Class: Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.
Feathers, Flight, and Fotos
Birds of Prey Studio Photography Workshop
Limited to twelve photographers. This event will sell out.
Join us for this full day class on the art of photographing birds of prey in the studio! This is an experience not to be missed!
This is a full-day comprehensive program with lectures, hands on training and shooting!
About our day!
The morning will start with a talk led by Jane Kelly of On The Wing Rehabilitation Center (Epping, NH). Learn how Jane not only rehabilitates injured wild birds for release back into the wild, but also how she trains animals that aren’t well enough to be released to work in her educational programs throughout the area!
Following Jane’s talk, Bud will make a brief presentation on best lighting practices for wild birds in the studio. And while he will give a brief refresher on studio lighting, he will also address more complex areas such as high speed flash and using multiple flashes sequentially.
We will transition into the studio for hands on shooting. Our plan is to have 4 to 5 birds of prey on hand to photograph. We will make perched portraits, styled and not, in addition to high and low key images. We also intend to attempt in-flight photographs in the studio as well!
Photographers will each take turns with each animal maximizing the opportunities for great images.
We expect that rotating through these sets with these birds will fill our time handily. A pizza lunch will be provided at the appropriate interval!
About our “models”!
We have the privilege to be working with birds of prey such as a barn owl, a black vulture, a barred owl, a snowy owl, a falcon and others. Because these animals are wild, we cannot guarantee the line up in advance, but we do guarantee the line up will be full.
This event is a collaborative effort between SOPHA and On The Wing
Your class fee will go towards supporting both of these great organizations: SOPHA supports you, the photographer, and On The Wing supports the many birds injured in our area every year.
What to bring
Be sure you bring materials for note taking (if you desire), your camera, a freshly charged battery, and an empty memory card. Bud recommends a mid range telephoto zoom lens for bird photography over prime lenses. The 70-200 (-ish) lens is our favorite, although we are sure you will have something that will work. As always, SOPHA has a full range of rental cameras and lenses should you need it, please call ahead to reserve. Pizza lunch, water, and soda will be available, but if you have special dietary needs, you should make your own arrangements. Questions? Call or email!
Our class is held in Studios A and B at SOPHA, at 15 Merrill Street in Manchester, NH. We are five minutes off of major highways and parking is easy.
Date and Time
This program will be offered Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.
Please read these important notes:
– We will be working with wild and rehabilitated birds of prey during this class. And while these animals have been screened for temperament, working near these animals in a studio carries a certain amount of risk, however small. Lets be honest: those talons could do some damage. In return for your participation in the program, you agree to assume all liability for any injury you might incur and hold both The SOPHA, LLC and On The Wing (Jane Kelly) harmless of all claims.
– Because of the unique nature of this program and our commitment to the Rehabilitation Center, we cannot follow our normal SOPHA refund policy. We are unable to offer refunds. Should you find yourself unable to participate in the program, you are welcome to sell your seat to another photographer, who also will agree to all these provisions.
– Remember that these are real animals that are new to being in a studio. As such the welfare of the animals will come before our desire to photograph them. We will make reasonable attempts to give participants the best photographic experience possible, but participants must understand that we anticipate a certain level of chaos and we will make our best attempts to control it.
Join us and be a part of this amazing program and create some truly noteworthy images at SOPHA!