Nature Photography Workshop

Muskrat photo by Dave DornbergThursday, October 11, 6 p.m., through Saturday, October 13, 9:30 p.m.

Veteran photographers Paul McAfee and Dave Dornberg will team up to offer instruction for this year's photography workshop. Two instructors and limited group sizes make it possible for photographers of all ability levels to benefit. The registration fee of $250 includes instruction and meals from Thursday evening through Saturday evening. Unfortunately, due to our new undergraduate program, we are unable to offer lodging on site this year. 

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About Paul McAfee

I learned photography by participating in a Merry Lea workshop about a hundred years ago.  It was so exciting to see my first “decent” photos on the light table.  I asked the instructor if there was something about a light table that enhanced a photo.  He suggested that maybe I was just getting the hang of it.  From then on I was hooked.

My favorite subject is birds, and I’ve published photos in magazines such as Birds & Blooms and Birder’s World.  I also work on wildflowers and any other natural subects that look good.  You can see some of my work at

I am also an environmentalist and like to use my photos to portray the natural world in efforts to help protect the environment.  Along with Merry Lea, a few of my favorite organizations are Little River Wetland Project and Environmental Education Association of Indiana .


About Dave Dornberg

I’ve been shooting images since I was five. I have a degree in Photojournalism and worked for an advertising photography studio for a couple of years before turning my attention to a career in computer support.

I have had quite a few of my images published in newspapers, magazines, books and on the web. I like shooting things that most people never notice or take time to observe. My favorite subjects in nature are macros of insects and all forms of water: ice, snowflakes and of course liquid.

For much of my macro work, I use a Canon 20D or 50D with a Canon 100mm F2.8 USM macro lens or a Canon 65mm MP-E which allows me to shoot from life-size up to five times life-size. I also use a Canon Powershot G3 with an FD 50mm F1.4 attached in reverse using a step down ring.

I also enjoy creating websites for clubs such as the Calumet Region Photo Club, my wife's catering company, Mrs. Dornberg's 24 Carrot Cuisine and my personal web gallery. I have a passion for photography and the environment, and through my images, I try to show people that the environment is worth protecting for future generations.


Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 17:00