Learn to shoot like a pro at MacArthur Beach photo workshop

July 17, 2013

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s “Nature Photography Workshop by the Pros” will offer those aspiring to take their picture-taking skills to the next level an opportunity to explore the outdoors behind the lens.

Through expert instruction by professional photographers Bruce Bain and Durga Garcia, participants – whether beginners, amateurs or advanced – will learn how to create more interesting images and experiment with color, perspective, lines, patterns, black and white and other artistic elements.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 and will begin with a presentation by Bain, curator of the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education & Research Center gallery in Hobe Sound, and Garcia, an award-winning portrait and landscape photographer based in South Florida. The presentation will be followed by a guided tour of various park locations, including the estuary, butterfly garden, hardwood hammock and natural beach. During the last hour of the workshop, images taken from the field will be shared and critiqued, giving students the benefit of professional and peer reviews.

The workshop cost is $35 (plus park entry fee for non-members) and includes light refreshments. Those attending should bring their own camera equipment, dress in light clothing, and bring sunscreen and insect repellent.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, a nonprofit support organization that funds park improvements and provides environmental-education programs for Palm Beach County schoolchildren.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth Lagoon. The park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four ecosystems, seven types of seagrasses and 22 species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.

To register for the workshop, call 561-776-7449 or visit


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