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Snowy Owl workshop

Snowy Owls Workshop

January 15-18, 2018 (sold out)

January 21-24, 2018 (sold out)


  Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013


Jim is offering an amazing workshop where you will have unique and exciting closeup encounters with wild snowy owls. The workshop takes place north of Toronto, Canada. The owls have been frequenting this area for years, and they allow a close approach by photographers. The longest lens you'll need is a 300mm (but if you have a 400mm lens, bring it), and many great pictures can be taken with a 70-200mm! This workshop will teach you how to photograph birds in flight, how to expose for snow, how to use predictive autofocus, and how to choose the most appropriate exposure mode and ISO with fast moving subjects.

With each photo session, you will have as many as ten fly-bys of a wild owl.  We usually photograph four or five different owls during the workshop. This gives you so many opportunities to take incredible pictures, and you will be in awe of what you will be able to capture.  Everyone is thrilled with their images.

The white snowys against a winter background are visually arresting, and with those piercing yellow eyes, your images will definitely have that 'wow' factor. This is one of the most beautiful bird shoots ever. Each day we will take advantage of the best light for the best photographs. This is winter time in Canada, though, so you have to dress appropriately. It's very cold and you have to protect your fingers, toes, ears, and face.  Jim will send out a color eBooklet several months prior to the workshop with detailed information about this.

This workshop fills quickly, so if you really want to participate and get incredibly beautiful photographs, don't wait to register.


Workshop cost: $2495. Includes four nights hotel based on double occupancy, ground transportation during the workshop, access to the private property to get close to the owls, breakfasts in the hotel, one dinner, a local guide who provides bait for the owls, photo instruction, and critiques on demand.

Limited to 7 people.

Single supplement: $265

Not included: Airfare to Toronto, shuttle from the airport to the hotel (about $60), items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages.


NOTE: For the FIRST WORKSHOP, we start shooting early on January 16, and we return to Toronto in the late afternoon of January 18. Therefore, you should arrive at the hotel on January 15.  We will overnight on the last night in Toronto unless you have an evening flight home.

The SECOND WORKSHOP starts shooting on January 22, and we return to Toronto in the late afternoon of January 24.  Therefore, you should arrive at the hotel on January 21.  We will overnight on the last night in Toronto unless you have an evening flight home.

To reiterate, this is a winter workshop and you will need appropriate clothing meaning a serious parka, a very warm hat or hood, layers of warm clothes, serious boots for extreme cold (not fashionable snow boots for urban wear), and gloves and glove liners. A face mask is also important to keep your nose and face warm. You will also need a box of hand warmers.  In the color eBooklet Jim sends you, he explains his technique for keeping a photographer's fingers warm in winter conditions.