Past Workshops

2023 – 2024 Scedule

Pre-Festival Bird Photography Workshop

November 3-6. 2023

Join Ruth Hoyt for this pre-festival, exclusive bird photography workshop on private ranches around Edinburg, TX.

Space is limited to five participants. Special pricing for RGVBF attendees: $2,600 (this includes a $300 discount!), based on double occupancy. Add $400 for single occupancy. Includes field and classroom instruction. Rooms have been reserved for four nights for our group at Comfort Inn, 4001 Closner (Business 281) Edinburg, TX.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

November 8-12, 2023

I hope to see you at the 30th annual birding festival in the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen, TX. Come visit me at my trade show booth during the festival. Check out the PhotoTrack section of the RGV Birding Festival website rgvbf.org Several photo workshops and tours are scheduled.

Costa Rica

December 3-12, 2023

Ruth continues to make annual ventures into Costa Rica. Each time, she discovers new birds such as the Fiery-throated Hummingbird she photographed in December 2022. In addition, Ruth books exclusive locations to capture the Resplendent Quetzal on every trip. She is excited to share her new discoveries with interested photographers.

Cost for this tour is $5,100, double occupancy. Extra $400 for single occupancy if available. To maximize your photo experience, participation is limited to 7-8 individuals. A deposit of $1,500 is due September 30, 2023, and balance is due 30 days prior to the tour.

Tour Inclusions:

  • All lodging
  • Professional guide throughout the tour
  • Meals (from breakfast on day #2 to lunch on day #9)
  • Transfers and transportation in private vehicle
  • Photography activity at all locations
  • Guide fees
  • Two (2) quetzal tours
  • Three (3) private residences for unique opportunities
  • Private location for King Vulture photo blind
  • Optional multi-flash setup in one location
  • Water

Tour Exclusions:

  • Dinner upon arrival and final night
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Night session of bats at one location (extra fee if chosen)
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Items of personal nature
  • Anything not listed in the tour inclusions

OM (Olympus) Workshops

February 1-5, 2024 and February 6-10, 2024

Join two OM photographers, Steve Ball and Ruth Hoyt, in these two new workshops aimed at helping OM System users to maximize use of their gear and all it has to offer.

Each group meets in San Antonio, TX, and is transported via van to Rockport, TX, for dinner that evening. The next morning, the groups board two private boats to photograph the endangered Whooping Cranes. After lunch in Rockport, we head to Edinburg, TX, for the next few days to shoot from the photo blinds at the Laguna Seca Ranch, a world-renowned site for bird photography.

Ruth and Steve rotate between two groups of up to five photographers each so the photographers get the individual attention they need. We also conduct evening classes before the Whooping Cranes boat session and the Laguna Seca Ranch sessions to answer any questions and let participants know what to expect to get their best results.

This is an exciting, new venture for Ruth and Steve, who strongly believe they bring a lot to the table for OM System users. If you have any questions or need additional information, please let us know.

OM (Olympus) Workshops

February 1-5, 2024, and February 6-10, 2024

Join OM photographer Ruth Hoyt in these two new workshops aimed at helping OM system users to maximize use of their gear and all it has to offer.

Each group meets in San Antonio, and is transported via van to Rockport, TX, for dinner that evening. The next morning, the groups board a private boat to photograph the endangered Whooping Cranes. After lunch in Rockport, we head to Edinburg, TX, for the next few days to shoot from the photo blinds at the Laguna Seca Ranch, a world-renowned site for bird photography.

Ruth works with up to five photographers so the photographers get the individual attention they need. We also conduct evening classes before the Whooping Crane boat session and the Laguna Seca Ranch to answer any questions and let participants know what to expect to get their best results.

This is an exciting new venture for Ruth, who strongly believes she brings a lot to the table for OM System users. If you have any questions or need additional information, please let us know.

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