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Live from San José, Costa Rica

Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop with a Pro

1 hour
Group size
Up to 20 people

Improve your smartphone photography with tips from a pro.

Looking for some pointers on taking nature and wildlife photos? One of the world’s most biodiverse countries is a good place to start. Be transported to the heart of Costa Rica during this Online Escape with Carlos. This Tour Director, Naturalist Guide, and professional photographer has extensive experience shooting the natural world, but just like you, he regularly takes snapshots with his phone. Drawing on his background as a photographer and twenty years as a guide, he’ll share the advantages of using your phone to document your travels and pursue your interest in nature photography. You’ll learn about the different flora and fauna of Costa Rica from the pictures Carlos has taken. Expect a story or two about how he captured them during this smartphone photography workshop. As Carlos reveals his top ten tips for taking better photos on your phone and answers your questions, even the most adept at smartphone travel photography are likely to learn a trick or two. After this online photography class, you’ll see the device that fits in your pocket in a whole new light.

Shared real-time experiences

Online Escapes are livestreamed, so you’ll use your computer, phone, or tablet to connect with your host and others around the world.

What you'll need to participate

  • An internet connection
  • A device that can stream audio & video

We also recommend bringing

  • A smartphone (Android or iPhone)
  • An interest in nature photography


Overall rating 4.9 out of 5
Based on 36 authentic and unedited participant reviews
Smartphone Tips
12/19/20 by Terry

I found this escape to be very helpful and informative. Carlos gave lots of great tips for taking photos with a Smartphone, some of which I did not know! I will definitely share these not only with my travelers, but also wi...

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EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Terry, we are so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for joining us!

Great virtual experience!
12/17/20 by Emma

Carlos was great and shared many tips and tricks for shooting on smartphones. Go Ahead online escapes are a wonderful concept, allowing you to virtually travel, experience, learn, allowing you to interact with people and cult...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi Emma! We are glad to hear it. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your thoughts with us!

Educational & Fun!
12/17/20 by Anonymous

Carlos Calvo's Smartphone Nature Photography session was fantastic. His 10 tips with examples and demos were very easy to understand and follow. I learned a lot about what my phone can actually do! He also made funny jokes an...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hi fellow traveler, thank you for joining us and for your feedback.

Great Experience
12/17/20 by Nick

Carlos was an amazing virtual guide to learn tips and tricks for photography with a smart phone! Gracias y pura vida, amigo!

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hola Nick! Gracias for joining us and for your feedback. Pura vida!

Great session!
12/17/20 by Laura

Carlos ran a really great presentation on cell phone photography. I learned a lot and enjoyed the session. The content was useful and presented at the perfect pace; I really liked that I could follow along on my iPhone while...

EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/21/2020

Hello Laura, thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback. We hope you'll take some amazing pictures and share them with us!

Getting ready

How do I participate in this online photography workshop?

All Online Escapes are virtual experiences, so for this nature photography workshop, you’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone—whichever you prefer.

A link to manage your reservation, along with details about how to join, will be included in your confirmation email.

Who else will be joining in this virtual nature photography workshop?

Our Online Escapes are led by hosts from around the world. When you join this online photography workshop, you’ll meet your host, Carlos, as well as anyone else who signs up. Each Online Escape has a maximum group size listed. Currently, Online Escapes are led in English and available to anyone in the United States and Canada.

What do I need for this online smartphone photography class?

In a part of this online escape, you’ll get nature photography tips from an expert in Costa Rica. To get the full experience, we recommend bringing:

  • A smartphone (Android or iPhone)
What if I need to cancel?

While we hope you don’t have to, you can cancel your reservation online for a full refund up until 24 hours prior to the start of your Online Escape. You can read our full policy here.

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