Costa Rica Photography Workshop

February 17-23, 2019

Journey with us to an exciting, new photography workshop in Costa Rica! We will explore the natural escapes this Central American country has to offer, all the while teaching you how to take the perfect pictures to document it.


Start off your expedition at the unique Chayote Lodge near San Jose, surrounded by fragrant coffee bean plants and lush cloud forest greenery. Here you will visit Zarcero Park and meander through its exquisite topiary gardens. For more excitement, you’ll also hike to the largest waterfall in Costa Rica, El Toro Waterfall and capture the cascading waters. The trip will sure fire up when you travel through Arenal Volcano Region, dense with magnificent waterfalls and unique volcano landscapes. Keep your eyes open for sloths and frogs for some once in a lifetime wildlife shots!


After San Jose, you’ll venture to Nammbú Beachfront Bungalows in Puerto Carrillo where you’ll discover diverse protected habitats ranging from swamps to lagoons. With a guided boat trip along the Tempisque River, you’ll have another chance to spot exotic critters like mischievous monkeys and dinosaur-like iguanas. Taking a quick break from nature, you’ll wander through Guaitil, a small historical village filled with pottery and handmade crafts. Ending with a day by the waves, you will walk the Samara Beaches with plenty of opportunities to photograph the stellar coastal views.


On our photography workshop in Costa Rica, you won’t just be exploring an exotic country and culture, you’ll be doing it with professional photographers and the best cameras. For every breathtaking sight you see, you’ll learn the best way to immortalize it in art with skills that will last long after the week is over.


Along with awe-inspiring views, you’ll reside in luxury hotels with flare and charm that embody the culture and hospitality of Costa Rica. In between hikes and shoots you’ll eat gourmet food and afterwards sleep in an inviting hotel room.


Adventure awaits and there’s no telling what you’ll discover in Costa Rica, but with our expert team and Costa Rica’s infinite splendor, it’s sure to be a trip you’ll never forget.


February 17-23, 2019

Activity Level



Costa Rica

Workshop Cost

$6,649 - Per Person


8 Photographers Maximum

Who and What

Our photography workshops are for discriminating photography enthusiasts of all skill levels.


We provide the perfect environment for you to combine your love of travel and passion for photography while surrounded by like-minded people in a fun, relaxed and creative atmosphere.


This workshop is led by Peter Lorber, a master panoramic photographer, and Courtenay Gilbert, a professional photographer, post-production specialist. They will work with you to expand and improve your photography skills, show you how to set up your camera gear to get the technically best shot and get you to the perfect location at the best time to capture amazing images.

You will have the opportunity to shoot with:

  • Hasselblad

    • Hasselblad H6D-100C

    • Hasselblad  X1D

    • A variety of Hasselblad lenses and accessories

    • Both Peter and Courtenay are Hasselblad trained professionals and have been training top photographers for over ten years.  

  • Fujifilm

    • Fujifilm GFX 50s

    • Fujifilm X-H1

    • Fujifilm X100F

    • A variety of Fujifilm lenses and accessories

  • Roundshot

    • Motorized VR drive

  • Arca Swiss

    • Variety of tripod heads

    • L-Bracket  


They will also show you how to create technically perfect and artistically stunning panoramic images using various panoramic VR drives from manual heads to the top of the line Seitz Roundshot motorized VR drive.


You will learn how to stitch your panoramas using professional stitching programs such as PTGui and, finally, how to optimize your images in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.


Hasselblad, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon and other brand shooters will benefit from Peter and Courtenay’s over one hundred years of combined photography experience. They will share tips, techniques and camera set-ups learned over time.


Our small group sizes allow us to customize our workshops to your individual needs. We make sure you get the personal attention you need to get the most out of your time with us.


In addition to guided photo shoots, we will also spend time working on the amazing images you will capture during the workshop. We will go over organizing your images, learning proper stitching techniques and answer any Photoshop and Lightroom questions you may have.


This workshop is designed for the advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced photography enthusiast interested in taking great photos in beautiful locations and having an amazing photography workshop vacation!

Addie and Peter Lorber

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Peter Lorber

Courtenay Gilbert


This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. We get you up and out to make the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as possible.


Day 1, Sunday, February 17 - Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival to San Jose, a driver who will welcome you and take you to your hotel. Your next three nights will be spent at Chayote Lodge, a beautiful coffee-inspired lodge located in the valley region not far from San Jose. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to get settled in and give you some flexibility with international flight times. Dinner will be included tonight at Chayote Lodge.

Day 2, Monday, February 18 - Today you will visit Zarcero Park to experience the amazing topiary gardens. Following your tour of the park you will explore the town of Toro Amarillo and have a light hike through the forest as you make your way to the largest waterfall in Costa Rica, El Toro Waterfall, for some excellent photography opportunities! This evening you will have dinner back at Chayote Lodge.

Day 3, Tuesday, February 19 - Venture into the Arenal Volcano region today to visit La Fortuna Waterfall and the Arenal 1968 reserve trail for opportunities to photograph the impressive volcano and unique landscapes. Later this evening you will have a privately guided evening walk around the Arenal Nature Park. This will be a great opportunity for some wildlife photography, specifically some different frog species and the unique flora and fauna of this region. Dinner will be included tonight at a local restaurant in the town of La Fortuna before heading back to Chayote where you will spend your final night.

Day 4, Wednesday, February 20 - This morning you will check out at Chayote Lodge and have a private transfer to Puerto Carillo on the Nicoya Peninsula. En route you will visit to the Palo Verde National Park and Hacienda El Viejo, inland from the Pacific coast. This area protects varied habitats including mangrove, swamps, lagoons and marshes. You will take a guided boat trip along the Tempisque River for some more wildlife photography. From here you will have a chance to spot monkeys, iguanas, and many other species along with a variety of bird life! Your next three nights will be spent at Nammbú Beachfront Bungalows, a family run property that is the perfect little beach oasis on the coast. Dinner will be included tonight at your hotel.

Day 5, Thursday, February 21 - You will get another chance to photograph some beautiful waterfall landscapes today with a privately guided visit to the Belen waterfalls near the town of Samara. Following your visit to the falls you will continue on to Guaitil, a small village known for its pre-Columbian Chorotega style pottery where you will learn about the local handicrafts. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and dinner will be included tonight back at your hotel.

Day 6, Friday, February 22  - Today your private guide will take you to visit Carillo and Samara beaches for some coastal photography where there will be some great viewpoints and beach scenery along the way. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and dinner will be included back at your hotel.


Day 7, Saturday, February 23 - Sadly today is your final day in Costa Rica. You will have a private transfer from Carillo Beach back to San Jose in time for your international flight home. The drive is about 4.5 hours so we recommend a late afternoon flight. *Do keep in mind that we can always arrange an additional night nearby the airport to help out with flight times so this can be flexible.


​Please be advised this itinerary is subject to change.


Click here to register or contact Addie Lorber for more information:, Phone - 561-361-0031, Toll Free - 877-692-0911​​​​

What's Included​
  • All Transportation once you arrive in Costa Rica

  • All accommodations in Costa Rica

  • Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Five full days of guided photo shoots and expert instruction

  • Post shooting image editing and instruction

  • Demonstration and use with instructor of the Seitz Roundshot VR Motorized Drive

  • Opportunity to shoot with:

    • Hasselblad

      • Hasselblad H6D-100C

      • Hasselblad  X1D

      • A variety of Hasselblad lenses and accessories​

    • Fujifilm

      • Fujifilm GFX 50s

      • Fujifilm X-H1

      • Fujifilm X-100F

      • A variety of Fujifilm lenses and accessories

  • Instruction and use of NovoFlex VR - System II Manual Drive

  • Adobe Lightroom Instruction

  • Adobe Photoshop Instruction

  • Hasselblad Phocus Instruction

  • A print of your best workshop image up to 24 inches by 96 inches!

What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Travel Visas

  • Insurance (travel, health, baggage…)

How To Register
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  3. Fill out and sign

  4. Return to Addie Lorber

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