BALD EAGLE WORKSHOP IN HOMER, ALASKA.

Our workshops in Homer, Alaska provide incredible opportunities to photograph bald eagles with great light.  Stunning, snow-capped mountains surround the area every month of the year and the opportunity to get very, very close to bald eagles is something that has lured photographers to the Kenai Peninsula for many years.  

Thanks to Jean Keane, often referred to as “The Eagle Lady”, hundreds of bald eagles were acclimated to humans because of the fact that she had fed them near her residence in Homer, Alaska for many years.  This practice was outlawed upon her death in 2009, but many of those same eagles are still present in the general area.  If you want to capture frame-filling closeups of bald eagles, this is a great opportunity to do it!

bald eagle photograph captured moments before snatching fish from the mississippi river

OUR WINTER WORKSHOP

COMING IN 2021!  Winter is a great time to visit Homer for bald eagle photography.  While there are usually a few opportunities to get close to some of Jean Keene’s eagles to snap closeups, the fishing shots alone make the trip to Alaska a memorable one.  The weather is more moderate than other parts of Alaska due to the fact that Homer is positioned nicely between Kachemak Bay and the Cook Inlet.  Travel costs are diminished due to the fact that tourist season peaks in the summer.  

We are very excited to add our Winter Workshop in Homer that is scheduled for early March, 2021.  Be sure to add your name to our mailing list for this workshop!

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OUR SUMMER WORKSHOP

I know what your thinking.  Bald eagles in the summer?  While November is a great time to visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and January-February is an incredible time to catch the migration in the Midwest (by the way, we offer workshops in both locations), there is a little known spot in the Kenai Peninsula that becomes a great spot to capture bald eagle photos during the summer.  Whether your looking to add flight shots with mountainous backgrounds or closeups of bald eagles in their regal stance to your portfolio, our summer workshop is an incredible time to accomplish both.  Join us for our photography workshop in Homer, Alaska to see what has inspired so many photographers to visit this area in search of iconic images.

PRICING

$ 1
PER PHOTOGRAPHER

Lodging is included.  Based on single occupancy.  Please see discounts below for double occupancy.  

$ 1
PER PHOTOGRAPHER

Lodging is included.  Based on single occupancy.  Please see discounts below for double occupancy.  

DISCOUNTS

-$ 1
double occupancy discount

Traveling with a sidekick?  Each photographer receives a $250 discount for double occupancy.

-$ 1
repeat customer discount

Attend a workshop with us before?  You can take another $200 off of this one!

the shot list

You want to capture some great photographs.  I can help.

FLIGHT SHOTS

Both seasons bring the potential for  sunshine and higher shutter speeds to help you stop the action.  As the bald eagles approach, they often ride the wind with minimal effort, providing ample opportunities to capture images that show off their massive wing span. 

Bald eagle in flight. Photo tour of Homer, Alaska
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BALD EAGLE PORTRAITS

Some of the most famous bald eagle photos ever produced have come from the Kenai Peninsula, simply because of the fact that the photographer could get so close.  While a high-powered lens always helps, an effective focal length of around 300mm is usually enough to get great shots.  If Mother Nature cooperates by providing clear skies, you’ll have enough light to reduce ISO to help minimize noise without post production.  Witness what makes Homer one of the best locations in the world for bald eagle photography.  

SUPER CLOSE UPS

While not all of the inhabitants in the Kenai Peninsula will allow you to photograph them from 10 feet away, when it works, it’s totally worth the trip.  Again, sunlight plays a big role when it comes to maximizing the potential of your images, often placing a nice catch light in the eagle’s eye.  Detail in the feathers is also enhanced by the directional light.  Many of the most famous bald eagle closeup shots have come from Homer and the surrounding Kenai Peninsula.

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Screaming bald eagle of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

THE UNEXPECTED

Bald eagles are wild and unpredictable.  If you spend enough time around them, they will provide opportunities that we don’t often anticipate.  The bald eagles of the Kenai Peninsula are no exception.  

CAPTURE THE LANDSCAPE

Snow capped mountains can be seen on a clear day in this location, providing some of the most picturesque backgrounds you’ll ever witness.  Making the eagle part of the landscape helps to provide scale and adding depth to the scene.

Bald eagle in flight with snow capped mountains in the background
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FISHING SHOTS

As winter winds down, Homer becomes one of the best places in the world to photograph bald eagles snatching fish from the water.  This alone has lured many photographers to the area over the last 25 years.

CAPTURE BREATHTAKING PHOTOS.
IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE.
HAVE A GREAT TIME.
REPEAT!

While our main focus for this tour is to send you home with dynamite images of bald eagles for your portfolio, we have other goals in mind for each client.  Sending you home with great photos might not improve your ability to capture them in the future unless we deliver the information in a way that helps you retain the information.  During my 20+ years as a corporate trainer, I was fortunate to learn several techniques to make this happen.  Whether you’re a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, we will take advantage of each learning style to ensure that you take home more than just great photos.  

The third goal is the easiest.  We simply want you to have fun.  I traded in my corporate life to combine what I had learned with what I have loved.  Watching another photographer glow with the anticipation of getting a fantastic shot is a tremendous reward for me.  Seeing that light bulb moment when we are able to simplify a complex concept is more gratifying than anything I had accomplished in my previous life.  We understand that this is a once in a lifetime trip for many, and will do whatever it takes to make it fun!

Eagle in flight. Photo tour of Homer, AK.

IN THE CLASSROOM

We will have a relaxed, informal classroom discussion about key learning topics. Special attention will be paid to learning best practices and problem solving.

the curriculum

CAMERA SETTINGS

Understanding shutter speed, aperture, ISO and focus settings can be daunting and has caused many to put down their cameras for good. We will cover each of these items in detail and continually review camera settings throughout the week. This will be a constant source of discussion, starting in the classroom and into the field. Putting these concepts into practice is the best way for it to stick.

BALD EAGLE BEHAVIOR

Wild animals are wild and unpredictable for the most part. What if you could tell when a bald eagle spotted a foe? What if there was a tell tale sign that they were about to take off? What if you could predict which direction they would fly? We will discuss all of these behaviors and more.

COMPOSITION

What impact can the tried and true "rules" for landscape photography have on wildlife photography? What role does wing placement, head position and perspective have on your outcome? Great shots often sit unnoticed on hard drives until we "see" them with a fresh perspective. We will discuss the image assessment process as it relates to bald eagle photography and judge our own images by a set of criteria.

BIRDS IN FLIGHT

The right body movements, position and other nuances are critical for improving your chance of success. This workshop will cover all of the above and more.

IN THE FIELD

Our main focus will be in the field. While classroom discussion is extremely valuable, you won't take a wall worthy photo from a comfortable chair. That said, involvement is absolutely critical to learning, and putting your new knowledge into practice is essential for retention. We want you to take stellar photos, whether it's in Alaska or after you return home.

THE ROLE OF LIGHT

Weather isn't the only challenge in Alaska. Light is minimal and the direction can be downright brutal unless the right steps are taken. There are methods to managing this challenge and we will continually analyze and discuss it in detail. Special attention will be paid to establishing your Window of Opportunity as the conditions change, as they often do in Alaska.

PHOTO EDITING MADE EASY

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If we learn the right shutter speed, aperture and focus settings, the need for photo editing should be drastically reduced. That said, there are simple ways to enhance your photos without completely ruining authentic spirit of the image. We will discuss non-destructive editing technique along with the tools to prevent you from having to sit in front of your computer for longer than you already do.

VIDEO TIPS & TRICKS

Capturing video of a moving subject is a challenge for even the best photographers with the most sophisticated cameras. We will discuss several tips and tricks that have the potential to take your cinematic ability to the next level.

Save $500!

Traveling with a sidekick?  You can deduct $250 each ($500 total) from the cost of the workshop.  Lodging is included in the tour so we are simply passing the savings on to you.

CLIENT REVIEWS

"We did a private tour with AJ in November. Eagles everywhere! I had done bald eagle photography in the Midwest but nothing like this. The fighting pictures alone are worth the trip. AJ did a great job of putting us in the best spot."
Mike K.
"I thought AJ was kidding when he mentioned how close we would get to the eagles. I never thought it was possible outside of a zoo. We had such a great time and learned more than we had anticipated."
Jerry B.
"I have been shooting for decades but bald eagles are a new subject for me. AJ's instruction will pay dividends for years to come. In one week I learned more than I would have over the next 10 years on my own."
John T.
MEET YOUR GUIDE

AJ Harrison has spent over 30 years working on his photographic technique.  His award-winning work has been recognized by publications such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Forbes Magazine and The National Wildlife Federation.  One of his photographs went viral in 2016 with over 8 million views.  To date, he has captured over 500,000 photos of bald eagles in the wild.

Serving as a corporate trainer and director for one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the United States, AJ is able to combine his experience in public speaking and training to provide instruction to other photographers in a workshop setting. 

In 2017, AJ published his first book, titled The Bald Eagle Book for Kids, which he created to be as visually appealing to adults as it is educational for children.  He is currently working on two additional books that are scheduled to be published in 2019. 

While bald eagle photography is his specialty, AJ has also been recognized for other subjects.  He was named as a National Geographic Top Shot Award Winner in 2016 for one of his brown bear photographs.  All of his photos are captured in the wild. 

QUESTIONs?

If you have questions about the workshop or planning your trip, don’t hesitate to contact us directly with the information below.

Say Hi!

Call us

(319) 400 7929

Contact us

AJ@AJHARRISONPHOTO.COM

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