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During the Festival, the sun will rise around 7:15am, so please be at your meet-up spots at the time indicated in the activity descriptions. Early meet-up is requested for sunrise to allow time to go over some basic instructions and be at the workshop locations as the golden hour approaches. Light is best starting ½ to ¾ hours before sunrise so you want to be there to capture it. Instructors will not wait for those who are late. The sun will set just before 6:00pm. Though not required, car pools are recommended and will be set up at the meet-up spots for driving trips. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, biting bug protection. Wear warm clothes and waterproof shoes. Directions to meet-up spots are posted on the festival web site in the Field Trips section.
Joe is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is an X-Rite Coloratti, a FotoPro Ambassador and holds both Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. As a producer and presenter, Joe creates and delivers educational videos for photo and audio industry companies. This includes Nissin, Hensel, X-Rite, Sekonic, Novoflex, Rokinon, Ilford, Fotopro, Tascam, Zoom, Saramonic and others totaling over 3.5 million views to date. A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Joe is a speaker at many local and national venues and events and teaches photography workshops around the country specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.
Shaping Your Photographs with Light & Color – Indoor Session
Easy Image Enhancements with Lightroom & Photoshop
Jan. 22 & 24, 1:00pm-3:00pm; 1-114; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
It’s not about the tools, it’s all about knowing both How and Why a raw file needs to be shaped and transformed into a beautiful photograph! Join host Joe Brady as he takes you through a journey of image editing in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop with both Wildlife and Landscape images. When you understand that both can and should be done to bring out the full beauty of an image, you will find your photography getting better as you learn to visualize the final product. These demonstrations will show you how easy it can be to turn disappointing raw captures into outstanding photographs. You’ll see where Lightroom leaves off and what Photoshop can do to add those important final touches.
What is different about Joe’s approach to image editing is that it is all about what the image needs. It’s not about what you can do, it’s all about what will make the photograph have more impact, beauty and longevity.
Advanced Photo Edits – Indoor Session
Shaping Landscapes & Wildlife Photography with Lightroom & Photoshop
Jan. 22 & 24, 3:30pm-5:00pm; 1-114; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
After learning the basics, when you understand what you can and should do with both Lightroom & Photoshop will help you capture better images from the start! These demonstrations will start easy, but quickly explore advanced tool usage to shape your image into the best photograph it can be. From adding skies, color and light in Landscapes to lighting fur, moving object, removing distractions and adding power and sparkle to the eyes. Your goal should be to tell a story about each image and direct the viewer to the most important parts of the subject. These tools are today’s darkroom and since our cameras don’t see the world the way our eyes do, it’s important to understand how these tools can shape our images into the photographs that made us stop and take the picture in the first place.
While we will cover some advanced techniques, everything will be presented in an easy-to-follow and step-by-step method that you can put to use for your own images!
Creating Images That Make You Smile – Indoor Session
Capturing and Shaping Consistently Great Photographs
Jan. 25, 1:00pm-3:00pm; 1-114; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Join host Joe Brady as he takes you on a journey through the though the preparation and thought process to create great Landscape and Wildlife Photographs. It’s not just about gear (though some of it does help!) but about visualizing the final print hanging on the wall. Size, shape, color, composition and editing are all very important concepts to nail down if you want to get consistent results that will make you smile! Joe will take you through the thought process and also take you through image processing to show how it all comes together. Come learn how to shoot less but shoot better, get great images more often and more consistently, and prepare to share them with the world!
Creating Landscapes That Draw You In – Outdoor Session
A Field Workshop About Composition, Shape, Color and Light
Jan. 23 & 25; 7:00am-10:00am, Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Jan. 23, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the north side of the Parrish Park boat ramp parking lot by the picnic pavilions.
When you learn to visualize the final print, you make better decisions in the field about what to photograph, what to include and what and how much should be in the composition. In this photography field trip, you’ll learn how to put these decisions to use so that you can get consistently better results.
We’ll photograph the broad landscape, fine details, birds and textures to create images that will be worthy to display and share!
Photographing Birds of Prey — Up Close & Personal Raptor Portraiture
Telling a story through eyes, gesture and movement…
Jan. 24, 9:00am-11:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Florida Wildlife Hospital, 4560 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Shores FL, 32935 (Just south of the big red cross)
Raptors are such magnificent creatures and their majesty and beauty deserves to be captured and shared. In this photo shoot, rather than photographing these birds in the wild, we’ll have the opportunity to create portraits in a controlled environment and use lights to add sparkle to the eyes and luster and depth to the plumage. On birds as with people, the eyes tell the story and having the ability to do close-ups will add impact and drama to the bird portraits we create. Florida Wildlife Hospital staff will provide a variety of beautiful native Florida raptors that include Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk and American Kestrel. These beautiful birds will be perched on native perches, thus providing perfect conditions to produce amazing, intimate images
Lee grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and refers to himself as a “Tokie.” His interest in wildlife began with regular trips as a child to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. The real impetus for his passion for bird watching and photography began on his inaugural trip to Big Bend National Park in August 1988. His grandparents had bought him a Canon 630 and Canon 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 L. With a bunch of rolls of Kodachrome in hand, they headed to west Texas. While hiking in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend, a bird that looked like a sparrow on steroids was hopping around on the ground and Lee took his first bird image. He figured if he were going to photograph wildlife, he needed to identify the species of each subject. A quick appeal to his grandparent’s soft side and they purchased a National Geographic Field Guide at the park visitor center. As he scanned the images of the guide, he noticed that birds like the Colima Warbler, Mexican Jay, Varied Bunting, and Lucifer’s Hummingbird were very restricted in their range and mostly in the Big Bend region with regard to Texas.
A life-long fascination with the Big Bend region was ignited and subsequent trips included developing a vegetation map of the entire park as an undergraduate assistant with Dr. Greg Plumb of the University of Oklahoma. Lee has three (3) degrees with a B.A. in Geography and a M.S. in Regional & City Planning both from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before becoming a full-time photographer and guide, Lee has been a transportation planner, church planter, licensed insurance agent, roofing contractor, and Supervisor of the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas. Eventually growing tired of being behind a desk in an office, Lee decided it was time to take the photography and guiding full time. He is a contributing photographer for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and Texas Highways. More than being published, Lee enjoys teaching others to capture images that bring them joy! He has taught beginning birding, sparrow identification and photography classes for many Audubon and birding groups and currently serves on the board of the Texas Ornithological Society. Lee makes his home at 6,143’ up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, just north of Big Bend National Park, where a herd of six Javelina keep him company when he isn’t out photographing wildlife, landscapes, night skies, or macro images.
Understanding the Trinity of Photography – Indoor Session
Jan. 22, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-121; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
In this class, the photographer will develop an understanding of the three key elements of any exposure which are ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture (F-Stop). As we adjust any one of these three elements, we fundamentally change some aspect of our exposure. Trinity refers to a group consisting of three closely related members. Any photographer seeking to have creative and technical control over their images must learn to master these three elements and be able to adjust them as a situation, desired end, or lighting warrants. Too many photographers rely on the automatic settings of the camera and just capture “snapshots.” In order to retain full control over the creative aspect of our photography, we must understand the trinity of photography and be able to make changes on the fly. While you must learn how the controls of your camera work (and this is critically important), your camera’s manual will not help you understand exposure and how the three elements work together to create an image. For our purposes, we will be focusing on using the “Manual” or “M” exposure setting on our camera that then places the photographer in complete control of the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture (f-stop).
Participants should bring their favorite camera body with a lens to the class.
Macro Photography in a White Box – Indoor Session
Jan. 23, 3:30pm-5:00pm; 1-114; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Would you like to explore and learn the process for capturing outstanding macro images in your own house using a white box? While a white box can take many different forms, sizes, materials, and the like, there are some tips, techniques and skills which will significantly improve your images. White box photography allows you to control the lighting, background, foreground, and subject (at least as much as possible). White box photography can be used for insects, products, reptiles/amphibians, small mammals, flowers, and so much more. Some of the skills we will learn are how to diffuse light, how to create a natural looking setting, how to get the most out of your subject, working with difficult subjects, understanding your camera settings, how to get a pure white or pure black background, how to build your own light box, and mistakes to avoid. White box photography can seem intimidating at first, but the reality is that it opens up the opportunity for much more control over our final images. Participants should bring a camera and lens combination that is capable of macro images and, preferably, off-camera flash.
Why You Should Lighten the Load – Indoor Session
Jan. 24, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-121; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Do you love photography but hate the weight of your camera and lenses? Not to mention your tripod, gimbal head or ball head! This class will introduce the participant to Olympus’ 4/3’ system and how you can lighten your load. Lee Hoy, who leads birding tours high in the Chisos Mountains to see the Colima Warbler, finally got tired of carrying his big lenses 10 miles or more each trip. Gladly selling his big 600mm lens, he now can carry two bodies and lenses for less weight than one body and lens! We will explore lenses designed for landscape, macro, and wildlife photography and consider the difference between the Olympus OM-D E Mark II and the Olympus OM-D EM1x which is more geared toward wildlife photographers. Olympus has created many features and functions that are perfectly designed for capturing outstanding images without all the weight of many full frame cameras and lenses. We will discuss those that make capturing spectacular images easier than ever. You will get to see examples of wildlife, landscape and macro images taken with the Olympus system. Lee had looked at many options prior to the switch to Olympus and this was the first system he felt could seriously contend with his full frame system.
Bird Photography & Understanding the Trinity of Photography – Outdoor Session
Jan. 22, 3:00pm-6:00pm; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00 (Walking)
Jan. 23, 6:30am-9:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00 (Walking)
Jan. 25, 2:30pm-6:00pm; Limit 6 Registrants; $25.00 (Tram)
Meet at the Orlando Wetlands Park parking area, 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, FL 32709.
On this field trip, the photographer will develop an understanding of the three key elements of any exposure which are ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture (F-Stop). As we adjust any one of these three elements, we fundamentally change some aspect of our exposure. Trinity refers to a group consisting of three closely related members. Any photographer seeking to have creative and technical control over their images must learn to master these three elements and be able to adjust them as a situation, desired end, or lighting warrants. Too many photographers rely on the automatic settings of the camera and just capture “snapshots.” In order to retain full control over the creative aspect of our photography, we must understand the trinity of photography and be able to make changes on the fly. While you must learn how the controls of your camera work (and this is critically important), your camera’s manual will not help you understand exposure and how the three elements work together to create an image. For our purposes, we will be focusing on using the “Manual” or “M” exposure setting on our camera that then places the photographer in complete control of the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture (f-stop). Every participant will be given in-the-field assistance in learning how to control each aspect of their image. Even if your camera doesn’t have a fully manual mode, you will still learn how each element of an exposure comes together to create a final image.
Whether it is a dusk lit rock face in Yosemite National Park, barely revealed through a mist of clouds, or an intimate portrait of a colorful New Orleans local, Ken Hubbard’s photographs beckon the viewer to look more closely. Beneath the contemplative solitude of these images lie a disciplined sense of composition and technique. It is a vision that Ken has developed through years of experience as a professional photographer. Joining Tamron USA, Inc. in 2001, Ken turned his lens toward the American landscape, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Though he had never confined his photography to one genre, it was during this time that he realized the expressive potential and beauty of landscape photography. The results were a consistent output of breathtaking photographs that continually challenged the boundaries of the genre; a snow-covered buffalo staring ominously out of the frame, surreal rock forms in Joshua National Park that appear as if out of a sci-fi film, innumerable variations in light spilling through the depths of Antelope Canyon…Ken had found his calling.
Ken continues to work for Tamron as the Field Services manager. In addition to taking photographs for the company-for national and international use, he acts as a trainer for new products and technology, sets up and works on all aspects of Tamron field workshops, and as the title suggests- is a supervisor for all aspects of the industry trade shows. Both on the job and off, you can always find him looking for another unique image to fill his camera’s viewfinder.
Small Worlds Make Big Pictures: Art of Macro — Indoor Session
Jan. 23, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-123; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Understanding and successfully seeing the world through macro photography brings to life literally a new perspective. When considering the smaller scale, every detail plays a bigger role to identify the subject, decrease distraction, and create a truly impactful image. Through this seminar, Ken Hubbard will discuss how to use the equipment needed to successfully create macro images; composition and lighting; and common post production practices. Join us for this fun, creative photography topic that is accessible to every photographer!
Macro Photography in The Field — Outdoor Session
Jan. 24, 8:00am-11:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, FL.
Join Professional Photographer Ken Hubbard out in the field to capture the tiny world of macro photography. During this fully hands on workshop Ken will go over topics such as composition, looking at light, exposure, depth of field and much more. Ken will also have Tamron lenses available for you to use so you can get up close and personal to these tiny subjects.
Steve has been photographing nature for 60 years. This last decade he has used “superzoom” Point and Shoot cameras. He has a daily photo blog and nature photography information on his website. Steve has been the Birding Specialist for ZEISS Sports Optics for more than 12 years and is a familiar face around the birding community. His “For the love of landscape…” collection on Google+ has over 200,000 followers.
Introducing Point and Shoot Nature Photography:
Birds and Wildlife, Macro and Landscape
Jan. 22, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-123; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Jan. 25, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-119; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Serious nature photography is no longer the sole domain of the well-equipped DSLR photographer. As thousands of photographers have discovered over the past few years, today’s long zoom Point and Shoot
digital cameras, in the hands of a thoughtful and creative photographer, are capable of amazingly satisfying images of everything from birds and wildlife, to macros of wildflowers and insects, to grand landscapes and sweeping panoramas under dramatic skies…all in a relatively small, compact, and inexpensive package. This workshop provides a basic introduction to the cameras (including how to choose the best one for your needs) and techniques that put nature photography within the reach of anyone with the desire to share what they appreciate in the natural world. Part inspiration and part instruction, it will change the way you look at nature photography…and convince you that it is indeed possible to be a “real” nature photographer with a Point & Shoot camera.
Field Techniques for P&S Nature Photography
Jan. 23, 8:00am-11:00am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Orlando Wetlands Park parking area, 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, FL 32709.
Jan. 24, 8:00am-11:00am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
We will spend time in the field exploring the basic camera settings and important attitudes for bird, wildlife, macro, and landscape photography with a Point and Shoot camera. The camera is going to do most of the hard work, but you do need to know how to point it in the right direction… both in its basic setup (menus etc.) and in a more literal sense of what to take pictures of, and how those choices determine what you ask the camera to do. This workshop should build your confidence in both the camera’s and your own abilities. Bring whatever camera you have and we will share.
P&S Nature Photography Field Workshop at Viera Wetlands
Jan. 26, 8:00am-12:00pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Viera Wetlands parking lot, 10001 North Wickham Road, Viera, FL 32940.
This is an opportunity to get out and take pictures with your Point & Shoot Camera in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere… and a beautiful spot with opportunities for birds, wildlife, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, land and waterscapes.
Travel and Nature photographer Rob Knight has been a professional artist for nearly thirty years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator since 2009. Rob has been using mirrorless cameras since before they were cool. He has been teaching and writing about the micro 4/3 system since he got his first Olympus Pen camera in 2011. Rob is a Tenba Visual Artist, and GNARBOX Pro ambassador. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and a two-time finalist for the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s “Photoshop Guru” award. Rob has published two books for Peachpit Press and Rocky Nook Publishing, and his work has been featured in Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Rob is best known for his destination photo workshops, his easy-going teaching style and his informative critiques. Rob enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, but he loves teaching and exploring with students on location. Rob began leading photo workshops in 2009 with a focus on nature and wildlife photography. Some of his favorite locations are Costa Rica and Grand Teton NP.
Get More Creative with Your Nature Photography – Indoor Session
Jan. 23, 10:30am-12:00pm, 4-121; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
There is more to a great photograph than aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The camera, lens, computer, etc. are merely the means to an end. Are you ready to move beyond your tools and focus on creating images that speak to you? This class will help you see past the technical aspects of photography to explore creativity and personal style. Olympus Educator Rob Knight will help you to open your creative eyes. He will discuss the difference between a snapshot and a well-conceived photograph. You will learn that the difference between the two is not always technical. Like any skill, thinking and seeing creatively becomes easier the more you do it. Rob will show you exercises you can do to help you find your unique point of view and hone your photographic style. You will learn tips and techniques you can practice to tune in to your surroundings and develop your creative vision. No matter your skill level or your favorite photography subject, this class will give you ideas for creating images that come from your heart. Bring your gear, or borrow cameras and lenses from Olympus!
Modern Technology for Nature Photography – Indoor Session
Jan. 22, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-119; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Jan. 23, 1:00pm-3:00pm; 1-114; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00
Photographers were capturing the beauty of nature and wildlife long before the advent of digital cameras. Sure, we don’t NEED all of the modern bells and whistles to create beautiful images, but there are a few tools that have hit the market in the past few years that make our jobs a whole lot easier! Join Olympus Educator Rob Knight to explore how features and functions of today’s cameras can help you capture your vision more efficiently than ever. Cameras have much more to offer the nature photographer than just higher frame rates. These days you can capture the shot BEFORE the shot, create detailed high-resolution images, capture unique long exposures, and much more right inside the camera. Find out how you can make the most of whatever system you’re using. Put the adage, “Work smarter, not harder” to use in your photography!
Birds in Flight and Motion – Outdoor Session
Jan. 22, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL.
Photographing birds in flight is challenging for even the most experienced photographers. Deciding on shutter speed, ISO and aperture when working with fast moving subject and changing conditions has frustrated many. In this session we will break down each setting and discuss techniques for “stop action” to see every feather, as well as “motion blur” for a more artistic approach, giving you the tools that you need to make the right decisions to fit you style and skills.
Note: This beach is known for the amazing spectacle of what may be the largest congregation of gulls on any beach in the US. In addition to the incredible array and density of gulls, the birds allow close approach. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to observe and photograph minute details on each species. The astounding concentration builds to possibly as many as 30,000 gulls each evening.
Get More Creative Photography – Silhouettes and Contrast – Outdoor Session
Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, 6:30am-9:30am; Limit 6 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Viera Wetlands parking area, 10001 North Wickham Road, Viera, FL 32940.
Exploring how light works begins with contrast and silhouettes of the first light of day. Gain a better understanding of how to observe the ever-changing light and shadows and learn how to move to capture your best image. Like any skill, thinking and seeing creatively becomes easier the more you do it. Rob will show you exercises you can do to help you find your unique point of view and hone your photographic style. You will learn tips and techniques you can practice to tune in to your surroundings and develop your creative vision. No matter your skill level or your favorite photography subject, this class will give you ideas for creating images that come from your heart.
Bring your gear, or borrow cameras and lenses from Olympus. Rob will help you to take advantage of photographic opportunities, and make the most of what ever equipment you’re using.
Ben is a nature photographer who is originally from California. He has been photographing the natural world since the age of 9, focusing mainly on wildlife. It was through the lens of his father’s camera that he first observed the beautiful green and purple sheen of a Common Raven. Observing the fine hairs around the base of the bird’s massive bill, Ben became passionate about sharing the beauty of the natural world around him. He self-published a children’s book The Color of Birds to help young children learn their colors through bird identifications. He has traveled the U.S. extensively, especially in the Pacific Northwest where he completed college. While in school, Ben further honed his desire to teach with a degree in Environmental Policy and Education. Ben’s worked has been published since 2007 by multiple organizations, including Nature’s Best Photography, Audubon, Ranger Rick, NANPA, Wildlife Photo Magazine and the BBC. Ben shoots with Olympus gear.
Introduction to Bird Photography – Indoor Classroom Followed by Outdoor Session
Jan. 25, 9:00am-12:00pm; 4-121; Limit 10 Registrants; $25.00
Note: The classroom portion in Room 4-121 will be followed by a walk at the Chain of Lakes Park.
Are you interested in getting into the art of bird photography but don’t know where to start? Do you have a camera but struggle to get the shot you’re after? In this introductory course, Tropical Birding Guide Ben Knoot will walk you through the first steps you’ll need to start your bird photography. In this three-hour-long class, you’ll learn about Light, Composition and Basic Camera Settings. The class will begin inside with a presentation and then a live demo outside with your cameras.
On that note, PLEASE BRING A CAMERA TO THE CLASS! We will then head outside to photograph our subjects in real time, using what we’ve learned to capture the beginnings of your addicting passion. See you there!
Kevin Loughlin was raised to appreciate nature while exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania as a child. At age six, during a family trip through the American West, Kevin became fascinated with photography as well seeing the new and different birds throughout North America. Instilled with a love for travel and seeking new, exciting destinations he felt a desire to share his experiences with others and in 1993 he created Wildside Nature Tours. Kevin’s photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Birding, WildBird and Philadelphia Magazines. His images have also been published in many natural history books, including the recent “Peterson’s Reference Guide to Owls of North American and the Caribbean” by Scott Weidensaul. Kevin’s current projects include, co-authoring with John Kricher, on the updated “Galapagos: A Natural History.”
Light, Shadow, Background! – Indoor and Outdoor Sessions
Jan. 23, 10:30am-12:00pm; 4-119; Limit 20 Registrants; $25.00 (Indoor Session)
Jan. 24, 6:30am-9:00am; Limit 6 Registrants; $25.00 (Outdoor Session — Tram)
Meet at the Orlando Wetlands Park parking area for the outdoor session, 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, FL 32709.
The art of photography is based upon light and shadow. Having a proper understanding of exposure will help you create better images of any subject and take your photography to the next level! What lies behind your subject can make or break your final image. Learning to pay attention to all elements in your image, especially the background, will help you get better photos. we will discuss using different lenses and depth of focus to isolate your subject or show it in its environment.
NOTE: The classroom session is highly recommended if you plan to register for the field trip!
The outdoor session at Orlando Wetlands Park will use a tram to get around on the dikes.
Introduction to Night Sky Photography – Outdoor Session (weather permitting)
Jan. 24, 5:00pm-8:00pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the Bio Lab Road Boat Ramp on Merritt Island NWR. See the driving instructions in the Directions to meet-up Spots.
Most photographers go home after sunset to get a good night’s rest. Not this time! Stay out after sunset (weather permitting) and learn how to properly photography the night sky. Kevin and Lee will help you understand how to properly use your tripod and set your camera to get sharp stars and properly exposed night skies.
A DSLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended. Bring a flashlight, a good quality tripod and the widest-angle lens you own (or borrow one from one of the camera or lens manufacturers at the festival). If you have a remote release, bring that, too!
Jan. 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm on the Titusville Causeway
Jan. 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm on Black Point Wildlife Drive at the Wild Birds Unlimited Trail Parking Lot
Jan. 24, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Viera Wetlands
Meet up with the Swarovski Optik Mobile Experience Truck and get the opportunity to see and operate the Swarovski Optik Digital Guide – the revolutionary birding optic/digital camera/direct link to the Merlin Bird ID App. It will also stream live video to five (5) other mobile devices. This is only the second appearance in North America for the Digital Guide, so come out to put it through its paces.
Robert is a retired staff photographer of 30 years for Lockheed Martin. He is currently the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Kowa Sporting Optics. His excitement over attaching a phone or camera to a spotting scope is obvious the moment you meet him. Robert is recognized as one of the country’s top digiscopers. He has a passion for teaching and leading workshops throughout the U.S. Ethics, conservation and respect for the natural world are topics that are included in his workshops and presentations.
Digiscoping: Just Another Tool in the Photographer’s Bag
Jan. 25, 8:00am-11:00am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25
Meet at the north side of the Parrish Park boat ramp parking lot by the picnic pavilions.
While Robert Wilson has used conventional equipment for more than 40 years as a professional photographer, digiscoping is his new passion. Digiscoping is achieved by attaching cameras and now cell phones to spotting scopes for focal lengths of 1000mm – 3000mm in order to capture photos and videos of birds and wildlife. Join Robert to pick up simple tips and tricks to advance your photography skills. Learn how to get more use out of your scope for birding by attaching your cell phone. Robert Wilson is a 30-year (now retired) staff photographer for Lockheed Martin. He is now the Kowa Sporting Optics U.S. Brand Ambassador.
Brian began his journey with birds by enrolling in an Ornithology class at Hocking College in 1993. Six years later he began photographing the subjects he had come to know so well. Warblers are among Brian’s favorite subjects. He spends much of his free time in May photographing warblers at northern Ohio’s Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. His work has been prominently displayed in exhibits throughout Ohio and more than thirty of his songbird images were featured at the National Center for Nature Photography in Toledo, OH. Brian’s award-winning photography has been internationally published in books and magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watching, Bird Watcher’s Digest and the American Birding Association’s magazine Birding. Brian has also authored articles for Audubon and B&H Photo-Video’s Explora blog and leads photo
Tours for Sabrewing Nature Tours.
Birds From All Angles
Jan. 25, 7:00am-10:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $25.00
Meet at the north side of the Parrish Park boat ramp parking lot by the picnic pavilions.
From the meeting point we will move a short distance to try our hand at photographing Black Skimmers. The group will move a couple of more times during the session to seek a variety of feathered subjects. White Ibis, Common Gallinule and a variety of herons and egrets will be our targets. During this outing you will learn what exposure modes Brian uses in variety of situations, discuss stalking techniques and learn how light and wind direction influence the success of any outing. Bring your camera, fresh batteries and flash cards along with your longest telephoto lens for this educational and fun filled outing. A wider-angle lens and/or short telephoto might prove beneficial if a skimmer flock materializes on the beach.