Wildlife Photography

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£149.00

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Maximum of 3 students per workshop

Photographing animals and birds in the wild is one of the most exciting but challenging genres of photography! The workshop 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 workshop will also provide an overview of editing to make the absolute best of your images.

The workshop is a mix of a practical outdoor photoshoot (at either WWT Slimbridge or Wild Place Project) and workshop activities in our training school in Lacock. The day begins and ends in Lacock.

The 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, Swans etc.

Wild Place Project is a wildlife conservation park in South Gloucestershire. It is run by the Bristol Zoological Society and is the sister site of Bristol Zoo. The species list currently includes okapi, red river hog, cheetah, zebra, common eland, gelada baboon, Kirk’s dik-dik, giraffe, wolverine, Eurasian lynx, grey wolf and brown bear. The park provides a natural, photogenic backdrop to a diverse selection of wild animals and birds.

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Lacock Photography are delighted to have the opportunity to run this workshop with the permission of WWT Slimbridge and Wild Place Project 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)

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 and waterproofs

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, including the relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Workshop (Part 1).

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Workshop Content

8:00 am – 5:00pm (WWT Slimbridge/Wild Place Project & Lacock)

  • Technical Brief
  • Composition
  • Travel to Photoshoot location – using own car
  • Photoshoot (including lunch) (4.5 hours)
  • Travel to Lacock
  • Image Review & Processing

The Tutor – Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has been in love with photography since her 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 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 British Wildlife.  Much time has been spent honing her skills at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre, local nature reserves, Wild Place Project, Bristol Zoo and in her back garden!

The Day

The day starts at 8.00am at Lacock Photography Studio. After a briefing on technique and composition, the bulk of the day is spent on photoshoots around either WWT Slimbridge or Wild Place Project.  Following approximately 4 hours of photography (including a stop for lunch) we make our way to Lacock Photography’s studio, to end the day with a review and image processing session.

Things to note are:

  • You will need to make your own way to & from Slimbridge or Wild Place
  • Entry to WWT Slimbridge or Wild Place is included
  • Bring your own packed lunch and refreshments.