Marie McAden



Step your game up at free Santee photo workshop

Posted 1/5/2014 3:15:00 PM

Not getting wildlife photos worthy of National Geographic? Learn how to take better pictures at a free photography workshop being offered Jan. 25 and Feb. 22 at Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

Professional nature photographers Bruce and Mary Lou Dickson will take participants into the 13,000-acre preserve located along the banks of Lake Marion for some real-time, hands-on instruction on how to capture beautiful images of nature.

Designed for beginner and intermediate shutter bugs, the class will cover a wide range of topics from what factors affect exposure to achieving sharpness and depth of field in your photos.

The all-day program will begin at 6:30 a.m. with an early morning “shoot” around the Santee Visitor Center at 2125 Ft. Watson Road in Summerton. The class will then move indoors to review the images and discuss techniques to improve the photos.

After a quick lunch break, the group will board a van and venture to other areas of the refuge where opportunities abound to capture images of seasonal birds, magnificent moss-draped live oaks and flooded cypress trees reflected in the water.

Advanced registration is required to participate in the class. Attendance is limited to 12 individuals per workshop, so sign up soon by calling (803) 478-2217. Be sure to bring a camera with memory cards, fully charged batteries, a tripod if you have one, layers of warm clothing, drinking water, a bag lunch and snacks.

If you end up with a particularly outstanding photo, enter it in the Santee National Wildlife Refuge photo contest. Submissions must be received by March 31. For details on the competition, click here.