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1 Day: Hummingbirds

Santa Cruz, California

April 12  (9 – 12PM or 1-4PM)

8 participants

They are fast, can be feisty, predictable when you observe long enough … but most of all they are incredibly beautiful when you understand how to photograph them.

The hummingbird workshops take place in Santa Cruz, where we photograph them with natural light. You’ll learn all the tips and tricks I have used to photograph them for the past 10 years. And there are quite a few, which you’ll be able to apply when you return home.

During the workshop, we’ll focus on “understanding” their behavior, setting your camera to capture these fast moving creatures, and capturing them with great accuracy.

As an extension (Hummingbirds Post Processing workshop), you’ll learn how to post process your images and get an image printed at the end of the workshop.

Looking forward to hosting you in Santa Cruz for the hummingbird workshop and in Los Gatos (at my studio) for the post processing.


Registration: $180
Registration Extension: $180

April 12 (session 1): 9 - 12 (noon) - SOLD OUT
April 12 (session 2): 1 - 4PM - SOLD OUT

Extension: Postprocessing and printing hummingbirds
April 13 (session 1A): 9 - 12 (noon) - SOLD OUT
April 13 (session 1B): 1 - 4PM - SOLD OUT

SPECIAL: Sign up for two Hummingbird sessions and One postprocessing session
Package: $480 (SOLD OUT)


Oliver Klink’s wildlife images have been published in National Geographic, Days of Japans, European wildlife, and many more. His hummingbird portfolio was exhibited at ModernBook gallery. One of his eagle images (Eagle Landing) has received many praises and received honorable mentioned in photo contests. “Bird photography will turn into an insatiable passion, when you acquire the skills to detect them and photograph them with great success. The more you do it , the more you become creative to turn a documentary image into fine art.”

- Capturing "sharp" hummingbirds
- Mastering exposure, speed, ISO
- Basic and advanced skills to lock, track, and capture hummingbirds
- Tips to photograph hummingbirds in your backyard
- Review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)

During the post processing extension:
- Processing your images with accuracy
- Understanding color and sharpness
- Getting your images printed on a professional printer

- 3 hours of guided photoshoot
- Post workshop feedback on your images
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

- Printed images with the post processing extensionn

Not Included:
- Transportation to the workshop location (carpooling encouraged)
- Meals, accommodation
- Entrance fee and parking to UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Registration : $180

April 12 (session 1) (9AM – 12noon)
April 12 (session 2) (1PM – 4PM)

Registration for post processing : $180

April 13 (session 1a) (9AM – 12noon)
April 13 (session 2a) (1PM – 4PM)

Registration: $180 (or $480 as a special package (2 hummingbird sessions, 1 post processing))

Terms and Conditions

- Short walk on uneven surface
- We are going to be photographing next to the ocean, where it can be windy and wet
- Not much else … Have a great time!

Where: Santa Cruz, California
When: April 12, 2017
Post Processing Extension:
Where: Los Gatos, California
When: April 13, 2017
Who: Oliver Klink
Airport: San Jose, CA (SJC)
Accommodations: not included
Weather: 50 – 80F. Possibly foggy morning and Moody Sky

Workshop details for Hummingbirds photography


3 hours of guided photoshoot and reviews

April 12, 2017
Session 1: 9AM – 12 noon
Session 2: 1PM - 4PM

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Through a combination of instruction, shooting in the field and practice exercises, you will learn how to photograph hummingbirds. Our lead instructor has been photographing hummingbirds for many years at locations we are conducting the workshop. The instruction will touch upon proper exposure, tracking hummingbirds in flight, composition and much more.

Schedule: • Setting up your camera. Critical settings
• First photoshoot
• Exercises to improve your skills (track, lock, capture)
• More photoshoots
• One on one assistance (review, improve specific skills)
• Tips and tricks used over the years (what has worked, what can be improved, the pittfalls, the great success stories)
• Discussion on turning your images from documentary into fine art

After the workshop, each participant is welcome to submit up to 5 images to get feedback, reviews, and additional tips. How to information will be shared at the end of the session.

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, and tips on photographing birds.

Camera Equipment:
- We recommend a minimum 300mm lens. A variety of lenses from 70/200mm to 600mm will give you opportunities to create diverse portraits to environmental shots.
- Extra batteries and memory cards
- Tripod (highly recommended)

- You will be photographing in variable weather. We recommend layered warm clothing with water resistant outer layers.


NOTE: This is a wildlife photography workshop and we can’t guarantee presence of the animals. Our scouting before the workshop will increase our chances to locate and photograph wildlife.

This workshop includes:
- 3 hours of photoshoots
- Post workshop reviews of up to 5 images
- Instruction on how to make images that stand out
- How to photograph hummingbirds tips and tricks learned over the years

The Post processing workshop includes:
- 3 hours of post processing
- Processing your images with color and sharpness accuracy
- Instruction on how to make images that stand out
- Printing one of your images on a professional printer

If you are interested in carpooling we will share your request with other participants.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Oliver Klink (408-910-6701) or email

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