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Bird Photography Workshop Series 2024

SFBBO virtual workshop series with Sebastian Kennerknecht

Learn the ins and outs of bird photography in this workshop series! Mix and match the sessions you are most interested in learning about. All sessions will be from 6:00pm-7:30pm Pacific and are $100 each, or you can bundle all 4 sessions together for a discounted price of $325.


  • Exposure (Mon, Jan 22): Photography, technically speaking, is all about exposure, or how much light is coming into the camera. Learn about the three variables that affect exposure: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. You will learn what they mean, how they control exposure, and what effect they have on your photographs. You will be able to move off of Auto after this class and take control of your settings!
  • Composition (Tue, Jan 23): How and where we frame a bird within our photographs can make a big difference on the visual impact of the image. Learn about perspectives, either by lens choice, or camera position. Learn about some guidelines and what to watch out for, and how to break those guidelines consciously.
  • Focusing (Wed, Jan 24): There is probably nothing more frustrating than having an amazing bird encounter and coming home with zero shots in focus. During this class, you will get step-by-step instructions for how to nail focus every time. This includes detailing focusing for birds in flight and other fast-action bird photography, as well as birds hidden in vegetation.
  • Critique (Thu, Jan 25): Everyone can benefit from having an image critique, as it provides helpful feedback from a non-biased viewer. During this class you will be able to show up to five images and receive constructive criticism (and praise!). You will also be able to see the same process for other participants, learning from and getting inspired by their work. This session is limited to 18 people.


The classes in this workshop will be administered virtually via Zoom. You will receive the information about joining the workshop via email. Registrants will receive private access to recordings. We will also explore the possibility of connecting participants with each other to share photos and get practice.


Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured in and by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, The Economist, Science, and Conservation International, among others. Sebastian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California – Santa Cruz, won NANPA’s emerging photographer award, and is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.


As part of our commitment to racial justice, we have scholarships available for students from underrepresented groups. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an SFBBO scholarship. Click here to apply for the scholarship. If you'd like to donate to our scholarship fund for this or future workshops, you can do so below in increments of $10, or you can donate a different amount here or by scrolling down further.

Questions? Contact Kristin Butler at [email protected].

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