Wild Bird Photography



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Maximum of 3 students per workshop

Photographing animals and birds in the wild has to be one of the most exciting but challenging genres of photography! The course will cover the key skills required to produce high quality images which are well composed, make the best use of light and capture character. The course will also provide an overview of editing using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements to make the very best of your images.

The Introduction to Wildlife Photography course is a mix of a practical outdoor photoshoot at WWT Slimbridge and workshop activities in our training school in Lacock.  We meet at Slimbridge, and after a short presentation we spend much of the day on a photoshoot before returning to Lacock to review images.

The course begins at Slimbridge at 9:30am and ends back in Lacock at 5:00pm


The photoshoot is at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge.  WWT Slimbridge has 325 hectares of world-class wetlands set against the spectacular Severn Estuary, home to a wealth of wildlife. There’s wildlife to see all year round with each season bringing a different mix of species including Canada Geese, lapwings, Shovelers, Shelducks, Buzzard, Swans, Dunlins, Flamingos etc.  Slimbridge is also home to a family of cheeky otters, it’s always fun to photograph them at play!

Slimbridge is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself. Wetlands are the primary source of drinking water for people and wildlife. They also connect us with nature, and with ourselves, through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife.  Lacock Photography are delighted to have the opportunity to run this workshop with the Trust’s permission and to support the fantastic work they do.

What’s Covered?

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to wildlife photography including the technical details needed to photograph with a digital SLR camera or bridge camera. Subjects covered include:

• Key Camera Settings – focusing, metering, white balance, shooting modes, shutter speeds, aperture values etc.
• Achieving the best exposure using histograms
• Composition and light
• Editing (Lightroom & Photoshop Elements)
• Hide Etiquette

Camera Equipment

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras or Bridge camera. Please bring:

• For DSLRS: telephoto lens (around 300mm/400mm or bigger will be ideal)
• Spare battery and memory card
• Warm clothes, waterproofs and hat!

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.



Workshop Content

9:30am – 5:00pm ( WWT Slimbridge + Lacock )

1. Technical Brief

2. Composition

3. Photoshoot (including lunch)  (4 hours)

4. Return to Lacock (using own transport)

5. Image Review & Processing

The Tutor – Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has been in love with photography since her very early days growing up in Glasgow. Fiona clearly remembers her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic and how great it felt when she bought an Olympus Trip when she was 16!

Fiona has developed her skills through self-study, attending courses at local colleges & training providers – alongside lots of practice and deletion of images!

Fiona is an experienced tutor who specialises in developing and encouraging students who are at the start of their photographic journey. Fiona has a keen interest in wildlife photography with a special interest in birds. Much time has been spent honing her skills at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre, local nature reserves, Bristol Zoo and in her back garden!

The Day

The day starts at 9:30am at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, near Gloucester, entry to Slimbridge is included in the price. After a briefing on technique, the bulk of the day is spent on photoshoots around the 100 acres of wetland. Following approximately 4 hours of photography (including a stop for lunch) we make our way to Lacock Photography’s studio, (55 mins drive) to end the day with a review and image processing session.

Things to note are:

● you will need to make your own way from Slimbridge to Lacock

● Entry to WWT Slimbridge is included

● Bring your own packed lunch and refreshments.