Introduction to British Wildlife Photography



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This workshop may be booked for either day or both days.

Book now for 6 & 7 April

DAY 1 – WWT Slimbridge Nature Photography – (£159)

DAY 2 – Photoshoot in woodland hide – (£199)

DAY 1 + DAY 2 – WWT Slimbridge + Woodland hide – (£345)

Both days are limited to a maximum of 3 students.

Photographing animals and birds in the wild has to be one of the most exciting but challenging genres of photography! The course will cover all 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 run over two days, but you can choose to come only on Day 1 Nature Photography at WWT Slimbridge, or Day 2 Woodland Hide Photoshoot, or both days. Both days are a mix of practical outdoor photoshoots and workshop activities in our training school in Lacock.


DAY ONE  Nature Photography

8:00am – 4:30pm (Lacock + WWT Slimbridge)

The Nature Photography photoshoot on day one, 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.

DAY TWO Woodland Hide Photography

7:00am – 3:30pm (Morning in hide + Lacock)

It’s an early start on Day 2 so that the group can be in a hide soon after sunrise in order to capture a busy time of day for the resident wildlife.  The photoshoot is at a hide on an organic farm,  located in a small village just outside Swindon.  The 1500 acre farm runs from the top of the Marlborough Downs down to the heavy clay land of the Vale of the White Horse.  The proudly organic farm is worked for the benefit of its animals and for its wildlife whilst improving the landscape and soil – as a result it supports a huge range of native British wildlife – from invertebrates to mammals and birds .

The woodland hide is in an idyllic wood with a nearby stream. This is an ideal location to photograph the squirrels, pheasants and birds which come to feed just outside the hide. Recent birds observed have included pheasants, robins, blue tits, chaffinches and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Little Egrets and Kingfishers have been recently spotted in the area. In addition, local fallow deer have been observed strolling through the woods.

Following the field trip on Day 2, the group will return to the Studio in Lacock for lunch followed by a session under the guidance of the tutor, to review and post process sample images captured by students during the morning.

At the end of the workshop on day 2, each student will have the opportunity to prepare their favourite image for printing on our professional Epson 9900 large format photo printer. This will be printed and mounted, ready for framing, to take home.

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.

DAY ONE  Nature Photography

8:00am – 4:30pm (Lacock + WWT Slimbridge)

1. Introduction

2. Technical Brief

3. Composition & Light

4. Travel to Slimbridge

5. Photoshoot (including lunch)  (4 hours)

6. Return to Lacock

7. Image Review & Processing

DAY TWO Woodland Hide Photography

7:00am – 3:30pm (Woodland Hide + Lacock)

1. Travel to hide

2. Photoshoot in hide  (3-4 hours)

3. Return to Lacock

4. Lunch

5. Image Review, Processing & Printing

6. Final Q&A


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, Pro Hides (Bishopstone), local nature reserves, Bristol Zoo and in her back garden!

Where to Stay?

The Introduction to British Wildlife Photography workshop will start and finish at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and two photo-shoots under the guidance of the tutor.   Transport to and from Lacock to the field locations (WWT Slimbridge and the hide) will be provided.  For those students who plan to stay overnight, accommodation is available in Lacock at our own B & B at The Old Clubhouse and/or at the location of the Day 2 photoshoot at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak.

What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration.

Included in the price is:

● Transport to and from photo-shoot locations

● Entry to WWT Slimbridge

● Lunch at WWT Slimbridge on Day 1

● Private use of the hide for the photoshoot on Day 2

● Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio on Day 2

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)