Photography Workshop at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Getting it right in the field: Twenty-five field techniques for elevating your nature photography with instructor Jim Clark.

On January 6, 2018 (rain date of January 13), the Friends of Blackwater will host a photography class and field outing with noted nature photographer Jim Clark. The photography workshop is a Friends of Blackwater-sponsored fundraiser to support the March 2018 Eagle Festival at Blackwater NWR. You can register for the morning class using the form below (note that you do not need an account with PayPal to use our form). The afternoon class has sold out as of December 9.

Saturday Morning Class Session (Limited to 45 registrants)

Type: Classroom Session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $45, lunch included (12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m.)
Location: Blackwater NWR Visitor Center
Description: Before heading into the digital darkroom, it's important to make sure that when in the field, you use sound field techniques to photograph that defining moment in nature. Nothing in the darkroom will work unless you have an image captured correctly in the field.

Saturday Afternoon Photo Shoot (Limited to 12 registrants) SOLD OUT

Type: Field Session from 1:00 p.m. to dusk
Fee: $65, lunch included (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Location: Lunch at Blackwater NWR Visitor Center, field session along the Wildlife Drive.
Description: This field session will provide an opportunity to learn nature photography techniques in the "field." We’ll explore various sections of the Refuge's Wildlife Drive to photograph wintering waterfowl, marsh landscapes and the final moments of a winter sunset. Jim will offer assistance to help you refine your skills and maybe add a new technique or two.

About Jim Clark (full bio, website): Among his many other accomplishments, Jim is a past president of the North American Nature Photography Association, author of several books and a documentary, and winner of the Nature's Best Windland Rice International Wildlife Photography Contest. Drawing from his 42 plus years as a professional nature photographer, Jim offers some of his own field techniques for you to consider. These are not your usual techniques either! Jim will share techniques such as: shaken and not stirred, be like water, be friends with the subject, multi-tasking in the field, are you kidding me, if you want to ride a horse, and going to the other side of the island. This is a rapid session of techniques, so hold onto your hats and be prepared to add a few more tools to your photography toolbox.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Janet Kerr at