If you’ve been wondering how you can use your digital SLR camera to take beautiful nature photographs like you’ve seen in publications and enjoyed at exhibits, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has an answer for you.
On four Tuesdays in July, from July 10 to 31, naturalist/photographer Jennifer Schlick is teaching a series on nature photography from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Audubon.
Schlick looks to photographer and author John Shaw, who said, “In terms of locating subject matter and ‘working it’ in the field, my best advice is to learn as much as you can about the natural world. I’ve said it before, but it still holds true: To be a better nature photographer, you must first become a better naturalist.”
With Shaw’s advice in mind, this series of four classes is designed to combine instruction in natural history with tips and tricks for photographing what you find. Each week will concentrate on a different nature lesson and a different camera lesson. Nature lessons will be dependent on the weather, conditions, and what is happening on the sanctuary. Subjects are most likely to include dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians, birds, wildflowers, and such.
Camera lessons will be geared toward beginners who own digital SLR cameras. Lessons will be general, not aimed towards specific cameras. If your camera is quite new to you, the instruction manual will be a valuable tool.
Classes are scheduled during the last couple of hours of daylight to take advantage of the special light quality just before sunset. Participants will meet at the Nature Center building, but unless the weather is particularly bad, lessons will take place outside along the trails.
Participants should dress for the weather. As this is bug season, bring or wear your favorite insect repellent. Long pants and hats are recommended. Bring your digital SLR camera and a tripod if you have one.
Jennifer Schlick has been Program Director/Naturalist at Audubon since October of 1998. She began shooting with a digital SLR in August of 2006. You can see her work at her nature blog at http://winterwoman.net or at her website www.JenniferScottSchlick.com.
Cost is $32/member; $40/non-member if you register and prepay for all four; $10/member; $12/non-member per individual class.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.
For more information on this and other Audubon opportunities, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.