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. Something that would take weeks or even months with wild and free roaming subjects.
The course begins at our photography training studio with a classroom presentation session in the morning covering an array of British wildlife through our four seasons. Tom will go into detail about how including how to use the different colours of the year to improve your images and why photographing in extreme weather conditions can bring out the best in your photos
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 the Wildbird 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.