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07/15/2023 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come to Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP) for a two-hour guided walk focusing on photographing the Preserve. The first hour will be spent on creatively “seeing” Preserve photo opportunities, including using light, shape, texture, and color to artistically capture the Preserve. Topics include: direction of light, color vs monochrome, horizontal vs vertical, use of leading lines, and depth of field in compositions. Camera functionality to be discussed include the use of histogram to confirm proper exposure and using an aperture to change the depth of field focus. Due to the wide variety of cameras, CRP guides cannot be expected to know how to make changes to camera settings, so participants should be familiar with their cameras and/or bring their camera manuals. Tripods are encouraged, especially for the morning, low-light conditions.

The second hour will be spent photographing the Preserve’s wintering waterfowl and include a discussion of the best camera settings for capturing moving and flying birds, using depth of field to reduce visual distractions and the exposure complexities of photographing birds with both light and dark plumage.

Please dress accordingly with sturdy shoes and layers. Gloves will be very helpful as cameras and tripods get cold. There is no potable water and participants must bring their own water.

There is a limit of 10 participants - meet at 8:00 AM on the Visitor Center deck.


Guided Photography Walk