Workshops

Teaching students wildlife photography skills and encouraging them to complete their own 365-day, 52-week, or location-centered nature journaling project is a wonderful way to get people involved more with conservation, help them form stronger bonds with nature, and educate them about the natural world in an enjoyable way. At this time our featured workshops are listed below.

To register your school or organization for a workshop please contact Kristie at: CamerasforConservancy@gmail.com

Nature Photo Journaling with Kristie Burns

Create a nature photo journal project and learn to look in a new way as well as appreciate, document, and learn about your surroundings. In this workshop participants will learn basic photography techniques, principles of phenology, have the opportunity to experiment and improve their nature photography, and plan their own nature photo journal project. Participants must bring their own camera; digital SLR cameras are recommended but any type of camera can be used. Phone cameras are also allowed. Instructor, Kristie Burns, has done workshops with The Des Moines Botanical Center, Living History Farms, and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

Bird Photography with Kristie Burns

Taking photos of birds requires a specific set of techniques because of their unique movements, size, and habits. Kristie will talk about the difference between a “photo of a bird” and “bird photography,” which camera settings work the best for bird photography, how to deal with challenging bird lighting situations, how to capture movement, how to capture the right moment, bird photography ethics and etiquette, how to find birds to photograph and much more. Participants must bring their own camera; digital SLR cameras are recommended but any type of camera can be used. Phone cameras cannot be used for this class. Instructor, Kristie Burns, has done workshops with The Des Moines Botanical Center, Living History Farms, and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

Wildlife Photography with Kristie Burns

Would you like to capture beautiful images of Iowa wildlife or images of wildlife during an upcoming trip you have planned? Kristie will cover camera settings for different kinds of wildlife and lighting situations, how to track wildlife, how to find wildlife to photograph, how to spot wildlife (that you may be walking past unaware of), framing, wildlife photography ethics and etiquette, post processing of wildlife photographs, and much more. Participants must bring their own camera; digital SLR cameras are recommended but any type of camera can be used. Phone cameras are also allowed. Instructor, Kristie Burns, has done workshops with The Des Moines Botanical Center, Living History Farms, and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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