Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Snow Geese at Middle Creek

Snow Geese at Middle Creek

Each year in early spring, thousands of migrating Snow Geese arrive to Middle Creek Wildlife Management area in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Spending their days foraging on the corn fields and roosting at night on the lake, these geese refuel before heading out on their last push north.

Join Emily Carter Mitchell in this exciting birding class in Pennsylvania. We'll head up to Lancaster County to capture the thousands of Snow Geese on their migratory route in Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

We'll begin with an overview of how to photograph birds in a variety of settings along with tips and techniques for best results. 

We will then spend our time observing and capturing them staying through sunset.

Topics include:

  • The type of equipment best suited for wildlife photography
  • The selection of ISO and shutter speeds to maximizing your camera’s ability to capture birds in action.
  • How to observe wildlife in action and discover their patterns and habits.
  • How to pan and shoot with a moving subject.
  • Framing compelling compositions.

Recommended Equipment:

  • DSLR or camera with the longest focal range available. 400mm is ideal but if you have longer bring it.
  • Extra memory card(s) and battery
  • Tripod with gimbal type head (if available)

If you would like to carpool from the Metro DC area, please send an email to Marie Joabar at and she'll help coordinate it. As of late December, we have one interested person who would like to do this.

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: February 24 2018

Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM




100 Museum Rd, Stevens, PA 17578

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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.