Costa Rica Creative Immersion Photography Workshop

With Rob Knight and Derrick Story • January 10-17, 2021
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January 10-17, 2021

Tuition:$3495 per person (All-inclusive)

 Double Occupancy

($500 single supplement)

 Deposit: $500

 Limit: 12 photographers

 Register By: 10/31/2020 

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  • A unique exploration of travel, creativity, and photography
  • World-class Accommodations
  • Farm (and sea)-to-table meals (vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options available upon request)
  • Experienced (and FUN) professional photography instructors
  • Lab sessions to process your images
  • Knowledgable and friendly local guides
  • “Off the beaten path” locations
  • Cultural exchange with local people
  • Make friends and connect with like-minded travelers

Your Instructors

Rob Knight

Rob Knight

Olympus Educator •  Tenba Visual Artist •  Adobe Certified Lightroom expert.

Rob has been leading photography workshops in Costa Rica for over ten years. He loves to share his favorite place with photographers of all skill levels.

Derrick Story

Derrick Story

The Nimble Photographer • The Digital Story Podcast.

Derrick’s career began as a photojournalist working for a local newspaper during his late teens. Telling stories through words and images has remained the foundation of his work. In the late 1990s, he migrated to the Web and worked as an online editor for O’Reilly Media for a decade. He’s also authored photography books for O’Reilly, Rocky Nook, and Wiley. Now Derrick works independently, leading workshops and publishing podcasts through and You can also watch his online trainings via and LinkedIn Learning.

Equipment Suggestions

A Mirrorless, DSLR, or point-and-shoot camera with interchangeable lenses. Please bring your camera manual.

A versatile mid-range zoom lens (18-55mm, 24-105mm, etc) is fine. You will also want a longer telephoto lens (something 400mm or longer is best) for shooting wildlife on the trip. A dedicated macro lens and a wide-angle zoom lens will also be handy.

For Micro 4/3 shooters, Rob recommends:
Camera Bodies:
Additional suggestions:
  • Memory cards. We recommend 128GB of storage or more.
  • Tripod.
  • Hot-shoe flash (Olympus FL-700WR)
  • Lens cleaning cloth or lens pen
  • A good lightweight camera backpack like the Tenba AXIS 24L is recommended.
  • Laptop computer or tablet with Adobe Lightroom CC or your favorite image editing software.

Pura Vida.

pu•ra vi•da   adjective

Tropical birds call through the rain forest as you step into the warm morning. Spot scarlet macaws and toucans as you join your fellow travelers for a cup of coffee in the open-air restaurant. You can’t resist the beautiful morning light, and you’ve already captured some great shots before your second cup of coffee. After a home-cooked breakfast you set out for adventure. Today you will explore a local fishing village as the fishermen prepare for their work day. You’ll practice a costal version of street photography as they mend nets and prepare bait. After a delicious lunch you’ll board a private river boat to photograph crocodiles, birds, sloths and more. Our local guides make sure you don’t miss a thing, and Rob and Derrick work with you to insure that you make the most of every once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. Then it’s back to the resort for cocktail hour, where you will share your experience and photographs with your companions. After enjoying a farm-to-table dinner in the open-air dining room you will head back to your comfortable air conditioned room to recharge and prepare for a whole new experience tomorrow…

That’s my personal idea of Pura Vida, anyway. Pura Vida literally translates to “Pure Life”. It’s sort of the official motto of the Costa Rican people, or Ticos. It’s often the answer you get when you ask a Tico, “how’s it going?” 

My name is Rob Knight, and I’ve been showing photographers around Costa Rica for more than ten years. I love the people, the wildlife, the landscape, the food…. you get the idea! I especially love sharing my favorite place with photographers who are up for adventure. That’s why I’m particularly excited about this workshop that I’m hosting in January 2021 with my friend Derrick Story. 

I first got the idea to lead this trip with Derrick when we were having dinner in a beach-front restaurant on Playa Hermosa. We were discussing podcasting, teaching, and all of the things we love about Costa Rica. By the time I got home from that trip I decided to ask Derrick to put a trip together with me. We agreed to create a photo workshop that would include all of our favorite things about Costa Rica. Our goal being to create the ultimate Costa Rica photography experience. 

That’s what you’re seeing here, and I couldn’t be more excited! When you come with Derrick and me to Costa Rica you will be treated to a little bit of everything. We’ll spend a few nights on the Central Pacific coast, and a few nights in the cloud forest. From the animals we’ll encounter to the temperature, you will be amazed by the difference between the two regions.

I’ll get to take you to all of my favorite spots to photograph wildlife. You’ll see monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, tree frogs, and more birds than you can imagine. Add to that excursions designed to highlight the people and the culture of Costa Rica. Derrick is a master of street photography, and he will be helping all of us to tell the story of the people and places of Costa Rica in our photos.

I’m looking forward to adding post processing lab sessions to the itinerary. We will have sessions throughout the week where Derrick and I will help you edit your images, and you will have the opportunity for image critiques as well. We want to make sure you go home with some incredible finished images, and the knowledge to make the most of all of your keepers. 

As much as we are excited about the photography, the food is a close second. Derrick and I both love to eat great local food when we travel. We have hand picked our favorite restaurants to take you to all week. We will explore Costa Rican food from road-side stands to fine dining and everything in between.

I hope you’ll join us on this new adventure, and we hope you’ll come up with your own definition of ¡Pura Vida!

“It’s amazing what happens when we allow ourselves to slow down, be present, and enjoy our community and environment through photography, connection, and travel.”

Derrick’s Notes

Rob and I cooked up the idea for this workshop one evening over beers at a cantina in Costa Rica. We wanted to bring together the best parts of our individual events to create something unique to other offerings. I knew we were on to something excellent right away.

I enjoy teaching in remote locations. Watching a group of artists come together as their own community as they share challenges and successes in conditions outside their normal routines is magical. It’s a privilege for me to be a part of that experience.

And that’s what I get excited about: Learning about you. Seeing your pictures. Helping you solve problems. And enjoying the fellowship that comes with artists working together in the field.

The Lab Experience 

Unlike many workshops, you will experience organized lab sessions with your fellow photographers and one or more instructor. During lab, you’ll have the opportunity to cull and fine-tune your images, receive feedback on your work (if you wish), ask questions, receive inside tips, and enjoy the company of others who share your passion for image making – all in a comfortable environment.

Be sure to pack your laptop or tablet, card reader, and external power. In terms of software, we recommend Adobe Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Apple Photos, OnOne Suite, and DxO PhotoLab.

During the last lab session, we’ll do a class presentation where each photographer shares 8 images from the event. They may be your favorites, they may be shots that came up short and you want to talk about why, and most likely, it will be a combination of both.

The presentation isn’t a competition. It’s a celebration. It’s a chance to share in the experiences of your comrades in our favorite way: through pictures and storytelling. For many, this is an important and memorable part of the workshop.

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

Anne Nettles

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.

Nicole Widmer

What’s Included: $3495 Per Person 

7 nights lodging in world-class accomodations.

ALL meals. You’re in luck because Rob and Derrick are great at sniffing out the BEST food.

All Transportation including airport transfers*. You will be cool and comfortable in our air-conditioned bus with a restroom on board.

Daily Photography Excursions where you will have plenty of access to our talented instructors.

Lab sessions throughout the week where you will learn post-processing techniques from Derrick and Rob.

All tour tickets and park entry fees are included with your tuition.


*Your Costa Rica photo workshop fee does not include airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica. 

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

Please note our cancellation policy.

Physical considerations: This workshop is designed to be an easy trip for most photographers, but there ae some things to keep in mind. Costa Rica tends to be hot and humid. We usually experience temperatures in the mid to high eighties and humidity above 90%. We do not do any strenuous hiking during the workshop, but there is some walking involved on well-maintained trails.

* We provide bus transportation from the airport in San Jose (SJO). Please make your reservations to fly into San Jose early on Sunday, January 10  in case of any travel delays. The group will meet for a welcome dinner in San Jose and spend the night before heading to the coast early on Monday. Cancellation Policy.

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