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Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography and field skills needed capture our feathered friends.

Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in photographing nature and wildlife at its best. In this course we’ll discuss the techniques and equipment used to obtain images of wildlife and birds around us.

Learn some of the tips and secrets bird photographers use to get those beautiful captures that you see and gain confidence in your photography while capturing some of the exciting birds at the zoo.

Learn how to anticipate the bird’s behaviors, and choose the right camera settings for a variety of lighting and shooting situations.  Expand your technical and field knowledge to get closer to the bird and improve your images. This course combines lecture with in-field practice and image feedback.

Topics include:

  • Equipment and associated accessories needed for bird photography.
  • Light, exposure, histogram and composition techniques.
  • The role of software and the digital darkroom as a management and processing tool.
  • Where to go and how to approach birds.
  • Ethical issues associated with nature photography.

Recommended Equipment:

  • DSLR with telephoto lens
  • Tripod
  • Extra memory card and battery
  • Camera manual

Class Limit: 10

What People Are Saying About Emily

“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."

"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.

Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.

Date: May 12 2018

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM




1876 Mansion House Drive, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.