By Guest Blogger Johanna Rivera
and forest. I’m situated in such a unique place that attracts many migrating birds throughout the year. This is why I’m interested in learning about bird photography, what I see outside my house is picturesque!
I took my first photography class 18 years ago as a teenager, another course about five years ago and up to this day I still consider myself a beginner photographer, always eager to learn more! I am so grateful for the donors who contributed to the scholarship fund and made it possible for me to be part of the Mastering Bird Photography Workshop by Sebastian Kennerknecht. This workshop was the booster I needed to be inspired to go outdoors and photograph birds, especially during the pandemic when many of us are spending more time inside than usual. Research has shown that bird watching is good for our mental health. Combine that with practicing photography skills and this creates an enriching experience for many of us.
I learned so many valuable tips and tricks during this workshop. When I am out there birding in the marsh, getting ready to snap a photo, I will ask myself “What is the story I am trying to tell here?” Am I showing where the bird lives or a specific behavior? Where do I want the viewer to focus attention in my photograph? Am I shooting at eye level? Combining these questions and experimenting with camera settings will keep me motivated. Thank you so much SFBBO, Sebastian and donors for the opportunity to learn!
Johanna Rivera is a biological assistant at Pinecrest Environmental Consulting and an Outings Leader with Latino Outdoors where she enjoys helping people reconnect with nature.
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