Bird photography workshops by a photographer and birder. (Tim teaches shorebird identification classes for Audubon chapters.) Tim teaches, you shoot, practice and learn. Click on Workshops in the menu bar above to get to the full list of workshops offered.
Birds of Nome & the Seward Peninsula - Nome and the surrounding Seward Peninsula is rich in bird life during the summer months. Birds come from all over the world to mate and raise their young on the open tundra. Bar-tailed Godwits come from New Zealand, Pacific Golden Plovers, Wandering Tattlers, Ruddy Turnstones and other birds come from Hawaii, and Northern Wheatears come all the way from Africa. Then there are the rare birds that cross the Baring and Chukchi Seas, such as Bluethroat and Easter Yellow Wagtail. Toss is a varied selection of ducks, loons, terns, shorebirds and other songbirds and all of a sudden it just becomes a bird photographers paradise. This is a full five-day workshop; there are 21 hours of light to shoot in, so the challenge isn’t what to shoot, it’s when to sleep. We’ll have five morning and five afternoon-evening shooting sessions. This workshop is limited to five workshop participants. More images from this workshop can be found in the Galleries tab, then scroll down to Workshop Images and click on the Nome Workshop folder. (2017 is FULL)
Flash For Bird Photographers - Learn everything necessary and master Off-Camera Flash for Bird Photography. We'll cover: Popup Flash, Setting up TTL Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, High-Speed Sync, Controlling the Flash Unit from the Cameras LCD Screen, Best Rechargeable Batteries for your shooting style, Flash Extenders, Off-Camera Flash Cords and Brackets, CTO gels, Wired 0ff-Camera Flash, Optical Flash Communication, Radio Flash Communication, Soft Boxes and Diffusers for Bird Photography, Controlling the Ambient Light, and how to use the flash unit to Enhance Auto Focusing in Low Light Situations. This workshop is limited to 6 participants so you'll get a lot of personalized attention, it's an 8-hour class with a lunch break, and will be held on location - outdoors so everything you learn you'll also practice throughout the day!
Sonoran Desert Birds - SE Arizona - Four days of photography, 9 shooting sessions! Four-morning sessions in photo blinds (desert birds & hummingbirds), four afternoon/evening photography sessions, in photo blinds . There is one optional session for photographing bats in the evening. Six hummingbird species are possible and over 40 other species. We'll be based out of Green Valley for all four days. The workshops will begin at 5 PM on April 25th with an orientation to bird photography. Two days will focus on Arizona desert birds and will be in photo blinds near Green Valley, the next two days will be in Madera Canyon, with half of the focus will be on hummingbirds and the other on the birds of Madera Canyon. Limited to four (4) workshop participants! More images for this workshop can be found in the Galleries top on the top menu bar.
Earlier this week I went to Newport, Oregon to photograph a Mountain Plover. The weather forecast was for 10 to 25% chance of rain, but I knew if I was creative I could get a reasonably good image, as long as it didn’t rain too much. The first thing was to understand that Mountain Plovers […]
Three shooting locations and three different light situations, by managing the light, shadows, angle the light was striking the birds, it all works. The beautiful warm light of early morning and late afternoon are best, but not always possible so let’s figure out how to work with what we have. On foggy mornings it’s […]
#1 Get Outside Early The number one thing you can do to improve your bird photography is to make/create your images within two hours after sunrise. The light is the best then, soft and warm yellow tones and the birds are their most active. If you can’t make it outside that early, you could shoot […]