Venice Rookery with Mary Lundeberg

In this class, students will capture powerful digital photographs by using the wide array of camera functions available beyond the automatic settings. Students will explore the aesthetics and principles of nature photography by thinking about the story they want to tell, how to frame the story (composition elements) and how to use light (exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Students will learn how to photograph birds in flight, as well as create beautiful bird portraits. This course includes field experience at the Venice Rookery.

Moss Landing CA with Jennifer Leigh Warner and Alicia Amerson

Join The Photologists, Jennifer Leigh Warner & Alicia Amerson, on a marine wildlife photography safari in Moss Landing, CA
During this workshop you will create images of native wildlife and landscapes, learn about the importance of conducting ethical field practices when photographing wildlife, learn about the local ecology and biodiversity of the region, expand your understanding of which camera settings to use in different scenario, and learn how to create storytelling images that support conservation efforts to protect the subjects that we photograph.

*Please note that that the registration deadline for this workshop is October 1st.

Suitable for All Levels:
This photo safari is suitable from the amateur wildlife watcher to the serious professional photographer. Instruction will be as much or as little as desired.

Physical Requirements:
Very low. We will be photographing from a boat at a seated position for the duration of the photo safari. If you get seasick, please take the appropriate measures to make it as comfortable for you as possible.

What’s included in the price:
Private boat charter, photography instruction from Professional Wildlife Photographer Jennifer Leigh Warner. She will assist with camera settings and helping you create interesting compositions of the unique animals that call Moss Landing home. Marine Biologist, Alicia Amerson, will be available to provide information about the area, natural history of the local wildlife, and share ethical standards for flying drones around wildlife.

Jennifer and Alicia invite guests to join them for a PhotoShare event in the lobby of the Residence Inn in Monterey following the safari.

Bonus Gifts

– Book on Conducting ethical and safe drone flights around wildlife and humans by Alicia Amerson

– Bookmark featuring Jennifer’s wildlife photography collection

– Ethical wildlife photography and drone flight guidelines

Connecting with Nature on California Coast with Jacqueline Deely

Join award-winning wildlife photographer and naturalist Jacqueline Deely for an inspirational weekend of photography amid a spectacular setting along California’s rugged central coast. Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria is a rustic camp sitting on thirteen acres of Monterey Pine forest that nearly meets the ocean shore. Wildlife abounds, with seals and otters swimming by, and deer roaming through the property.

Throughout the weekend, explore how we can connect with nature, learn about our environment and make a difference through our experiences and the images we capture. Field activities visit nearby locations with specific goals in mind. We will take advantage of optimal light in the early morning and evening and when wildlife tends to be most active. Classroom sessions include illustrated presentations and discussions evolve around our own unique moments and encounters in the wild. Sharing our work allows us to delve deeper into the thought process behind our photographs and the stories they tell.

Although not required, staying on-site at Camp Ocean Pines is highly recommended to enhance the overall experience. Accommodations are shared in comfortable straw bale cabins, engineered for passive solar efficiency, and constructed from timbers and siding milled from wind-felled trees on the property. It will be a wonderful way to stay connected with nature and fellow participants throughout the entire weekend.

All meals are included except dinner on Saturday night, which will be free for participants to visit and dine in the quaint town of Cambria. Alcohol is not available at the camp, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Transportation to the various field locations will be in our own vehicles with the plan to carpool.

This workshop is tremendous value and open to anyone with a love of nature and photography. All levels are welcome: however, students must have a basic understanding of how to operate their own equipment.


$402 with meals and lodging / $350 with meals and no lodging

Truth In Captioning – An Interview with Melissa Groo and Don Carter

Photographs by Melissa Groo

Interview by David C. Lester


A Great Horned Owl in Fort Myers, Florida. © Melissa Groo

Although little introduction is needed, Don Carter is the president of NANPA, and Melissa Groo, in addition to being a world-renowned wildlife photographer, is chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee.  Over the past several years, significant ethical considerations around nature photography have arisen, along with the need to honestly and accurately caption the details of images.

After several years of work, NANPA has developed a new “Truth in Captioning” statement that addresses these and other issues.  I recently sat down with Don and Melissa to talk about ethical considerations in wildlife photography, as well as the work done on this document.

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