Beauty in Your Backyard: A Wildlife Workshop
with Jessica Nelson
3 WEEK WORKSHOP
$225 Full Participation | $112 Study Along
Explore and photograph the beauty in your own backyard!
Beauty in Your Backyard will take you on a journey to observe and capture the wildlife that surrounds us. Whether you are close to home or out in remote locations, you’ll learn the ethics of wildlife conservation and photography, how to find wildlife (and how to lure more birds to your spaces to see them up close), and what gear and settings to use. We will also discuss light, timing, and animal behavior (and how YOU can become an expert!). We will put it all together with a section on compelling compositions, showing you how to minimize distractions when shooting in the field.
Familiarity with your camera and the basics of the exposure triangle. A long lens, preferably 300mm or longer but a 200mm would be sufficient.
what you’ll get
3 PDF lessons on photographing wildlife
Weekly shooting videos as well as other instructional videos to explain recommended gear.
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
Bonus PDF lesson on editing basics, shooting insects with macro lenses and telephoto lenses and freelensing. Bonus Editing video.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
What to expect
References and Apps
Patience and Observation
Gear, lenses, tripods, teleconverters
Camera Settings for wildlife
The different natural light for outdoor shooting
Go on a nature walk and just observe
Practice with a telephoto in different lighting situations on stationary objects
Practice with different camera settings on stationary objects
Where to find subjects to shoot
Using your own backyard
Travel to the animals
Where to hide to not disturb wildlife
Research local hot spots for wildlife
Practice with shooting wildlife that you find either at home or on location
Shutter speed and why it is important
Lock and Hold techniques
What to do when you spot subjects
Composition techniques while shooting
Look for ways to control environment (light/composition) while shooting wildlife and post your favorite composition
Editing (culling, cropping, basic edit
Macro lenses for insect shooting
Freelensing and reverse freelensing
Review bonus materials and can post CC on either Editing, Bugs shooting or Freelensing
about your instructor
Jessica Nelson is a part-time wildlife and nature photographer based out of central Maryland where she lives with her husband, three children and a spirited rat terrier. Getting her start as a kid in her father’s dark room, she now dabbles in lots of photography including natural light, studio, film and macro but her real passion lies in wildlife and nature. She is drawn to all living things big and small and strives to capture much of our natural world.
how it works
All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Materials vary by program
study & ask questions
Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.