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Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Getting Started in Bird Photography at the Maryland Zoo Baltimore

Wanting to learn all the tips and techniques for wildlife photography? This two-part class will give you all the tools you’ll need to become a successful wildlife photographer. Designed for the beginning/novice photographer, this course will get you well on your way in becoming a successful wildlife photographer. 

Seasoned bird and wildlife photographer, Emily Carter Mitchell will guide you through all you will need to know about wildlife photography. The first session will be presented on Zoom on on 6/9/22 from 7-8 p.m. where the concepts of wildlife photography will be discussed in depth. 

The second session will be a field shoot, where we will meet at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and develop our photographic skills in capturing birds and wildlife in their habitats. You will learn how to identify the type of light on your subject and how to best capture your subject with the light available. 

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 and animals at the zoo.

Topics include:
•    What type of camera equipment associated accessories needed for wildlife photography.
•    How expose properly on your subject, using the exposure triangle and the histogram.
•    Learn about habitats and seasons for where you can find your subjects.
•    Field techniques and ethics in wildlife photography.

Recommended Equipment:
•    Digital camera with telephoto lens
•    Tripod (and if available a gimbal head)

Please note that there is an entrance fee of $26 Adult ($24 online) or $23 Senior ($21 online) is 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

COVID Safety Practices: Please bring a mask and wear it anytime we are gathered close together or when the instructor is working with you. When we are spread out you can remove your mask if you’d like.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

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!"

"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

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:

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 

Date: June 11 2022

Time: 9:50 AM - 12:00 PM




1 Safari Pl, Baltimore, MD 21217

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Class 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.
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  • 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.