2017 - 2018


Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Phil Witt/David DesRochers

 Workshop 1 will review the basics of nature photography.  Participants will learn what equipment can be used to achieve different effects. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand lenses, camera bodies (mostly digital single lens reflex bodies), megapixels, shutter speeds, f/stops, focal lengths, apertures, exposure histograms, and depth of field—and how all of these can be used to take good nature photographs.  Although the focus will be on nature photography, many of the same principles and equipment needs apply to other kinds of photography as well.

Cost: $12 members, $25 nonmembers.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Phil Witt/David DesRochers

 Workshop 2 will focus on composition--that is, capturing the best image.  The workshop will also begin covering the basics of digital editing.  Although the workshop will demonstrate digital editing using PhotoShop, the majority of the editing techniques can be implemented in other digital editing programs.  The workshop will be organized around three nature photography principles—light, composition, and moment.  All composition and editing techniques, from the initial lens choice to the image capture technique to PhotoShop editing, will be geared towards achieving an image that captures those three elements well.  Although we will stress getting the best image capture initially, sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help in the digital darkroom, so we will cover basic digital editing methods that can improve the image.  The workshop will review examples from a variety of subject types within nature photography, ranging from birds to insects to landscapes.  Participants will be encouraged to submit their own images for in-class editing.

Cost: $12 members, $25 nonmembers.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
7 am to 11 am Instructors: David DesRochers and Phil Witt

Join Sherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary photography workshop instructors Dave DesRochers and Phil Witt, with NJ Audubon Project Director Kelly Wentzel, on a photo-oriented tour of Petty’s Island. This unusual site lies in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, with beautiful views of the Philadelphia skyline. It is a natural oasis with restricted access, soon to be turned over completely by its current owner Citgo. The walk will visit the natural areas of the island to photograph both the natural beauty of this unusual site, as well as the views of Philadelphia. Dave and Phil will guide the participants through a series of photography tasks designed to increase command of the camera and exercise participants’ sense of composition.   Free

Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Phil Witt/Dave DesRochers

Workshop 3 will be a photo boot camp. In Workshop 3 the participants will apply what they learned in Workshops I and II. This will be a hands-on session with cameras, with participants practicing changing camera settings, compensation for varying light conditions. We will practice composition using flower set ups, considering the effect of light quality and direction, distance to subject, focal length, and f/stop. Time permitting, we will project and critique participants' session images.

Cost: $12 members, $25 nonmembers.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Phil Witt/Jack Moskowitz

 Workshop 4 will focus more heavily on digital editing. The workshop will cover the basic RAW conversion software and essential PhotoShop tools, such as levels, curves, the crop tool, and the clone stamp. The workshop will address how to clean up an image, simplifying the image and removing distractions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own images on flashdrives for editing demonstrations.

Cost: $12 members, $25 nonmembers.


Nature Photography Workshop Series led by

Phil Witt and David DesRochers
To register, call, email or visit: 
New Jersey Audubon Society Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
(908) 396-6386
E-mail: shws@njaudubon.org 
Cost: $12 members, $25 nonmembers unless otherwise noted