Wildlife Photography Workshops

On this page you can book places on my upcoming photography workshops.

Wildlife Flash Techniques

Sun 25th February 2018

Overview

An advanced workshop that will cover the key techniques of using flash for wildlife work both at night and during the day. Classroom sessions on the techniques followed by practical sessions with captive birds of prey (in flight and stationary) to put theory into practice. The emphasis is on using flash responsibly to capture stunning images without distressing the subject.

Workshop description

The purpose of the workshop is to teach people how to set up and use flash for themselves and to then practice a number of flash techniques for photographing responsibly using captive birds of prey (so that we can practice repeatedly until everybody has mastered the technique – wild owls tend not to turn up on demand every minute or so, which makes it difficult to repeatedly try out a technique). We’re *not*  providing ready set-up hides and detailed manufactured scenes to photograph wild animals , we'll be photographing trained birds of prey and owls on location at the farm and surrounding countryside.

We will be doing at least one hands-on outdoor exercise for each of the techniques we cover. For each exercise , we’ll take birds with us into countryside of the Lee Valley around the venue, You’ll then set-up your equipment based on what we’ve talked through about the technique (with us nudging you in the right direction, or showing you how again – depending on your level of confidence). Once that’s done, the falconers will put the birds into position (this might be e.g. on a low  branch or a tree stump for a static shot, or for flight shots the birds will be released by the falconers to fly to a predetermined point where we’ll place some bait). We’ll have already chosen the locations / stumps / etc. before the workshop to be a scenic as possible. In some cases we will have placed suitable props/moss/leaves etc in advance to beautify things. We’ll usually a different location for each exercise, although some will be similar. An exception will be the ‘introducing a artificial backlight’ which we will do in the same location as the sunset/twilight lighting technique so that you can compare the effect of using it.

We won’t need hides as the birds are captive and trained. The birds will, however, have falconer’s leather attachments on their legs (called jesses). We’ll do our best to hide these but for the flight shots they will most likely be visible.

We need specific weather conditions for two of the techniques:

  • star scape backgrounds for dragging-the-shutter require a clear sky. If it’s cloudy, we’ll still try the technique but with an artificial light (or maybe the orange light pollution from London) which certainly won’t be as nice, but lets us teach you.
  • Daylight fill-in for harsh sunlight needs… sunlight. However, we’ll be using bright halogen lights in the event of no sun. (Well happily  let people take a few photos without the lights if they’d like to, but we’ll have to turn them on to teach the technique).

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    What equipment to bring

    You'll need: A DSLR, tripod, lens in the 100-300mm range (plus wide angle if you'd like an alternative perspective); one or more Speedlights with at least eTTL/iTTL and manual settings (plus HSS / FP Sync and strobe/multi if you'd like to try these techniques with us); radio trigger system for your flashes(e.g. Pocket Wizard, Yongnou 622 system, manufacturer's own system or others that support eTTL/iTTL, HSS). Warm outdoor clothing and footware and a good torch,

    Contact me directly for any specific equipment queries: john@johngoodayphotography.com.

    Times, location and cost

    The workshop will run from 15:00 until 22:00 (aprox) and will be held in the Lee Valley Nature Park approx. 10 mins from Junction 24 of the M25.

    Workshops are limited to just 6 participants and places are assigned on a first-come basis.

    Cost: £95 per person


    Winter Eagle Photography

    February 2018

    Koros-Maros National Park Hungary

    02-08 February 2018

    £915 per person

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    Overview

    This workshop is a very intense small group (3 guests max. per workshop) Workshop in search of Eagles in Koros-Maros National Park, Hungary. Not for the faint-hearted - mornings will be very early, days long, and conditions in the Eagle hide basic but we should be rewarded with close-up images of White-tailed and Imperial Eagles visitinga site we have prepared in the heart of the National Park. They are normally joined by large numbers of Buzzards and hooded crows. Occasionally, Marsh Harriers and Sakker Falcons may fly past. We need to be in place in the hides before dawn and won’t be able to leave until after dark as the Eagle are very sensitive to human presence. The hide has one-way shoot through optical glass both at groundand chest level and is heated, There is also a fan system to prevent condensation on the glass and a chemical toilet in an anteroom.

    Maximum of 3 participants per workshop.

    Cost

    £915 (includes tuition, accommodation, meals, transport in Hungary.  Excludes flights, alcoholic drinks, travel insurance.)

    As the birds are all wild, we can’t guarantee exactly what will or won’t turn up but we will have been attracting them to the site with daily food offerings (hare, rodents, sheep carcasses) for several weeks prior to the workshop. The images shown were taken during single trips over the last two years.
    In addition to days spent in the Eagle hide, we will also visit a thermal pool to photograph Kingfishers and use one of several purpase built hides for woodland birds.

    Detailed Information:

    Click here to down load the full, detailed workshop brochure

    Booking:

    Places are very limited and will be offered on a first-come basis. To reserve a place, you’ll need book below, complete your details and pay the trip deposit (£195). The remaining balance (£720)  is due 6 weeks prior to departure.

     

     


    Wild Bird Photography in Hungary

    May/June 2018

    Koros-Maros National Park Hungary

    24 - 29 May 2018   £855

    29 May - 02 June 2018   £795

    02 - 07 June 2018£855

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    4/Overview

    Join us for an intense small group (3 guests max. per workshop) 4/5-night Wildlife Photography Workshop set  in and around Koros-Maros National Park, Hungary. Every day you’ll be photographing a variety of wild birds from a mixture of pop-up and permanent hides while learning the key techniques of bird photography. I’ll be on hand to give you one-to-one guidance and help you get the most from your visit and equipment. There’s also the chance for you to learn advanced use of flash to tame tricky lighting situations including harsh sunlight and limited light.

    This is very much real wild life photography - we’ll be starting very early(often 4am) to be in place ready for the first action, usually taking a break in the middle of the day before continuing later in the afternoon when the light becomes softer. Sometimes we’ll continue shooting straight through the day, if subject and light are good.  There will usually be periods of waiting followed by frantic bursts of activity. You’ll have to work harder and longer than on some other photography workshops but hopefully you’ll learn a lot that you’ll be able to apply to your photography elsewhere.

    Detailed Information:

    Click here to down load the full, detailed workshop brochure

    Booking:

    Places are very limited and will be offered on a first-come basis. To reserve a place, you’ll need book below, complete your details and pay the trip deposit (£195). The remaining balance of £660 (£600 for 29 May - 02 June) 0)  is due 6 weeks prior to departure.