“Tips on Nature Photography” Workshop April 23, 2021

Tips on Nature Photography Workshop

Nature Photography is taking photos outdoors and focusing on natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, insects, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. This workshop will provide you with tips on how to take successful nature photos.  First we will cover photography fundamentals such as focusing, exposure, lighting, depth of field, choice of lens, use of tripod, and composition.  Then we provide tips on shooting landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups (macros). This workshop is part of the Nature Photography Challenge (see description below).

More details including descriptions and maps of the four locations can be found at  http://lewisburgphotoclub.org/nature-photography-challenge-2021/

I will assume you have a digital camera (smartphone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR) and have been taking some shots of nature and want to improve your skills. The format of this virtual workshop is a series of short periods of instruction followed by hands-on exercises. Since you will be taking photos during the exercises, you will need your digital camera with a fully charged battery and several props — a couple of small stuffed animals to use as models and a ball such as a tennis ball that you can roll.  We will do the exercises in pairs.  If possible to arrange, a pair could be at the same location but otherwise we will have virtual pairs.


This workshop is a virtual event using Zoom starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021, and lasts about two hours. The workshop is free and taught by Dr. Daniel C. Hyde, Chair of Lewisburg Photography Club.  The workshop is suitable for people who shoot with a smartphone to a more expensive DSLR camera. It’s aimed at photographers ages 12 and up at all skill levels. Registration is required. To register for the workshop, email workshops@lewisburgartscouncil.com. State you want “Tips on Nature Photography.”  Enrollment is limited to 24.


Bio on Dan Hyde: Before retiring in 2016, Dan taught for over 40 years as a professor at Bucknell. He has been a nature photographer for over four decades, given dozens of presentations on photography, and won awards in local photography shows. He is the Chair of the Lewisburg Photography Club.  Photo Club’s website: http://lewisburgphotoclub.org/


Nature Photography Challenge (April 25 – May 1, 2021): 
As part of the Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts in collaboration with the Linn Conservancy, we challenge photographers to take nature photographs on the four Linn Conservancy locations (Dale’s Ridge Trail, Shamokin Mountain Trail, Koons Trail, and the Shikellamy State Park Overlook). More details including descriptions and maps of the four locations can be found at  http://lewisburgphotoclub.org/nature-photography-challenge-2021/


As part of the challenge, photographers may submit up to three photos to an online Photo Show. No entry fee. Photos must be submitted electronically in jpeg format to Dan Hyde <hyde@bucknell.edu> by 7 p.m. May 8, 2021.  Please submit your images along with captions, your name, and email address.
Submitted images are required to follow the following file name format:


      NP-caption titlephotographer’s name.jpg
      Sample file name:  NP-Snoopy’s butterfly-Charlie Brown.jpg


Photographers do not need to attend the “Tips on Nature Photography” workshop to submit entries.

Posted by Dan Hyde

Dan is the Chair of the Lewisburg Photography Club.