Introduction to Wildlife Photography

General Description:

Join celebrated wildlife photographer Darby Hayes for this introduction to the basics of photographing wildlife. Participants will learn the basics of wildlife photography (and any outdoor photography) and advance enough so that they are able to go from taking ordinary snapshots to taking "great" wildlife photographs. They will learn how to select the right equipment, how to best use their equipment and how to process the images to get the best (professional) results.


Darby Hayes is a nationally recognized Photographic Artist who specializes in fine art landscape and wildlife prints capturing images of the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Western United States. His nature photographs feature wildlife found in the Western United States, including Alaska, and are composed to bring the viewer into a close-up, personal relationship with the wildlife subject. His landscape photographs feature dramatic lighting, color and artistic composition and are on display in National Parks, Monuments and museums throughout the West.

Class Schedule

Plan to arrive at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus on Monday afternoon to check-in. We will meet in the classroom from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will spend the morning in Sierra Valley taking photographs – you will have Wednesday afternoon to organize the morning’s photos and to enjoy the area. Starting at 8:30AM Thursday morning, we will learn the basics of using Photoshop (& Elements) to edit the previous day’s photographs – Mr. Hayes will be available after lunch to work with participants who have individual questions. On Friday, we will again spend the morning in Sierra Valley, giving participants the opportunity to apply everything they have learned during the week. The workshop will end after lunch on Friday. Information about tent space, showers, and meals is on the summer field campus web site.

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