The Essentials of Bird Photography with Stephen Fischer
Join professional nature and adventure photographer Stephen Fischer for this intensive introduction to Bird Photography. This workshop will cover the essentials for obtaining successful high quality photographs of birds in the wild. Photography skills such as focusing and panning, composition, lighting and weather, and field strategies for successful bird photography, will be discussed. Stephen will present and display some of his best photographs, and have his bird photography equipment on site for discussion. So bring your gear! DSLR’s and telephoto lenses are encouraged in this workshop for some hands on assistance. A follow up field trip to Colusa National Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Saturday afternoon, to further sharpen your skills. (Fieldtrip pre-registration is required. Space is limited.)
Field Trip Leaders
Presenter Stephen Fischer’s photographic experience spans 35 years with beginnings in black and white film—converting to digital in 2006. He saw much potential in digital, and with a background in electrical engineering, and a love of nature it’s no surprise Stephen enjoyed mastering the technical aspects of digital photography; and the art of capturing and portraying nature’s beauty, so appealing to the eye, but difficult to express in a photograph. Stephen’s photography has taken him through most of Central and Northern California from the Pacific coast to the Sierras, White Mountains, and southwest desert regions, and beyond to Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Florida and Alaska. He’s photographed birds in the Everglades, and Bosque Del Apache wildlife refuge, and Bald Eagles along the Chilkat River in Haines, Alaska. However, a native of Sacramento, one of his favorite pastimes is photographing the American River Parkway and other regional wildlife areas. Stephen exhibits his work at the Viewpoint Photographic Gallery in Sacramento, and his images have been used in many non-profit venues including California State Parks calendar. He’s currently writing a book Photographing California. His work can be found at: www.stephenfischerphotography.com
Special note about the field trip
A special note about Field Trips Please arrive at the location indicated 30 minutes prior to your scheduled event. This will allow us time to check you in and ensure the trip leaves promptly. We ask that you follow your field trip leader from the meeting location to the final destination. Anyone arriving after the field trip leader has left may not be able to join the group. Most field trips will be limited to the first 20 reservations. Walk-in registration may be available for some events during the weekend of the Festival. Weather may change a trip's itinerary, but most trips will be conducted rain or shine.
Tips & Etiquette for bird watchers
To make your trip more enjoyable for yourself and others, we ask you to please use these following etiquette tips:
- Wear clothing suitable for the weather and area you'll be hiking in. It's practical to layer clothing to accommodate fluctuations in temperature. Wear comfortable shoes that have a good grip and are waterproof when necessary. You may want to take sunscreen, a hat or rain gear.
- Bring binoculars or a scope for a better viewing experience.
- Bring water on long outings to stay hydrated.
- Bring a Field Guide if you are interested in learning more about the birds you see. If you are a beginning birder, look for a guide that specializes in birds of northern California.
- Be courteous to other explorers. Stay with your group and pay attention to your trip leader. Walk quietly and slowly. Do not disrupt animals or damage their habitats (breaking branches, trampling vegetation). Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices. If you are taking children with you, explain to them proper etiquette before the trip. Always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding communities in the eyes of the public.
- Tune up your senses and listen carefully. Scan the horizon and tree canopies. Look to the ground for prints, feathers and other traces of wildlife. Please remove litter and leave natural items where they belong. This will keep it enjoyable for others when they visit.
- No dogs or pets allowed on any California Swan Festival event, workshop, or program. Please leave Fido with friends or family and not in the car during a field trip.