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Birds of Prey Shooting Experience

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Birds of Prey Shooting Experience 

Join Precision Camera and instructor Andrew Fritz for up close and personal photography with the birds of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. This will be a great opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of native raptors — all while learning about their habitat and behavior. During this shooting experience you will get a chance to photograph the birds from a distance and up close with the help of an expert.

The day will start with a short classroom session covering bird photography basics followed by two hours of photography with the birds.

Concepts Covered

• Basic Bird Photography - Birds on the Wing
• Basic Bird Photography - Perching Birds
• Ideal Bird Photography Camera Setup
• Two hours of private, up close bird photography. 

Required Equipment

Students should have a camera, lens(es), charged battery and empty memory card(s).

Since we will be able to be very close to the birds, any lens from portrait length (70mm on Full frame, 50mm on Crop) to telephoto (200mm+) is usable. A 70-200mm, 24-105mm, 55-200mm or similar are great all around options. Longer telephotos like a 200-500mm will also be helpful for isolating the bird against the background.

Questions? Send Andrew a note and he'll help you figure out what you need.


This class is suitable for photographers of all skill levels. The “classroom” portion will cover everything you need to know to get good photos of the birds.


Good Weather: Bull Creek District Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. in Austin

Bad Weather: Precision Camera Studio

Schedule and Format

Session 1: 9:30 until 12:30 (9:30-10:30 classroom, 10:30-12:30 birds)

Session 2: 1:00 until 4:00 (1:00-2:00 classroom, 2:00-4:00 birds)

The class will start with a short classroom session covering bird photography. We will then spend two hours with the birds learning about and photographing them up close.

About the Instructor 

Andrew is a self taught experiential learner who is addicted to the possibilities that new (to him) gear opens up. He loves to teach other people skills and techniques he has puzzled through. He finds that hands-on learning makes the new concepts easier to master. Andrew started out doing landscape, nature and night photography but has since branched out to portraits, weddings and wildlife photography. Andrew is a full time professional photographer shooting weddings and commercial projects around Austin. Andrew's former life as a startup software developer has given him a keen grasp of the technical both while shooting and in the digital dark room. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with others and helping them master their equipment, and tame their workflow. 

See more of Andrew's images at and

You can contact Andrew with questions about the class at

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class & Event Cancellations

PCU, Mock Wedding, West Texas Excursion, Special Events and One-Time Classes

This class qualifies as a "Special Event."

You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Big Bend excursion, or other "Special Event" to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a class that we are only holding one time or a class that we hold rarely, your class registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. We will not offer a reschedule attempt to individuals who don't show up to the Mock Wedding Workshop due to the high amount of resources required for that class.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.



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