BACKYARD BIRDS Photography Workshop 2021

February 2021 ~ Two (2) dates
Red Belly Ranch, near Smithville, Texas
Join me for this full-day central-Texas

Join me for this full-day central-Texas “Backyard Bird Photography Workshop” and learn to create better images of the birds that visit your backyard!

TWO (2) SEPARATE one-day “Backyard Birds Photography Workshops” offered.

Due to Covid-19, we have reduced capacity to only FOUR (4) participants per workshop. Click here to read more.

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021 

~ OR ~

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021

We’ll talk about how to create photo-worthy perches and backyard bird photography set-ups. Artistic elements will be covered, including how to put together 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, blinds, etc. so that the birds — and you — will be in the best position(s) for photography and good backgrounds.

Equipment obviously plays a key role in getting good images — both photography equipment AND that related to attracting birds to your backyard. Thus, we’ll focus also 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.

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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 so you can do better backyard-bird photography at home rather than creating images during the workshop. 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!

Folks have consistently told me that they’ve found this workshop chocked full of practical tips and information that they can use to photograph birds in their own backyards.

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Jeff Parker’s BACKYARD BIRD Photography Workshop ~ 2021 INCLUDES:

NOTE: Please refer to COVID-19 information below.
• 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
• Take-home suet that you’ll make
• Information and tips on all of the above, including how to attract and keep birds in your backyard
• Lunch, on-site
• Snacks & drinks throughout the workshop
• Handouts & note-taking packet

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BACKYARD BIRD Photography Workshop ~ 2021 does NOT include:

Lodging or 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).


Wondering what equipment you’ll need for my Backyard Birds Photography Workshop? Check out this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF). Please email me with any questions.

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The workshop is held at my Red Belly Ranch, which is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

Smithville was 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 collection of 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 workshop is held at my Red Belly Ranch, which 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.

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

B&B: Katy House B&B
B&B: Smithville 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, a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, and the Texas Quilt Museum we highly recommend scheduling time for exploration. Here are some of their choices for lodging:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Independently-owned hotels:
The Oak Motel
River Valley Motor Inn
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

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DATE: Saturday, February 20, 2021 ~ OR ~ Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:00 am ~ approx. 6:30 pm
PRICE: $195


Please read our Cancellation Policy before purchasing.(Follow the provided link or go to link under “MORE” on sidebar to the right.) Thanks!

  • If Covid-19 virus-related issues affect your ability to attend the workshop you will be issued a full refund or credit toward any of our future events.
  • In the event that we are forced to cancel due to a Covid-19-related issue you will be issued a full refund.


    At the start of each event, we’ll ask you to sign this liability waiver.  We encourage you to review it before signing up.


    • Participants will be asked to wear a mask when within six (6) feet of others except for those participants who traveled to the workshop together.
    • As much instruction, activities, etc. will take place outdoors as possible (weather permitting).
    • At mealtime, we ask participants to wear their masks & non-latex gloves (we’ll provide gloves) while filling their plates.
    • Due to this workshop taking place when it may be cold outside (hence, necessitating indoor instruction & dining), we’ve reduced the number of participants to only four (4) per workshop.
    • As possible, we will observe the Covid-19 prevention measures recommended by Texas DSHS.

    Backyard Bird Photography Workshop ~ 2021

    Backyard Birds Photography Workshop in Texas

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