Showroom: 1045 Ashby Ave Berkeley CA | Phone: 510-548-6888 | Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Looking Glass

Photographing Birds in Flight

Out of stock

Back to the classroom! After a 2½-year hiatus, we’re bringing some classes back for in-person learning in a classroom setting. Full description below.



Back to the classroom! After a 2½-year hiatus, we’re bringing some classes back for in-person learning in a classroom setting. This class runs in three parts, with two sessions in our classroom as well as an on-location bird shoot (October 23rd, 29th and 30th).

Class Overview:

Successfully photographing birds in flight is one of the most joyful, gratifying, and challenging forms of action photography. During this fun and fascinating 3-part workshop, longtime Looking Glass instructor Dave Strauss guides you through equipment selection, camera settings, lighting considerations, and observation site selection -- the keys to capturing beautiful, accurately exposed, sharply focused images of flying birds, as well as other flying creatures like butterflies and dragonflies.

Session 1: Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 AM   

Dave will spend 1½ highly interactive hours with a maximum of 8 participants in the Looking Glass classroom. He’ll show you many examples of “bad” and “good” photos of flying birds and other flying creatures, explaining why the bad ones don’t work and how to consistently capture the good ones. He’ll cover lighting, cameras and lenses, camera settings, sighting/framing technique, and answer your questions.

Session 2: Saturday, October 29th, 8:30 – 10:00 AM  

Dave will meet with attendees at Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland airport for a field shoot (maps and other details provided at Session 1). Participants will learn from Dave and each other as they photograph many species of birds under a variety of flight conditions. Each photographer will identify a few favorite images (and perhaps a few troublesome images that raise interesting questions) for discussion during Session 3.

Session 3: Sunday, October 30th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM 

The participants will gather again in the Looking Glass classroom to review and learn from everyone’s photos. Dave spends time on each of your submitted images, exploring your intentions and discussing which aspects of your shots are working and which could be improved. Most attendees of Dave’s classes tell us that his review sessions are “the best part”; fun, fascinating, and packed with ideas, tips, and techniques.


This workshop is best suited for intermediate and intermediate+ photographers who use DSLRs or MILCs (mirrorless cameras) with lenses of at least 300mm. If you don’t own such a lens, we recommend buying, borrowing, or renting one and experimenting with it prior to the workshop. Tripods are optional but recommended. A 3-way tilt-pan or gimbal head with a quick-release is best; ball heads don’t work well in this application. We suggest bringing spare camera batteries and a pocket notebook. You’ll benefit from being 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. You should know how to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to specific values on your camera even if you’re not quite sure which values to use. NOTE: Point & Shoot or “bridge” cameras are not well suited to this class.

Health & Safety:

Let’s protect each other! To attend the in-classroom sessions for this workshop, you need to be fully vaccinated for Covid and have a negative result from a self-test administered not more than 24 hours prior to the workshop. Please bring your vaccination card and a mobile phone photo of your negative self-test. Classroom seating will be socially distanced. Masks will be optional in the classroom. Questions? Send us a note using our Contact Form here.


Looking Glass requires 72-hour notice of cancellation for a full refund.

Keep up to date on the latest news and events!

Don’t worry, we won’t spam

Your cart — 0

You cart is currently empty