Photography Workshop

Song Sparrow by Keith Watson

Pittman Center, TN

November 20, 2021

Eastern Bluebird by Keith Watson

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 10 participants.

Time: 9 am Cost: $55 Unfortunately, our picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips (until further notice)


An easy morning photographing the birds of Emerts Cove in Pittman Center, Tennessee. This workshop is specifically offered for participants who have a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR).

We will gather at Keith's house in Pittman Center for a quick introduction to the area and the birds currently being seen as well as a cup of coffee or tea for those who wish. This will not be a "see as many birds as we can" excursion; rather we will focus on trying to use the camera equipment we have, learn some basic settings for photographing birds, and choosing some cooperative subjects to try various settings and modes (Manual, Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc.).

We'll begin in Keith's home yard where over 140 species have been seen in the last 15 years! We'll choose some cooperative feeder bird subjects and then take a stroll around the neighborhood to find others nearby. We'll then move on to the Emerts Cove area of Pittman Center to find different species in old garden, pasture, pond, and other wild habitats. If we need to find more birds, we'll explore a couple of areas close to Pittman Center.

Before arriving check to see if your camera is capable of "back button" focusing; this can usually be found in your camera manual or performing a search on YouTube. If you camera is capable of this, your photography will become much better and quicker!

What to Bring: Camera with charged batteries and SD card(s); Warm clothing (layered if possible); food, snacks, and drinks. We'll have restroom facilities available at Keith's house; good foot gear (still tends to be damp underfoot at this time of year); good bird vibes!