Wildlife in Minnesota
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Intermediate Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: You need to be experienced with your camera to make suggested setting changes in the field without hands-on assistance and comprehend the rationale behind the recommended settings (including exposure mode, f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, metering mode, focus mode, assessing histogram and highlight information, and making corresponding exposure compensation changes). This is not a workshop to learn how to use your camera.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be in good health, able to walk on uneven terrain up to 1/4 mile with tripod/camera/lens, and able to stand in place for up to an hour. You must be able to carry your gear without assistance. When allowed by Minnesota Wildlife Connection based on the species being photographed and risk to participants (and not simply at your request), you may be permitted to optionally kneel on one knee and sometimes sit down during a photo session. When sitting is permitted, you are responsible for bringing a chair with you in your vehicle if you should need one. If assistance is needed to accomplish any of these physical requirements, you may at your own expense bring a non-photographer participant to assist you. There will be no exceptions to these requirements.
Incredible photo workshop in Sandstone, Minnesota at Minnesota Wildlife Connection. With expert wildlife photography instruction, before and during the workshop, and a vast array of beautiful wildlife to photograph, you’ll capture amazing animal portraits.
- An informative online webinar that covers wildlife photography composition tips, camera settings, recommended gear, and a slideshow of photos taken of Minnesota Wildlife Connection animals in summer (along with camera settings) to prepare you to maximize your camera’s potential while shooting.
- 9 photos sessions with the best wildlife that Minnesota Wildlife Connection has to offer. The 9 sessions will be selected from the following species that are all native to Minnesota: Cougar, bobcat, lynx, black wolf, grey wolf, coyote, black bear, red fox, silver fox, cross fox, gray fox, beaver, whitetail deer, weasel, fisher, badger, mink, striped skunk, opossum, woodchuck, raccoon and porcupine.
- Photograph spring babies as available with their adults, as part of the photo sessions.
- Photograph wildlife at eye level in lush water and land backdrops. The most common focal length used is 70-200mm.
- Photo sessions begin late afternoon on the 1st day and end in the morning of the 4th day, offering photo opportunities in the best natural light possible and to allow for the chance of inclement weather.
- Post processing demonstration of Photo Mechanic, Photoshop and DxO NIK filters
- Class size is limited to 10 participants so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with Kathleen to ask questions and get coaching specific to your individual photographic needs.
- Pre-trip online photography instruction webinar
- Pre-trip planning handout
- 9 photo sessions at Minnesota Wildlife Connection
- Instruction and assistance throughout the workshop
- Post processing demonstration
- Trip Insurance
- Lodging – I have rented a large retreat house for the group.
- Ground transportation
- Tip for MN Wildlife Connection staff
- Optional photo sessions