In this full day workshop, we start by covering camera settings and techniques to learn how to capture both static and flying birds. We’ll take a look at what makes a successful avian portrait and a successful in flight shot. Our falconer will then join us along with one of the stars of the show and explain a little about these fascinating creatures.
Next, we’ll get outdoors and put the theory into practice. Our falconer will pose a variety of birds in different natural looking locations for you to capture some stunning portraits. You will be guided through each bird and location by our trainer and be given instant feedback along with hints and tips to help you on your wildlife journey.
After a buffet lunch and a chance to chat through your images, we’ll move on to the most challenging of the day! Our feathery friends are about to do what they do best, and take to the skies.
Catching these magnificent creatures in flight, as they free fly anywhere from inches off the ground to above our heads, is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Starting off with slower flying birds, so you can get your eye in and learn the common signs that the bird is about to take flight. We’ll be learning the flight habits of the bird and anticipating lift off, the flight path and touch down, all while framing the shot and ensuring our camera gear is ready to capture that sharp in-flight shot.
Before we move on to the next section, we’ll have a short break and debrief to ensure everyone is up to speed before the final session of the day.
We move on to the faster birds to really get the challenge going. Our falconer will introduce a lure as the birds are encouraged to free fly around the local area. The falconer will then encourage the bird to chase the lure and opportunities to capture fast birds of prey swooping in will be plenty.
It is important to note that the welfare of all animals is the utmost priority of Appleton Photo Training; as such, we select our partners and venues based upon the ethical treatment of the animals. We hope that our wildlife workshops will inspire you to take your new skills into the wilderness and share your photographs, encouraging others to enjoy and conserve our wildlife and habitats.
10am Meet & Greet (tea & coffee) and Classroom-based Training Session
11.30am Static Display – 1.5 hours
1.45pm Flying Display – slower flying birds
3pm Break - quick delegate review and brief for next session
3.15pm Flying Display – faster flying birds
Note: Timetable 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.
Camera with interchangeable lenses. Focal lengths covering 70-300mm. However, if you do have access to a 150-600mm or 200-500mm or similar please feel free to bring these along.
And a notepad a pen.
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