Chincoeague National Wildlife Refuge Workshop

DATES: November 21-23, 2014
LOCATION: Chincoteague, Virginia
COST: $399
WORKSHOP SIZE: minimum 4, maximum 10
ACTIVITY LEVEL:  Light. Locations are easily accessible, a short walk from the car.

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November is prime time for bird photography as the fall migration is under day. Snow geese fill the air as they take off and land en masse. Other common birds include cormorants, snowy egrets, great blue herons, plus shore birds. There are also wild ponies and sika deer to be found around Chincoteague. In addition to the wildlife, the beach and marsh areas offer prime venues for photographing scenes at sunrise and sunset.

Throughout the workshop Corey Hilz is out in the field working with participants for extended periods of time. He'll be assisting attendees and answering questions during the photo sessions. Corey is there to help you build your photography skills and creative vision. Small groups allow him to work with everyone individually in the field. In between photo sessions we'll have "classroom" time where you'll learn from presentations, critiques and software demonstrations (digital workflow, image optimization, plug-ins). Photo critiques are a great way to learn how your images can be improved, as well as see how other people photographed the same location.

Chincoteague Gallery

Chincoteague Gallery



The workshop runs from 1pm Friday through 1pm Sunday. We'll get to the right locations at the right time to make the most of the light, land and subject. Corey knows where to find the best subjects and scenes, and how to take advantage of the weather and lighting conditions. 

November 21
Meet at 1pm for an orientation, discuss the schedule, have an instructional presentation and answer questions, then head out for an afternoon and sunset shoot.

November 22
Saturday will be a combination of going out to photograph and learning from presentations and critiques. We'll be out photographing from sunrise to mid-morning and again from late afternoon until sunset. In between the photo sessions we'll have a classroom session. The exact schedule and locations depend on the weather and light. 

November 23
Photograph at sunrise/early morning, then have a classroom session and wrap things up by 1pm.


A $150 deposit is required to hold your place. The remaining balance is due 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop price is for instruction only. All other expenses such as food, lodging, transportation and incidentals not included.

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 60 days prior to workshop start: Full refund minus $25 administrative fee.
  • 30-60 days prior to workshop start: Payment refunded minus deposit amount.
  • Less than 30 days before the workshop start: No refund, unless someone is found to fill your spot.
  • It is recommended to purchase trip insurance.


Participants are expected to be familiar with their equipment and understand the standard functions of their cameras such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO functions of their camera.

Minimum equipment recommendations:

  • Digital camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or mirrorless)
  • Wide angle to telephoto lenses
  • Polarizing filter
  • Tripod
  • Laptop (for processing and editing images for critiques)

Detailed equipment and gear recommendations specific to the workshop location will be provided to attendees.


Hotel rooms are held until October 21. After this date room availability is not guaranteed.
While lodging is not included in the workshop fee, a block of hotel rooms is reserved for the workshop, usually at a discounted rate. Hotel details are provided upon registration; participants make their own reservations. 


Transportation during the workshop is not provided and you should have access to a vehicle. That being said, during the workshop we try to carpool to reduce the number or cars traveling from location to location. Therefore it’s likely everyone won’t have to use their car, but do not assume this. Let us know in advance if you will not have access to a vehicle during the workshop.