★★★★★ Martin – What an amazing experience! Tom and Rob are a great team, handling the birds fantastically to get some choice shots, both on perches and flying. I found getting the flying shots quite tricky at first, but Tom gave me some very practical advice, which really improved my images!
★★★★★ Harry – Really good course. Morning session with birds on perches was very good, but after lunch, armed with advice from Tom, the flying shots were even better! The birds were very impressive and I now have a much better understanding of what I need to do in the ‘wild’ to get that stand out shot.
★★★★★ Fiona – Tom is really generous with his advice and is very supportive. We identified a couple of mistakes with my focussing technique, which Tom helped me sort out. Thank you so much!
Set in rural farm land in Wiltshire, this one day photoshoot 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, and provide expert advice and guidance on how to get the best from these magnificent birds.
If you are a keen photographer, looking for some tips on better composition, technique or simply advice on how best to use your camera in wildlife photography situations then this is the course for you!
We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.
The photoshoot will be led by Tom Way, an award winning fine art wildlife photographer, based in the UK. He has achieved much success in various competitions, and was recently awarded in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, for 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 aim of the course is to provide the opportunity to photograph wild owls and raptors in controlled conditions and 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 a 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. It’s important that you’re fit enough to carry your own kit across fairly level ground to the site, where you will photograph the birds. Around 4 hours will be spent in the field, so make sure you’re 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 best to capture the beauty and power of these magnificent creatures through photography.
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, and the day ends at around 4:30 pm.
Bring your DSLR camera, with fully charged battery, plenty of space for images and the longest lens you have (a minimum of a 200mm lens), plus a tripod if you have one.
Please note: To get the most out of this Bird of Prey Photoshoot, 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 may also be interested in our 1 day Birds of Prey Workshop