Category Archives: Workshops/Training

Infrared Photography From Start to Finish

Master Class in Tucson, AZ Feb 23-26, 2023

Master the art of digital infrared photography with Jason Odell & Rick Walker Feb 23-26 in Tucson, AZ

Join me and Rick Walker in Tucson, Arizona for an infrared photography master class that goes far beyond the basics and teaches you the skills to truly master infrared processing. This workshop includes field photography sessions in the Tucson area, where we will photograph subjects that are ideal for infrared capture, plus in-depth classroom time to learn how to work with digital infrared images.

Learn how to create channel-swapped, and “blue sky” infrared images directly in Lightroom Classic on your digital raw files!

Rick and I have spent the last year developing a unique processing workflow for infrared digital images using only Adobe Lightroom Classic and, to a lesser extent, Adobe Photoshop. In this class, you’ll learn our secrets for processing raw infrared images exclusively in Lightroom/ACR, including channel-swapping and color infrared.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to set up ACR/Lightroom with a custom camera preset for your own infrared converted camera
  • How to adjust white balance on digital infrared images using ACR/Lightroom Classic
  • How to adjust infrared images from cameras with different spectra (590-720nm)
  • How to correct hot-spots in infrared images
  • How to perform channel-swapping directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create the “blue-sky” effect on raw digital infrared images directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create dramatic monochrome infrared images in Lightroom and using Silver Efex Pro (Nik Collection by DXO).
  • How to fix common artifacts including banding and noise
  • How to create unique creative infrared styles using plug-in software

What’s Included

  • Field and classroom instruction with a student-teacher ratio not to exceed 5:1
  • Custom camera profile for processing infrared images in ACR/Lr that is specific to your personal camera that includes our unique channel-swapping settings
  • Custom ACR/Lr presets
  • Custom Photoshop actions

Workshop Itinerary

Required Materials

  • Infrared-converted digital camera (We recommend a converted camera from LifePixel or Kolari Vision)
  • Laptop computer
  • Current (2022 or later) versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic installed
  • Nik Collection plug-ins by DXO (you can use a trial version if desired)
  • You are expected to have a fundamental understanding of editing raw photos in ACR/Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop.

Register by Nov. 1, 2022 and save $100 off your instructional fee.

Panama Wildlife Photo Safari Announced

Photograph sloths, birds, and more April 15-22, 2023

3-toed sloth

Discover the biodiversity of Central America as we photograph the wildlife of western Panama. On this unique photo safari, you’ll photograph rainforest birds, mammals, insects and more. Observe and photograph colorful birds from a 65′ high observation tower, tour the rainforest with experienced naturalist guides, and enjoy home-cooked meals at our luxury air-conditioned eco lodge retreat.

When: April 15-22, 2023 from Panama City, Panama

What’s Included

  • Three nights lodging in Panama City
  • Monkey Island & Sloth Sanctuary Tour in Panama City
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Air transportation to Bocas del Toro
  • 4 nights at the Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge Includes:
    • Lodging in single occupancy, all meals, bilingual professional guides, all tours mentioned in the itinerary, non-alcoholic beverages (house wine, Panamanian house beer & local rum at dinner time), all taxes, WIFI, entrance fees to national parks, meals, snacks and beverages during outings.
  • Guided boat tour to San San Sak Ponds Wetlands
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Group photo tours as described above

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop

January 22-26, 2023 in La Jolla, CA

Royal Tern, La Jolla, CA

Join me in La Jolla, California to immerse yourself in the art of bird photography. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to six (6) participants for a personal experience that you can’t get from the big tours. I offer “ask me anything” instruction during the safari to ensure you’re getting the best quality images. Because of the small group size, I’m able to offer a more intimate instructional style that allows each participant to get the knowledge they need to succeed.

Winter is the breeding season for the pelicans and cormorants in southern California, so we’ll be able to capture them in their colorful breeding plumage.

This workshop is perfect for intermediate to advanced photographers who wish to learn how to capture stunning images of birds in flight. We will have the opportunity to photograph numerous species, including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and terns. We will also likely encounter sea lions and other wildlife on the beaches, and have the opportunity to get some nice sunsets and environmental shots.

Each day, we will download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos stand out. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products.

Click the RSVP button to learn more, and to register! This event is limited to 6 photographers.

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Nikon Z9 Open Chat with Jason Odell

Nikon Z9 camera
Join me online to learn about my experience with the Nikon Z9.

Your Nikon Z9 Questions Answered

Want your Nikon Z9 questions answered? Join me online Friday, March 18th where I’ll answer your questions about the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera.

When: Friday, March 18th 10am US Mountain Time (Noon Eastern)
Where: Zoom meeting

Watch Nikon Z9 Open Chat (replay)

Check out my complete guide to Nikon Z9 settings for bird and wildlife photography: Bird Photography with the Nikon Z9

Creative Close-Ups

Macro Photography Workshop at Old Car City USA

Rusty Chevrolet
Discover rust, chrome, and creative photography with me April 21-24, 2022 at Old Car City USA

Join me in Georgia, April 21-24 for a close-up photography workshop at one of the most amazing automotive graveyards in the world. We’ll spend two days photographing the rusting relics spread over 40 acres, and master the techniques needed to create spectacular close-up compositions.

See my Old Car City image gallery, Rust Eternal

What’s Included

  • Pre-workshop photography class (online)
  • Field instruction & “ask me anything” support
  • Classroom instruction on post-processing, including focus-stacking
  • Two days admission to Old Car City USA
  • Image review session & critiques
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Can’t make this workshop? Join me in the field or online for personalized mentoring.