Northern Neck Master Naturalists
Trained & Certified Virgina Master Naturalists


Northern Neck Master naturalists

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Continuing Education Workshop for Taking better Digital Pictures

  • A. T. Johnson Building 18849 Kings Highway Montross, VA, 22520 United States (map)

The workshop will be held in the Dance Room, at the A.T. Johnson Building in Montross, VA from 1:30 to 3:30PM.

A panel composed of Katharina Bergdoll, Petra Walian, Porter Washington, and Kyle Langford will conduct a panel discussion on digital photography. The four panelist will also venture outside with workshop participants to take pictures and apply their lessons learned to get better pictures.  This is a great way to get tips to help take photos that can be used in species identification and habitat status for citizen science projects.

Each of the panelists will present some of their favorite photos and what they learned from taking the photo. Some of these photos are amazing.  The panel will also discuss some of the award winning photos from the 2016 and 2017 Statewide Virginia Master Naturalist Photography Contests.

One of the aspects of our chapters support to DGIF and DCR is the use of photos from cameras and cell phone cameras where possible to record species of flora and fauna and the status of habitats. The next step is to then report our findings with supporting pictures. We don’t need to take the perfect photograph.   What is needed are photos adequate for species identification.  iNaturalist and eBird are a part of the reporting for DGIF’s Adopt a Trail Program.  They also have a role in census work in programs such as RareQuest. 

This interactive continuing education workshop will have us learn some tricks in photographing flora and fauna, a chance to wander outside and take pictures, discuss the results, and then enter some of our pictures into eBird and iNaturalist.  So please bring your camera phones, cameras.  We will provide the wildlife and habitat for the pictures.

Photos by Arlene Crabbe, Debbie Ritter, Porter Washington, Katharina Bergdoll, Kyle Langford





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