Nature Photography Workshop – Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Assateague Island National Seashore

Date and Time:
Date(s) - Sunday, November 17th, 2013
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM


This is a weekend workshop on location in NC, November 15th – 17th.

Friday  11/15  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Orientation  @ Best Western Plus Motel, Chincoteague Island VA

Saturday 11/16  Sunrise – Sunset – On location @ Chincoteague NWR, Assateague Island, and the town of Chincoteague, VA

Sunday 11/17   Sunrise  – 2 pm –  On location @ Chincoteague, Assateague Island, and surroundings.

This workshop  is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the operation of a 35 mm SLR digital camera with an interest in nature. Workshop emphasis is on improving photographic skills and optimizing the use of your camera. Class includes an orientation slide program followed by photography sessions on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island and in the town of Chincoteague. Included are group discussions of images from the weekend. Topics covered: 1) equipment selection and operation, 2) composition, creativity and perspective, 3) metering and exposure, 4) lighting, 5) digital media and image storage, 6) basic image manipulation and 7) locating, approaching and photographing wildlife.

Based on findings from scouting the area prior to the workshop, the following will be discussed at the orientation meeting on Friday evening: departure time, current field conditions, potential subjects, equipment needed, safety, field ethics, and other logistical details. Prior to dawn on Saturday, the class participants will depart for the wildlife refuge to photograph sunrise and take advantage of the soft, warm early morning light. Because wildlife is protected on the refuge, animals are abundant and unusually tolerant of humans to the pleasure of most photographers. Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague is a resting and refueling spot for thousands of migrating birds. Potential subjects include sand dunes, shells, the surf, flowers, fishing boats, fisherman, the lighthouse, and local architecture plus wildlife including sika elk and whitetail deer, fox, otters, raccoons, ponies, herons, rails, swans, geese, ducks, shorebirds and other resident and migratory species.

The orientation and discussion sessions will be held at the Best Western in Chincoteague on Maddox Blvd. For the weekend, rooms should be available at the Best Western and at other nearby hotels in the town of Chincoteague. If conditions permit, we will explore parts of the wildlife refuge accessed by the Service Road on a bus provided by the Chincoteague Natural History Society. A small block of rooms is reserved at the Best Western for workshop participants at a reduced rate. Contact the hotel for availability (Best Western: 800.553.6117 / 757.336.6557. Mention you are part of the photo workshop lead by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto).

Price includes bus trip along Service Road conditions permitting and refuge/park fees. Students are responsible for their own accommodations, food and transportation. For a listing of accommodations, go to

The number of participants limited to 12. Register at Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Cost/Person: $426 ($376 for NBG Members)




Ticket Orders are closed for this event. Please call 757-441-5830 x 338 for assistance.