Join us and enjoy the opportunity to photograph raptors, amphibians and wildlife animals including a turtle, snake, bat, owl, hawk and skunk. Although these are all wild creatures, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.
These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph. We'll be in a wooded setting and will have the opportunity to photograph each of them. The raptors will be tethered on a natural perch while the other critters will be held by the handler.
We'll work with each participant helping with exposure settings, lighting, composition and focus to make sure everyone captures outstanding photos.
Our location for this class is at Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,500 acre oasis of Northern Virginia. You'll find majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows, vast wetlands and incredible birding as well. Some of the best wildlife watching in the area is enjoyed here so when the class is over explore the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower. You'll find beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons and more.
Recommended equipment: An SLR or mirrorless camera, any lenses in the range 70mm to 200mm are fine (longer lenses may work well too but are not required), a fully charged battery (a spare can be helpful), sufficient memory cards, a sturdy tripod, a cable release or remote trigger and the owner's manual for your camera.
A good portion of the proceeds from this class are donated to The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and we're happy to support their efforts.
Class Limit: 18
What People Are Saying About Emily
“I had a great time at the class learning to photograph eagles. Emily was the consummate professional instructor with just the right touch of technical, hands-on and encouragement. Her pleasant and relaxed manner made everyone there at ease and eager to get some great shots and spend more time in the future birding.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"
"Emily was terrific. She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view. She was very patient and gave individual attention. I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."