★★★★★ Martin – What an amazing experience! Tom and the falconer make 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 an inspiration and 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!
Starting and ending in Lacock with the photoshoot at the West of England Falconry centre, 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 the West of England Falconry Centre, birds will be selected from the centre’s wide selection of owls and raptors which include Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Harris Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk and Eagle Owl to create a lively and exciting photoshoot. 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 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 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 to show his work and describe his latest adventures! 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.
Following a 30 minute briefing, the group will be taken (approx. 45 minute car journey) to the award winning West of England Falconry (WoEF) for an extended private photo shoot. Founded in 2010 by head falconer and director Jay Marshall whom had a lifelong interest in ornithology. WoEF is a registered charity dedicated to the well-being of owls and birds of prey and to promoting an understanding of the historic art of falconry. WoEF’s work aims to benefit both wild and captive birds of prey through selective breeding, training and rescue and rehabilitation.
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. 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!
After the photoshoot, the group will travel back to Lacock to review images back in the classroom.
We aim to start at 9:00 am, so ask you to arrive from 8:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. We expect to be in the field with the birds from around 10:00am to 2:00pm, before returning to the training studio to review images. A light packed lunch will be provided, and the day ends at around 4:00 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.