2017, April 22: Getting Started with Bird Photography at Buddy Attick Lake

Learn the tips and secrets that bird photographers use to capture beautiful images of our feathered friends. Our venue for this class is Buddy Attick Lake Park. A suburban haven for wildlife, this charming lake is an urban oasis.

Designed for the amateur photographer, this class will get you well on your way on photographing nature and wildlife at its best. We’ll discuss the techniques and equipment used to obtain exciting images of the birds all around us.

Learn how to anticipate a bird’s behavior 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.

Combining a lecture with in-the-field practice and image feedback, this class will give you a strong foundation to continue developing your bird photography skills.

Topics include:

  • Equipment and accessories needed for bird photography.
  • Working with the light and perfecting your exposures
  • Composition tips for dynamic images
  • Where to go and how to approach birds.
  • The role of software and the digital darkroom as a management and processing tool.
  • Ethical issues associated with nature photography.

Recommended Equipment:

  • DSLR with telephoto lens in the range of 70mm-200.
  • Tripod & cable release or remote
  • Extra memory card and battery
  • Camera manual

Buddy Attick was a pioneer of Greenbelt. His family lived in the area before it was bought by the federal government to create the City of Greenbelt. He was one of the first policemen in the town and later became the Director of Public Works.

Class Limit:  10

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."

Instructor: 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.