Festival of the Cranes

Come see stunning birds in vast numbers who travel the world to be in New Mexico’s back yard!

  • Three days of expert seminars & field workshops
  • Fabulous auditorium & meeting rooms at New Mexico Tech in Socorro
  • A very special Keynote Speaker
  • Wildlife Zone, for young and old

The Classes

An Introduction to Macro Photography

Do you want to shoot small? Photographer and Sigma tech rep, Brett Wells will teach you his tips and tricks. Learn the basics of macro photography and how to utilize them at home and in the field. He’ll talk about necessary equipment, camera settings and tips that will have you producing great macro shots in your own surroundings and out in nature.

The Fundamentals of Photography

Learn the basics of exposure and metering, lens selection, and camera settings as we explore the fundamentals of creating photographic images. This class will help you understand the way cameras think and the impact of the choices you make (or don’t make) operating them. We will also discuss the effects of focal length and aperture on your photographs and choosing the right lens for the job.

Birding Photo Walk

Learn the basics of photographing birds, from your bird feeder to the beach to the prime locations and destinations with photographer and Sigma tech rep, Brett Wells. Master the basics and be ready for all the action. We’ll discuss settings, lenses, cameras, accessories, behavior and weather as we photograph the diverse wildlife of Bosque del Apache.

About Brett Wells

Brett Wells has worked in the field of photography for over 25 years. He has a masters degree in photography from the University of Westminster, London, UK.  He taught at the Art Institute of Atlanta for 7 years and currently teaches classes and workshops around the United States. His work has been published and exhibited in this country and abroad.

Brett is the Education Coordinator and a Technical Representative for SIGMA Corporation of America, supporting SIGMA, photographers and photographic education around the country.


Dec 01 2022 - Dec 03 2022


7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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