Bird Photography

May 20th, 2017

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dow Art Gallery

(2242 University Ave., St. Paul MN)



Workshop size is limited to 16 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at

Join Don Tredinnick & Craig Mullenbach to discover the amazing world of bird photography!

The great thing about bird photography is that birds are everywhere.  With an minimal investment in bird feeders, you can even photograph these amazing creatures without leaving home.  The question becomes; How do we get pictures of birds that hold our interest?  After a while, all those "bird on a stick" photos start to become rather cliche.  Don and Craig will teach techniques to help you capture sharp, interesting photos of our feathered friends.

Bird photography is all about preparation and quick reactions.  With a little knowledge of bird behavior, and the techniques presented in this class, you will soon be capturing photos of birds that you will be proud to hang on your walls and share with friends.

Course Overview:

The workshop consists of two parts.  The first part is in the classroom and runs for approximately 2 hours.  

We will begin with a discussion of some of the basic things needed to successfully photograph birds regardless of the type or location.  This will help set the foundation for the rest of the class.

Using the information covered in the beginning of the class we will use that as a foundation for the following topics:

  • Birds in Flight

  • Water Fowl

  • Raptors

  • Birds in Winter

  • Creating a Backyard Studio

  • Researching Bird Behavior

We then follow with a discussion about equipment covering everything from a basic set-up all the way through an advanced set-up.

Finally, we will provide a list of some favorite birding locations.

The second part is a field trip to a location to practice some of the techniques discussed in the class.  During the time in the field, participants will be guided through a set of exercises designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the class.  We make sure to spend time with each person to make sure that they know how to set the proper settings on their camera.  There will also be plenty of time to ask questions.

What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring your camera, your longest lens, fully charged batteries, and your camera manual.  Since we will be headed outside for part of the class, make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.  Sunscreen is also recommended.


The instructors for this course are Don Tredinnick and Craig Mullenbach.