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The Art of Photographing Birds

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Introduction to Location Shoot

Frans Lanting

The Art of Photographing Birds

Frans Lanting

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Lesson Info

2. Introduction to Location Shoot
Jump right into the on-site lessons with this quick intro lesson. Learn the three essentials you need to photograph birds.

Lessons

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1 Introduction Duration:04:19
3 Camera and Lenses Duration:06:09
4 DSLR vs Mirrorless Duration:12:38
5 Field Trip 1 Duration:23:22
6 Getting Close To Birds Duration:13:41
7 Camera Settings Duration:06:57
8 Settings For Creativity Duration:07:16
9 Point of View Duration:06:19
10 Bird Portraits Duration:14:32
11 Birds in Flocks Duration:32:40
12 Birds in Flight Duration:15:56
13 Field Trip 2 Duration:11:04
14 Behavior Duration:19:43
15 Birds in Landscapes Duration:10:56
16 Field Trip at Sunset Duration:14:12
17 Impressions Duration:08:13
18 Qualities of Light Duration:01:46
19 Birds as Designs Duration:03:23
20 Birds and People Duration:11:08
21 Locations Duration:14:15
22 Student Critique Duration:1:07:35

Lesson Info

Introduction to Location Shoot

we're going to start the first video. I'm going to give you a brief introduction to the three main ingredients in bird photography. Shall we roll it? Hi, I'm Frans Lanting and I'm here to share the Judy are to photographing birds. I'm in a special location. Behind me are thousands of migratory birds. And I'm joined here by two students who are just as excited as I am about photographing them. What does it take to capture great photographs of birds? First of all, you need to understand the birch themselves and the places where they like to be and how you can approached him. And I've done that for all of my life. I've captured birds all over the world, but every place is different and every bird is different. Secondly, you need to have the right gear. I'll be demonstrating different cameras and lenses and other accessories that are specific to bird photography. I'll show you the best settings to apply to your cameras and all these other things that come via digital photography these days...

. You have to be grounded in your cameras. You need to understand the technology. But the technology, in my opinion, is just a means to an end because ultimately and that's the third part of this course, you need to apply the technology creatively. I'll be sharing creative concept with you that are connected to get the cameras and the lenses, but that will take your bird photography to the next level.

Class Description



AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Photograph birds in a variety of scenarios

  • Understand bird behavior to get closer to birds

  • Build the ideal gar kit for photographing birds

  • Set the proper shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for birds

  • Know where to find birds to photograph

  • Capture birds in different types of light

  • Develop a better eye for bird photography


ABOUT FRANS’ CLASS:

Love birds, but can't quite capture their colorful personality on camera? Join nature photographer Frans Lanting on a journey in start-to-finish bird photography. Master photography basics for photographing birds, from the best camera settings to tactics for getting up close and personal to different bird species.

With a mix of on-site shooting and in-class lectures, learn the ins and outs of bird photography. Build the skills to operate a camera and long lens as well as an understanding of basic bird behavior. Learn to capture more than the boring, obvious photo and dive into categories like bird portraiture, flying birds, flocks of birds, and detailed close-ups for your best bird photos yet.

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate bird photographer, craft better photos of birds with tips and insight from a National Geographic photographer with three decades of experience capturing wildlife across the globe.


WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginners new to bird photography

  • Intermediate bird photographers

  • Experienced photographers new to capturing birds

  • Beginner wildlife photographers


ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Frans Lanting has spent more than three decades traveling the world capturing nature and wildlife. For the wildlife photographer, birds often capture his attention, from penguins and endangered species to birds common to North America. Frans worked as a photographer-in-residence with National Geographic, a position that opened rare opportunities for photographing little known species. His nature photography has also appeared in his own books and exhibitions. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to the U.S. to study environmental planning before embarking on his photography career.

Reviews

Carl Bergstrom
 

I was privileged to be in the studio audience for Frans Lanting's Art of Photographing Birds course, and it was amazing. The morning was a perfectly pitched lesson on the technical aspects of bird photography, intermixed with Frans's own photographs and excellent videos of him working in the field. The afternoon focused more on bird behavior, composition, and artistry, and was even more delightful. If you know Lanting's photography you already know about his ability to find unusual perspectives on the world. What really shone through in the class was his love for wildlife and especially for birds. His knowledge of natural history is as amazing as his photography, and I loved the message that to take great photographs of birds, one needs to understand them and their behaviors. I've admired Lanting as a photographer for decades. Today I learned that he is an equally talented teacher. I'll be purchasing all of his CreativeLive courses. Thank you, Carl Bergstrom

Marie Gessle
 

Amazing class! Mr Lanting is charming and full of knowledge about birds and of course photography. In every moment of this course you can see his great passion and love for these flying creatures. The course is full of tips for photographers who want to start capturing moments of birds life. Awesome!!!

André Audet
 

Great class, very inspiring. Packed with great tips and beautiful imagery. Frans is a great instructor. I enjoyed watching this class a lot, and will watch it again!