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Beginner's Guide to Bird Photography

with Ben Knoot

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  •   09 Background Consideration - American Robin

    02:57

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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

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Lightroom CC 2019

EQUIPMENT USED:

Olympus

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    00:25
  2. 02

    Location Scouting

    12:54
  3. 03

    Gear

    07:43
  4. 04

    Camera Settings

    05:54
  5. 05

    Four Tips for Bird Photography

    02:09
  6. 06

    Composition

    01:51
  7. 07

    Lighting for Bird Photography

    01:43
  8. 08

    Setting Photo Goals - Lewis's Woodpecker

    08:03
  9. 09

    Background Consideration - American Robin

    02:57
  10. 10

    Staying Opportunistic - Western Bluebird

    05:27
  11. 11

    Perch Options - Pygmy Nuthatch

    10:32
  12. 12

    Framing Your Shot - Ruddy Ducks

    01:06
  13. 13

    Location Shoot Overview

    01:46
  14. 14

    Post-Processing

    28:42

Meet Your Expert

Ben Knoot

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 more

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  • Colleen Church

    Colleen Church

    August 2019

    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.

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