The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain't Just Birds!

Weekend Seminar

A PhotoRoad Show Pro Seminar Series Event

Sponsored by Canon USA

Dallas, Texas,  November 5-6, 2005


The re-scheduled Dallas Seminar will be held in the Countrywide Theater at the Eisemann Center (,
a first-class facility located in Richardson, Texas.



Internationally renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris (hey, that's me!) is offering--in conjunction with Photo Road Show--a two-day weekend How-to seminar, "The Art of Nature Photography: It Ain't Just Birds."  More than 18,000 of my technically perfect, artistically designed images have appeared in virtually all natural history, photography, and birding publications, as well as in many general interest publications, prestigious calendars, advertisements, and on posters and web sites the world over. A Canon contract photographer since 1995, I did a worldwide television commercial for the EOS 1N and appeared in seven episodes of the Canon Photo Safari television program.  I am a contributing photographer with VIREO, Visuals Unlimited, Windigo Images, and The Corbis Stock Market, and have written four books; the latest, The Art of Bird Photography is considered the classic how-to work on bird photography.  In addition, I am a contributing editor for Nature Photographer and a columnist for Popular Photography.  


But more important than the fact that I am well known and oft-published is the fact that I am one of the premier photo-educators around.  I lead more than a dozen BIRDS AS ART/Instructional Photo-Tours each year, and all sell out well in advance.  Part of the reason for the great popularity of the IPTs is the in-classroom instruction that is part of each tour.  Having taught elementary school for 23 years, I am a skilled instructor with a straightforward, easy-going style.  My points are made clearly and concisely, and each is illustrated with one or more spectacular BIRDS AS ART images. My  sense of humor will often leave the audience laughing out loud, and the pace of the seminar days is fast and varied, so you can rest assured that you will not be sleeping through your investment.


This seminar is for all nature photographers who want to learn how to make better images. I will describe the methods and techniques that I have developed and used since 1983.  My comments on equipment (including digital), autofocus, light, composition and image design, and sharpness and my tips on getting close to wild subjects and photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with a telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their images. Since going all-digital in November 2002, I have--in short order--become a digital photography and Photoshop expert.  My approach to optimizing images is to create a master file of excellent quality in the shortest possible time.  I will share our workflow and numerous Photoshop tips during the Sunday session.


Weekend package (2 days): $159.  Either Saturday or Sunday:  $109.  To register right now call us at 863-692-0906 with a Visa or Master Card or  send a check for the full amount made out to "Arthur Morris" to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.  We are also accepting Paypals for this event. Pay me securely with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card through PayPal!  Be sure to include your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your daytime and evening phone numbers. Here is the Cancellation Policy  for these events:  Photo Road Show is relying on your attendance, so if for ANY reason you need to withdraw, please notify Arthur Morris as soon as possible.  Once we receive written notice of your cancellation, at which time the following fees apply: cancel 31+ days prior to the start of the workshop and your fee will be refunded less a $50.00 cancellation fee. Cancel less 30 days prior to the date of the workshop and there will be no refund.





Apple snail eggs, Lake Marian, FL
Image copyright 2004 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon EOS 1Ds digital camera with 180mm macro lens, 1.4X II TC, and 25mm extension tube.  
ISO 250.  Evaluative Metering +2/3 stop set manually: 1/40 sec. at f/13.  Mirror lock (CF-12-1) w/2 second self-timer (set with "Drive" buttons)
MT 24 Macro Twin Light Flash as fill at -1 1/3 stops with 1:4 ratio.  
The bubble gum pink colors and the luminescence of the eggs caught my eye.  Jim Urbach turned me on to this egg mass on a log close to the bank.  I sat in the mud for nearly 40 minutes and got stiff and sore.  This, the very first image that I made, was my favorite...  I just loved the color contrast with the rough browns of the log, the bright pinks of the eggs, and the patented <smile> BIRDS AS ART O-O-F green background.  Using extension tubes and teleconverters with your macro lens greatly expands its range of magnification and versatility.


Seminar Schedules:


SAT: Principles and Techniques for Successful Nature Photography


9:00 am: Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am: Putting Art in Your Nature Photography: Composition and Image Design

(Includes Autofocus Tips)

10:15 am: Break/Marketplace

10:30 am: Understanding and Using Natural Light

11:00 am:  Tripods, Heads, Tripod Handling, Ground Pods, and Stalking Tips

11:30 am:  Getting Close; 1,000 Ways to Skin the Cat

12:00 noon: Lunch/Break/Marketplace

1:30 pm: Choosing and using lenses

2:30 pm: Better Beamer and flash set-up Demonstration

2:45pm: Understanding flash as main light and flash as fill

3:00pm: Break/Marketplace

3:30 pm: Capturing action and behavior (with more Autofocus tips)

4:00 pm: Image sharpness, Depth-of Field, Shutter Speed and ISO Choices,

4:15pm: Door prizes/Break

5:00 pm:  A Look at Some Recent Images

5:15 pm:  Q&A/Closing

5:30 pm: The End



Snow Geese at farm fields, Bosque Del Apache NWR, NM

                             Image copyright 2004 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
                                 Canon 16-35mm lens at 16 mm with EOS 1D Mark II camera handheld.
                                     ISO 250.  Evaluative Metering -2/3 stop: 1/4000 sec. at f/6.3.   
                              With big skies filled with clouds, think wide angle...


SUN: Digital Rocks!  Digital Photography and Photoshop


9:00 am: Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am: Why Digital?  (And Why Not?)

10:45 am: Break/Marketplace

11:15 am: Understanding, Evaluating, and Adjusting Histograms

11:45 am:  Comments on Canon Digital Cameras

12:00 noon: Lunch/Break/Marketplace

1:30 pm: Creating Intentional Blurs, Zoom Blurs, and Flash Blurs.

2:00pm: Photoshop CS: the BIRDS AS ART Workflow (with selected images).

3:00 pm: Break/Marketplace

3:30 pm: Downloader Pro, Breezebrowser Pro (Image Handling, Editing, and Filing),

and Pictures to Exe (world's greatest slide program software!)

4:00 pm: Working with Selections in Photoshop

4:30 pm: Door prizes/Break

5:00 pm:  A Look at Some New Images

5:15 pm: Q&A /Closing

5:30 pm: The End

                 Scallop, Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, FL
                 Image copyright 2004 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon 600mm f/4 L IS lens with 1.4XII TC,a 25mm extension tube, and the EOS 1D Mark II on Gitzo CF 1325 tripod with Wimberley head.  One-Shot AF with Central Sensor.  ISO 250.  Evaluative Metering at zero: 1/125 sec. at f/18.    
I found this live shell half buried, pulled it out of the sand, washed it off, and placed it on some wet sand.  I used lots of depth of field as I was extremely close; depth of field increases as the distance from the camera to the subject increases...  After I made several images I told the scallop a joke and it smiled!  So did I...