sedona, Arizona


16 - 18 OCTOBER

Do you want to
fully utilize your current camera's capabilities to capture great images?

This workshop is for you.

OM-1 + 150-400mm F4.5 @ 419mm (FFE 838mm)/ F5.6 @ 1/20000sec / ISO 6400 / EV -2.3 / ProCapSH2

Join us in beautiful Sedona Oct 2023 and take advantage of the opportunity to capture great photos of the incredible landscape and the hummingbird migration.


Learn how to achieve the maximum shutter speed your DSLR camera is capable of, 1/8000 sec and up to 1/64000 sec in the case of mirrorless cameras, depending on the brand you are shooting with. All at low ISO levels. This will enable you to capture sharp images of hummingbirds interacting without the use of multiple flash units that will wow your friends.

Learn how to shoot landscapes at low ISO without a tripod and chase the light in a scene to capture unique photos.

Learn how to edit images using the latest editing technology, which allows you to edit images faster and to edit images that you previously may not have been able to edit; high noise, small file size, underexposed, etc.


Check out the images below to see what is possible with today’s cameras and editing technology.


Oct 16 – Hummingbird and landscape seminars (9 AM to 3 PM – Mary D Fisher Theatre, Sedona)

Oct 17 – In the field shooting Hummingbirds and landscapes (limited to 12 people)

Oct 18 – Editing photos from the field shooting (9 AM to 1 PM – Mary D Fisher Theatre, Sedona)


3 classroom seminars & 2 field trips over 2,5 days.

Expert tutelage and individual attention during Hummingbirds & Landscapes seminar and Field trips.

Expert tutelage during Workflow & AI editing workshop.

Light lunch & selected drinks on both days.

DxO PhotoLab 6 – Evergreen course videos to the value of $ 250.00


Transportation to seminar venue and field trip locations

Other meals & drinks



FEE: $ 1,500.00 




Birds, in general, and especially Hummingbirds, are challenging subjects to photograph. They can be small, move quickly, and change direction often. They are also beautifully colored and have incredible detail in their feathers. Capturing great bird images requires fast shutter speeds, accurate focus, good depth of field control, anticipated behaviour and the selection of the appropriate shooting modes


This workshop will cover the various camera features and settings that can be used to maximize your potential to capture great bird photos, including:

  • Maximizing the shutter speed
  • Shooting at high ISO
  • Anticipating the action
  • Focusing modes
  • Focusing grids
  • Understanding when and how to use pre-capture modes (Selected camera brands & models)
  • When to use Continuous AF, when to add Tracking and Bird Eye Detection


Historically, a landscape photographer is pictured as lugging a heavy tripod around, shooting longer exposures at low ISO using small apertures. The consequences are that often only a few shots are captured in a session and many people swear off landscape photography. It doesn’t have to be that way.


The landscape seminar will cover an approach to landscape photography at low ISO, with good depth of field, without a tripod. We will cover:

  • How to set up your camera
  • Shooting at low ISO without a tripod
  • Visualizing the compositions within a location
  • Chasing the light


In the morning we will focus on hummingbirds and landscapes in the afternoon putting into practice the information learned in the workshops.


The group size is limited to 12 to allow personal attention and immediate feedback.


This session is part of the Sedona workshop. 

However, if you only want to attend the Editing session, click here to learn more and register.


An essential part of digital photography is the ability to edit the images captured. As digital camera technology has evolved, so has editing technology, allowing photographers to edit images they may have previously deleted and produce wonderful images.


In this session, Lou will edit a number of photos from the field trip participants using:

  • Mastering super-fast workflow in no time.
  • DxO PhotoLab 6.
  • AI Noise reduction and AI sharpening.
  • Upscaling photo software.
  • Use the best photo editing & upscaling software to maintain the authentic natural history value of your hard-earned photographs.
  • Learning how to use the above features is both enjoyable and effortless. It will speed up your digital workflow and editing process by 90%.
  • All participants will receive evergreen training videos, up to DxO PhotoLab 6 software (a $250 value) focused on the Nature Photographers’ specific needs.

Original file out of camera

Original edit & cropped 3.2 million pixels

AI edited & upscaled to 70 million pixels.




“Lou has a sharp eye for picking out details that can enrich my work. His ability to dissect an image for it’s good and bad qualities helps me to see things that I wouldn’t have noticed myself.


Arizona, USA

” Working with Lou has made me a far better photographer and it will do the same for you ” 


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” Lou has completely changed how I approach and execute my photography. You simply can’t ask for a better friend and mentor! “


Lou Coetzer will be the leader for the entire workshop. Lou is an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer. He has been a photographer for over 50 years, mastering the art and technology of photography starting in the days of film, through the early digital cameras, to the mirrorless cameras of today.  

Lou has established a reputation for his willingness to generously share all his own knowledge.

Hummingbird Photos - Averages ISO 6400 & Shutter speed 1/32000 sec

Landscape Photos

Macro Photos - AVERAGES ISO 6400 & SHUTTER SPEED 1/32000 SEC


Workshop Fees

$ 1,500.00 – All the seminars & workshops 

                      INCLUDING Master Workflow & AI Editing


Expert tutelage from Lou Coetzer during seminars.

Expert tutelage and individual attention during hummingbirds and landscape field trips.

Expert tutelage during Workflow and AI Editing seminar.

Light lunch on the day of the seminar.

Light lunch on the day of the field Trips.

DxO PhotoLab 6 – Evergreen course videos to the value of $ 250





Transportation to seminar venue, field trip locations and editing seminar venue.

Meals and drinks.

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