Nature Photography Workshops with Steve McGrath Registration

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Description: Nature Photography Workshops with Steve McGrath
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Registration Begins: 4/7/2014
Last Day to Register: 11/8/2014
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Steve McGrath is a professional freelance photographer and photography teacher who has been creating images for 20 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. Then his love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion, "nature photography". He has taught many of these classes and workshops throughout New England.


Now, he will be teaching a Photography Series at the Franklin Park Zoo!

In this series you will be able to learn how to use all of the functions of your Digital Camera, such as the camera modes, white balance, ISO, macro, panoramic and many other functions. We will cover composition, and the Digital Photo management of your images on your PC. There will also be a Workshop focusing on Photoshop! There will sometimes be assignments, and student critique of all the students work. And time to photograph close up at the Zoo!



$10/hr for members

$15/hr for non-members

Please sign up for as many classes as you would like, there is no individual limit.  Though the classes can stand alone as individual workshops, they can also be taken together as a full series on Wildlife Photography if you sign up for all 8 classes.

Each class has a maximum of 15 participants.  There is also a minimum of 5 participants in order to run the class.  If minimum is not reached, a full refund will be offered for the cancelled class.  Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.

Equipment is not included in the classes.  Participants must bring their own cameras, lap tops, etc. depending on the needs of the class.

Contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or with any questions about the class details, registration, or to contact Steve McGrath.  



List of Classes:

Are you still getting to know your digital camera and its features? Here's an opportunity to learn from the experts in this seminar for beginners. Bring your camera and learn when and how to use its special features, such as program mode, manual mode, aperture priority and shutter priority. Also covered will be basic composition and best use of light for different situations, such as plant, people, macro, and landscape photography.

Saturday May 10th 2014 - 10:00am-2:00pm

Limit: 15 participants
Length of class: 4hrs

$40 members

$60 non-members




This workshop will teach students how to improve the composition of their photographs.  We will cover composition techniques for improving all kinds of picture subjects including plants, animals, landscapes, people, kids and pets.  Some abstract techniques will also be shown.  During the first class there will also be time spent critiquing each student's present work.  An assignment sheet will be given at the end of the first class to reinforce techniques discussed in class and then the following week, the assignment photos will be critiqued and composition improvements noted. There will be time to Photograph at the Zoo!


Learn how to create beautiful panoramic images by taking multiples images and then combining them in Photoshop.  You will learn the techniques in taking the properly exposed and composed images and then taking those images and combining them to create beautiful panoramic photographs using a Photoshop program.  This class will be extremely hands on and will require you to bring a camera capable of Manual settings, and a tripod if you have one. If you have a laptop with any version of Photoshop, including Elements, bring that also. 

Saturday September 6th 2014 - 10:00am-3:00pm

Limit: 15 participants

Length of class: 5hrs

$50 members

$75 non-members


Intermediate Photography

If you’re comfortable with the Basics of Digital Photography, then this course is for you. In this course we will explore the use of Intermediate Camera Controls such as Metering (spot, matrix, center weight) Exposure and Exposure Compensation. Also using the RAW function on you’re camera and how to edit using Photoshop Elements 11. We will take an In-depth look into Manual Focus and its use, using Fill Flash and Flash Modes as well as Reflectors. As well as Controlling Motion, Composition, and many other Intermediate and Advanced Techniques.

Saturday September 20th 2014 - 10:00am-2:00pm

Limit: 15 participants

Class Time: 4 hrs

$40 members

$60 non-members


Wildlife Photography Workshop

On a Zoo Photography Workshop where you will learn how to use your digital camera like a pro and improve your wildlife photographic technique. Understand the settings of your camera and what you need to compose a professional looking photograph.

You'll have the opportunity to practice what you've learned out in the Zoo with Steve on hand to give you tips.  With so many great photographic opportunities and challenges at the Zoo, you'll have plenty of pictures and new skills to take home! Close up opportunities will be available!

Saturday October 4th and Saturday October 25th* 2014 - 10:00am-1:30pm

Limit: 15 participants

* This class will be split into two classes to allow for a class assignment and the hours will be a total of 7 hrs, with each class being 3.5 hrs

$70 members

$105 non-members



Spring, summer, fall, or winter, macro photography opens the door to a wonderful new world of photo opportunities. This course will show you ways to use your existing
camera gear to make spectacular macro photographs. The close-up world is a magical place full of pattern, color, and abstract imagery, Flowers become abstract works of art: rusty doors become textured canvasses; stones become polished
gems: butterflies and other insects can become sci-fi monsters!

Saturday November 15th 2014 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Limit: 15 participants

Class Time: 3 hrs

$30 members

$45 non-members



If you own a digital camera and a computer, but are challenged by the basic activities of transferring, storing, and manipulating images, this workshop is for you. Learn to connect your camera to the computer, transfer picture files, format your digital media card, organize, rotate and name your images, and save your files in different formats, and archiving your images. Bring your Laptop!

Saturday December 13th 2014 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Limit: 15 participants

Length of class: 3hrs

$30 members

$45 non-members

Activity Location: Map:  Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121, US
Cancellation Policy: You can change your registration up until 1 day before the program by logging back into this registration. Please note that after that time these programs are non-refundable unless cancelled by Zoo New England. Please contact the Education department with any questions.
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