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Audubon offers nature photography workshop

By Staff | Jul 6, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting registrations for a nature photography workshop that will be held the weekend of August 10-12 at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown.

Early registration is essential because the size of the workshop will be limited to 15 individuals; a waiting list will be maintained in case of a cancellation.

The workshop will be led by Wil Hershberger, one of the area’s leading naturalists and nature photographers, and his wife, Donna. It will be aimed at beginners and photographers with some experience.

The workshop will be intensive. It will begin with a 6:30-9:00 p.m. session Friday, August 10; continue with all-day (6:30-8:30 p.m.) sessions Saturday; and conclude with a 6:30 a.m.-12:00 noon session on Sunday.

Instruction will cover all aspects of nature photography focusing on 35mm format equipment (film and digital), with classroom and field sessions. Topics of discussion will include light, composition, equipment, workflow and finding suitable images.

The cost to participate will be $150 for the entire weekend.

The workshop is open to people of all ages but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full information and on-line registration are available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Ellen Murphy at 304-676-8739 or pvasprograms@gmail.com.

Wil and Donna Hershberger are founding members of Potomac Valley Nature Photographers and operate Nature Images and Sounds in Hedgesville, WV.

Wil is a former PVAS president, a former first vice-president of the Shenandoah Photographic Society, and a former moderator of the flora and macro forum at NatureScapes.net. He is also a member of the American Ornithologists Union, the Society of Field Ornithologists, the North American Nature Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers Association and the North American PhotoShop Professionals.

His nature photographs have been published widely. He is coauthor of “The Songs of Insects,” a book and audio CD published in 2007 by Houghton-Mifflin Company.