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BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

FRIDAY 3rd MAY 9.00~16.30

West Country Wildlife Photography Center, Broadwoodwidger. PL16 0JS

Wildlife photography can be extremely frustrating for the beginner - getting near even our largest British mammals can be difficult and many of our smaller species can be really hard to find in the wild. Our 1-day wildlife workshop will help you overcome the main difficulty of getting close, and will instead allow you to concentrate on the photography itself.

The workshop will be run by Andrew McCarthy, an experienced and award-winning wildlife photographer and professional consultant ecologist from Exeter. We will spend the day at the West Country Wildlife Photography Center on the Devon/Cornwall border, where a remarkable collection of many iconic British mammals are housed in large and carefully landscaped photographic sets. You can look forward to photographing some of our rarely seen species, including Otter, Fox, Pine marten, Harvest mouse, Water vole, Stoat, Scottish wildcat, and even Beaver, so you will need to be prepared to take home some truly memorable images!

The ability to get really close to the subjects means you can concentrate on honing camera skills, thinking through compositions and asking questions.

Andrew will start the day by giving a short presentation to highlight the key issues associated with taking well composed wildlife images that have impact. He will run through many of the common camera settings and talk you through some of the techniques that you will be putting into practice throughout the day. We will then head out into the Center grounds to work with an experienced mammal handler to put our ideas into practice.

(Please contact us for a short beginners course as one to one or a small group if you would prefer to get up to speed before this course)

Ideally you will have (and be reasonably familiar with) a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a telephoto or zoom lens of up to 300 or 400mm focal length, together with a shorter focal length lens - say a macro lens of around 150mm to 180mm - for the smaller mammals. A tripod and / or monopod may come in handy for fine-tuning your compositions, but remember you will have to carry your equipment between the enclosures (a few hundred meters). Remember you will probably take many images during the day, so you will need spare memory cards and a enough fully-charged batteries!

If you have any queries about your experience level or your equipment, please do contact us and we will do our best to help.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available on site throughout the day.

Clothing: We will be working outdoors, possibly in wet conditions, so appropriate warm clothing including waterproof jacket and trousers, are highly recommended. We will need to walk short distances between enclosures on potentially wet / muddy ground, so we also recommend stout boots or wellingtons with a good grip.

Fitness: Photographing some species can involve lying on the ground, however this is of course optional and we have found that the fitness level and mobility required for the day is not at all onerous.
 

MONDAY 3rd JUNE 8.00~16.00

TUESDAY 4th JUNE 8.00~16.00

Macro photography, especially of insects, can be a really challenging subject for beginners to get to grips with and this 1-day workshop is designed to help you get started.
The workshop will be run by Andrew McCarthy ARPS, an experienced macro photographer, Olympus Mentor, and recent winner of the 'Hidden Britain' category in the 2018 British Wildlife Photograph Awards.
Andrew will start by going over the subjects, equipment, typical camera settings and techniques associated with macro photography, after which we will head out to some local sites to put our ideas into practice. In particular, we will aim to find and photograph butterflies and other larger insects, but we will also photograph plants and other suitable subjects, depending on conditions. During the workshop, Andrew will demonstrate techniques such as photo-stacking, use of flash and reflectors, and will show you how to stabilize your subjects to maximize sharpness.
Ideally you would have and be reasonably familiar with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a macro lens or close-focusing zoom of around 300-400mm in focal length, although cheaper options such as extension tubes or screw-on close-up filters can work really well. A reasonably robust tripod will make life much easier (we may be able to lend you one if you request it in advance) although for some subjects (e.g. fast-moving butterflies) we will use hand-holding techniques.
We will be working outdoors, possibly in damp conditions, so appropriate clothing including waterproof trousers, are highly recommended (you could be kneeling in wet ground). We will also be walking a steep hill ascent from the vehicle over potentially uneven and slippery ground, so we recommend stout boots with a good grip. You will need to bring a packed lunch and be in reasonable level of fitness.
Please bring spare memory cards and sufficient fully-charged batteries for a full day in the field.
If you have any queries about your experience level or your equipment, please do contact us and we will do our best to help.
For anyone wishing to try out Olympus OM-D equipment, please let us know in advance and Andrew will arrange to have additional equipment available for use on the day.
Note that this workshop is to some extent weather-dependent and although we will do our best to run it, it may need to be rearranged at reasonably short notice, in order to maximize the learning experience for participants.

Cost £100.00 per person (£20 deposit to secure)
Please send us a message to book.
Maximum 5 participants

THURSDAY 6th JUNE 7.30 ~16.30

Photography tour of Lundy Island. Departing from Bideford & including return boat fare.

A full day photographic trip to Lundy Island with professional photographers & tutors from Devon Photography School as well as the assistant warden and education officer from Lundy.

Learn how to shoot wildlife including the Lundy Puffins, as well as other flora & fauna such as the endemic Lundy Cabbage which should be in flower and the insectivorous Sundew Drosera rotundifolia. Learn how to shoot macro in the field, wildlife techniques and also landscape photography from the DPS team.

During the trip you will also learn about the history of the island and visit some of the historic sites such as the medieval gravestones and the site of the Lundy Mining company. The education officer Sian will be present to answer your questions about the history, geology and the nature of the island.

From Devon Photography School you will have the knowledge of Mark Gawthorne a published professional photographer with 28 years’ experience and a fair amount of Lundy knowledge having explored the whole island over 5 trips including two residential stays as well as tutor Ken Pearson also with over 20 years in the photographic business now a tutor at DPS along with Andrew McCarthy ARPS a very experienced wildlife photographer who has recently won a category in the British Wildlife Photography awards & has previously had work published in the Countryfile Calendar.

This is a trip to Lundy you won't forget and weather permitting will return with stunning images suitable for entering into the Lundy Calendar competition.

Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid missing out!

The event is weather dependent and full refunds issued if poor weather cancels the sailing.

BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

THURSDAY 10th OCTOBER

FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER

West Country Wildlife Photography Center, Broadwoodwidger. PL16 0JS

Wildlife photography can be extremely frustrating for the beginner. Getting close to even the largest British mammals can be difficult and many of our smaller species can be very hard to find in the wild. These one-day wildlife workshops will allow you to get close to your subjects and thus allow you to concentrate on the photography itself.

 

The workshops will be run by Andrew McCarthy, an experienced and award-winning wildlife photographer and professional consultant ecologist from Exeter. You will spend the day at the West Country Wildlife Photography Centre on the Devon/Cornwall border, where a remarkable collection of many iconic British mammals are housed in large and carefully landscaped photographic sets. During the day you can look forward to photographing some of our rarely seen species, including Otter, Fox, Pine Marten, Harvest mouse, Water Vole, Stoat, Scottish Wildcat, and even Beaver, so you will need to be prepared to take home some truly memorable images!

 

 

The ability to get really close to the subjects means you can concentrate on honing your camera skills, thinking through your compositions and asking questions.

 

Andrew will start the workshop by giving a presentation to highlight the key issues associated with taking well composed wildlife images with impact. He will run through many of the common camera settings and will talk you through some of the techniques that you will be putting into practice throughout the day. You will then head out into the grounds to work with an experienced mammal handler to put your ideas into practice.

To register an interest in these workshops, use the contact details below.