Join us at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and learn how to photograph birds in the wild. Learn the concepts of digital photography, field skills and equipment 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.
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.
- 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 or Mirrorless camera with a telephoto lens and a sturdy tripod
Please note that there is an entrance fee of $21.99 not included in the price. Please purchase your tickets for the 10am entry beforehand as entry is by reservation due to COVID. You can purchase them online at http://www.marylandzoo.org/visitor-information/
Class Limit: 8
NOTE - Students will be required to follow COVID-19 Safety Practices, conduct a Self-Screening Health Assessment and sign a Waiver of Liability prior to attending a class. These items can be reviewed on the class registration page.
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!"
"The instructor is a very good teacher and talented photographer. She takes us to interesting locations, gives a short briefing and technical review, then leads the class through the landscape ensuring that we students see all the photo possibilities, while checking that we keep our camera settings adjusted for the changing light. I get introduced to something new in every class. Things I could never have seen alone. With her instruction, I am now producing images that I enjoy to keep and enjoy to share with my family and friends."
Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Emily Carter Mitchell is an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. Through her work Nature as Art she brings a creative interpretation of the natural world around us bringing a sense of serenity in a world increasingly filled with chaos. There is a sense of stillness and ethereal attributes in her images that has one see beyond what is first obvious.
Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management, with a corporate background in Human Resources and extensive years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her photographic journey began when she was a teenager and she has always enjoyed photography as a way to capture the world around her.
Emily’s passion of photography is shared with others through her nature and wildlife photography classes for Capital Photography Center based in the Metro DC area.
To enjoy her creative work, please visit Emily’s website at: www.emilymitchellphotography.com
Emily teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Getting Started in Bird Photography
* Photo Adventures and to various parks and waterfalls
* A wide variety of In-The-Field Shooting classes
* Editing with Topaz