Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Teaching the Craft

When I began my pursuit of wildlife in the city nearly 10 years ago, I etched out that path because I loved it. 

But I never really gave any thought to the idea of others wanting to walk that path. Until now.

A few months back, Stuart Gibson, chair of the 2-D department at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) in Kalamazoo, approached me about the possibility of teaching wildlife photography at the KIA. I wondered "who would want to?" and then said "yes!". 

So, this fall I'll be teaching a one month intensive on beginning wildlife photography, for anyone with a DSLR, at least a 300mm lens, and a modicum of gumption to get out and brave the elements for a good shot of an animal.

If you're interested, we'd love to have you join us for a fun, informative, and instructional class in the basics of taking quality photos of the wildlife that surrounds and inspires us.

Here's the class description:

Beginning Wildlife Photography (809)

Matt Clysdale
Monday, 6:30-9p.m.
8 sessions, beginning October 1,
Classroom 13
Members: $135, Non-Members: $155
Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography or equivalent.
This course will provide an introductory experience and education in photographing wildlife (mammals and birds), with fundamental instruction in camera technique and visual artistry as well as rudimentary skills in wildlife pursuit and camouflaging techniques. The class will meet twice a week, with four classroom meetings and four offsite field trips (days and times to be determined at the first class meeting). Students are required to provide their own DSLR camera with a minimum lens length of 300mm and a tripod. No tracking/hunting skills required, but helpful. Optional accessories: camouflage clothing and/ or blind. For additional information please email the instructor at Instructor's website is:

To learn more and register, click HERE.


  1. Good for KIA! Good for YOU! Folks who have interest in wildlife photography will gain by your experience. Congrats!

  2. Thanks Karen. We'll see who comes out of the woodwork as aspiring wildlife photographers.