BACKYARD BIRD Photography Workshop ~ 2018

February 2018 ~ Two Dates Offered
Red Belly Ranch, near Smithville, Texas

Backyard Bird Photography Workshop ~ 2018 with Jeff Parker

Learn to create better images of the birds that visit your backyard and practice making your own photography set-ups in a country setting during this full-day Backyard Bird Photography Workshop.

The group will be small — just six (6) participants.

TWO (2) SEPARATE Backyard Bird Photography Workshops offered.
~ Each only with space for SIX (6):

Saturday, February 17, 2018
~ OR ~
Sunday, February 18, 2018

We’ll talk about how to create photo-worthy perches and backyard bird photography set-ups. Artistic elements will be covered, including how to create set-ups that result in visually appealing images, tips on composing bird photographs, the best lighting for photographing birds, and other key issues regarding getting good images of these quick-flying subjects.

I’ll provide in-depth instruction regarding the ideal placement of set-ups, perches, feeders, etc. so that the birds will be in the best position(s) for photography and good (read: non-distracting and smooth) backgrounds.

Equipment obviously plays a key role in getting good images — both photography equipment AND that related to attracting birds to your backyard. Therefore, we’ll spend a lot of time focusing on those topics, including taking a look at your special needs given the type of yard you have, where you live, and your budget constraints.

This workshop also includes tips on how to affordably build your own backyard bird photo blind plus an afternoon photo shoot in my own affordably-built photo blinds at Red Belly Ranch.

Please note that the focus of this workshop is on learning how to take what you learn and do this at home more than actually creating images during the workshop. If you’ve attended my other workshops, you’ll find that part a little different. That said, this workshop has been extremely well-received and folks have consistently told me that they’ve found it chock full of practical tips and information.

That said, we will spend the last couple of hours in my bird photography blinds doing some photography. We never know anymore what birds will show up in February at Red Belly Ranch to act as our winged models, but whatever they are we’ll enjoy them!

  • MAXIMUM ~ Six (6) participants in each of the two workshops offered.

Backyard Bird Photography

Jeff Parker’s BACKYARD BIRD Photography Workshop ~ 2018 INCLUDES:

• Lots of opportunity for Jeff’s personalized instruction
• A late-afternoon photo shoot in the bird blinds
• Hands-on practice creating your own perch/set up
• Information and tips on all of the above, including how to attract and keep birds in your backyard
• Lunch, on-site (delicious! – and yes, we can honor gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.)
• Snacks & drinks throughout the workshop
• Handouts & note-taking packet

BACKYARD BIRD Photography Workshop ~ 2018 DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Lodging, alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from workshop

If you’re interested in lodging nearby, check out the list below. There are B&B’s and other choices in Smithville (8 miles away), La Grange (17 miles away), and Bastrop (23 miles away).


Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville, Texas’ first certified Film Friendly Community where “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and at least a dozen other films have been made. While visiting us, be sure and put aside some time to check out Smithville’s wonderful historic Main Street, including its nice collection of artisan shops and other unique shops, as well as the Lost Pines Artisans Alliance.

Where’s Smithville?
On a map, connect the dots for the cities of Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Smithville sits about in the middle of the triangle you formed by connecting those dots.

Travel Time:
FROM HOUSTON: About 1 ¾ hours
FROM SAN ANTONIO: About 1 ½ hours
FROM AUSTIN: About 1 ¼ hours
FROM DALLAS/FT. WORTH: About 4 ½ hours

The Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop.

SMITHVILLE has three B&B’s and one budget motel. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.

B&B: Smithville Inn
B&B: Katy House B&B
America’s Best Value Inn

LA GRANGE (17 miles to the EAST of Red Belly) also has lodging. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange. La Grange is worth a visit, too ~ with The Bugle Boy (a very special music venue), a unique historic town square, and a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, we recommend scheduling time for exploration. This is a sample of what they offer:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Chain hotels:
Best Western Plus
Hampton Inn

BASTROP (23 miles to the NW of Red Belly) has lots of lodging. It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop. We’ve listed a couple of our favorite B&B’s and these chain hotels:

B&B:Morris Mansion
B&B:Pecan Street Inn
Days Inn
Quality Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
Comfort Suites
Best Western
Super 8


o FIRST WORKSHOP: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10:00 am ~ approx. 6:30 pm
o SECOND WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 18, 2018 10:00 am ~ approx. 6:30 pm
PRICE: $195 ~ one workshop (Feb. 17 ~ OR ~ Feb. 18, 2018)
SPACE FOR: SIX (6) in each workshop

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