Photography class planned at park

SCHODACK LANDING — Schodack Island State Park will host a free, two-part photography workshop led by the award-winning photography duo of Naturelogues. The workshop, Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography, will cover the basic elements of nature photography, simple editing, and tips for where to photograph in upstate New York.

The workshop will be presented by Denise Hackert-Stoner, a nature photographer, naturalist, and birder living in the Albany area. Denise and her husband, Scott Stoner, run Naturelogues, a small, local business celebrating the beauty of nature in photos taken all over North America. Hackert-Stoner’s nature photography has won numerous awards, been exhibited throughout the Capital Region, and been featured in the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide and Conservationist magazine, according to a news release.

Part One of the workshop will be held May 19, 7 to

9 p.m., and Part Two will be on May 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to practice their skills between sessions and to bring in examples of their work in print or on flash drives to share during the May 21 session.

For more information or to sign up, call (518) 732-0187.

Participants can make a weekend of the workshop by camping out in its 67-site campground. Campsites can be reserved online at The weekend will also feature Raptor Fest, with live bird demonstrations, nature walks, speakers, kids’ activities and vendors. There is a $6 vehicle use fee for Schodack Island State Park on weekends and holidays.

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