Intro by Skip Cohen
The most fun about being in the photography industry has absolutely nothing to do with imaging but the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Rob Knight is one of those friends I met through Panasonic. He's a LUMIX Luminary, making up one of the most diverse groups of artists in photography.
Rob's been leading photo tours in Costa Rica for seven years and is about to make a huge change. I'm sharing his post below as he describes a remarkable new direction - he's changing to smaller tours, allowing him to give more personal attention to each person on the trip. In addition, traveling on each trip with a selection of LUMIX cameras will give each traveler an opportunity to learn fist-hand what all the buzz is about!
If you've met Rob or know his reputation, then you know he loves to teach and share. Photography is so much more than just a career choice. For Rob, it's about his passion for the environment, Costa Rica, people and capturing spectacular images.
Check out the guest post from Rob below as he describes the new direction for his next tour, coming up in September. And, if you'd like to see more of Rob's work as well as the rest of the Luminary team, swing by the Lumix Lounge.
Regarding this next trip - I can't make it, but a week with Rob in Costa Rica just got added to my own bucket list!
by Rob Knight
I’m trying something new this year in Costa Rica, and I would love to share it with you. I’ll tell you the NEW part, and you can read on if this sounds interesting.
My usual Costa Rica Photo Adventure Photo Workshop has between 12 and 17 photographers. We have a LOT of fun, and I love taking bigger groups to Costa Rica. But this time I want to offer something smaller and perhaps create a more personal experience.
I am limiting the workshop group to 6 photographers so I can truly share my experience with each guest. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please read on…
I’ve been leading photography tours and workshops in Costa Rica for seven years. Many of the “great ideas” I had when I started have fallen by the way-side to make room for the excursions and experiences that I share with my guests today. I’ve learned that experience is the important part of travel. This may seem obvious, but when you’re organizing a photo workshop you have to consider everything from lodging to transportation to actually teaching photography!
I have to cater to people of all ages and fitness levels. I have to offer photography opportunities that are fun and interesting to photographers of all skill levels. I am proud of the photography workshop I present to my large groups. I think it has a nice balance of activities, and it is fun and challenging to my guests.
I’ve been to Costa Rica twice this year to work on different projects, and I noticed a few things I liked about traveling in smaller groups.
I especially like the flexibility and the ability to change plans with a moment’s notice. Whether it’s where we’re going, what we’re shooting, or what we’re going to eat; it is much easier to make those game-time decisions with a smaller group. different opportunities present themselves with smaller groups as well. For example, I can organize a horse ride through the rainforest to a private waterfall for a smaller group, but that would be nearly impossible (and much more stressful) for a group of 17 folks. There are places I like to go that just don’t have room for a big group.
In short, I want to lead a photo workshop that works like me taking a small group of friends to my favorite places. Instead of a big bus, I’ll drive us around (I will miss our driver Cesar though). I’ve set up what I consider the trip of a lifetime, but if we see something we want to shoot along the way, we’ll stop and check it out.
This format will also make me more available to help with processing your photos, camera settings, or whatever YOU are interested in working on. I will have time for one-on-one sessions with each guest that are just not possible with a larger group.
The good news is: the tuition will stay the same! I am not charging my regular workshop price for this private photo workshop experience. I will pick you up at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica on Sunday, September 11, and I will take care of everything through September 17. That includes transportation, lodging, meals, excursions, guides, etc, etc… I will also have LUMIX mirrorless cameras and lenses for you to borrow.
I’m excited about this new Costa Rica Photo Adventure! Let me introduce you to my friends in Costa Rica, and show you around this beautiful country. Thanks to LUMIX USA for supporting this unique photo experience. Please visit robknightphotography.com to find out more and grab one of the last few spots!
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