Bird Photography 101
Presented by Frances “Aileen” Harding

Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:30 AM – 10 AM

You don’t have to spend hours hiding in a blind to get great bird images. And you don’t need that $11,000 500 mm prime lens anymore.

Join me as we walk through the in’s and out’s of bird photography. We’ll cover where to find the birds, why you would choose morning versus evening, lighting considerations, how to anticipate their behavior and what equipment you’ll need. Learn about photographic technique such as capturing birds in flight and compensating for white birds so as not to lose the detail in their feathers. We’ll also discuss motion blur and how to use it to create dynamic imagery.

Finally, I’ll walk you through several Loan images, giving an overview as to how I edit my bird images for PPA Print Competition.

Anybody can capture amazing bird images. Join me and I’ll show you how.

Meet the Speaker:
Aileen opened her portrait studio in 2005 and loved (almost) every minute of it. But when her husband retired in 2015 and she saw how much fun he was having, after 12 years as a portrait photographer, she closed her studio in 2017. Thus began a new journey, focusing full time on expanding her creativity and artistic eye by participating in various Fine Art groups as well as continuing to be involved with her local Guild, PPGH, TPPA and PPA.

Now, when she’s not out shooting, you might find Aileen camping with her husband and Mollie, a rescue Lab mix, in their pop-up camper at a State or National Park. Or hanging out with their latest fosters, dogs that is. They’ve fostered large dogs for over 13 years. Or better yet, playing with her Granddaughters. Binge watching Netflix and lunching with friends are also high on the list.

But photography will always be important. “Photographing is an intimate experience. There is something shared, something special, when you create the image. I’m in my happy place when I’m continuing to study the craft, practice and create imagery.”