subjects, many of the new animals we have never had before. We will have the usual 30-40 species to photograph including, of course, the red eyed tree frogs and colorful dart frogs. “NEW” this year will be animal species that were to cost prohibitive for me to purchase in the past, but due to having this in south Florida will open up amazing opportunities due to some special friends of mine bringing some really exotic animals. There will be 6-8 shooting stations with real plants, flowers, leaves, and bark for natural looking background environments. The resulting photos appear to be taken in the wild – actually looking better than in the wild. You would have to travel to over ten different countries to find this array of colorful animals. Plus, we do not shoot through glass, so nothing is between you and the subject to interfere with image or lighting quality.

You have total control: the lighting is perfect, the background is flawless, the colors outrageous, and you maintain complete depth of field to show all the stunning details. The weekend begins with a presentation on macro photography, lighting, and exposing flash perfectly every time. We will teach you how to quickly solve the technical challenges with this kind of photography, allowing you to produce your best macro images ever.
So come join us for this exciting event in sunny south Florida this winter!!
Lecture on macro photography and the use of flash for macro; two days of photographing some of the most intriguing macro subjects you’ll ever find, critiques on demand, and Photoshop techniques for the best images possible. Shared use of our two Canon MP-E 65 macro lens with Canon ring flash for 1x – 5x magnification close-ups for eye popping details, patterns, and eyeballs. Personal one-on-one help to make sure your camera and flash are set properly for perfect images.
Not Included:
Transportation to Deerfiledbeach Fl, Lodging, and Meals
Topics we cover are:
How to use flash perfectly when only inches from your subject.
How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures.
The RAW workflow, and using Luminosity Masks for expert results.
Equipment options for macro photography.
Professional way to replace a background with Photoshop.
Understanding lighting ratios with a ring flash.
How to replace unwanted reflections in eyes and reflective skin.
How to get maximum depth of field and sharpness for small subjects.
Skill Level
The workshop is open to people of all skill levels and experience. The majority of people shoot with digital SLRs, but this is not a pre-requisite for attending this workshop.
Recommended Equipment
We suggest a Macro lens or some way of focusing very close, such as extension tubes or a Canon 500D diopter (this will fit any camera system and any normal or medium telephoto lens — you purchase it according to the ‘filter size’ of the lens you’ll be using). Contact us if you need advice on close-up accessories. A ring flash or a flash system with two small flash units on either side of the lens works great. If you don’t have one of these and don’t want to purchase one, contact us about very affordable rental options, or we will also have several light diffusers for speed light flashes to loan out. Constant light sources such as LED lights do not work well for this workshop. So, please contact us for equipment advice and suggestions. A tripod is not needed for photographing the frogs and reptiles, but may be handy for the still life subjects. Workshop is from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach Boca Raton 100 Fairway drive | Deerfield Beach | FL-33441
Block of rooms on hold at a special rate if booked by Dec.15th 2019
Photographic Workshop Cancellation Policy
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Please notify us at least 30 days prior to the Workshop starting date in the event you are unable to attend a Workshop in order to allow another person to apply. In order to reserve your space at the Workshop, full payment is required. If you must cancel, there will be a $100 charge, from the date of booking, up to 45 days prior to the Workshop. After 45 days, the balance of the Workshop is non-refundable, unless we fill your spot.
Reserve your space by mailing your check to:

Mike Matthews
16810 Polo Fields Ln
Louisville, KY 40245

502-612-6434 cell

17 Dec 2015

Macro Workshops Feb 7th Ft Myers Fl. and Feb. 15th Sarasota Fl. 2020

Please join me for this exciting macro workshop on Feb 7th in Ft Myers Florida or the folloing week Feb 15th in Sarasota Florida.
Both of these workshops will be exactly the same and have limited availability due to being almost full. Payment is by check or cash only
cost of these three hour workshops are Ft Myers $135 per person. Please email me for more details mike@mikematthewsphotography.com

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