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Continuing Education

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Continuing Education

Wildlife and Ecotravel Photography

Lydia Dotto smiling at the camera in a yellow coat in front of penguins

Wildlife and Ecotravel Photography

Saturday November 18th, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Location: Fry Lodge 104, Traill College.

Cost: $60 per workshop (+ HST).

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/wildlifeandecotravelphotographyworkshop or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 102.4, 300 London Street, Traill College.

Are you fascinated with birds and other wildlife -- their colors and diversity, their amazing and amusing behaviours? Do you travel to see national parks, natural habitats, scenic wonders and exotic plants and animals in Canada and abroad? Would you like to improve your ability to capture these memories with your digital camera? This course will help you do that.

Designed for amateur photographers who already have a digital camera and are knowledgeable about how to use it, this course focuses on enhancing existing skills specifically to capture better wildlife images, whether you shoot at the bird feeder in your back yard or journey to the ends of the earth. Students should have a DSLR camera or an advanced “bridge” or “point & shoot” camera with lenses that offer both wide-angle and telephoto shooting capability. Please bring your camera to the workshop.

Wildlife shooting is one of the most challenging types of photography there is, requiring the ability to capture elusive and skittish subjects and fast, unpredictable behaviour, often in low light. The photographer must rapidly and constantly assess and juggle camera settings and environmental conditions to obtain the best results. This course will provide knowledge and tools that will help you do that.

Topics to be covered include:

Equipment considerations for wildlife photography
Understanding camera settings, composition and environment factors with wildlife shooting in mind
Shooting techniques that enhance wildlife photography
How understanding wildlife behaviour can increase your chances of a good shot.
Ethical behaviour and safety when shooting wildlife and natural areas
Nearby locations in southern Ontario to shoot wildlife -- where and when
Wildlife/ecotravel photo trips (e.g. Newfoundland, BC, Costa Rica, Africa, Antarctica) -- how they compare with general tours for non-photographers
Travelling with your camera -- the challenges and hazards of airports, hotels, boats & electricity
after the shot -- organizing and post-processing your images on your computer

About the instructor:

Lydia Dotto spent more than three decades as a science and environmental journalist, author, speaker and teacher, including ten years as a Trent University instructor teaching a classroom and online course on environmental communications. In 2004, she turned her attention to photography, motivated by the remarkable opportunities offered by the digital revolution in camera technology. With her background in science communication, she quickly gravitated to wildlife shooting, one of the most challenging types of photography, requiring the skills to capture fast action and dynamic, unpredictable animal behaviour.

Lydia’s most memorable moments have occurred during photo trips across Canada and abroad. She has visited every province in Canada, as well as taking photo trips to Tanzania, Costa Rica and Antarctica, where the sheer abundance and variety of the wildlife is breathtaking.

Samples of Lydia's work can be viewed on her website at http://www.imageinnovationphotography.com/CLIENTS/Trent-CE-WILDLIFE-GALL...

The password is: Dotto-TrentCEWildlife (it's best to copy and past the password to ensure it's exactly correct).

Online registration is provided through RegOnline, a third-party registration service. An additional charge will be applied by RegOnline in addition to the course fee.

Avoid additional charges by registering in person with cash or a cheque.