Natural.

Experience Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.

Explore Costa Rica's wildlife

Authentic.

Visit people and places that most tourists in Costa Rica never see.

Explore Costa Rica's culture

Beautiful.

Experience all of the beauty that Costa Rica has to offer.

Explore Costa Rica's beauty

Costa Rica

Experience Costa Rica like a local, and capture every amazing moment.

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For the Photography Enthusiast

Even if you’re not an experienced photographer, you’ll be right at home on our Costa Rica Photo Tours. I’ve spent the last seven years organizing tours that put the travel experience first. My tours focus on making you feel like part of the community, and not just another tourist. You’ll hang out with local people, eat delicious local food and, of course, see unbelievable wildlife. Bring your DSLR, your camera phone, or anything in between. I’ll bet you have the experience of a lifetime, and you’ll capture every magical moment.

For the Adventurous Traveler

Even if you’re not an experienced photographer, you’ll be right at home on our Costa Rica Photo Tours. I’ve spent the last seven years organizing tours that put the travel experience first. My tours focus on making you feel like part of the community, and not just another tourist. You’ll hang out with local people, eat delicious local food and, of course, see unbelievable wildlife. Bring your DSLR, your camera phone, or anything in between. I’ll bet you have the experience of a lifetime, and you’ll capture every magical moment.

Why Travel With Us?

The State of the Art

Our instructors have been using mirrorless cameras since before they were cool. We’ve found that using high-quality lightweight equipment allows us to focus more on the travel experience and less on heavy camera bags. If you’re shooting one of those new-fangled mirrorless cameras you’ll feel fight at home on our workshops. If you’re using a DSLR, that’s OK too! We’ll even let you try our LUMIX gear to see what the big deal is.

Teaching is What We Do

You attend a photo workshop because you want to improve your photography skill set, right? Our instructors are talented photographers and Adobe Certified Experts, but they’re also professional educators. We’ve been teaching folks how to make better pictures for years. We love to share our knowledge and experience to help you help you explore your photographic vision and go beyond the postcard shots.

Building Relationships

When we put together a photo workshop we want to share the places we love to shoot, but we also want to introduce you to some amazing people. Some of the folks you’ll meet are local to the areas we visit, while others will be riding along with you. Rob and Rick are fun guys and they tend to attract good people. When you join one of our tours we think you’ll discover why we have so many return clients each year.

Not Exactly Roughing It

We enjoy life on the road, exploring uncharted territory and following new paths to see where they lead, but we also like great food and comfortable rooms. We go out of our way to find the best restaurants wherever we go, and we will never take you to a roach motel. Rob jokes that our trips are actually culinary tours and we make pictures to pass the time between meals. Our clients know he’s only half kidding!

What Our Guests Are Saying.

This photography workshop was a great experience that provided numerous opportunities to learn more about photography and the local culture. Both the instructors and local guides are very knowledgeable and pointed out things that I would never have noticed on my own. This well-organized, fun, and friendly workshop was the best way to jumpstart my interest in photography. Nicole Widmer

Now, I understand why so many of you were returning participants!  I would go back again too! Experiencing Costa Rica in such an up close and personal way was fabulous…. I must say that Leaves and Lizards was my favorite.  OMG!! the VIEW!!! Thank you all for your help with our cameras and the fun time sharing photographs and life experiences. We learned so much. It was great! And a special thanks to Rob and Bob – you men were amazing! Barbara Robinson

It’s not every day or in life for that matter that you get an opportunity to share paradise with such diverse and talented people.

Thank you every one for being part of my life altering journey.

Kat Cunningham

Great time and enjoyed meeting some new friends…And just generally enjoying good company, good shooting, and looking forward to future photo trips with a great leader.  Thanks Rob!

Tom Simpson

This was an absolutely delightful trip!  Every time we turned around, we were stumbling across some rare and new wonder.

Jody DeWeese

There was so many wonderful experiences it is hard to say which was my favorite. The expertise of our instructors was really made it. Nice to be able to ask questions while working instead of a traditional classroom setting. Anne Nettles

This is my third trip [to Costa Rica]… I can honestly say that each time it has been wonderful, new, exciting and full of wonder. Many, many thanks to Rob and Bob, the A Team of photo instructors! Without a doubt, you guys worked your butts off to plan and execute one fantastic trip!   THANK YOU!!! Kathy Veitch

Tuition is $2450

Per Person, Double Occupancy. Single travelers add $550 for a private cabin.

Space is limited to six photographers.


Here’s what’s included:

  • Six nights lodging in beautiful private cabins.
  • All Meals Sunday Night through Saturday morning
  • All transportation including Airport transfers*
  • All Excursions and applicable park entry fees
  • Daily Photography instruction and organized photo shoots
  • Digital darkroom tips and techniques
  • Experienced local guides
  • Loaner equipment provided by LUMIX USA
  • Making new friends
  • Having an amazing time!

You get yourself to San Jose, Costa Rica, and we take care of the rest! All you have to buy is a plane ticket and your alcoholic beverages.

What is NOT included:

  • The workshop price does not include airfare to Costa Rica.
  • Transportation to the airport after the workshop. This can be arranged through Leaves&Lizards upon arrival.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • Most guests add tips for our drivers and guides.

*We provide bus transportation from the airport in San Jose to Leaves & Lizards. Most flights from the US arrive around noon, and the bus leaves by 2:00. Some guests prefer to fly into San Jose a day early and spend the night in case of any travel delays.

We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergencies.

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We offer in-depth presentations and exercises each day covering topics like:

  • Wildlife Photography
  • Landscape Photography
  • Street Photography
  • Environmental Portraits
  • Hybrid Photography (adding video to your still photos)
  • Practical Composition
  • Off-camera flash and daylight fill-flash
  • Flash for wildlife photography
  • Lightroom importing and sorting
  • Finishing and special effects using Lightroom and plug-ins
  • Showing your work with ProShow Web

The instructors will be on hand to offer tips and techniques during all of the excursions and photography activities. Adobe Certified Expert Rob Knight will help you improve your Lightroom skills. The instructors will help you choose and edit your best photos and videos of the week, and teach you how to use tools like ProShow Web to show and share your work. You’ll have a chance to share your beautiful images during our farewell dinner.

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Excursions Include:

  • Costa Rican Independence Day Parade
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • A working Tico farm
  • Ecocentro Danaus Nature Preserve
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • and lots of surprises!

Your Costa Rica photo adventure will be based near the town of La Fortuna. You will have the opportunity to shoot landscapes, waterfalls, portraits, macro, video and MORE. I’ve planned this trip to introduce you to the culture of Costa Rica as well as the wildlife. In addition to the beautiful people, the week will be filled with wildlife like monkeys, sloths, caiman, hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, [more birds than I can list!], butterflies, snakes, spiders, leaf-cutter ants… you get the idea!

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Rob Knight

Rob Knight

Founder • Photographer • Tour Leader

Travel and Nature photographer Rob Knight has been a professional artist for nearly thirty years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator since 2010.Rob is a member of the Panasonic LUMIX Luminary team and a Manfrotto Ambassador. Rob is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and he was a finalist for the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s “Photoshop Guru” award for photography in 2008 and 2009. Rob is best known for his destination photo workshops, his easy-going teaching style and his informative critiques. While he enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, Rob prefers the more hands-on learning offered by working with students on location. Rob founded Digital Photo Adventures workshops in 2010 to provide all-inclusive photo workshops in Costa Rica. In addition to the popular Costa Rica workshops, Digital Photo Adventures now offers trips in the U.S. to destinations like Route 66 and costal Maine.

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Leaves & Lizards Volcano Cabin Retreat

Comfortable, well equipped cabins, perched on hills, offer a tree house feeling and have spectacular, panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding mountains. All lodging options have a similar view of impressive Arenal. Private Deluxe cabins are crafted from nine types of tropical hardwoods, harvested using environmentally responsible methods. The windows have screens. They feature iPod docking stereo systems, orthopedic beds with quality linen, coffee makers, mini-fridge, microwaves, rocking chairs, hammocks, ceiling fans, games, robes, reference books, spacious porches and private bathrooms with hot showers.

In order to better enjoy the sounds of nature; lodging options do not have phones, television or air conditioning. They are situated to catch the breeze. They are a 5 -8 minute walk from the Lava Lizard Restaurant where guests are welcome to use the phone for local calls and free high speed WiFi.

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