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San Diego Bird Festival

Bird Photography with Alex Eisengart and Christopher Smith
This course has three parts: a pre-festival introduction (presented online), a meet-you-there field trip at the festival, and a post-festival photo review and feedback session.

Sunday, February 19, 2023- pre-festival online meeting
Sunday, February 26, 2023- meet-you-there field trip
Sunday, March 5, 2023- post-festival critique session

Spend the morning in La Jolla Cove with Alex Eisengard and Chris Smith, award-winning, up-and-coming young bird photographers. Learn how to make the best of lighting conditions, camera settings, and your position when you take the photo.



Digiscoping at the Swarovski Trailer
Daily Feb 23-26 10:00 - 11:00 am
Meet Swarovski reps at the Trailer in the Parking lot for some coffee and digiscoping using a spotting scope, and your camera or smart phone. Limited to 6 participants.


So you Want to Be a Wildlife Photographer?
Friday, February 24 11:00 am -12:30 pm
So you have a camera or a smart phone and want to shoot photos worthy of National Geographic. How do you get there? Sandy Zelasko from the North County Photographic Society will speak about opportunities, challenges, and expectations within the field.


Bird Photography Ethics
Friday, February 24 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Birds are beautiful subjects for photography, but as living beings, we have to be careful around them. A panel of bird and wildlife photographers will talk about the "code of ethics" photographers should follow when going out into nature to capture wildlife images.


Photographing Birds in Flight
With Krisztina Scheeff
Friday, February 24 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Getting clear photos of a moving target is one of the great challenges in photography. Krisztina will help you understand the settings, and will offer many tips for photographing birds in flight, along with many photographic examples, stories and scenarios.


Young Bird Photographers Photo Contest Reception
Friday, February 24 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Awards ceremony for the Young Birders of San Diego and the Young Bird Photographers Photo Contest. Come see or purchase the winning entries, and meet these talented young people.

Creativity and Light in Bird Photography
Saturday, February 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Classroom Workshops presented by Hunts Photo and Video

Mirrorless For Birds and Wildlife with Noah Buchannan
Thursday, February 23 9:00 - 10:30 am
This presentation is designed to inform and educate on all of the benefits and advantages mirrorless cameras offer for bird and wildlife photographers as well as clear up misconceptions. The program will touch upon things such as in body stabilization, animal eye autofocus, lens adaptability, electronic viewfinders, and much more!


Bird Photography for Beginners with Noah Buchannan
Friday, February 24, 8:00 - 9:30 am
Join Noah Buchanan for a presentation on Bird Photography for Beginners. This presentation is aimed at people just starting out in photography who may be stepping up from a phone or a small point and shoot camera. We will go into detail about recommended settings, equipment and accessories, composition and lighting techniques and more!





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  • Malk Nature Fund
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