If you are a keen photographer looking for some tips on better composition, or simply advice on how best to use your camera in wildlife photography situations, then this is the ideal photography day for you. You will also get the opportunity of taking home some fabulous images of Owls and Raptors. We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.
The course tutor is Tom Way, a professional award winning fine art wildlife photographer based in the UK. He has been awarded in various competitions with his most recent success being awarded in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition with his image ‘Beauty, Power, Majesty’.
Tom’s work is widely published and he is a contributor to the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Tom exhibits his images as large framed prints around the UK at art exhibitions and galleries. Recent projects have seen Tom work with Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Red Foxes in the UK. Tom is regularly invited to speak at Camera Clubs, RSPB groups, and other wildlife organisations showing his latest work and describing the adventures he undertakes to capture his fine art images. More information about Tom and his work are available on his website.
The objective of the course is to improve your wild bird photography skills in controlled conditions amidst natural settings.
Tom will look to firstly cover the main components to taking a successful wildlife image. He will discuss in depth how to compose your images, use the light effectively and how to portray the bird’s character. We will also discuss the art of choosing the perfect foreground and background to compliment your image both in a captive arena and in the wild. Tom will go into detail regarding a range of focusing techniques which can be used on either static portraits or flight shots and shooting methods to make sure that you will get the best out of the workshop. Tom will also speak about the best settings for the day according to the weather conditions.
After a short tea break Tom will then discuss various processing techniques that can be used in conjunction with the review of images and debrief at the end of the session. By using the Adobe software: Lightroom, Tom will go into detail about cropping, lightening/darkening images, adding contrast and image sharpening etc and various other techniques to help replicate on the screen how you saw the scene in front of you at the time.
Following a buffet lunch, the course will continue in the afternoon with a photo shoot with birds of prey provided by Falconer Rob Evans. This is a short drive and then 5 minute cross county walk from the training studio. You will need to be fit enough to carry your own kit across fairly level but sometimes un-even ground to the site where you will photograph the birds. At least two birds will be selected from a Barn Owl, Little Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Buzzard, Eagle Owl or a Golden Eagle will be set in natural settings. Tom will direct the shoot, providing advice and guidance on how to get the best from the opportunity of working with these magnificent birds.
After the photoshoot, there will be opportunity to review images back in the classroom.
We aim to start at 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:30 pm.
Bring your camera, with fully charged battery, plenty of space for images and the longest lens you have, plus a tripod if you have one.
Please note: To get the most out of this Bird of Prey Photography Course, it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.