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Wildlife Photography Workshop

Wildlife Photography Workshop

Join wildlife photographer Steve Shaluta for this exciting all day workshop. Topics will include equipment choice, technique, composition, processing, and time taking photos around the Preserve.

About the Presenter: 

 Steve became interested in photography in 1978 after borrowing a friend’s 35mm camera to take nature photographs. Needless to say, the photography bug soon bit. In 1985 after nearly 15 years working as a locomotive engineer in his hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, he resigned to become a full-time photographer. A decision he has never regretted.

     Steve’s primary photography job for 29 years was as staff photographer for the West Virginia Dept. of Commerce.  This work with WV Commerce allowed him the unique position of traveling and photographing the beauty and recreational aspects of West Virginia for advertising and promotional purposes. This photography was and still is used continuously as a source for magazine and newspaper articles, brochures, posters, calendars, billboards, advertising, maps and websites which promote the state of West Virginia.

    Steve also has a separate freelance photography career. This freelance career has allowed him to expand his photographic subjects beyond the borders of West Virginia, nature and outdoor photography. It has helped to keep his creativity fresh and innovative. Because of Steve’s reputation as a "West Virginia Specialist" many of his freelance assignments are in West Virginia.  His freelance clients include magazines, corporate clients, ad agencies, calendar publishers, textbook companies, resorts, etc, including such assignments as photographing the Kentucky Derby for Louisville Magazine from 1992 to 2010 for their annual "Derby Issue."   Steve is also the author/co-author of 11 books and has been giving photography workshops since 1983.

   Steve retired on January 16, 2015, and will now pursue his love of nature, wildlife and travel photography full time.  Now equipped with 1 Nikon D500 and 1 Nikon D7100 cameras and an assortment of lenses from 8mm to 600mm Steve is ready to photograph anything from scenic vistas to wildlife. Since retiring Steve and his partner Shelby have purchased a home in Eustis, Florida and divide their time between West Virginia, Florida and traveling the USA in their RV.


9:00 – 9:30        Introduction and agenda review

9:30 – 10:30     Equipment I use and why. 

10:30 – noon     Technique – shutter speeds, f/stops, auto/manual focus, handheld/monopod/tripod, tripod/monopod heads, flash, jpeg/raw.

noon – 1:00         Lunch

1:00 – 1:30        Composition

1:30 – 2:30        Post processing (mostly Photoshop)

2:30 – 4:45        Out shooting in the preserve

4:45 – 5:00        Wrap up

Register for class here

Earlier Event: March 10
Community Volunteer Workday
Later Event: March 13
Winter Garden Montessori Field Trip