Master advanced wildlife photography techniques with this intensive 24-hour guided day and night shoot
£295 per person
In this intensive workshop, you’ll be joining professional wildlife photographer John Gooday for full-on wildlife shoot from a hide complex in the Lincolnshire countryside covering both night photography (our targets will be otters, owls and herons) and daylight work (kestrels, kingfishers, woodland birds, herons, egrets). You will be working, eating and sleeping (although not for very long) in a luxury heated hide facility on private land.
Starting at 6pm, John will explain the detailed plan for the next 24 hours taking into account weather conditions, recent sightings and image goals. You’ll then be guided through creating lighting set-ups to maximise image quality while minimising disturbance to wildlife. Don’t worry if you haven't used flash before - you’ll be tutored in the techniques. Once the stage is set, we will make ourselves comfortable in the hide, set up cameras and lenses and wait for the night’s wildlife to appear. John will be alongside you to review images as you shoot, offer advice and fix any problems you run into. (Lighting equipment will be supplied as part of the workshop, but if you would prefer to bring your own equipment please contact John in advance).
During the night we’ll wait for wildlife and photograph as it arrives. Camp beds are provided for you to grab a little sleep.
Just before daybreak, we will remove the lighting equipment and set the area ready for daylight wildlife. We’ll use three separate shooting areas in the hide. In the pond area we’ll look at approaches to kingfisher photography, both portrait and action. At the feeder section we’ll concentrate on composition, background and camera technique for woodland bird portraits, remaining alert for the Sparrowhawk that chasse the smaller birds. In the grassland area we’ll wait for any kestrels, buzzards, red kites or corvids that visit, finishing around sunset.
Each workshop will have just two participants to ensure the best teaching and shooting experience. While we cannot guarantee that a particular species will visit during the workshop (all our subjects are wild) we normally see a good variety of subjects.
What equipment to bring
You’ll need one or more DSLRs and lenses in the range 200 - 500mm. There are multiple shooting positions, so more than one lens is advisable in order to cover different areas of the hide. Please bring tripod heads - these will be attached to the shooting benches (the tripod leg section is not necessary). The hide runs on a low voltage battery system for lights and water pump - it’s not suitable for charging batteries or powering mains devices so please bring enough batteries to last the 24 hours. You’ll need to bring along food and drink to keep you going. There are no cooking facilities, but hot and cold water will be available (instant noodles, sandwiches, fruit, cuppa soups, energy bars are good choices).
Wellingtons will be needed, along with warm outdoor clothing, for setting up equipment outside the hide. Inside the hide, comfortable dark coloured long sleeved clothing must be worn along with indoor footware.
Contact me directly for any specific equipment queries: email@example.com.
Times, location and cost
The workshop will run from 18::00 on day 1 until 18:00 (aprox.) the following day. The hide complex that we’ll be based in is near Stamford/Peterborough in Lincolnshire, roughly 15 minutes drive from the A1.
Workshops are limited to just 2 participants and places are assigned on a first-come basis.
The workshop price of £295 per person includes flash equipment hire.