Magic of Hummingbirds, September 4-7, 2025

      Madera Canyon, AZ 85614, USA

      Langell Photography, LLC
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      64 reviews
      Sep 4 - 7, 2025
      Group size: 7 - 8
      Magic of Hummingbirds, September 4-7, 2025
      Madera Canyon, AZ 85614, USA

      Langell Photography, LLC
      • Email address verified
      64 reviews

      Sep 4 - 7, 2025
      Group size: 7 - 8

      About this trip

       Why is this photography experience so Magical?  

      The joy and vivid imagery participants are able to capture brings an instantaneous "ah-ha!" moment and delight when it all comes together in-camera! It truly is like magic! All while sitting, relaxed in your chair at 5000' altitude (cooler than the valley), taking in the amazing nature of Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.

      Join instructors Lisa Langell and Kim Gray on this magical and very memorable experience. You will be amidst myriad hummingbirds that are concentrated in this renown area as they travel northward through Madera Canyon, Arizona-- an internationally known flyway for migrating hummingbirds.

      What's truly unique about this event?

      • No need to share a station!  You get your own fully dedicated flash setup station!  This is rare among hummingbird photo workshops as nearly all of them require you to share stations with another participant and thus dramatically limit your photography time. 

      •  No long drives or hikes--- step out your front door and start photographing birds!


      Hummingbird Species most often photographed:

      • Broad-billed hummingbird

      • Ravoli's (Magnificent) hummingbird (North America's largest hummingbird)

      • Broad-billed hummingbird

      • Black-chinned hummingbird

      • Rufous (during migration)

      We offer what others do not!  

      •  You will learn traditional flash-based hummingbird photography which reigns supreme as the current best method for freezing the wings in action in any position and properly illuminating the bird while reducing noise and capturing beautiful backgrounds.

      •  Learn Low-Key style (if light conditions are supportive, we will capture this moody, darker style of hummingbird photography)!

      •  Learn High-Key (light style, white background) photography of hummingbirds for that amazing, illustrative style

      •  A suite of on-demand video tutorials for post processing support

      •  In-person post processing demonstrations and instruction

      •  We thoroughly teach you how to use flash setups so that you can do this from anywhere 

      •  Bat photography also offered at the lodge in the evening!  (September workshops only)

      What else can you expect?

       • Instructors: 2
      • Participants: 8

      • We provide all specialty gear & flowers - simply bring your camera, lenses, a trigger and tripod!
      • Access to post-processing tutorials
      • Photograph just steps from your room --no hiking or driving required
      • Lots of laughter, smiles and joy included in every event!

      What you will learn:


      •  Learn how to set the proper exposure settings for all styles of hummingbird photography listed above using off-camera flash
      •  Properly use multiple off-camera flashes to illuminate and freeze the birds' wings
      •  Position flowers, backdrops, lights, and feeders to get excellent images
      •  Post-process images captured in-camera as well as optional compositing
      •  Basic troubleshooting so that if something is amiss, you'll know how to fix it
      •  Understand the ethics and research of using low-powered flash photography with the birds

      •  How to photograph bats at night using off-camera flash and LIDAR (September dates only)

      Permits:  Langell Photography, LLC ensures all National Forest permits and local permissions have been obtained and paid for in order to to legally run this event.  This helps ensure your workshop will not be disbanded by the National Forest or local land owners. 

      Physical Fitness Level:

      Level 2:  Easy to moderate

      Appropriate for those who are in good health and can participate in half or full day events.  They generally involve walking at a light to moderate intensity at a light to moderate pace.  Involves standing for longer periods of time, walking on flat or very gentle incline/declines on paved or unpaved surfaces for short periods (5-15 mins) with standing for periods of up to one hour.  Frequent stops made as needed for rest, but seating may/may not be available at all times.

      You must be able to transport your own gear, luggage, etc. to and from your cabin and your vehicle and/or the hummingbird stations.

      Prerequisite photography skills & gear:

      Skills required:  It is fine if you do not yet understand how to use aperture, shutter speed or ISO.  We are going to help you! Any photographer is welcome.

      Minimum gear required:  

      • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera, memory cards & batteries
      Note:  "Bridge" or "point-and-shoot" cameras typically do not work as well for this workshop as they often lack the technology needed to function effectively with the flashes and settings we require)

      • 100-400mm lens (or similar)

      • Remote shutter release (the inexpensive, wired models work really well)

      • Tripod

      • No flashes required.  We provide them for you to use!

      Additional details provided in your information packet upon registration


      Madera Canyon, Arizona, USA

      Santa Rita Lodge

      Additional Highlights


      Wildlife abounds in Madera Canyon!  The following birds and animals are often spotted in the spring at the lodge or on nearby trails.  This offers additional opportunities for you to photograph wildlife.

      Birds often sighted here:

      •Acorn Woodpecker
      • Mexican Jay
      • Gould's Turkey
      • Gambel's Quail
      • Bridled Titmouse
      • Arizona Woodpecker
      • Elf Owl (Spring)
      • Elegant Trogon (spring/fall)
      • Black-headed grosbeak
      • Summer and hepatic tanager
      • Sulfur-bellied flycatchers
      • Painted redstart
      • Bell's vireo
      • Pygmy owl
      • Mexican whip-poor-will
      • Whiskered screech owl
      • Zone-tailed hawk

      Mammals sighted here:

      •  Coatimundi
      •  Arizona Gray squirrel
      •  Rock squirrel
      •  Coues whitetail deer
      •  Raccoon
      •  Black bear

      •  Lesser long-nosed bat (endangered):  Photographable during September workshops

      •  Mexican long-tongued bat:  Photographable during September workshops

      Lodging (Included)

      Comfortable, quality lodging is included in the price of the workshop. You will be staying and photographing hummingbirds right on the grounds of the charming and historic Santa Rita Lodge.  The lodge is nestled in Madera Canyon, which lies within the Santa Rita Mountains of the Coronado National Forest.  These mountains are considered a Sky Island and feature several unique habitats and species endemic to the area.

      • Single Supplement - Private Room option: Your private room.  You may bring one additional, non-participating guest at no extra cost
      • Shared room option: Share your room (two beds) with one other participant of the same gender. No extra guests.
      • Extending your stay?  Contact the lodge to make your additional reservation independently. 

      Cancellation, transfer and refund policy

      Cancellation Policy, Terms & Conditions and FAQs:  

      Please review ALL of our complete terms and conditions.  These will be provided to you again at the end of your completed registration to initial and sign.    

      What if I need to cancel?   You have several options: 

      Option 1:   You may submit your claim to travel insurance.

      Option 2:  You have self-insured your trip and will absorb any losses from cancellation.

      Option 3:  You may transfer your seat to a qualified* friend you nominate for an administration fee ($250).  The friend is responsible for any remaining balance. 

      Option 4:  You may request that we attempt to resell your seat for up to full price wherever possible.  To do so, there is an administration fee of $350.  We cannot guarantee it will be resold, but we will market it to our waitlist for this tour if there is reasonable time before the start date to do so.   

      *Qualified friend is someone you refer to us who meets the criteria for the tour, has agreed to all terms & conditions, and agrees to pay for any balance due and/or future costs that arise.       

      What’s included

      • Lodging
        Three night's lodging at the Santa Rita Lodge
      • Pre-workshop tutorials
        An on-demand course series offering editing suggestions for your images is provided.
      • Pre-workshop webinar
        Meet your fellow participants, ask questions, and get to know your instructors!
      • All instruction
        Two instructors dedicated to your learning needs
      • All specialty equipment
        Use of flashes and related specialty equipment required to create the hummingbird multi-flash setups.

      What’s not included

      • Transportation
        No ground or air transportation is provided. A rental car or personal transportation is necessary as there are no shuttles available.
      • Meals
        Due to AZ legal and local logistical challenges, we cannot provide your meals. Each room has a nicely equipped kitchenette, refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, etc. for your use.

      Available Packages

      Shared room (2 participants)
      Sold Out

      Two registrants will share the same room with two beds.  Registrants will be of the same gender.  If we do not have another registrants who can occupy the room with you, we will invoice you at the registration rate for a single room. 

      Deposit: $1,000
      Private room
      Sold Out

      Private room with a queen or king bed.  Registered participant is welcome to bring one non-photographing guest.  Guest is not allowed to use the equipment we provide nor photograph at the stations provided.  

      Deposit: $1,000


      Day 1: 3:00pm - Sunset
      Meet-and-Greet; First Lessons

      Get settled and grab your gear to begin our hummingbird photography meet-and-greet!  Here we will start with introductions followed by a group orientation and individualized lessons (one-on-one) to using photographing hummingbirds using a 5-flash setup at your dedicated stations. (Detailed info provided in your Welcome Email upon registration.)

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      Langell Photography, LLC
      64 reviews
      A nature photographer and birder from the age of eight, Lisa is the founder of Langell Photography, LLC. She began her own business in 2010 after long vibrant careers as a floral designer, educational psychologist, consultant and in helping launch and manage two startups that grew into leading companies in the Ed-Tech space. Since then, she has earned numerous awards and has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick and more.


      An incredible experience. I had a wonderful time. Prior to booking I attended a zoom meeting to learn more about the trip. Nature and the leaders did not disappoint. We encountered many of the birds and wildlife discussed (not promised), in the meeting. I saw and photographed bears, moose, otters, sea lions, eagles and many other birds. I have at least 5K images to review and process. Food was provided at our lodge, and it was always delicious. The cabins were nice and had everything I needed. I recommend this trip to any photographer regardless of your photo experience. Thank you, Lisa, Mason and Barb, for an experience of a lifetime.
      By Susan D for Magic of Alaska: June 9 - 14. 2024 on Jun 18, 2024
      I think that Lisa’s Magic of Alaska hit it out of the park! Well organized and planned. Thank you to Lisa and Mason for a job well done!
      By Lee L for Magic of Alaska: June 2-7, 2024 on Jun 18, 2024
      Thank you so much! We enjoyed having you and sharing the Magic of Alaska with you!!!
      By Langell Photography, LLC on Jun 18, 2024
      The trip was very good, constantly seeing different wildlife and multiple landscape locations. Lisa and Mason are both excellent at their job and are constantly trying to satisfy their customers. They are always there to offer advise or to assist you with the proper camera settings or various ways to shoot the scene. They had all the transportation arranged such as flights. or boat adventures. I want to also point out that all of the multiple vendors that they do business with are great people, such as the dog sled teams, boat operators, pilots, bear guide etc. I would also like to commend the chef Barbara who did a great job keeping everyone well fed. In closing I would definitely recommend traveling with Magic of Alaska. The accommodations were nice as well, and the location is very picturesque.
      By Michael R for Magic of Alaska: June 9 - 14. 2024 on Jun 17, 2024
      What an experience!! Even though we were exhausted most days, it was a blast! People keep asking me what my favorite part of the trip was and I say ALL OF IT! Lisa and Mason are so accommodating and pleasant to be around. The whole reason I took this workshop was because Lisa Langell was leading it! I had taken her Hummingbird workshop and she was just great! I do know that I enjoyed this workshop 110% more! I highly recommend it!
      By Diane R for Magic of Alaska: June 2-7, 2024 on Jun 16, 2024
      Thank you so much, Diane! We really loved having you and are so thrilled that you had such a great time!!
      By Langell Photography, LLC on Jun 16, 2024
      This trip was everything I hoped would be and more! The hosts were AMAZING! The accommodations were beautiful and comfortable.The food was fantastic! I can't say enough good things about this trip.
      By Marianne W for Magic of Alaska: June 2-7, 2024 on Jun 10, 2024
      We are so glad you had such a great experience. Thank you for being a part of the Magic with us!
      By Langell Photography, LLC on Jun 11, 2024
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