Nature photography class slated

SCHODACK LANDING — “Picturing Nature: a Practical Guide to Nature Photography,” a free two-part workshop by the award-winning photography duo, Naturelogues, will be held May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. and May 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Schodack Island State Park.

The workshop is suitable for all levels of photographers and will cover the basic elements of nature photography, simple editing, and tips for where to photograph pstate, according to a news release.

Participants can make a weekend of the workshop by camping out in the 67-site campground. The weekend will also feature Raptor Fest, with live bird demonstrations, nature walks, speakers, kids’ activities and vendors.

The workshop will be presented by Denise Hackert-Stoner, a nature photographer, naturalist and birder living in the Albany area.

With her husband, Scott Stoner, she runs Naturelogues, a small area business celebrating the beauty of nature in photos taken all over North America. Her nature photography has won awards. Hackert-Stoner’s work has been exhibited throughout the Capital Region and has been featured in Conservationist magazine and New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. Some of her nature photography can be seen at, or visit Naturelogues on Facebook.

Participants are encouraged to practice their skills between the two sessions and to bring in examples of their work in print or on flash drives to be shared during the Sunday session.

Reserve a spot for “Picturing Nature” by calling the park at (518) 732-0187.

Campsites can be reserved for the weekend online at A $6 vehicle-use fee is charged for Schodack Island State Park on weekends and holidays.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call (518) 474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

By Paul Wager

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