Photo Workshops

Develop your photo skills in some of the world's most interesting places on IE's travel photo workshops. Led by skilled wildlife and nature photographers, your photo safari affords amazing opportunities to capture, preserve and enhance your memories. During our nature photo workshops, learn everyday techniques to improve photography and tips on digital editing and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Personalized, hands-on attention to help improve photo composition in the field
  • Digital editing tips to enhance your images
  • Professional advice and critique from experienced nature photographers

Travel Photo Workshop Instructors


Don Cohen
Tanzania Photo Safari - February 16-27, 2014

Don Cohen has had a keen interest in nature and wildlife photography, with a particular love of birds, for many years, and has been traveling worldwide in search of beautiful subjects. He has a large collection of gorgeous images on display at his website ( from areas such as the Galapagos Islands, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Fiji and Nova Scotia, along with diverse locations throughout the United States.

Continuously upgrading both his equipment and computer skills, Don has guided many photographers in their transition to digital photography, helped them learn how to get the most out of their cameras and improve their Photoshop skills.

Don has been leading photo tours since 2004 and working with International Expeditions, has also led trips to the Amazon River, the Pantanal in Brazil, and is now expanding these explorations to Africa!

Claudio Vidal

Chile Photo Tour - March 18, 2014

Claudio Vidal is a native Chilean who is one of the leading field naturalists and ornithologists in South America. Claudio has co-authored and provided photography for many books, including Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Antarctic Peninsula, Albatrosses of the Southern Ocean and Torres del Paine - Wildlife & Landscapes. But Claudio's interest doesn't stop with the birdlife of Patagonia. Claudio is known for this wildflower photography, photographing landscapes and co-authoring such books as Wild Flowers of Patagonia and Atacama Desert, Wildlife & Lanscapes. Claudio has gained a reputation as an expert in photography, and was honored to be a keynote speaker at the 2013 AvistarPatagonia Bird Photography Workshop.

John and Barbara Gerlach - Next Kenya Photo Safari Coming Soon!

Prolific photographers John and Barbara Gerlach have helped more than 50,000 photography enthusiasts improve their wildlife and nature photography through their highly popular nature photo workshops. John earned a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Central Michigan University, and is a versatile photographer equally at home making landscape images of Death Valley, photographing hummingbirds with multiple flashes, or making enchanting images of dewy dragonflies and butterflies. John is the associate editor of Nature Photographer magazine. Barbara's photos have been published in National Geographic, International Wildlife, National Wildlife, Birder’s World, Outdoor Photographer and numerous other magazines.

Frequent Photo Workshop Leaders:

Axel Fassio

Axel Fassio possesses an original vision with an acute aesthetic sense, specializing in shooting travel, reportage, landscape and architectural imagery. His award-winning photography has been the focus of several exhibitions and is featured regularly in publications like National Geographic, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure and Forbes. Born in Paris, by 15 Axel had already lived in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and fluently spoke six languages. He has spent the last decade living, working and shooting in Sri Lanka, Argentina, Mali, Cambodia, Libya, India, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Peru and for many years has been a regular photographer for NGO and travel industry clients. Some of Axel's recent photo awards include: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris (2013): 1° prize - fine art category; 2° prize - book category; and International Fine Art Photography Award (2013): Juror Award of Merit.

Cassiano Zaparoli

The Amazon and Galapagos Islands are a dynamic environment where an incredible, rare sighting can happen at any moment. That is why your photo instructor Zapa is also a skilled naturalist with years of experience in the field! Brazilian Cassiano Zaparoli — “Zapa” — discovered his passion for bird photography when he first photographed the beautiful spectacled owl, and has now captured almost every recorded species in Brazil’s Southern Pantanal, where he works as an Expedition Leader and Naturalist. Zapa has guided for NWF and Smithsonian groups, and his work has been used by such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund.

"Zapa really spent time giving individual lessons to people in the field, as well as giving nightly talks on things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and even how to use Photoshop. In my opinion, he was the best I have been with."
- Bob Safay, May 2009 Galapagos Photo Workshop