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Bird Photography Day at San Diego Bird Festival

Sunday, February 13, 2022

An entire day of online programs about Bird and Wildlife Photography, made possible by Hunt's Photo and Video

9 am PST - Wildlife Conservation Photography: How to create meaningful impact with your photography, by Jaymi Heimbuch
If you love nature photography and have been looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution to protecting nature in your community and beyond, conservation photography is a fit for you. Learn about what conservation photography is, and how you can
get started in this fulfilling niche of nature photography. Jaymi Heimbuch is a wildlife conservation photographer and freelance photo editor. She is the founder of Wild Idea Lab and Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy, and is the host of Impact: The Conservation Photography Podcast. Her current photography project, Watershed Sentinels, focuses on ecosystem inter-connectedness and the health of watersheds along Oregon's coastline. Her photography and writing has appeared in outlets such as Audubon, National Wildlife Magazine, BBC Wildlife, bioGraphic, and National Geographic. Jaymi is a National Geographic grantee, partner photographer with the nonprofit Girls Who Click, and co-founder of Her Wild Vision Initiative, a directory that amplifies job opportunities for diverse
women working in the field of conservation visual storytelling.

11 am PST - Beginning Gear and Equipment for Bird Photography, by Tyler Ficker
The world of bird photography is exciting and full of opportunities. However, many people can be overwhelmed by all of the terminology, technical aspects, and field application that comes with it. This presentation will cover topics including camera gear, settings, terminology, understanding exposures, and actions in the field to help you make your bird photos the best they can be! You can couple this with the following week’s presentation on bird photo editing as well! Tyler found his passion for birding when his 4th grade teacher incorporated bird identification into the science curriculum. Tyler completed his undergraduate degree in the School of Environmental and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He was president of The Ornithology Club at Ohio State for two years. Tyler is a founding member of Lights Out Buckeyes—part of Ohio Lights Out, a network of programs aimed at making urban landscapes (in this case, the Ohio State campus) safer for migratory birds. He is an award-winning presenter at environmental, wildlife, and birding conferences. He also worked as a field technician for the Ohio Division of Wildlife surveying grassland species. Tyler is a professional photographer and tour guide for Sabrewing Nature Tours, so he is likely behind his camera when not looking through his binoculars. He loves birding his home state of Ohio, especially during migration season, but is experienced in birding areas from Alaska to the tropics.

1pm PST: How to use light to your full advantage in wildlife photography, by Josh Hauge
An in-depth discussion about understanding how to use various types of lighting situations to your full advantage while photographing wildlife. The talk will particularly focus on how to plan for multiple lighting situations in advance, how to be mindful in the field, how light
changes affect the resulting images, and how to take more compelling photos thorough a better understanding of light! Josh is a 17-year-old bird and wildlife photographer based in Olney, MD. He as always loved wildlife and nature but started to become more focused on birds when he was about 9 years old, thanks to a natural history class at his school. About a year and a half ago, he started to become increasingly interested in photography, and soon found himself captivated by the world of birds, which motivated him to capture compelling shots of these amazing animals. Growing up in Maryland provided a lot of opportunities to see some amazing birds and wildlife in local lakes, marshes, or forests. Bird and wildlife photography has become one of his biggest passions and he finds taking photos of nature through ethical means very rewarding.

3pm PST - The Magic Of Bird Photography by Judy Malloch
Ten things to consider when photographing birds to get the images you would like to have and that you call keepers! Judy Lynn Malloch has an avid passion for nature photography. Her intensity for wildlife photography began in Southern Florida where she resides but has now expanded to locations throughout the world. Since beginning photography in 2005 adventures have taken her all over the world including Canada, the US and the Caribbean as well as Africa and Central and South America. Her extensive trips have provided many fascinating experiences to sharpen her wildlife shooting skills with birds, animals, reptiles, insects and amphibians. However, her passion has primarily developed into bird photography but certainly she has not lost her love for other forms of wildlife photography. Judy Lynn was born in Canada but has been a proud American citizen for 35 years. She is also an accomplished painter, exhibiting in both oil and watercolors. Over the years, her developing photography skill has been recognized and has earned many awards from organizations such as National Wildlife Federation, NANPA, Natures Best, National Audubon Society, Share The View and National Geographic to name a few. She posts her images regularly on Facebook, 500px, Flicker and Instagram. Eight yeas ago Judy Lynn along with her husband Gary, began a photography tour business called Natures Tapestry Photo Adventure Photo Tours. Currently they conduct five workshop tours each year; two to Costa Rica and one each to Namibia, Africa, Ecuador and the Pantanal in Brazil.

5pm PST - Owl Photography, by Martin Culpepper
Owls are one of the most mysterious and sought after subjects for both birders and wildlife photographers alike. Their often nocturnal and secretive nature makes them harder to locate and photograph than almost any other group of avian subjects. This program will be focused on how you can effectively and ethically photograph these wonderful animals and produce high quality photographs of them, along with how to find some specific species to get you started. Martin Culpepper is an 18 year old photographer based in northern
Massachusetts who specializes in wildlife.

7pm PST - Limitations as Highschooler to Photograph in a Covid World, by Daphne Hatch
Daphne is a nature photographer who, like many other young photographers, was unfortunately unlicensed during the pandemic. Since then she has discovered everywhere within walking distance of her own town in Northern California. This session will cover ways you can do the same through local organizations and places in your area! Daphne is a 17-year old wildlife and nature photographer from Northern California, going into her senior year of high school. From a very young age she has been fascinated by nature and space, and she is planning on pursuing astronomy as a major in college along with continuing my nature photography. Her gallery can be found on Instagram @infinitehorizons.pix.


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