Beginner's Guide to Bird Photography
with Ben Knoot
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09 Background Consideration - American Robin02:57
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About The Class
Understand your subject and capture amazing wildlife
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Learn the habitat and behaviors of a variety of birds
- How to make the best light choices based off your subject
- Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary using color, shadows, and symmetry
- Fast post-processing techniques to take your images to the highest level
ABOUT BEN'S CLASS:
Make the most of your wildlife adventures with Ben Knoot in this beginners guide to bird Photography course. Ben Knoot has a background in environmental policy and education as well as a keen eye and love for birds. He has honed his skill into becoming a professional photographer guiding tours around the world to help enthusiasts understand their cameras and their subjects. In this course- Ben will walk through the importance of researching and understanding your subject and the habitat they dwell in. He’ll discuss how to interact and engage a variety of birds so you have a stronger opportunity to capture them while out. He’ll walk through camera fundamentals, how to set your camera, think about composition and work with a variety of lighting. Ben will even talk through his switch to an Olympus mirrorless camera to help improve his ability to make and craft the artistic images he does.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Bird Enthusiasts
- Beginner Photographers
- Wildlife Photographers
Adobe Lightroom CC 2019
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Ben is a 23-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours; http://www.tropicalbirding.com Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earths beauty as much as he does. Ben has been published by several organizations including, Natures Best Photography, Audubon, Ranger Rick, NANPA, Wildlife Photo Magazine, and the BBC. His deep love and passion for nature has guided and will continue to guide the way he chooses to live his life, with a sense of wonder and curiosity of all things new and exciting.
Four Tips for Bird Photography02:09
Lighting for Bird Photography01:43
Setting Photo Goals - Lewis's Woodpecker08:03
Background Consideration - American Robin02:57
Staying Opportunistic - Western Bluebird05:27
Perch Options - Pygmy Nuthatch10:32
Framing Your Shot - Ruddy Ducks01:06
Location Shoot Overview01:46
Ben is a 23-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours. ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
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This class is wonderful. Ben give you some very helpful information to starting your photo birding adventures. The apps he suggested are very helpful. The tips for scouting and what to look get you going. I will definitely be watching it again.
He seems so wonderfully knowledgable but blew it with birding and wildlife photography ethics. Some places do not allow tapes, with excellent reasons. And any photographer should know better. Playing tapes of birds who are trying to breed, migrate, or just survive, is cruel. Do you know how many photographers are out there who will now play tapes because you gave them the idea? There are areas that get thousands of photographers monthly. Can you imagine the energy and distraction the birds go through dealing with those recordings? And how they risk their lives coming out from safety? Those tapes also alert predators! I was witness to a "photographer" playing a tape, shooting the bird that came out of safety, and then watched as that bird was killed by a hawk. For his right to a picture?? Do the work- stay in place and wait like the rest of us do.
I stopped watching after 4 lessons due to 1) use of a calling device that deceives birds is unethical, and 2) poor advice on technical (camera settings) aspects of photography.
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