Strong grasping feet equipped with sharp talons, a hooked upper beak, and excellent binocular vision are the features that qualify eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and even vultures as raptors, or birds of prey. These beautiful creatures are amazing to watch let alone photograph.
Participants will have the opportunity to photograph 8 magnificent raptors including several owls, falcons, and hawks. Although these are wild birds, they are not able to be returned to nature, instead they are cared for by the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. We'll be in a wooded setting and will photograph them (as they are tethered) on a fallen tree, a stump or other natural perch.
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."
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell and Marie Joabar
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.