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Learn to Shoot Nature and Wildlife in Manual Mode

This outdoor workshop is meant for those who would like an introduction to shooting in Manual mode, and for those who have attempted it but need a helping hand. If you tried reading books to learn manual but just get frustrated, then this workshop is for you.

We will be using the Mud Lake Conservation Area, which is a perfect quiet area with many photo-ops to practice photography.

There will be a maximum of 4 participants and one instructor (Myself). All you need is a camera with manual mode capability, don't worry about a tripod for this. Lens choice is up to you, a telephoto is best for bird close-ups.

We will have a short intro where I will highlight the important terminology and basics of using the manual mode (Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, Focus point selection, the light meter).

We will then do some hands on experiments where you will get used to selecting the right settings for different shooting scenarios such as birds, and landscapes.

Then we will go for a walk in the woods around Mud Lake and I will give small assignments and let you try it yourself. I will go around and check your progress and give one-on-one help to make sure you understand what you need to do to get the shots. I will make you see how changing one setting affects the other settings and how the combination of Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO gives you the final exposure.

There will be small birds, squirrels, pretty landscapes, beautiful trees, and each other to practice on. We will of course be feeding the Chickadees out of our hands too! I will have seeds to give to the birds to attract them over for us to practice on them (Ducks, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Squirrels etc).

We meet at the small parking area by the skating rink at Mud Lake on Cassels St.

Directions: Driving West on Carling Ave, turn right onto Britannia Rd, go all the way to the end, turn right onto Cassels and proceed down to the skating rink area. (Not the filtration plant parking lot).

Dress in layers, wear good winter boots, bring water.  I highly recommend wearing snowpants as we will spend some time shooting in the snow, trust me you'll be glad you wore them.

I have much experience shooting wildlife and nature, as well as portraits, sports events, and concerts. All of my previous workshops have sold out and gotten excellent reviews.

The only prerequisite for this workshop, your homework, other than having a camera with a manual mode capability, is you need to familiarize yourself with your camera buttons, dials, and menus-you don't need to memorize them, just go though them a few times and get used to them.  This will make the workshop flow much faster and make it easier to answer your questions and set you up properly.

Please give 48 hours notice of cancellation or no refund will be offered.

The workshop is weather dependent, it will only be postponed in the case of severe weather. A bit of snow or cold will not stop us, so dress for it!

I look forward to teaching you :-)

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  • Trish L.

    Well it turned out not to be too cold of a day but some company would have been nice. :) After driving down towards Britannia beach and finding out the road which cuts across linking the street to where I was headed is only for buses, I turned around and made it to the Yacht Club....and then on to the Mud Lake. Well... I now know where Mud Lake is and what route not to take to get there. I didn't see any other cars at the meetup area though.
    I did manage to get some shots in while hiking through the trails trying to find the group. I found some chickadees which liked to tease me as well as some cardinals, woodpeckers, squirrels and chipmunks, but no people taking picture. This day went on to prove that I need to practice more in manual mode. Practice...practice...practice.....

    January 24, 2014

    • Trish L.

      Thanks Josh, that would be great.

      January 25, 2014

    • Trish L.

      Josh, I added one more pic for you. ;)

      January 25, 2014

  • Joshua M.

    Trish, Kim, Rebekah, would you care to postpone this meetup until next Friday, or next Sunday? It's a bit cold out there, I am willing to go, we can use sheltered spots at Mud Lake.

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      See you two there!

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • Trish L.

      Can't find anyone. :(

      January 24, 2014

  • Rebekah

    I'm brand new to the group but this is exactly the kind of outing I was looking for :) The directions to Mud Lake are also much appreciated! It seems like a bit of a tricky spot to find directions to!

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      Thank you for signing up Rebekah. We will have fun learning and practicing! Mud Lake is a real gem in this city, once you see how nice it is, you'll be going back regularly I'm sure!

      January 19, 2014

  • Joshua M.

    January 18, 2014

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Please give 48 hours notice of cancellation, or no refund will be offered. If the event is postponed due to severe weather, you may request a refund if not able to attend the rescheduled workshop.

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