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Spring nature photography workshop to be held at Camp Washington-Carver


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will sponsor a two-day spring photography workshop May 16-17 at historic Camp Washington-Carver in Fayette County. The workshop, geared for beginning and intermediate photographers, will be led by well-known West Virginia nature photographers Stephen J. Shaluta Jr. and David E. Fattaleh.

The workshop will include instruction in a variety of topics, including photographing wildlife and people, proper equipment and filters, image composition, lighting, motion and digital photography. Participants are encouraged to bring their own 35mm or digital cameras and other equipment. Instruction will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. A Saturday field trip to the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park will allow participants to practice techniques learned in the classroom.

Both Shaluta and Fattaleh are photographers for the West Virginia Division of Tourism and also enjoy successful freelance photography careers. Shaluta’s images have appeared in a number of magazines, including Wonderful West Virginia, Blue Ridge Country and Louisville Magazine, as well as in calendars, advertisements and textbooks. Fattaleh’s photographs also have appeared in Wonderful West Virginia as well as in Southern Living, Newsweek, New York Times and Washington Post. He is the photo editor for Huntington Quarterly magazine and teaches photography workshops throughout the state.

Cost of the workshop is $125, including dormitory-style lodging and meals. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information or to register for the workshop, call Camp Washington-Carver at (304) 438-3005 or e-mail

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Camp Washington-Carver serves as the state’s mountain cultural arts center and nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as a 4-H and agricultural extension camp for West Virginia’s African-Americans. The camp is located adjacent to Babcock State Park just off Route 60 (Midland Trail) on Route 41 in Clifftop, Fayette County.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about its programs. The Division is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779