West Coast Flight Workshops 2014
Orange County, California

Join Veolia-BBC award-winning photographers, Jim Neiger and Doug Brown, in July, 2014 for a workshop focusing on birds in flight.  We've selected the area around Huntington Beach, California for its incredible number and variety of birds, not to mention the great weather!  In July, Terns will number in the tens of thousands, and there should be no fewer than five different species (Elegant, Forster's, Caspian, Royal, and Least).  Black Skimmers, Pelicans, Egrets, Herons, and Gulls will all be plentiful.  There will also be opportunities to photograph more challenging subjects such as raptors, Kingfishers, and shorebirds.  These workshops are filled with non stop flight action. If you wish to learn the best techniques for photographing birds in flight, followed by unlimited opportunities to practice these techniques and develop the skills required to consistently photograph birds in flight, then this is the workshop for you.


The focus of the workshops will be on mastering the hand held, long lens technique favored by both Jim and Doug.  Manual exposure for birds in flight will also be emphasized.  There will be an instructional lecture on the first day, followed by morning and afternoon sessions in the field for each of the next three days. 


As an added feature, you will have the opportunity to hone your Lightroom and Photoshop skills with Jim and Doug during the free time in between field sessions.


The workshop will be limited to twelve participants; with two expert instructors available, everyone will receive plenty of individualized attention both in the field and the classroom.


 Elegant Tern Head Shake
Image copyright 
2012 Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

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Black Skimmer with Tiny Fish
Image copyright  2012 Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

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Elegant Terns Courtship Flight with Two Fish
Image copyright 
2012 Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

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Elegant Tern Flipping His Fish
Image copyright  2012 Jim Neiger/Flight School Photography

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Workshop Dates:

Workshop WCF-1:  July 5-8, 2014

Workshop WCF-1:  July 9-12, 2014

Workshop Cost and payment:
The cost of each workshop is $1300 per person.  Each workshop includes a half day formal classroom instruction session, a morning photography session, and an afternoon photography session, each of the remaining days.  The photography sessions include personalized instruction in the field.  A $650 non-refundable deposit is required for the workshops. The remaining $650 is due 30 days before the start date of the workshop.  If you are unable to attend the workshop after paying the balance, the balance payment will be refunded ONLY if your spot can be filled on short notice from the waiting list.  All workshop payments must be made by check or money order.  Credit cards are not accepted.

Please make checks payable to Doug Brown and send them to:
Doug Brown
13705 Elena Gallegos Pl. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87111

Participant Requirements:

Participants should have working knowledge of how to create a properly exposed image, a telephoto lens of 400mm or more (300mm with a teleconverter is acceptable), and be physically capable of holding their camera and lens up to their eye in shooting position for at least 20 seconds.  Participants must also have a vehicle to travel to and from the photography locations.

Contact Information:
Flight School Photography, Inc.
Jim Neiger
550 Basin Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34744-4804

Cell phone: (407) 247-5200
Website: http://www.flightschoolphotography.com
Email: jimn@cfl.rr.com


Doug Brown
Phone: 505-750-7080
Website: http://
Email: doug@dougbrownphotography.com

Jim or Doug will be happy to provide you with any additional information you may need.

All of the images in this web site are copyrighted, original works by Jim Neiger, and they are protected by the United States and international copyright law. Use of any content from this site, for any purpose, is strictly forbidden without express, written permission from Jim Neiger.