Fantastic wildlife photography opportunities exist right in your own backyard and species vary with the seasons.
Join photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Alan Clark in an intermediate workshop on how to artfully photograph backyard birds. Learn new skills through a combination of lectures, hands-on photo shoots and a participant image feedback session. Practice photographing backyard birds a few feet away from a photo blind at a specially designed backyard bird habitat in Clemson, South Carolina.
In this workshop you'll learn the secrets to capturing beautiful bird portraits and gain insights to the key factors for creating a bird-friendly habitat suitable for photography in your own backyard. You will learn about the best camera settings, shooting technique and composition for creating beautiful backyard bird images in live online (zoom) sessions in preparation for a day and a half in-person photo shoot at a private property location specifically designed for backyard bird photography. This shooting location offers multiple perches, water features, and two large photo blind structures - each large enough to comfortably seat 5 photographers at a time.
This workshop is suitable for photographers with mobility issues, since photographers can sit in the photo blind and photograph either handheld or with a tripod. The birds are acclimated to the setting and come in relatively close to the blinds - typically within 10-25 feet. As a result, heavy, long telephoto lenses are not required and more manageable zoom lenses in the 150 - 600 mm focal length range can work very well in this environment.
Some birds that may be sighted during the workshop include: Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina wren, Tufted titmouse, Ruby-crowned kinglet, House Finch, American Goldfinch, American Robin, American Crow, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird, Pine warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler, Yellow-throated warbler, Brown- headed Cowbird, White-throated sparrow, Chipping sparrow, Downy woodpecker, Red-bellied woodpecker, Blue Jay, Eastern Towhee, Mourning Dove, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird. Adding to the possibilities, the workshop is timed so there is a good chance of capturing the birds with colorful spring flowers like azaleas and wisteria. Of course, Mother Nature will dictate which birds and flowers will actually be seen.
those who would like to extend their visit to the Clemson, SC area,
other local attractions for photography include the South Carolina
Botanical Garden in Clemson and the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a
short drive away.