Birds of Prey Photography California

Wildlife photography

This workshop includes classroom instruction, followed by a morning photo excursion to photographs birds of prey at West Coast Falconry. Your final session will conclude with a gallery exhibition and critique. An all-inclusive hands-on workshop for every level of photographer with Touch & Try of Tamron Lenses!


Workshop includes an evening of classroom instruction at Mike's Camera, followed by a Saturday morning photo excursion with birds of prey at West Coast Falconry in Marysville, complete with Tamron lens rentals, and then a follow up critique & in-store gallery opening.

What You’ll Learn

  • Techniques to make great portraits of birds while they are static in the trees
  • Best methods of photographing birds in mid-flight
  • Composition, Exposure, Depth of field, Shutter speed, Panning, Focusing tips, Awareness of light; as they pertain to bird photography


$159.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

Save 10% if you register more than 2 weeks in advance!

You are welcome to pay in store to avoid the Eventbrite fee.

Tuition includes evening lecture, hands-on photo excursion with Tamron lens rentals, follow up critique & gallery showing, plus a matted 12 x 18 inch print that will be displayed in the store gallery and is yours to keep!

See your favorite image enlarged to 12 x 18 inches in our mini in-store gallery too!

More Info

Evening Lecture‍Meet up at Mike's Camera in Sacramento to learn the ins and outs of making great birds of prey photos; the lecture includes two parts:

Part 1: Making portraits of birds while they are static in the trees. Topics include light, composition, exposure and depth of field.     

Part 2: Photographing birds in mid-flight. Topics include shutter speed, panning with action, auto focusing modes, focusing tips and more.

Saturday Morning Photo Excursion

Meet up at West Coast Falconry in Marysville to photograph an assortment of birds of prey. You'll have the rare experience to photograph all of the birds in their natural habitat. Enjoy a close-up, hands-on bird photography experience!

FREE Loaner Gear from Tamron

During the shoot you'll be able to try out the latest Tamron lenses, for FREE! Test a variety of long zoom lenses perfect for photographing wildlife, and get expert advice from Tamron wildlife shooters. A valid Credit Card & Driver's License is required for equipment check-out and will be kept on file until return of equipment. Test Drive Loaner gear is FREE. Restrictions apply.

Follow up Critique & Gallery Opening

Meet back up at Mike's Camera in Sacramento to wrap up the workshop with a fun and rewarding critique or your photographs! The group will review images from the Saturday excursion and share techniques that really worked, and those that were not as useful. You'll be astonished by the immense variety of images that will have been captured and spend some time giving and receiving positive and informative feedback.

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

Seminar: Friday October 18, 2019 – 6:30-8:30PM 

Mike's Camera, Sacramento

Workshop: Saturday October 19, 2019 – 8:00-11:00AM 

at West Coast Falconry in Marysville

Gallery & Critique: Wednesday October 23, 2019 – 6:30-8:30PM 

Mike's Camera, Sacramento


More Details:

Limit 8

Experience Level:  Beginner - Advanced  Beginners and experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

Endurance Level:  Moderate - All age levels are welcomed. Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.

Workshop Dates: April 22, 2020 to April 25, 2020

Departure Date: April 26, 2020

Lodging:  Our home base for this workshop is LaQuinta located in Moab, Utah where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate. To reserve a room for this workshop click on this link. You are free to stay anywhere in the area.

What is Included? The cost of the workshop DOES includes: Photo instruction by Craig Wennersten at multiple locations, deep space observation session and photo editing  using Lightroom / Photoshop classroom instruction.This workshop DOES NOT included: Transportation to / from Moab and during the workshop (we will carpool as much as possible), flights or car rentals, lodging or meals.

Price:  $ 1,399.00

Hope To See You There!  ~ Keep Looking Up!  Please feel free to contact Craig if you have any questions or need any help with your gear or equipment requirements.

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