While this trek had a video emphasis, still photography was also strongly encouraged. Through classroom sessions, we went from the basics of subject, light and background all the way through advanced video editing techniques. Never having really shot video prior to this trip, I admit some apprehension at the start. But after shooting videos in pouring rain from under an umbrella in the dark, to kayakers in the river, to people rappelling down a waterfall in a heavy mist, I feel like a pro compared to where I began. By the end of the 5 days, I was flipping back and forth between stills and videos (using presets I never knew existed). One of the coolest things we learned was how to take time-lapse photos of things like clouds moving across the top of a volcano that was outside the door of our hotel room – again a feature of my camera that I never knew was there. Macro shots of the red-eyed tree frog at the Butterfly Conservatory, waterfalls in the rain forest and night photos of the Arenal Hot Springs were truly once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.