Saturday, March 4, 2017
Techniques for Better Bird Photography
Marina del Rey / Santa Monica
$40 FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 10
Your workshop host will be Christopher Taylor, an accomplished and published local photographer who has conducted similar workshops here and back East. While Christopher is most experienced with Canon equipment, he'll provide techniques that will enhance your ability to capture outstanding images of birds no matter what brand of digital SLR camera you're using, and should be able to help reproduce camera effects on other brands.
During the field lab, shorebirds and gulls should highlight. Christopher will be addressing a basic approach to one of the most difficult arenas of photography. Christopher does not typically use flash at all, and he'll explain why, and how to compensate in various light and wind conditions. He'll also offer guidance on when it's best to hand-hold a shorter lens and when it is best to use a tripod and more magnification. He will discuss how to make your photographs more captivating by incorporating habitat into your frame. Learn how to use bokeh effects to help emphasize your subject. He will cover different aperture, lighting and metering techniques to help make your photographs POP!
Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot at 8:00 a.m. with your DSLR camera and telephoto lens (required). Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile. Turn right on Pacific Ave.
After a nearby lunch (with Christopher if you wish), we will meet in a classroom setting at a Santa Monica office, where Christopher will review basic post-production Photoshop techniques, and tips to make good photos great and great photos truly eye-catching. A charged laptop with Photoshop loaded, and the day’s photos downloaded, is useful but not required. Office directions will be provided before the lunch break. Finish up 3 or 4 p.m.