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Digital wildlife photography spring workshops

£240.00 £216.00

Starts 23 Mar 2019 10am – 4pm

The complete set of all 4 of our digital wildlife photography workshops. Understand your camera and learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own digital camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to take beautiful photographs of wildlife.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up. Each workshop is designed to build up your knowledge and confidence in photography.

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In the 4 workshops you will study:

Basics 1

  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography

Basics 2

  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition

Macro (insects and flowers)
Learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.
This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects.

Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of birds with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding. This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings.

After the indoor session on each workshop you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Is this course for me?
This is a great course for beginners and improvers who want to progress. If you are not familiar with taking control of your camera and have been running it on automatic settings our Basics 1 and 2 workshops are created for you.

To complete all 4 workshops you will need a DSLR camera or a digital bridge camera as the Birds workshop is unsuitable for compact digital cameras. If you have a compact camera you can join the Basics 1, Basics 2 and Macro workshops individually through the links above.

When and where?
All the workshops take place on a Saturday starting at 10am until 4pm.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the course is due to start.

Basics 1 – 23 March 2019
Basics 2 – 30 March 2019
Macro – 6 April 2019
Birds – 27 April 2019

Blashford Lakes is in the New Forest, situated to the north of Ringwood.

What do I need to bring?

  • DSLR camera or digital ‘bridge’ camera
  • A camera support (e.g. tripod/beanbag).
  • An empty memory card in your camera
  • A spare, fully charged battery
  • A printed manual for your camera (this is useful but not essential)
  • Suitable clothing for the weather on the day and comfortable walking boots
  • Teas, coffees and biscuits are provided but please bring your own lunch.

John Combes
John has been interested in nature and photography for over 30years. A business studies lecturer for 31 years, but after taking early retirement he is now self-employed as a wildlife photographer and lecturer concentrating on giving presentations to local clubs and societies and running photographic workshops/courses. He also does his own wildlife sound recording and music production as part of his presentations. Early interests in nature photography were concentrated on close-up work with insects and flowers, but he now covers all aspects of UK wildlife as well as landscapes. Visits to the Canary Islands and Cyprus have added to his range of talks but he mainly concentrates on nature in the local area with the New Forest and Purbeck Coast providing a constant source of inspiration.


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