byThom Workshops

For over a decade Thom Hogan has taught one or two intensive long-form photo workshops each year along with his teaching assistant, Tony Medici. Previous workshops have been in various parts of South America, Africa, and the United States.

All of the byThom workshops feature teacher-to-student ratios of no more than 7:1 (in Africa 6:1) with as much one-on-one interaction as you are comfortable with. Lodging, food, and transportation are all first class, even when we use our mobile tent camps in Africa; we don't want logistics or practical living matters to get in the way of our photography. Thom uses award-winning tour operator Wilderness Travel to handle all the logistics for his International trips. 

The following workshops are offered for 2020:

  • Botswana Okavango (April 7-19, 2020, extendable to April 29) max 12 students (Full; wait list only) This is our classic Botswana trip, running through most of the highlights and area that you're probably read about. The Okavango never fails to deliver on animal activity, and is one of the most unique wildlife territories in the world. 
  • Botswana Kalahari (April 19-29, 2020, extendable to May 4) max 12 students (Full; wait list only) This turned out to be a popular option. We're looking at doing another such workshop in the future, and we're looking at opening up additional territories within Botswana to our photo workshops, as well. 
  • Ecuador Galapagos Islands (November 20-December 6, 2020) max 14 students (Full; wait list only) Note: this is not your every day Galapagos trip. We're on the best of the 16-passenger boats in the islands (the 250-foot Mary Anne), we've got the two best photography-oriented naturalists from the park service to augment Tony and I, we spend a full two weeks at sail so that we can explore the full extent of the archipelago, and we spend more time at each visitation site and in smaller groups than you typically find in most of the other Galapagos trips you might book. To top that off, you have a Lightroom expert (Tony) and Photoshop expert (Thom) to help you review and process your images during the non-shooting time we do have.

While these workshops are full, don't hesitate to contact Wilderness Travel and get on the wait list for one if you're truly interested. It's free and non-committing. Because we have to plan and offer these workshops so far in advance of the actual date, it's relatively common for us to get one or two cancellations within the last three-to-six-month window prior to the workshop date, typically due to changed circumstances of someone who signed up so early. The wait list is then called in the order people signed up for it, and those folk are given priority to fill any open spot(s).

The Botswana Okavango and Kalahari workshop PDF brochure is available here.

The Galapagos 2020 workshop PDF brochure is available here.

Here's a little preview of what you might see and photograph. The following slide show was put together quickly during our 2017 Galapagos workshop cruise from a few images Tony and Thom shot while not teaching:

This next slide show was all shot by Thom in a short pre-workshop scout prior to the 2017 Botswana Okavango workshop in order to show the students some of the photos they would be working to get:

Former byThom workshop students: if for some reason you didn't receive an email outlining these 2020 workshops, send me an email from a current account so I can put you back on the list for future workshop mailings. 

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