Bird Photography: Art and Techniques


Friday, August 25, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
One 2-hour session


$25. Register here.


This is a lecture-only seminar. All levels of experience are welcomed.


We love to photograph birds. The variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and what this diversity reveals about species' adaptations to diverse habitats, makes them fascinating subjects. Birds are astonishing creatures. They can take to the sky with such grace and land on the ground with a touch of elegance. And the sheer variety of species available makes them such a delight to capture. Whether they are soaring above alone or along with their flock, these feathered creatures make for wonderful subjects. Yet their lively, constant movement, and often secretive nature make them challenging to shoot. A beautiful photo of a bird is a challenge worth overcoming, because you will be very proud of the result.

In this seminar, Gail, Richard, and Doug will share with you some of the things we've learned about making great photos of birds. First, we'll have a show with some of our favorite bird photos. Then we'll discuss what it takes to make a great bird photo: equipment recommendations, setting up to get the best shots, attracting birds, perched shots, and flight shots. Then using some of our photos, we'll discuss specific elements of them that make them good: position, background, focus, and composition.

This seminar is for anyone who loves birds and would like to take better photos of them. This will be lecture only (no shooting). We will talk about and demonstrate equipment and techniques that will help you take better bird photos. Nature photography is 98% patience, 1% luck, and 1% skill. After this seminar, you should have a better grasp on some of the skills, so when you are at the right place at the right time, you'll be better prepared to get that shot.

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Gail, Richard, and Doug

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