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August 11–15, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

NOTE: The 2020 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival has been postponed. Join us August 11–15, 2021.

 

Photography Trips & Workshops

The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival has many opportunities for nature photographers to hone their skills in the field or the classroom.  All workshops held at and field trips depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels near Reid Park unless otherwise noted.

 

Meet Our 2020 Photography instructors! See their full bios (coming soon)

Free events below require a separate registration. Paid events require registration on the main Festival form.

 

Photography: Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • $20/person

Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times a second, which can present quite the challenge for a photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the specialized techniques needed to create stunning images of hummingbirds. This workshop includes both a classroom discussion and field instruction to maximize your learning experience. The field instruction is limited to eight participants. We will cover ambient light, fill-flash and high-speed flash photography techniques. Join professional nature photographer Steve Vaughan for this fantastic opportunity to experience the joys of photographing these flying jewels. Recommended equipment: Digital SLR, TTL flash, tripod and a telephoto lens capable of focusing close enough the fill the viewfinder with a 5 x 7 inch object. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions. Field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

 

Photography: Photographing Birds in Flight, Big and Small with Krisztina Scheeff

  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • $20/person

It can be incredibly rewarding to photograph birds in flight. Equally, however, there can be nothing more frustrating than the very same thing. In this classroom & field workshop professional photographer Krisztina Scheeff with KS Nature Photography will teach you lots of tips and tricks, camera settings and more to help you get those fantastic in flight bird shots. Field workshop portion is limited to two 8 participant trips and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

Photography: Telling a Story with your Photography: The Sandhill Crane, their Beauty, Grace, and Behavior with Don Carter

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

We love to photograph birds but as photographers we should try to tell their story.  Story telling with our images provides a picture (pun intended), a narrative of the different species we photograph.  With a series of images our stories should convey a beauty, an emotion, a mood that we wish to present to a larger audience. Using sandhill cranes as the subjects, this presentation will cover the techniques of photographing a series of images, camera settings, locations and times, and behaviors. Creative photography techniques that will help provide interest and mood to your stories will be covered.

 

Photography: Fundamentals of Night Sky & Light Painting with Marc Morris, sponsored by Tamron Lenses

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Tamron Lenses presents the Fundamentals of Night Skies and Light Painting! Tamron Representative, Marc Morris, will discuss the tools one needs to capture lunar and solar photography, the Milky Way, the basic rules of light painting, and the lenses best suited to capturing all of the above. The discussion will range from color and exposure technique to Dark Skies environments, all in an effort to equip the photographers with information to help them bridge the gap between curious about starry sky imaging and successful in their night sky endeavors. Field trip in evening is limited to 7 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Photography: Birding Photography with Henry Johnson

  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • $20/person

This class is an introduction to birding with a camera, with an emphasis on tools and techniques, both in the field and when you get home. You will learn how to approach equipment choices and techniques in the field to make getting images a rewarding addition to birding, and not a chore. Learn some techniques for image processing when you get home to make your images the best they can be. This class is designed for any skill level, including those non-photographers considering adding a camera to their birding gear. Field workshop portion (scheduled for Sunday) is limited to 8 participant trips and you must sign up separately. Fee for classroom portion will be refunded if also registered for field portion.

Photography: Transitioning into Bird & Nature Photography with Lisa Langell

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • $10/person

As an increasing number of birders and nature enthusiasts are turning to photography, the choices can be overwhelming for gear and accessories. This session will introduce the main categories of cameras available, as well as the pros and cons of each type of camera–from point-and-shoots, DSLR and mirrorless cameras — and even digiscoping. You’ll learn the basic terminology, key pros-and-cons of each type of camera, and how to determine your needs so that you select what’s right for you. Tips for selecting tripods, tripod heads, and truly helpful accessories will also be provided—all with a practical, budget-minded perspective so that you get what you need without over-buying gadgetry.

 

Photography: Photography is a Journey with Lisa Langell

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

Are you ready for your perception of photography to permanently change? Is it time for your thinking to be challenged? We will start with the simple word, “Photograph.” Together, we will then embark on a very audience-interactive, sensory, emotional and intellectual journey. This is a truly shared experience — one where you will be surprised, enlightened, touched, and inspired. We will include your voice—along with 100s of photographers internationally—in this very unique session to highlight what photography is really about. You will reinvent your connection with how you create memory-worthy images and stories through your experiences, style, perspectives, and views about both the world–and yourself.

Photography: Dancing Snake 101, A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Herps with Rene Clark

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • FREE (register here w/o fee or with paid events above)

Learn the basics, and my process for photographing Reptiles and Amphibians in the wild. Learn what to wear and bring into the field, as well as basic photographing techniques, my EXIF data, editing tips, and what authors and editors are looking for in a publishable herp photo.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2020 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after July 1. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event (field trip or dinner) for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447