Photographing Birds in Flight Workshop - Jan 31 and Feb 1

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Date & Time:

This two part workshop runs on two consecutive days, January 31st and February 1st (a Friday evening and Saturday morning, respectively). The course includes both a classroom lecture/presentation + a field shooting experience, and is designed for those who wish to succeed at the special challenge of photographing BIRDS in FLIGHT. (See start times for both days below)

Prerequisites: You should be familiar with your camera and its manual settings, as well as have some basic experience photographing birds/wildlife or action sports. You’ll benefit from being at least generally familiar with these terms: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and depth-of-field. We strongly recommend reviewing your camera manual section which describes the autofocus features of your camera prior to the workshop.

Equipment Necessary for Workshop:

Please bring your digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) with a fully charged battery and a zoom or prime lens of at least 300mm. If you don’t own such a lens, we recommend borrowing or renting one and experimenting with it prior to the workshop. Tripods are optional but recommended. A 3-way tilt-pan head with a quick-release is best; ball heads don’t work well in this application. We suggest bringing a spare camera battery and a pocket notebook. Memory cards should be cleared and formatted prior to the workshop.

Location and Times

FRI, JANUARY 31st: Classroom Presentation at Looking Glass from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. We’ll review photographs and discuss equipment, camera settings, and techniques. 

SAT, FEBRUARY 1st: Morning field shoot at 8:00am. We’ll meet in San Rafael at the Las Gallinas ponds. The “Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds” is the birding community’s name for the complex of sewage treatment ponds, tidal mudflats, salt marsh, and agricultural fields around the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District plant in San Rafael. Your cell phone or car GPS navigation system will take you there. Enter “Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District” into your navigation system. (Without GPS: To reach the ponds, exit Hwy 101 North in Marin at Smith Ranch Rd./Lucas Valley and drive east toward San Pablo Bay.  At the entrance to McInnis Park, cross the railroad tracks and turn immediately left, following the signs for the wildlife ponds. Follow this road .7 miles until it ends in a gravel parking lot.) Click here for a map.  

After the shooting session at Las Gallinas, we’ll return to Looking Glass to review and analyze our photos. We’ll wrap up at 12:00 noon that same day, Saturday, February 1st.  

About Dave Strauss:

Dave appreciates the lessons learned from tens of thousands of photographs -- using both pre-digital and state-of-the-art digital methods. Today, Dave owns and operates DS Composition, a photo studio in Oakland. He specializes in studio portraits, editorial and advertising, wildlife, scientific ultra-macro, and fine-art composite photos – as well as photographic education. His images have been featured in publications such as Bay Nature, Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, as well as many websites, academic journals, books, solo exhibitions, museums, and juried group shows.


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