Daily schedules: Thursday / Friday / Saturday

Presentations typically last an hour and can accommodate about 40 participants.
Workshops are more hands-on, are limited to 10 – 12 participants, and typically last 90 -120 minutes.
Safaris are at ranches, parks, or private properties and typically last a morning or afternoon.

All events are subject to change (e.g. by adding more activities). We will contact existing registrants via email if there are new programs or other major changes. Check the website from time to time for new offerings.

WS01t – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 1pm Thursday (3/15/2018), 1hr 45min
WS01s – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 1pm Saturday (3/17/2018), 1hr 45min

Instructor: Robert Benson

Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is equal to or greater than life size. This hands-on workshop will provide you the opportunity to learn the techniques of close up photography including topics like lens selection, tripods, and camera settings, and how to get your subject into naturally appearing setups. You will learn ways to achieve that tack sharp well-lit and fascinating image of that unworldly insect or those sensual flower parts. Dr. Benson will guide you through the details of focus stacking and other useful methods of getting the perfect shot. Bring your camera, tripod and macro lens and we will provide the plants, bugs, and experiences.

$50 | Limit 12 |

Purple Martin Captures a June Bug

WS02t – Coastal Bend College Campus 1:00pm Thursday (3/15/2018), 1hr 45min
WS02f – Coastal Bend College Campus 3:30pm Friday (3/16/2018), 1hr 45min
WS02s – Coastal Bend College Campus 3:30pm Saturday (3/17/2018), 1hr 45min

Instructor:  Cissy Beasley

If you are an aspiring bird photographer, you have marveled at the work of professionals who capture those stunning shots of birds in flight (BIF). Just how do they do that? Is it the high-end cameras and lenses they use? Is it the years of experience in the field?  Is it both? Yes it is both. All of those things matter but it is possible to do BIF photography with medium-range equipment if you know your equipment well and have practiced and practiced and practiced the art.

To do well, you will likely need a fast focusing prime 300mm or 400mm lens coupled to a body with a good auto focus system. There are many choices out there and more on the market every month or so. You can spend lots of money on equipment but you will never get those shots you want without seriously committing yourself to practice. There is that word again.

The Brush Country Photo Safari is doing something that has never been done before at an event like this. We have a flock of racing pigeons that love to fly back home from anywhere they are released. After some discussions on settings, tips and tricks, Cissy will assemble the class in an open field where her aide will be situated with a crate full of pigeons. When everyone is ready, she will call for a pigeon to be released and you fire a burst, putting into practice what you have learned. Then you do it again and again and again! You practice. We realize that you are not going to frame and put a photo of a flying pigeon on your wall, but you will take home something much better than that: some of the best BIF practice you will ever get.

$50 | Limit 12 | Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Laser Beam Camera Trap inexpensively constructed (less than $50) from common garage door parts.

WS01f – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 1pm Friday (3/16/2018), 1hr 45min

Instructor: Robert Benson

A surprising number of those stunning wildlife photos you see online and in magazines were not captured by sitting in a blind and waiting for something to get in front of your lens. Instead, these impressive images were the result of carefully deployed camera traps.

This presentation discusses everything from DIY traps that you can build from local parts to the latest LIDAR traps that can be controlled from your smart phone. You will learn how to set them up for automatic operation, how to control them from a distance, and how to put those normally-hard-to-get images on your own cameras.

$50 | Limit 12 |

WS03t – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 10:30am Thursday (3/15/2018), 1.5 hours
WS03f – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 10:30am Friday (3/16/2018), 1.5 hours
WS03s – Yonder Inn Meeting Room 10:30am Saturday (3/16/2018), 1.5 hours

Instructor: Clay Taylor

The allure of a BIG telephoto lens is kind of like a fast car – most people would love to have one, probably can’t afford one, and if they had a chance to drive one would struggle to control it at top speed.  This means telephoto focal lengths of 1000mm, 1500mm, and even over 2000mm.   Yes, they exist, and some are surprisingly affordable.

Clay Taylor will discuss the pros and cons of Shooting Big – telephoto lenses that equal or exceed 1000mm.   This will be a hands-on workshop, so bring your Big Glass, camera bodies, fully-charged batteries, and empty memory cards.  If you do not have a Super Telephoto lens, we will have examples for you to try out.

$25| Limit 12 |