Wild Florida Photography

Wild Florida Photography, with lead instructor James Shadle, is proud to host half of the Best of Florida workshops. James is an international award winning nature and wildlife photographer, co-owner of BirdPhotographers.Net as well as an USCG Licensed Charter Captain and a Florida Freshwater Wetlands Master Naturalist. His work has been featured in numerous publications including: National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, Pop Photographer Magazine, Shutterbug Magazine, and Visions Magazine, to name a few.
James has been conducting workshops for over 8 years. He is pleased to have several of his past workshop participants now working as full time photography professionals.

Taking your photography to the next level requires learning and understanding both the technical side of photography, and just as importantly, your subject. As a Florida Freshwater Wetlands Master Naturalist, James is qualified to teach you about your subject, as well as providing you with the technical skills to photograph it beautifully. James has an old school work ethic, with the skill and ability to teach you the latest techniques using the latest equipment.

The West Central Florida workshops are held in some of the most beautiful coastal habitats Florida has to offer. West Central Florida is home to one of the largest Roseate Spoonbill rookeries in North America. This rookery, as well as several others in the area, is home to many of Florida’s Threatened and Species of Special Concern waders. The vast majority of these species will be photographed in high to peak breeding colors. Expect to photograph large flocks of birds, bird portraits, birds in flight, courtship and nest building behaviors and lots of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS! You can click this link to view a gallery of images from some of the past workshops in this area.

The 4-day West Central Florida workshop segment will begin with a classroom session devoted to teaching exposure theory, composition and field techniques. The classroom session will be followed by six half-day, in the field, photography sessions. The majority of the photo sessions will be conducted via boat. Boat is the only way to reach the very best locations. Once on site, each participant will have the option of shooting from the boat, or for added mobility, they may shoot from the shallow, firm bottomed waters surrounding the area we will be working in.

James owns and operates the specifically customized flats boat used in the workshops. The boat is equipped with a 70hp outboard and a powerful, silent, electric trolling motor with wireless remote control. The boat also has a retractable 8’ Bimini Top, Sonar, GPS receiver, VHF marine radio and an emergency flush-able potty with a pop up enclosure. Refreshments are available at all times.

The Best of Florida Workshops could accommodate more than 4 participants per segment; but by keeping the group size small, you will have unparalleled access to the workshop conductor, and you will not miss a photographic opportunity because someone was in your way.

In keeping with our main focus (you), each workshop segment will be limited to only four (4) participants. This insures that everyone may photograph in comfort and receive the best personalized instruction.