Bird Photography Workshop
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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
So, what is bird photography? It is a genre of photography that challenges you, your equipment and your patience. But at the end of the day you are rewarded with the opportunity to be out in nature, a chance to learn more about the lives of birds and hopefully the opportunity to capture that one great image.
The Bird Photography Workshop is conducted over two individual sessions: The first session starts in the classroom and is focused on the principles and techniques of bird photography followed by a couple of hours of putting what we have learned to use as we photograph the various species that call Harrington Park Lake their home. Our second session will involve retuning to Harrington Park Lake in the morning for a couple more hours of practicing our bird photography techniques followed by some additional time in the classroom to explore the post processing techniques for editing our images.
There is no denying that Bird Photography is one of the more challenging photography genres. There are so many aspects to consider; the gear, the camera settings, the light, composition and of course the behaviour of the birds themselves, just to name a few. Our first session will begin at 9 am in the classroom and will focus on the skills and techniques required to capture stunning bird photos. At noon we will make our way to Harrington Park Lake where we will have a brief lunch break with a variety of options available at the Harrington Park Shops. After lunch we will then spend the next couple of hours honing the skills we learned in the classroom as we photograph the variety of birds that frequent the lake that often includes: Pelicans, Black Swans, a variety of ducks, Cormorants, White Faced Herons, Superb Fairy-wrens, Honeyeaters, Galahs, Corellas and Rainbow Lorikeets to name a few.
Our goal is not to photograph as many species as possible, but to capture the best possible images of the species available.
Day two will begin back at Harrington Park Lake at 9:30 where we will continue to explore the bird life at the lake and consolidate our bird photography skills. At noon, we will once again take a lunch break at the Harrington Park Shops and then return to the classroom where we will spend the rest of our time together exploring some of the post processing techniques required to transform your images into beautiful finished photographs you'll be proud to share.
I will demonstrate my post processing workflow using Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop along with Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Sharpen. You will also have plenty of time to process some of your own images if you wish to bring your laptop along.
A basic amount of fitness is required for this workshop.
A basic understanding of your camera and navigating the menus is essential. Having your camera manual on hand will be valuable.
Workshop size will be between 4-6 students. We limit our workshop sizes to create a more individual learning environment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Your Camera! The bare minimum is a camera that can has manual and aperture priority exposure settings.
- Spare camera batteries and SD Cards
- Battery Charger
- Lens with the longest focal length you have! Ideally this will be a lens with a focal length of 400mm or above. (also consider extenders and crop sensors)
- Tripod or Monopod in an effort to get the sharpest photos possible and also to help manage the weight of your equipment with long & heavy lenses.
- Gimbal Head for tripod or monopod - not essential, but sure makes Bird Photography much easier.
- Appropriate clothing.
Tea, coffee and snacks
As with any workshop, unfortunately we are unable to control the weather or the availability of birds. The workshop will proceed in the event of inclement weather and we will endeavour to do our best to locate local birdlife.