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David Akoubian

David Akoubian has been a photographer since 1972 when his father presented him with his first camera, but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father who shares his love of nature and photography. Early in his career he traveled with, learned from and taught beside some of the masters of nature photography including John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Bryan Peterson, Pat O'Hara, and Rod Planck. David has been teaching photography since 1994 in the classroom and leading workshops around the United States. David presents and leads workshops at many of the country’s top photographic conferences such as the Photographic Society of America Annual Conference, as well as many camera clubs across the United States. David's clients include, but are not limited to, Coca Cola, PNC Bank, Tamron, Sirui, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, Lensbaby, The Nature Conservancy, Scholastic Books, and Gibbs Gardens. His photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, Birder's World, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker Magazine, and many local publications. His work has appeared in several feature books, calendars, as well as in instructional guides. David is a Tamron Image Master, Kase Filter Ambassador, and an f-stop Gear Ambassador.

David Akoubian: Speakers

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David's Seminars & Workshops

David Akoubian: Schedule

WED 4:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Photographing Wildlife at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join us for a session of photographing in the famous Alligator Farm Rookery and 

capture images of many different types of birds and even some alligators. We will learn about proper exposure for front and backlighting, as well as different colors of birds.


A tripod or monopod is recommended but we will talk about how to properly handhold your camera for images as well. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass

*Select Photo Membership

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: Monopod or tripod, and a short to long telephoto lens for your camera

THU 6:15 - 8:30 A.M.

Photographing Sunrise with Horses on the Beach, Co-lead with Lisa Langell

Join Tamron sponsored speakers David Akoubian and Lisa Langell as they team up to lead this festival favorite workshop. Photograph beautiful horses at sunrise on St. Augustine Beach. Attendees will practice posed images of the horses and riders as well as the horses in the surf.


Attendees will learn techniques to stop action and to pan with the subject as the horses run along the beach. It is recommended you have an understanding of quickly changing your shutter speed for different effects.

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Frank B. Butler County Park EAST, 5860 A1A S.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No People: 20

Suggested Gear List: A wide angle to short telephoto lens for your camera. Shoes that can get wet, as well as clothing that may get wet as we walk in the surf (although it isn’t required, some images will be better while getting slightly wet).

THU 10 - 11:30 A.M.

Landscape Photography

Attendees will learn about preparing and photographing landscapes, as well as exposure, composition, and lighting. We will discuss how to prepare for new locations, and how to pack your gear for the trips. We will look at many images and learn why they work and how to avoid common mistakes. 

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.


Price: $25

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No. of People: 30

FRI 6:15 - 8:30 A.M.

Photographing Sunrise from the St. Augustine Lighthouse

Join professional photographer David Akoubian for a sunrise session from the observation deck at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Here, you will learn the proper settings for achieving sunrise images.


NOTE: There are 219 steps to reach the observation deck.  

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Lighthouse , 100 Red Cox Dr.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No People: 14

Suggested Gear List: Wide-angle lens for the sunrise, but a shorter telephoto, a zoom will work best covering between 100-400mm. A tripod is optional.

FRI 3 - 4:30 P.M.

Wildlife Photography

Professional photographer David Akoubian will discuss techniques and offer tips on photographing wildlife. Whether photographing in your backyard or the bush in Alaska, he will discuss settings on your cameras, and things to make it easier to do with confidence. David will also discuss planning for excursions to photograph in the wild. He plans to inspire with images and stories of wildlife images. 

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Festival Headquarters (5205 A1A S.)

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: All Levels 

Max No People: 30

SAT 6:15 - 8:30 A.M.

Photographing Sunrise with Horses on the Beach

Join David Akoubian and photograph beautiful horses at sunrise on St. Augustine Beach. Attendees will practice posed images of the horses and riders as well as the horses in the surf.


Attendees will learn techniques to stop action and to pan with the subject as the horses run along the beach. It is recommended you have an understanding of quickly changing your shutter speed for different effects.

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Frank B. Butler County Park EAST, 5860 A1A S.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No People: 14

Suggested Gear List: A wide angle to short telephoto lens for your camera. Shoes that can get wet, as well as clothing that may get wet as we walk in the surf (although it isn’t required, some images will be better while getting slightly wet).

SAT 4:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Photographing Wildlife at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join us for a session of photographing in the famous Alligator Farm Rookery and 

capture images of many different types of birds and even some alligators. We will learn about proper exposure for front and backlighting, as well as different colors of birds.


A tripod or monopod is recommended but we will talk about how to properly handhold your camera for images as well. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: Monopod or tripod, and a short to long telephoto lens for your camera

SUN 7 - 10:00 A.M.

Photographing Wildlife at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join us for a session of photographing in the famous Alligator Farm Rookery and 

capture images of many different types of birds and even some alligators. We will learn about proper exposure for front and backlighting, as well as different colors of birds.


A tripod or monopod is recommended but we will talk about how to properly handhold your camera for images as well. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: Monopod or tripod, and a short to long telephoto lens for your camera

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