Arklahoma Wildlife Photography Workshops

Hosted By Michael
2-Day Private Wildlife Photography Workshop

2-Day Private Wildlife Photography Workshop

There is no better way to learn, and have a great time, than attending a private 2-day Wildlife Photography Workshop. Although these workshops are private, you can bring a friend at a reduced price, allowing you to split the expense and save.

The Private Wildlife Photography Workshop is ideal for beginners to intermediate wildlife photographers. You’ll receive personal instruction as well as practice your new skills in the field shooting wildlife. In addition, you will have the opportunity to experience an assortment of lenses and equipment.

Our Private Wildlife Photography Workshop offers flexible scheduling, allowing you to choose the dates that best fit your schedule.

Day 1

We’ll start day 1 at 9A.M. at the studio of Michael’s Photography in Fort Smith, AR. There will be plenty of coffee and doughnuts as we begin the day discussing the camera, settings, histograms, and more. If you’ve previously been shooting in auto or program mode, you’ll be using Aperture Priority and full Manual mode by lunch.

By noon we’ll be ready to load up and head to a chosen location to begin practicing what we’ve learned. Although there’s no way to know what wildlife we’ll encounter, we do know that there will be wildlife such as birds (large and small), beavers, possums, armadillos, or deer.

Day 1 is focused on learning the best modes and settings for using our cameras to photograph wildlife. In addition you’ll have the opportunity, while on location, to ask questions, use an assortment of lenses, learn techniques for using the different lenses, teleconverters, proper stabilization, tripods, and tripod heads.

Day 2

No sleeping in on day 2 as we will meet early, as in before sunrise, to begin our day. On day 2 we will be in the field shooting wildlife during their most active time of the day. This will allow us to use the modes, settings, and techniques learned in day 1 to capture some great images.

When we’ve finished shooting, we’ll break for lunch and meet back at the studio to begin editing our images captured that morning.

You’ll learn fundamental editing techniques, using Lightroom and Photoshop, allowing you to edit your images and ask questions during the editing process.

To finish day 2, we’ll look at and discuss all of your edited images.

This is a well rounded workshop ideal for beginners to intermediate wildlife photographers. With classroom and field work included, you’ll be better prepared with the knowledge and skill set to capture better wildlife images.

Equipment That Will Be Available

Although you’ll need to bring your camera and lens, you’ll have the opportunity to work with gear we have available for Canon bodies. If you’re using another body, you’ll still have the opportunity to use the equipment using our cameras. A list of equipment that will be available is below;

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Canon 7D
  • Sigma 150-600mm Sport
  • Canon 300mm f/4 IS
  • Canon 1.4X III Teleconverter
  • Speedlight
  • Better Beamer
  • Induro 404 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head
  • Assorted UV & ND Filters

Equipment You’ll Need

A list of equipment that you’ll want to bring to your workshop is listed below. Equipment listed with an * is mandatory. All other equipment is recommended, if you have, but not mandatory.

Must Have Required Equipment
• DSLR Camera*
• Lens* (300mm + is recommended)
• Laptop* (power cords, software, needed cords)

Recommended But Not Required
• Tripod
• Tripod Head
• Shutter Release Cord


In addition to the equipment listed you may want to bring additional items such as jackets, gloves, boots, rain gear, sunglasses, bug spray and/or any other items needed depending on the season and weather.

Shooting Location

The field work for this workshop will be locations in or near Fort Smith. Exact location will be determined on the day of your workshop. You will need to provide your own transportation to these locations.


The Private Wildlife Photography Workshop is $295 total for both days.
This is a private workshop and includes all classroom, field work, and image critiques. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with personal instruction and in-field experience that will allow you to take your wildlife photography to the next level.

Bring A Friend

Have a friend that would like to attend? Bring them and save. You may bring one friend and they’ll receive a discounted price of $150. By splitting the cost with a friend, you save over $70.

Scheduling & Payment

You may schedule this workshop by contacting Michael at Michael’s Photography by calling (479) 222-6291. Please note that Michael is often out of the studio on a shoot or in the woods, so please leave a message and Michael will return your call usually on the same day.

Your workshop dates are tentative until full payment has been received. Payments can be made by check, cash, or by credit/debit card. To make payment using your credit/debit card, you may use the payment button below.

Payment Options

Refunds, Cancellations, Rescheduling Policy

In the unlikely event that we must cancel your workshop, you will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Should you find that you must cancel your scheduled workshop, we will credit your full payment to a future workshop of your choice if cancellation is received at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled workshop. We understand that life happens and sometimes that the best laid plans can go awry. Should you find that you must reschedule, we ask that you provide us with at least a 24 hour notice. You may reschedule at that time or at a later date. We will do everything we can to reschedule your date for the dates of your choice. Should the dates you wish to reschedule not be available, alternate dates will be provided to you. Should you fail to notify us of the need to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled workshop, credit or rescheduling decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. We do not provide partial credits or refunds for unused portions or services of your workshop for any reason whatsoever.


  • One-On-One Instruction
  • Slower Pace
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Bring A Friend & Save

All will have the opportunity to shoot using a variety of lenses and equipment. As we use Canon bodies, those using a Canon DSLR will be able to shoot using their body with our lenses & TeleConverters.

quick summary

Two day Private Wildlife Photography Workshop conducted by Michael of Michael’s Photography in Fort Smith, Ar. This workshop includes classroom and in the field instruction. Ideal for beginner to intermediate wildlife photographers. Topics covered include camera mode, settings, techniques, exposure, editing, Lightroom, Photoshop, and image critiques.

Equipment Needed:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Lens
  • Laptop

Price: $295
Bring A Friend: $445

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