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Smartphone Nature Photography – A Talk and a Walk

​Have a cell phone? Saturday, at 10 a.m., North Texas Master Naturalist and photographer Stalin SM will present a one-hour discussion at the Biodiversity Education Center about photography techniques utilizing cell phones, followed by a one-hour tour through the Nature Park. Stalin will be helping out with photo opportunities and creative ideas for such photos. Admission is free.

   "Photography is an effective way of collecting, documenting and sharing our observations and memories," says Stalin. "Given that most of us have a smartphone with us everywhere we go, we will see how powerful this tool can be for nature photography. Join us for a hands-on session on using smartphone photography effectively to capture your memories. Learn simple techniques to create compelling pictures that tell a story. Get introduced to principles of positioning and balance that help you get sharp and quick compositions out in the field or sitting at your desk. If you can look at and admire beauty in nature, then you can certainly teach yourself to photograph the same. Come, find inspiration to photograph with confidence and add your pictures to the stories you share this year."

  "Stalin is passionate about traveling and being outdoors in nature," said FCNP Vice President Judy Parsons. "The magic of preserving memories through a photograph captivated him from a very early age. He sees photography as an extension of his passions and a way to share what he enjoys with others. He has been part of multiple nature expeditions as a documentary photographer. And, he considers these contributions more satisfying than the many photography contests he has won. Stalin certified as a Texas Master Naturalist in 2015."

  Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) is a 501(c) (3), non-profit corporation committed to supporting Coppell Nature Park (CNP) through fund raising, publicity, education and volunteer park maintenance. The Foundation is directed by dedicated Coppell citizens and acts as a mentor for the volunteerism of hundreds of families and students. FCNP commits its annual budget to the development and maintenance of CNP and implementation of environmental education programs at the BEC.

  The BEC is situated at 367 Freeport Parkway on the west side of Coppell and is only open to the public during program offerings. Further information about the BEC, CNP, and FCNP is available at