It is widely acknowledged that British Wildlife is one of the most challenging forms of photography out there. You can be up at the crack of dawn, spend hours stalking, or sitting patiently in a hide, hoping that the wildlife will come to you. Then, as soon as the creature appears, it’s gone again. An opportunity missed - what could be more frustrating?
Now, there’s nothing to match the feeling of achievement a photographer derives from capturing that magic moment in the wild, feeling at one with nature, but to make it happen requires a very specific set of skills. You need the appropriate camera skills and an understanding of the animals you are photographing to really take advantage of these amazing encounters. And that is exactly what our British Wildlife Photography Experience gives you.
In this one-day event, we visit the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, Surrey. Here, we will encounter red squirrels, foxes, Scottish wildcats, hedgehogs, deer, harvest mice, barn owl and tawny owl (perched), otters, polecats, mink, water voles and badgers. Quite a line-up.
To ensure you have a successful day, your trainer and qualified wildlife photographer will be on hand to guide and advise you through every stage. Access to the inside of the enclosures gives you the very best opportunities to capture some amazing shots of the various species which constitute the best of British wildlife. And all the time, you are learning the essential skills you need to get out of doors and photograph creatures in their natural habitats.
And why it works.
That’s what this one-day experience is all about. It’s specifically designed to enable you get to grips with photographing wild creatures on the move, but in a controlled environment. The purpose is to allow you the time to study animal behaviours and learn ways to quickly adapt your camera to changing situations, in a setting less challenging than the open countryside. Learn how to nail the shot in these conditions and you will be ready to get out into the field. Just think of the advantages you will have the next time you find yourself out and about in the country with your camera.
9.30am Registration & tea/coffee (Visitor Centre)
10.00am Red Squirrels – Foxes - Scottish Wildcats - Hedgehogs - Deer
12.30pm Lunch and free time
1.30pm Harvest Mice - Barn Owl and Tawny Owl (perched) – Otters - Polecats - Mink
- Water Voles - Badgers
TImetable and animal availability is subject to change without notice
You will need:
To have a good basic knowledge of your camera: i.e. how to change between shooting modes, adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
A camera with interchangeable lenses. Focal lengths covering 24-300mm.
Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions
This is a beginner/intermediate level course.
You should be familiar with your camera controls i.e. how to change between shooting modes, adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture