The NHTL Photography Workshop


Waterman Center is excited to present the Natural History through the Lens Photography Workshop series!  This workshop is geared toward teaching basic to advanced photography skills with an emphasis on composition to support natural history education.  Instructors include Waterman board member Teri Franzen and Bill Baburchak, Barry Biddle and Mary Lou Shapinas, board members of the Two Rivers Photography clubRead more about the instructors below.

All Autumn 2019 workshops are completed.  Thank you for a another fun season!  Please click "Mailing List" to sign up for ur mailing list to learn about future programming.

Scenes from the Previous Workshops


Images photographed by Teri Franzen, Bill Baburchak, Barry Biddle and Christopher Audette

Meet the Instructors


Teri Franzen

An active member of the Waterman Center board of directors, Teri is a professional wildlife photographer, videographer, naturalist and conservationist working to promote natural history awareness through photography education.  Nature and wildlife are precious commodities. Now, more than ever before, they need our help. With a strong emphasis on ethics, Teri is passionate about observing and photographing wildlife on its terms, wild, unaltered and undisturbed. 

©Paul Steil


See Teri's work on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo or Flickr.

Bill Baburchak

Bill's interest in photography began in 1984 shooting a Canon AE-1, and he has been shooting off and on since then.  In 2008, Bill began taking photography a bit more seriously, and now there is nothing he won’t photograph!  Wildlife, Landscapes, and Sports are his favorite types of photography and he is out there every chance he gets to improve his skills and just enjoy being outdoors. Teaching photography is another area that Bill truly enjoys.   Bill writes, "There is nothing like helping a beginner get hooked on photography!!!"


Mary Lou Shapinas


Mary Lou Shapinas is a Broome County native and currently lives in the Town of Maine where she has lived for the past 38 years.  An advanced amateur photographer and proud member of the Two Rivers Photography Club, Mary has held a seat on the club's Board of Directors over 10 years.  She has been interested in photography since she was a youngster but became more serious about 12 years ago.  Mary writes, "It has become a big part of my life and the way I see things.  Flowers, wildlife and pretty much anything that catches my eye or gets my imagination juices flowing is my go to in photography.  Picking up a camera gives me the freedom to explore the world from the very large to the tiniest of things that we just seem to pass by and never see."  Mary's website is under construction and will be available soon. 

Barry Biddle

Barry is the past president of the Two Rivers Photography Club and a member of the club since 2009.  His personal photography is currently mostly wildlife and flowers with some travel photography sprinkled in.  A Binghamton area resident since 1977, Barry writes, “I have been taking pictures for over 50 years beginning with that ancient medium – film.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Will I need a laptop for the post-processing class?

Answer:  We will have a very limited number of extra PCs on hand for those who do not have laptops.  Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own.  We will reserve extras on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to add this in the notes when you sign up.

Question:  I am uncomfortable with the exposure settings on my camera.  Will this class be too advanced for me?

Answer:  Not at all!  We will be covering exposure settings in the classroom and working one-on-one with each of you in the field.

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