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Dallas Zoo Offers Nature Photography Workshop and Photo Safari on March 23
Feb 25, 2013

Register by March 15 for this special full-day program


Photo enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge of wildlife photography are invited to attend a unique Photo Safari and Workshop at the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Led by Tom Maddrey, photographer, educator, and founder of the Eclipse Photography Institute, and Cathy Burkey, staff photographer for the Dallas Zoological Society, the event begins with a guided tour, leading participants to animal habitats that offer the best opportunities for photographers. Zookeepers will be on hand to help encourage the animals to be in the best possible locations for pictures. After lunch, Maddrey and Burkey will provide practical tips for making your next wildlife session as productive as possible, covering the equipment and gear that can help make it happen. Finally, an in-depth question-and-answer discussion will address types of photography, workflow, printing, and more.

“We’re pleased to have Tom Maddrey, who has been taking images of animals and the natural world for years, bring his open teaching style to a select group of photographers attending this workshop,” Burkey said. “We’ll have a lot of fun while adding to participants’ depth of knowledge on techniques for mastering wildlife photography.”

“Photographing wildlife is one of the great pleasures of life,” Maddrey said. “We will spend time working through problems, taking amazing images, and learning new things through exercises and experience. You will have the opportunity to learn and apply your knowledge to the amazing animals found at the Dallas Zoo.”

During the workshop, participants review the pictures taken and discuss what makes a “stunning” image. Color, design, composition, light, shadow, nuance, and tone will be covered, all in the search for those images that move people emotionally as well as intellectually. Students will learn the differences between portraits and behavior shots, how to set up for a great image, ethical considerations, and more.

The Photo Safari/Workshop begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The cost is $125 for DZS members and $150 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast and lunch as well as admission to the Dallas Zoo and parking. Participants must bring their own cameras and equipment. Registration is limited to 15 participants, who must be age 18 and older. Advance registration by March 15 is required. For more information or to register, visit DallasZoo.com, email Cathy.Burkey@DallasZoo.com, or call 469.554.7423.

Tom Maddrey, a commercial photographer and creative professional, is founder of the Eclipse Photography Institute and Tom Maddrey Images. He began his photographic career in New Orleans and refined his skills at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California before returning to Dallas. At Eclipse Photography Institute, Maddrey teaches “Beyond the Camera,” a course and DVD about learning to take the “stunning image.” In addition, Maddrey leads workshops around the world. Maddrey is often found trekking throughout the wilds of Alaska in search of great photographs or leading photographers through Glacier National Park. To learn more, visit EclipseInstitute.com.

Cathy Burkey, staff photographer for the Dallas Zoological Society, has been responsible for capturing images of animals and the people who love them at the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for 13 years. Burkey leads private and group Photo Safaris and Photo Workshops at the Zoo throughout the year. Her work has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, news broadcasts, and on the cover of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Connect magazine. In addition, Burkey has taught photography classes at Mountain View Community College. Previously, she served as an art buyer for Temerlin McClain and a senior photo editor for The Image Bank. When not at the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium, Burkey is often camping with her husband and dogs.