Spring - Wild Bird 4-Part Workshop

This unique 4 part workshop will include two photography sessions and be limited to10 participants.  We will discuss the important information and techniques of birding photography. The highlight of this workshop will be the two hands on sessions photographing wild birds on the South Platte River and at Kountze Lake in Lakewood. In the critique session you will receive feedback and see the photos from others which is a great learning experience.

Part 1: Virtual Online Lecture:

This will be a 2 hour lecture to help you set up your camera to photograph the best angles with the best lighting during the practical session of this workshop.

What You’ll Learn

  • Techniques to produce great bird photos
  • How to photograph birds inflight
  • The best places to photograph specific birds
  • The direction of light to enhance your photographs
  • Discuss the timing of birds nesting patterns

Part 2: Shooting Workshop Session 1:

This Session will start at the South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center. You will have the opportunity to photograph wild birds along the South Platte River. There will be approximately 4 miles of walking along the river.  Scott will always be nearby to assist you with technical questions and provide hands-on instruction to ensure you execute best practices and capture the best shots possible.

Part 3: Shooting Workshop Session 2:

During this session you will have the opportunity to photograph wild birds at Kountze Lake at Belmar Park in Lakewood.  This lake has an island that is the home of many different wild birds.  The Cormorant nests on this island which allows us to get some great inflight photos. We will also walk around the lake to photograph many other birds (approximately 2 miles of walking)

Part 4: Virtual Gallery and Critique:

We will wrap up the workshop with a fun and rewarding critique. We’ll review your best images from the shoot 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 receiving positive and informative feedback.

Tuition $199, Plus Eventbrite processing fee

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

Due to the hands on nature of this workshop it is limited to 10 people.

Workshop Tuition includes

Online lecture

Two Hands-on photo sessions

Follow-up Online critique

What to Bring

Camera(s) with an extra memory and extra battery

Telephoto lens– this will be discussed in the evening lecture

About Your Instructor

Scott is the store manager of Mike’s Camera at Park Meadows. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry. He enjoys wildlife, macro and sports photography and especially likes photographing our home town Denver Broncos. He also has a key role in several of Mike’s Camera workshops. As a native Coloradoan, he lives in Littleton and loves to spend time outdoors Biking, Golfing or capturing photos of his five granddaughters.

For questions about this event please contact Scott Dougherty at our Lone Tree / Park Meadows location - 303-708-9965.

Customer Testimonials:

The actual photo shoot at Belmar was my favorite part of the workshop and more specifically shooting first thing at the Gazebo and at the end of the morning at the same spot.  It’s very helpful when you let us know what camera settings and composition are best for shooting the cormorants in flight, the snowy egret fishing and the merganser in and out of the water.

I rented a lens for the class and was really glad I did -having the 150-600 zoom really made a difference. I was really glad a came with a trash bag too—some of my best shots were from laying in the mud :-) Thanks for a great experience—I feel a lot more confident with my camera since the class.

I REALLY like having the small class size of 15 people - that was beneficial in the field and during the critique


Online Seminar: Tuesday, March 28 2023, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Hands-on Workshop: 

Session #1: Saturday April 1, 2023, 8:00AM – 10:00AM

South Platte River at the Carson Nature Center

Session #2: Sunday April 2, 2023, 7:30AM – 9:30AM

Kountze Lake Belmar Park, Lakewood

Online Critique and Gallery showing: Wednesday, April 5 2023, 6:30PM – 8:30PM


Both online portions will be recorded and available for you to review for up to 7 days after each event.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration will close 48 hours before the scheduled start time.

You will receive a link to access the webinar the day before it begins.

If you have any issues, please contact us at education@mikescamera.com.

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