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Biologist and artist Birgit Pruess invites amateur photographers who have a passion for nature to learn more about animal photography at the Red River Zoo. Through her two-hour workshop, beginning shutter bugs will learn more about animal behavior to take better photos. It’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with camera settings and take control of the frame to compose truly great photos.
When: Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“When it comes to photos, I have noticed that learning something about the object helps,” said Pruess. “Having an emotional connection to the subject is important. It’s not all about having the most expensive camera. My idea with this workshop was to make the best out of the equipment people have.”
The only required equipment for this course includes a camera and weather-appropriate clothing. Pruess recommends attendees bring their camera manual along to find out how to adjust settings.
“You have more time to watch the behavior and learn something in the meantime,” said Pruess about the differences between shooting in a zoo. “While in the wild you may see a glimpse of a wolf for ten seconds.”
Past member experiences in Pruess’s workshop emphasized the realization that it’s ok to experiment. In fact, experimentation is a process the biologist is all-to-familiar with.
“In some ways, it’s a different expression for the same thing — the love of life,” said Pruess about her passion for the arts. She has photography experiences ranging from Teddy Roosevelt National Park, the Canadian Rockies, Mexico, Nova Scotia and Germany.
Birgit Pruess came to the U.S. from Germany in 1992 to become a scientist. Upon moving into the field of Microbiology she studied how to manipulate the regulatory network of the bacteria to develop novel prevention techniques for bacterial infections. Pruess is currently a professor at NDSU, working on research projects involving bacteria and the human body.
Day-of-event registration is available in-person at the Red River Zoo.