Nature Coast Lecture Series covers nature photography

The Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge announce its Nov. 12 presentation of their free Nature Coast Lecture Series. The series is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Coastal Region Library, 8610 W. Crystal St., Crystal River. This lecture presents “Smartphone for Nature Photography.” There are growing numbers of photographers who are using smartphones exclusively for their photography. Karen Willes will point out ways to use smartphones for nature photography. Smartphones can be used for landscape and even macro photography. In addition, telephoto photography is possible through “digiscoping” by attaching a smartphone camera to a spotting scope or binoculars using a special adapter. Karen Willes is the secretary for the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. She is a retired music educator who now calls St. Marks her “happy place.” In addition to her Friends’ board duties, she has developed and teaches a smartphone photography class that is the result of a grant awarded to St. Marks to encourage mobile photography on the refuge.

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