This is a two-session workshop:
During the first session [January 20th] Bill will discuss and demonstrate the basic fundamentals of bird photography. Whether you are an avid birder or you just want to explore another facet of nature photography this workshop is for you. Successful bird photography requires special knowledge, equipment and techniques. Discover the basics of photographing birds in their natural settings, the types of equipment needed [cameras; lenses; tripods and heads], helpful tips and tricks for better photographs, best locations for local bird photography and more. These subjects will be covered through lecture and demonstration at the Viewpoint Gallery.
At the conclusion of this first session an assignment will be made for attendees to go out and photograph birds—as well as recommendations for the best times, local locations [maps will be provided] and the best opportunities to capture birds photos. Participants will have two weeks to take photos of birds at locations of their choice.
Prior to the second session, each student will select their location[s]; take photographs of birds; edit their photos and submit six of their best photos for review by Bill.
Participants will reconvene for the second session [February 3rd], when Bill will share his thoughts and observations on the class's photos. Critique and comment will include suggestions to improve your camera techniques, and your photograph in general.
Your Instructor: William Miller
In the spring of 2006 I decided to seriously take up digital photography after taking classes with Point Reyes landscape photographer, Marty Knapp. I photographed architecture, flowers, landscapes, people and cars, but found my passion was photographing birds. Since, I have traveled extensively in California photographing birds, many in location close to Sacramento. I have gotten to know my equipment, bird photo locations and the birds themselves. I have taken classes from Art Morris and others on post production, and studied extensively online to increase my awareness and understanding of the craft. I have conducted bird photography tours in the Central Valley and along the Central coast. I have had my photos published by the San Francisco Estuary Institute [SFEI} and have self-published children’s books on birds, including Bapa Looking; The ABC’s of Birds; and A Day on Staten Island.
While I am largely self-taught, I have learned much to share with beginners and advanced photographers alike that will help you become a better bird photographer.
Examples of my photography can be viewed at my “work-in-progress” website/blog at: ColeMillerPhotography.com