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April 24-28 2019

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Birding & Photo Fest online interactive guide!

The online guide is easy to use and environmentally friendly. Simply click on the guide and start planning your schedule for North Florida’s premier birding and photo fest.






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Join Us Next Year! April 24-28, 2019

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We’re busy putting together our 2019 Festival schedule.

Registration for the 2019 will be available in early December.


Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for over 40 years. He started working with computer imaging over 20 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.


Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the "Silence of the Lambs" movie poster, as well as photos of the Starship Enterprise for the Star Trek movies! The author of 4 books, his best known book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010.  This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer.


Lee's 40+ years of experience in photography spans the transition from film to digital giving him an invaluable vantage point for teaching and inspiring future generations of artists.

Modern Photo Workflows

Photography Seminar (Meeting Location:

GTM Research Reserve, Classroom 2)

Difficulty Level: All Levels

THURSDAY 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Price: $25

Max No of People: 30



Portrait Retouching for the Artistically Challenged

Photography Seminar (Meeting Location:

GTM Research Reserve, Classroom 2)

Difficulty Level: All Levels

FRIDAY 10 to 11:30  a.m.

Price: $25

Max No of People: 30



21st Century Lighting Techniques

Photography Seminar & Workshop (Meeting Location:

GTM Research Reserve, Classroom 2)

Difficulty Level: All Levels

SUNDAY 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Price: $25

Max No of People: 30



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Festival Organizer Note About Field Workshops

We want you to enjoy and learn as much as you can in your field workshops. Therefore it is important to arrive early and have all of your gear ready to go. Each field workshop will begin with a 10 minute overview of the subject and techniques. Have your gear ready when you arrive so you do not miss out or hold up the group. Suggested gear lists are included with each field workshop.

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