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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Note: December 23, 2002


As I will be on the road for all but two of the next 11 weeks, it will just about be impossible for me to respond to e-mails as I usually do (until March).  As is, I have about 100 unanswered e-mails in the Inbox right no, and I do  hate when that happens as I make a supreme effort to answer each and every one. If your e-mail does go unanswered, please accept my apologies.   Thanks for understanding.  


I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for subscribing, and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a safe, productive, happy, and fulfilling 2003 filled with great images. Thanks also to those who helped with the various seminars, to those who sent info for the potential Atlanta seminar, to those who sent digital advise, and of course to all those who have participated in IPTs and Photo Weekends and Seminars over the past year.   Thanks also to the hundreds of you who have made our mail order business a success beyond our wildest dreams. 

Lois Smith, who, with Jen raising my two grandchildren, just about runs the show here at BIRDS AS ART,  has been doing a great job as Santa's helper and she has my profuse thanks as well.  And though Jennifer is not here as much as I would like <smile>,  her contributions to the success of BIRDS AS ART have been and continue to be monumental.  Without both Lois and Jen I would be dead in the water.





Arthur Morris/Birds As Art

Nature Photography Weekend:  Baton Rouge, LA 

Sponsored by Canon USA

The Art Of Nature Photography: It Ainít Just Birds!

A Full Day How-To Seminar: Saturday, April 5, 2003

Free Public Program  Friday night, April 4, 2003 "A Bird Photographer's Story"

In-The-Field Workshops April  6 & 7, 2003 at Lake Martin


On Saturday, April 5, 2003, internationally renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris will present a full day Seminar, "The Art of Nature Photography; It Ainít Just Birds" in Baton Rouge, LA.  More than 12,000 of Mr. Morris' technically perfect, artistically designed images have appeared in countless natural history, nature photography, and birding publications, as well as in many general interest publications and advertisements, and on posters, prestigious calendars, and web sites as well. Artie has been a Canon contract photographer since 1995, has done a worldwide television commercial for the EOS 1N, and has appeared in eight episodes of the Canon Photo Safari television program. He is a contributing photographer with VIREO (Philadelphia), Visuals Unlimited (NH), Windrush Photos (UK), and The Corbis Stock Market, (New York). He has written or been featured in more than 150 photo-illustrated magazine articles, and has written four books; the latest, "The Art of Bird Photography" is the classic how-to work on bird photography. Artie is an Outdoor Photographer columnist.

It Ainít Just Birds!

This seminar is for all nature photographers (not just for bird photographers), who want to learn to make better images. Artie will describe the methods and techniques that he has used and developed used since 1983. His comments on equipment (including digital equipment), film, autofocus, light, exposure, composition and image design, image sharpness, getting close to wild subjects, and his tips on photographing action and behavior will benefit everyone with an intermediate or long telephoto lens who wishes to dramatically improve the quality of their photographs. Attendees will learn:

  • 1. All about modern autofocus cameras and lenses as well as the pros and cons of both the Canon and Nikon systems, and digital photography.
  • 2. How to get closer than ever before to free and wild creatures while minimizing disturbance.
  • 3. The secrets of producing razor sharp images and the benefits of image stabilized lenses.
  • 4. About Artie's two favorite films, and how and when he uses them.
  • 5. How to shoot calendar quality silhouettes at almost any time of the day!
  • 6. How and when to use flash or projected flash as main light and flash as fill.
  • 7. How the quality and the direction of natural light affects your images.
  • 8. How to come up with pure, clean, out-of-focus backgrounds that are the hallmark of Artie's style.
  • 9. How to use the cameraís evaluative metering system to come up with perfect exposures quickly and how to use digital histograms to do the same in the field.

The In-The-Field Workshops ($200/day--sign up for one or both)  will be held at Lake Martin, LA on the Sunday and Monday following the Seminar and are open only to Saturday seminar registrants. They are strictly limited to 12 participants. A 300 mm lens (with a 1.4X teleconverter) is the minimum recommended focal length lens for this ITF-Workshop. 500 or 600mm telephoto lenses are ideal. (These one-day I-T-F Workshops will run from pre-dawn until sunset with a two-hour break after lunch.)

The cost of the Saturday How-To Seminar (9am sharp - 4:30 pm) is $75 ($55.00 for students under age 24 with a valid student ID.). The fee for the I-T-F-Workshops is $200/day. Note: you must be signed up for the Saturday Seminar to attend the I-T-F Workshop(s). ARTHUR MORRIS/BIRDS AS ART





Saturday, April 5, 2003 The Art of Nature Photography


Full-day Seminar in Baton Rouge, LA ($75.00)


9:00 a.m. sharp TILL 4:30 p.m.   DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 a.m.


A selection of books, prints, and photographic accessories will be available on Saturday.


Sunday, April 6, 2003 In-The-Field Workshop ($200.00)


Monday, April 7, 2003 In-The-Field Workshop ($200.00)


Note: the I-T-F Workshops (above) are open only to Saturday Seminar registrants.


The In-The-Field Workshop will surely sell out almost immediately, so please register early if you wish to attend; a waiting list will be maintained.



Address ___________________________________________________________

E-mail address: ______________________________

Please make checks payable to: Arthur Morris

Please mail this completed registration form to:

Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

PO BOX 7245

Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855

For a printable PDF file of the registration form, visit the web site. for details. 


Seminar and In-The-Field Workshop registration confirmations (which will include

locations and directions) will be sent to all registrants one month before the Saturday Seminar.

We will use e-mail (if possible) or the US mail if necessary.

For info on purchasing books, screen savers, signed prints, JRF Lens Covers, Better Beamer Flash Extenders, Hama Double-Bubble Levels and Wimberley Heads, Sidekicks, Flash brackets, plates, and clamps, visit:, e-mail,, or call 863-692-0906

To subscribe to BIRDS AS ART On-Line Bulletins (free), visit the web site and click on the link on the home page.

Those wishing to help publicize these events may of course reproduce this information elsewhere in any form.

Cancellation Policies: Cancel your seminar registration before March 5, 2003 and receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancel before March 29, 2003 and  receive a refund less a $20 processing fee. Cancel after March 29, 2003 and forfeit your registration fee.

For the ITF-Workshop: Cancel two months before and receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancel later than two months before and receive a refund less a $20 processing fee only if your slot is filled from the waiting list, otherwise forfeit your entire fee.



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