Set in secluded rural farm land in Wiltshire, this one day photo shoot offers the opportunity to photograph some incredible owls and raptors under controlled conditions. Led by Photographer Tom Way and supported by Falconer Rob Evans, birds will be selected from a Barn Owl, Little Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Buzzard, Eagle Owl or a Golden Eagle and presented in natural settings. Tom will direct the shoot, which will include both static and flight shots, providing advice and guidance on how to get the best from the opportunity of working with these magnificent birds.
If you are a keen and able photographer looking for some tips on better composition, technique or simply advice on how best to use your camera in wildlife photography situations; this is the course for you. All being well, you should be taking home some impressive images!
We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.
The photo shoot is led by 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 provide the opportunity to photograph wild owls and raptors in controlled conditions amidst natural settings. Both static and in flight shots will be taken.
The day begins at our photography training studio with a classroom briefing to prepare for the field work. Following the short briefing (about 30 minutes) there will be a short drive and then 10 minute cross county walk from the training studio to the field location. 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. Around 4 hours will be spent in the field, so it is important that you are appropriately dressed for the weather – as well as lying in wet grass!
The shoot will start with birds placed on pre-planned perches before moving on to flight shots. Tom will direct the shoot taking into account the weather on the day. He will also provide 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. We expect to be in the field with the birds from around 11:00am to 3:00pm before returning to the training studio to review images. A light packed lunch will be provided. 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 the Wildbird Photo Shoot, it is recommended that students are able to control both aperture and shutter speed and have a good understanding of controlling exposure. These skills are taught on our Foundation Courses. You will need a DSLR and bring a minimum of a 200mm lens along with a tripod and plenty of space on your memory card(s).