March 6 - 10, 2017 - Florida Wetlands Workshop

Presented by Escape to Nature Photography Workshops and PSA

Five-day workshop in Titusville, Florida
for PSA Individual Members Only

Contact Don Brown: ✉ with questions

Led by Vinny and Annette Colucci

LIMITED TO THE FIRST 14 PARTICIPANTS. A waiting list will be kept if the trip is sold out.


This workshop will cover Monday afternoon to Friday early afternoon.  We will explore three Florida Wetlands in the Titusville region. Orlando Wetlands Park, Vierra Wetlands Park, and Merritt Island. We will also do a sunrise shoot at Coco Beach Pier with field instruction on close-up and motion of water and seashells.

We will find nesting birds and birds in flight. We might even capture images of alligators and other mammals in the area. Bobcats, raccoons, deer and even Florida Panthers have been sighted and photographed in these locations. 

Additional Information for the event and images of what can be photographed at the event is on the Escape to Nature Photography website:


The Individual Member price of this event is $635, which includes the costs of our workshop leaders Vinny and Annette Colucci, classroom instruction and coaching while at shooting locations. You will be responsible for the costs of food, lodging and your local transportation to and from shooting locations. Carpooling is encouraged.   

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  • Register

    All attendees must fill out the release form and the agreement for Tour and Workshops Services before they can participate in this workshop. Form can be filled in online and saved. When saving, please rename the file to include your name in it. The completed and signed pdf should be emailed to Don Brown, APSA, PPSA:
     or mailed to the address found in the below section with Important Information to complete your registration.

    Download the Release and Indemnity Agreement (pdf)
  • List of Recommended Equipment

    Two camera bodies

    300mm to 600mm telephoto lens

    24-70 lens for landscapes

    Close up or macro lens

    Polarizing filters for all lens

    Graduated filters. 3-stop

    ND filter 3 stop or more.   (We will have a assortment of ND and Gad filters to share form Singh- Ray filters). Look at Singh- Ray website: Use promo code vinny10 for 10% off.

    Tripod. A good tripod with a ballhead or gimbal head. We will have a extra Wimberley gimbal head to loan for anyone wanting to try it out.

    Cable release

    Flash  (We will instruct on flash in the field.) 

    Better Beamer:  We will instruct on the proper use of a better beamer to help get extra distance on your flash unit.

  • Details of the workshop

    TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Weather conditions may cause a change in the events schedule.


    1:00 pm - Meet at Hotel lobby for briefing. Shooting in Viera Wetlands for the afternoon.


    5:30 am - Leave hotel lobby for Coco Beach Sunrise and close up shoot.

    9:00 am - After sunrise we will do close-ups of shells with moving surf .

    10:00 am - Group to go to breakfast (Optional )

    1:30 pm - Classroom at Orlando Wetlands Park. Please bring three images for review.

    3:00 pm - Afternoon location shoot at Orlando Wetlands Park. We will finish at Sunset.


    6:00 am - We will leave hotel for Merritt Island morning shoot. 
    10:00 am - Classroom until 12:30  then lunch

    3:00 pm - Leave hotel for Viera Wetlands Park for afternoon shoot. This will end at sunset.


    6:30 am - We will leave for Morning Shoot Orlando Wetlands Park.

    9:30 am - Continental breakfast at Classroom.  Flash techniques for wildlife. (Bring you own drinks)

    3:00 pm - Afternoon at Merritt Island or if we spotted a particular hotspot during the week we may re-visit.

    After Dinner Classroom review of images. Please bring 3-5 images. Also door prize raffle from sponsors. We will try to finish no later then 10:00 pm.


    6:00 am - Morning shoot at Groups choice. We will conclude about 10 AM.

    (Optional) Alligator Farm (St Augustine) Friday Afternoon to conclude at sunset.  Return flights should take consideration of this final shoot, if desired.  Requirements for shooting at Alligator Farm Rookery discussed Monday, March 6 during initial briefing.

  • Workshop Leader

    Vinny Colucci has been photographing and instructing workshops in these locations since 2003 and will put the group in front of the best locations in each wetland. This includes some of the best compositional sunsets over the wetlands. 

    Vinny is a member of Nikon's Professional Services and Wimberley Professional Services as well as a sponsored Gura Gear Photographer. His images have appeared in multiple publications, including Nature Photographer Magazine and He has authored and co-authored multiple books.

    He will be assisted by his wife, Annette.

    Assisting Vinny and Annette will be Donald Brown, APSA, PPSA, a member of PSA and frequent visitor to Florida to photograph the birds.


  • Workshop Hotel

    When you reserve and confirm your reservation for the trip, you should also call and book your hotel room.

    We have reserved a block of rooms at the Quality Inn:

    Cost: $95.00 per night (use the below Promo Code)

    Quality Inn Titusville
    3655 Cheney Hwy
    Titusville, FL 32780

    Promo Code: PSA-Vinny