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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

Photography Trips & Workshops

  • General Registration open now

 

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.

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

 

Thursday, August 12

Special Opportunities

Hunt’s Photo & Video On-Location at Sweetwater Wetlands

  • 6:00am – 10:00am

Head over to our favorite birding hotspot in Tucson to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. Noah will have lenses from festival sponsor Tamron, tripods, gimbal heads, and more for you to try it out in the field before making your purchases. Join us on Thursday, July 22 (click here to sign-up for the virtual event) for a virtual preview of all that you can expect at this free event. No registration needed, just drop by and have some fun with some new equipment.

 

Drive Yourself—Meet On-Site Field Trips. Please read description for meeting location and arrive promptly

Easy Digiscoping with Jeff Bouton of Kowa Optics at Reid Park

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Free with Festival Registration
  • Difficulty: Easy (walking on groomed park pathways)

Learn about simple ways to use spotting scopes to take beautiful images of the natural word! Today, birders have a wealth of excellent spotting scopes available to them, and the state-of-the-art in smartphone computational photography means that birders can take photographs that are near-DSLR quality in a portable, easily shareable format. Meet at Reid Park, which is close to the festival headquarters for a field workshop designed for hands-on work and problem solving for anyone just getting started. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 2 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 10 participants.

 

Beginning Birding Photography with Lee Hoy and Kevin Loughlin at Sweetwater Wetlands

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $35/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Walking on groomed pathways)

Bring your camera gear… whatever you have, and join Kevin Loughlin and Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours for this fun, casual photo walk-a-bout. Kevin and Lee will help find subjects while discussing light and composition while helping each person with setting up their cameras for quick response to the action. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 10 participants.

 

Classroom Experiences at the Festival Venue (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel—Reid Park)

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

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • $10/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. Related field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Bird Behavior and Photography with Maresa Pryor-Luzier

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • $10/person

Photographing Bird behavior can be tricky but with today’s lighter and faster cameras its attainable for adventurous bird photographers. Maresa will discuss exposure, apertures, ISO, backgrounds, and autofocus and focus points to optimize those fantastic images.  She will also talk about studying your subject, field ethics, and when is the best time to catch your subject in the best light or behavior dictated by the time of year. Related field workshop portion is limited to 8 participants and you must sign up separately.

 

Making the Most of the Wildlife Photographic Experience – When Preparedness and Skill Meet Luck with Lee Hoy

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

Wildlife photography is unlike any other style of photography in that our ability to understand, find, and know our subjects is key to our success. What is it that helps separate great wildlife photographers from good ones? What skills, habits, tips, and knowledge do you need to take your wildlife photography to the next level? When does technical and creative exposure come together to produce brilliant images?

 

Afternoon/Evening Trips (Complete Covid-19 Vaccination Required for Van Trips)

Photography Field Workshop: Bat Photography at Pond at Elephant Head with Dano Grayson

  • 6:00pm–10:00pm
  • $120/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Most of the time spent in photography blinds)

The desert comes alive at night and the Pond at Elephant Head offers the perfect opportunity to catch it in action with your camera. Bat migration is happening during the monsoon season and offers an amazing experience. Join Wildlife Photographer, Dano Grayson for an evening of photographing bats and other wildlife at this private photography location. Recommended equipment: Camera with telephoto lens of at least 300mm along with tripod and shutter release cable. Limited to 8 participants.

Friday, August 13

Special Opportunities

Hunt’s Photo & Video On-Location at Sweetwater Wetlands

  • 6:00am – 10:00am

Head over to our favorite birding hotspot in Tucson to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. Noah will have lenses from festival sponsor Tamron, tripods, gimbal heads, and more for you to try it out in the field before making your purchases. Join us on Thursday, July 22 (click here to sign-up for the virtual event) for a virtual preview of all that you can expect at this free event. No registration needed, just drop by and have some fun with some new equipment.

 

Drive Yourself—Meet On-Site Field Trips. Please read description for meeting location and arrive promptly

Photography Field Workshop: Photographing Birds in Flight, Big and Small at Sweetwater Wetlands with Krisztina Scheeff

  • 6:00am – 9:00am
  • $45/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Mostly flat, groomed trails)

This trip is the field counterpart to Krisztina’s Flight Photography workshop on Thursday. 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. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Photography Field Workshop: Bird Behavior with Photography at Sabino Canyon with Maresa Pryor-Luzier

  • 6:00am – 9:00am
  • $45/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (mostly flat, groomed trails)

This trip is the field counterpart to Maresa’s photography workshop on Thursday. Working in the field can bring fantastic results or frustration.  So knowing your basic camera settings will be essential for this workshop.  She will teach you what to look for to get those fantastic bird behavioral shots. Being in Sabino Canyon, we’ll be working with passerines so time will be spent on distance, shutter speeds, ISO, backgrounds and what’s important to maximize your photography potential. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Photography Field Workshop: The Art of Hummingbird Photography at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds with Lee Hoy and Kevin Loughlin

  • 7am – 9:30am
  • $45/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Some wheelchair accessibility. Flat paths)

Join Kevin and Lee (of Wildside Nature Tours) for a hands on hummingbird photo workshop. We will use special set-ups for our small group to use natural light, single flash and multi-flash photography. These different techniques will take you through getting great “record shots” as well as wall-hanging works of art. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 70 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Classroom Experiences at the Festival Venue (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel—Reid Park)

Photography: Transitioning into Bird & Nature Photography with Lisa Langell sponsored by Tamron

  • 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Free with Festival Registration

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.

 

Foundations of Photography: Light, Shadow, Background! with Kevin Loughlin

  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • $10/person

The art of photography is based upon light and shadow. Having a proper understanding of how to “see the light” will help you create better images of any subject and take your photography to the next level.

Along with the proper light, what lies behind your subject can make or break your final image. Learning to pay attention to all elements in your image, especially the background, will help you improve your photos. We will discuss using different lenses for a unique perspective and using depth of focus to isolate your subject or show it in its environment.

Saturday, August 14

Special Opportunities

Hunt’s Photo & Video On-Location at Reid Park with Special Guest, Tyler Ficker

  • 6:00am – 10:00am

Head over to Reid Park, right near the festival venue, to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo and special guest photographer, Tyler Ficker. Noah will have lenses from festival sponsor Tamron, tripods, gimbal heads, and more for you to try it out in the field before making your purchases. Join us on Thursday, July 22 (click here to sign-up for the virtual event) for a virtual preview of all that you can expect at this free event. No registration needed, just drop by and have some fun with some new equipment.

 

Classroom Experiences at the Festival Venue (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel—Reid Park)

How to Photograph Nature in High Key Style with Lisa Langell sponsored by Tamron

  • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • $10/person

High key photography is a powerful, evocative and often ethereal type of photography. It involves creating images where there is a dominance of white or bright tones. For nature photography, it is a type of photography that goes against most “traditional” styles and “rules” of nature photography. It requires the right circumstances—the right light, subject, and settin–in order for the magic of High Key photography to work. When it all comes together, the results can be spectacular! This class will introduce participants to the genre of High Key photography, which can be one of the most artistic forms of nature photography that can be done in-camera and/or a combination of in-camera and post-processing. This class will help you put it all together and begin photographing in high-key style! You may even find a treasure trove of images in your archives that could work perfectly for this approach!

You will learn:

  • What lighting conditions are best (and worst) for high-key photography
  • The settings that are generally recommended for creating high-key work
  • What foregrounds and backgrounds work best for high key photography
  • Composition tips for this style of photography
  • Post-processing tips to create the final look

 

Photography: Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • $10/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. 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. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions.

 

Drive Yourself—Meet On-Site Field Trips. Please read description for meeting location and arrive promptly

Foundations of Photography at Reid Park with Lee Hoy and Kevin Loughlin

  • 6:00am – 8:00am
  • $35/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Walking on groomed pathways)

An extension of the classroom presentation, Lee and Kevin will share their knowledge with hands-on instruction. Though not required, we highly recommend the taking classroom workshop to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts we will be discussing. The art of photography is based upon light and shadow. Having a proper understanding of of how to “see the light” will help you create better images of any subject and take your photography to the next level.

Along with the proper light, what lies behind your subject can make or break your final image. Learning to pay attention to all elements in your image, especially the background, will help you improve your photos. We will discuss using different lenses for a unique perspective and using depth of focus to isolate your subject or show it in its environment. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 2 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 8 participants.

Photo workshops coming soon!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before August 1, 2021 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after August 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