Masters Of Hummingbird Photography Workshop Private One-On-One Instruction With Scott Bourne

If you want portfolio-quality hummingbird photos, this is your chance. Master, avian-photographer, Scott Bourne will spend one day (two shooting sessions plus one consultation session) putting you into position to make portfolio-quality hummingbird photographs, guaranteed.*

You'll work one-on-one with Scott, learning at your own pace. The two shooting sessions will give you ample time to capture photos of hummingbirds against a variety of backdrops. You'll even have chances to shoot hummingbird photos with native plants in the scene.

The night before your two shooting sessions, over dinner, Scott will explain the process, provide an orientation, learn more about your goals, give you tips for success and answer any other photography or business questions you may have. The next morning, you'll walk outside your cabin to find a personalized shooting setup, designed just for you by Scott. Flashes, bird feeders, backgrounds and all the grip necessary to make hummingbird photographs (quickly and easily) will be done for you. All you have to do is sit down and shoot.

The price is $750 per day - $700 if you sign up before Feb 15, 2019. (You can purchase as many days as you like, provided they are available.) This is expensive because it is a private session. You can choose to divide the cost with a friend and share your time with Scott, at no additional cost, or if you prefer, you can bring a spouse, also for no additional charge.


  1. May 15-16, 2019 - SOLD OUT
  2. May 17-21, 2019 - Availability - First Come First Served
  3. May 22-23, 2019 - SOLD OUT

This workshop has been timed to happen at the peak of hummingbird season in Arizona. Scott will meet you in the Santa Rita Mountains - Madera Canyon, Arizona and you will Learn how to use four flashes to capture portfolio-quality hummingbird pictures. You will have your own setup (included in your fee) and Scott will be available to help you at every step of the process.

You are GUARANTEED to see hummingbirds and to have many opportunities to photograph them at extremely close range.

Potential species:

  • Rivoli's Hummingbird (formerly Magnificent Hummingbird)
  • Broad-Billed Hummingbird Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
  • Black-Chinned Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird

And maybe more.

All the gear you need (other than your camera, lens, tripod and remote trigger) will be included, along with access, instruction and consultation. This is a private workshop. You won't be competing with other photographers for the instructor's attention. If you don't have the right camera gear, Scott will loan you his set up for an additional $75 for the shooting day.

You will receive a complete suggested gear list as well as additional information once your registration and non-refundable deposit has been received. ($425 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your seat.)

You are expected to know how to operate your camera correctly. If you need basic camera instruction, it is suggested you find that first and then sign up for this workshop.

Pricing and What's included:

  • $$750 - $700 if you prepay the day-long workshop instead of just sending a deposit
  • One day shooting (two sessions) and one evening consulting session
  • One-on-one instruction
  • All necessary gear including flashes, cabling, backdrops, feeders, etc.
  • In case you want to take what you learn at this workshop and apply it at home...A complete list of all the gear provided to photograph hummingbirds with links to discounted prices at B&H Photo

What's not included:

  • Transportation to/from the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, Arizona
  • Closest airport: Tucson, AZ
  • Your camera gear (see checklist in your registration packet, upon registration, for details.)
  • Meals, snacks, beverages
  • Lodging

It's highly recommended that you immediately book a room at the Santa Rita Lodge when you send your registration. You will want to book the room for the night before the shooting sessions and expect to arrive no later than 6:00 pm if you want to take advantage of the free consultation and orientation session. You can check out of your room at 11 am the next day, move your luggage to your car, and finish the second session or you can book additional days at the lodge if you want to explore the area on your own.

Hotel Contact Info:

  • Phone: (520) 625-8746
  • Fax: (520) 625-1956
  • Email: birds@santaritalodge.com
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1218 S. Madera Canyon Road
  • Madera Canyon, AZ 85614


All sessions are conducted rain or shine. Weather will not be cause to cancel a session. Failure to make lodging reservations in a timely fashion could mean risking not getting easy and timely access to the shooting location. Scott Bourne Photography Workshops is not liable in the event you miss or are late for your session due to problems accessing the canyon on time. There are no refunds, sorry no exceptions. All remaining workshop fees must be paid by April 15, 2019. Failure to pay the final fee on time will result in forfeiture of your spot and deposit with no refunds. There is a $50 discount for those who prepay the entire workshop fee at registration - i.e., $700 v. $750 but again, there can be no refunds. Trip Insurance is STRONGLY ADVISED. Contact https://www.worldnomads.com/ if you need to find reliable trip insurance.

*Guarantee does not apply to acts of God or in the event that you aren't able to operate your camera. You are expected to know how to use your camera, mount a lens to it, make exposures, etc. It is highly recommended that you bring your camera manual as a reference for use during the workshop.


1. Q. Is this really a private workshop?

A. Yes it is - unless you choose to bring someone along with you.

2. Q. Is this workshop open to beginners?

A. Yes, but you are expected to know how to fully operate your camera, measure exposure, change lenses, etc.

3. Q. How can you guarantee hummingbirds will be there.

A. Years of experience have taught me where to find hummingbirds and when. If there are no hummingbirds present during your workshop you will receive a full refund - but that has never happened.

4. Q. Are there any exceptions at all to your non-refundable deposit policy?

A. None whatsoever - it is recommended that you buy trip insurance so that any legitimate problem that impedes you from attending the workshop will be covered by a third party.

5. Q. Is there anywhere else to book lodging in the area?

A. Yes but there are VERY FEW rooms available anywhere close by and the most convenient spot as well as the best spot for the money is the Santa Rita Lodge.

6. Q. Are there restaurants nearby?

A. No - the hotel has a few snacks for sale in the gift shop but you should either buy your own food at the Safeway in Green Valley (closest real town to the canyon) or plan on a 15-20 minute drive to nearby restaurants.

7. Q. Are your workshops and the grounds at Santa Rita Lodge smoking or non-smoking?

A. The workshop and the area are all non-smoking. Smokers will not enjoy this tour.

8. Q. Will you be shooting alongside me?

A. No - this workshop is about you getting your shots, not me getting mine. I am here to help you.

9. Q. What camera do you shoot with?

A. I shoot with Olympus.

10. Q. Will your flash setup work with my camera?

A. Yes - this system will work with any modern camera.

11. Q. At the end of the workshop, will you subject me to a high-pressure sales pitch asking me to sign up for future workshops or to promote you on social media?

A. Absolutely not. There will be no sales pitch of any kind and you will not be asked to promote anything or anyone on social media.

Registration Information

If you would like to register, please send an email to scott@scottbourne.com with your preferred date(s) and you'll get a response within one business day confirming availability or lack thereof. If you wish to proceed, you'll be directed where and how to pay and offered a registration form. Your spot will be held for seven business days to await receipt of your registration.

All hummingbird photos in this presentation were shot with Olympus cameras and lenses and are Copyright Scott Bourne, 2018 - All Rights Reserved.


Copyright Scott Bourne 2018 - All Rights Reserved - scottbourne.com

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