Into photography? Enjoy nature? Need some practice? 

Wildlife and Bird Photography Workshop

When: Two-day class held Saturday, September 11 from 9 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, September 12 from 12 PM – 4 PM 

Where: Classroom instruction at Mooresville Arts with an outing to Carolina Raptor Center

Registration: More information and online registration can be found at

This may be the only bird photography class where you get to practice with real, trained birds!

This weekend photography experience is offered in collaboration by Mooresville Arts and 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.

Bird and wildlife 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!

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

Read what other students liked best about this experience:

“Classroom instruction and content was excellent.  Loved bird photo op always.”

“The hands on experience—being able to photograph the birds, both portraits and flight shots.”

“Having access to a variety of raptor species. Excellent instructor.”

“I loved the hands on instruction.”

“Combination of field work and discussion.”


Instructor Bio: Dick Handshaw
Dick Handshaw 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. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Raptor Center.  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