…morning light is magic…

Teaching Classes at 2012 Galveston FeatherFest

A few months ago, I was invited to teach some workshops at the 2012 FeatherFest in April.  I’ve been a major fan and participant in Galveston’s FeatherFest over the past few years with winning a few photo contests along the way, so obviously I accepted the invitation.  Thanks Barbara.  My workshops will concentrate on what I know best:  shorebirds, lighting and getting down low.  Below is a summary of what I’ll cover in the workshops.

The FeatherFest website has been updated with registration underway.  I’d encourage everyone to check out the different workshops and field trips.  Hope to see some of you there!


“Photography from a Bird’s Perspective

This workshop will show you how enhance your bird photos by getting down  to the bird’s level for a more intimate/dramatic perspective.  I’ve been using these techniques for the past several years and I’m not satisfied with most of my “standing” shots anymore.  You will be amazed at how close you can get to the birds when you aren’t standing up.  We will discuss what equipment to use and how to use it to get the best low-level shots.  I’ll share some of my favorite local locations that provide great opportunities to try out these techniques.  Below is the basic agenda for the workshop.

  • Perspectives from a “birds eye view”
  • Equipment to use
  • Techniques/Tips
  • Local Locations to get down low
  • Slide Show of some of my low-level shots

“It’s All About the Light”

This workshop will focus on how to get dramatic natural lighting in your bird photos.  You will learn how to take advantage of shooting in the “golden hour” and by using back/side lighting and silhouettes.  You will also learn how to use fill flash using a better beamer flash extender.  Below is the basic agenda for the workshop.

  • Types of lighting in bird photography
  • Getting “golden light” photos
  • Silhouettes
  • Back lighting
  • Side lighting
  • What to do on cloudy days
  • Fill flash using better beamer flash extender
  • Camera settings
  • Exposure control
  • Techniques/Tips
  • Slide Show

“Shorebird Photography”

This workshop will focus on taking photographs of shorebirds.  We will review what equipment to use and how to use it effectively including getting the proper exposure in-camera instead of relying on post processing software to adjust the exposure.  This is critical when taking pictures of white birds.  I’ll share some of my techniques and tips on finding the birds, how to get close to them and how to get the actions shots.  We will also discuss where some of my favorite local locations are to find shorebirds.  Below is the basic agenda for the workshop.

  • Equipment to use
  • Camera settings
  • Exposure control
  • Techniques/Tips
  • Getting close to the birds
  • How to get action shots
  • Local Locations
  • Slide Show

4 responses

  1. Patti Edens

    Wow. Sounds awesome! I’m in!

    December 4, 2011 at 7:18 am

  2. Thanks Patti. I always appreciate your support. Look forward to seeing you there. It will be a good time.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

  3. Congrates! I fully expect your classes to fill fast. All photographers should take advantage of this opportunity as you share a wealth of information.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  4. Thanks David. I really appreciate your comments and hope that lots of people show up. I’m really looking forward to sharing what I know about shorebirds and getting down and dirty.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s