Into photography? Enjoy nature? Need some practice? 

Wildlife and Bird Photography Class
You probably have seen and admired the wonderful images of wildlife (especially, birds) that you’ve seen in magazines and at the Raptor Center auction. Wildlife and bird photography is a specialized form of photography that requires special equipment and 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! 
Wildlife and Bird Photography
Instructor: Dick Handshaw 
Two, 3-hour classes (this is a two-class series with a week in between for practicing your technique)
Sundays, September 24 and October 1, 9 am – 12:00 pm
Limited to 12 participants
$30 Members/Volunteers; $60 General Public

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 catching birds and other wildlife in “the wild”
  • And best of all, practice with real birds who know how to show their “good side”

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 real birds. A tripod and at least a 300mm lens or equivalents are highly recommended.

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