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Wildlife Photography 101

Date(s) - May 20th
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Are you using a digital camera and enjoy photographing in the outdoors, have a good eye and that wildlife photo did not turn out right, then this seminar is for you.  The course is primarily for upper beginners or serious hobbyists, who wish to take their wildlife/nature photography to the next level and own something more than a point and shoot camera.  Class segments will concentrate on wildlife photography by teaching the fundamentals (how the digital camera works, memory cards, appropriate equipment, megapixels, aperture/depth of field, composition) and advanced techniques of digital photography (histogram interpretation, use of ISO, Autofocus, light compensation, metering,  required shutter speeds, tools of the trade). Specific concentration will portray “how to get the shot” using different wildlife photo scenarios.

This is a three-segment seminar.  Part one, will be classroom instruction.  Part two, will be a short field session with students taking photographs within the museum grounds of live animals and applying taught classroom essentials.  Part three, will be back in the classroom to review captured images and applying a digital workflow using Adobe Photoshop.  At the conclusion of this course students will have an understanding of the basic operations of their camera, understand photography terminology, what it takes for a good wildlife photograph for both printing/web and tips to becoming a semi-pro photographer.

Requirements: Digital camera and camera manual.  Knowing what camera buttons do and where they are located and having a tripod would be helpful.

Instructor: Ken Conger

After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken has carried his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection over to his passion of wildlife photography. He has attained both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree.  Ken’s interest in photography began at a young age.  Wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images utilize available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of wildlife. His photographs are primarily taken within National Parks and Fish & Wildlife Refuges and strictly of wild animals within six of the seven continents. His annual treks to remote locations are to be inspired, obtain unique images, and hopefully to educate as well as encourage viewers to connect with nature as well as consider conservation.  A published author and award winning photographer (National Wildlife Federation, National Parks Competition, Sony International Photography Contest, Popular Photography Contest), receiving “Best in Show” within art festivals, Ken’s images have adorned a number of magazine covers and in numerous nature calendars. A wildlife photographer professional since 2010, Ken currently teaches wildlife photography through full day classes and private lessons, leads international photo tours and participates in art festivals along the east coast.

Age: 18 and above.

Cost: $155

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