Photography Workshops for Everyone — from Artists to Zoologists

With his blend of entertainment and education, Bryan Pfeiffer has taught many hundreds of people to photograph nature, family, pets, sports, artwork, sunsets, landscapes and most any other creative or professional aspiration. In these workshops, you’ll master buttons, dials and menus. No longer will you select “AUTO” on your camera and hope for the best. You’ll learn the digital essentials, everything from metering to ISO. It’s practical photography for ordinary people like you. Even with your little point-and-shoot. 

A writer, field biologist and photographer, Bryan is first and foremost an educator. Whether he’s teaching photography in the Grand Canyon, writing at the University of Vermont or birdwatching off the coast of Maine, Bryan uses humor, exuberance and practicality for effective learning.

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A writer, photographer and field biologist, Bryan Pfeiffer is probably more than anything a teacher. His essays on nature and human nature have appeared in The New York Times, Aeon Magazine, Orion, Northern Woodlands and many other places. His photography has been published in books, magazines, calendars, web sites and even around the world on CNN. When he’s not outside chasing birds or insects, Bryan teaches professional writing to graduate students in the University of Vermont. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com.
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April 13, 2018 / 9AM – 2PM / Northeast Natural History Conference / Burlington, Vermont / $75

Photography for Field Biologists

In this intensive session designed for scientists and citizen naturalists, you’ll learn to master the buttons, dials and menus on your point-and-shoot or SLR camera. We’ll get you out of AUTO mode so that you can capture better images of everything from ferns to fritillaries, from Peromyscus to perigynia. You’ll discover metering, ISO, color balance and the strategies to unleash powers in most any camera — and in you. This session includes about two hours of assigned reading before class. Limited to eight people, the workshop will include ample time to cover your own scientific and photographic challenges or aspirations. Available only to participants in the Northeast Natural History Conference.

Two Sessions: April 22 or 29, 2018 / Huntington, Vermont / $75

Fundamentals of Field Photography

Get the most from your camera in a single comprehensive session. We begin with the fundamentals of light, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Then we move to the challenges of motion and mastering depth of field. From there we work on metering and other essentials for getting the most accurate or creative shot. We practice macro photography so that you can capture images of small things in nature (or indoors). And we’ll shoot together in “scenarios” to help you with birds and other wildlife, landscapes, portraits, odd lighting or your own photographic aspirations. With enrollment limited to eight people, this is Bryan’s signature workshop for folks who want extraordinary photos from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras or SLRs.

April 28, 2018 / 9AM – 2PM / White River Junction, Vermont / $85

Fundamentals of Field Photography

Get the most from your camera in a single comprehensive session. We begin with the fundamentals of light, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Then we move to the challenges of motion and mastering depth of field. From there we work on metering and other essentials for getting the most accurate or creative shot. We practice macro photography so that you can capture images of small things in nature (or indoors). And we’ll shoot together in “scenarios” to help you with birds and other wildlife, landscapes, portraits, odd lighting or your own photographic aspirations. With enrollment limited to eight people, this is Bryan’s signature workshop for folks who want extraordinary photos from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras or SLRs.

June 2018 / 8-11PM / Montpelier, Vermont / $35

Mini Session: Moth Photography

If you turn on the light, they will come — and bring shocking diversity to your porch. As an instructor at the famed Eagle Hill Institute in Maine, Bryan has yet to find a digital camera he can’t adjust to capture vivid images of moths at night. In this session, limited to no more than eight of us, you’ll learn the settings to shoot moth for pleasure and identification. You’ll be amazed at what comes visiting at night. Here’s a moth gallery from National Moth Week in Bryan’s backyard. We’ll have a date for this session by April.

June 2018 / Montpelier, Vermont / $65

Mini Session: General Insect Photography

At some of Bryan’s favorite spots for butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, you’ll discover strategies and techniques for insect macrophotography. We’ll cover light, depth of field, metering, color balance and other essential for capturing creative and detailed images of insects (Bryan’s specialty in the field). Conducted entirely in the field over a half day, this session will be limited to eight students. Prerequisites apply for this seminar. We’ll set the exact date for this session by April. Our field sites will be in and around Montpelier, Vermont.

November 3, 2018 / 9AM – 3PM / Salem, Massachusetts

Field Photography Fundamentals

Get the most from your camera in a single comprehensive session with an emphasis on birds and other wildlife. We begin with the fundamentals of light, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Then we move to the challenges motion and depth of field. From there we work on metering and other essentials for getting the most accurate or creative shot in most any situation. And we’ll shoot together in “scenarios” to help you photography birds and other wildlife, landscapes, portraits, and odd lighting. This is Bryan’s signature workshop adapted for the Essex County (MA) Ornithological Club.

November 2018 / 7-8:30PM / Montpelier, Vermont / $20

Pushing Buttons, Dials and Menus

Begin a new relationship with your camera by understanding how to push its buttons, turn its dials and select from its menus. If you’re stuck on AUTO mode, if buttons bother you, if icons infuriate you, this is your session. After all, you can’t always get good images if you do not unleash the full potential of your camera. It’s all there at your fingertips. In this session, Bryan will also offer basic advice on choosing the right camera for you. Stay tuned for the date and location for this session.