Into photography? Enjoy nature? Need some practice? 

Wildlife and Bird Photography Workshop

This may be the only bird photography class where you get to practice with real birds waiting to grace your photographs!

This weekend photography experience is only offered twice a year by the Carolina Raptor Center. In addition to expert instruction, you will have an opportunity to photograph the stars of the Raptor Center collection both for portraits and in flight. The second day will include a nature walk lead by Joe Amodeo from the Carolina Raptor Center.

Wildlife and bird photography is a specialized form of photography that does require some special equipment and a few specialized skills. But it’s not that hard to get good results if you know what to practice and have a little patience. It’s not even that expensive to get started anymore!
Wildlife and Bird Photography
Instructor: Dick Handshaw 
Next Class Date: Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;  and Sunday,  September 29, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Register HERE
Limited to 12 participants
$60 Members/Volunteers; $100 General Public

Rain date: October 5 and 6, 2019

First, we get you started on the basics. Then you will have a chance to practice your skills and get some helpful feedback on your results. We will feature:

  •  The inevitable discussion about equipment
  •  A review of exposure and focusing techniques
  •  A discussion on how to research bird behavior
  •  Locations for photographing whatever it is you want to photograph
  • A morning nature walk with a guide and your instructor
  •  And best of all, practice with real birds as willing subjects

This class is not intended for people new to digital photography. You should be familiar with most of the essential controls on your camera. Bring your gear to class. We will be practicing on our own birds. A tripod and at least a 300mm lens or equivalents are highly recommended.

Light refreshments will be served. Please plan to bring your own lunch both days.

Instructor Bio: Dick Handshaw
Dick Handshaw is currently a member of the Carolina Raptor Center Board of Directors. He spent 31 years of his career as a learning and performance consultant as President of his own company, Handshaw, Inc. Before that he earned his living as a professional photographer for ten years. Now he is combining those two experiences to help the CRC become a learning resource for wildlife and bird photographers.

Dick has a BFA in photography from Alfred University and a MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He also serves on the board at the Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, where he heads the Education Committee and teaches beginning courses in digital photography. He has been passionate about photography since he was 14. You can see samples of his work at