For the fourth year, Daniel is offering these Bird of Prey photography workshops at Cressing Temple Barns near Witham, and Hanningfield Reservoir, near Billericay, Essex, in association with Eden Falconry. We will be photographing a variety of species from natives such as Kestrel, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl, to others like their stunning Great Horned Owl 'Nanook', and some of these will be flying, some static, giving us a range of different compositions throughout the day.
The 'Birds of Prey amongst the Bluebells' workshops are the ones at Hanningfield Reservoir on the 29th and 30th April 2020, please book one of these dates if you're specifically after birds and bluebells shots.
We will meet for a brief introduction and orientation, discussing what we will be covering during the workshop, which is 100% practical photography to give us the maximum time with the birds. We'll then get started, using the woodland and bluebells at Hanningfield, and barns, woodland, and beautiful walled garden at Cressing Temple, to give us a wide range of styles and settings for the birds. There are restaurants at both sites, so we can have a delicious lunch before carrying on until we finish with the birds.
Throughout the day Daniel will be there to advise how best to set your camera up, discussing angles to shoot from, composition ideas, and anything else you need help with. As we'll be shooting both in and outdoors, there will be lots to take in regarding settings, using the correct ISOs, white balance and so on, and we'll also cover focusing modes and how to control focus points, especially useful for those tricky flight shots!
The barns and dense woodland allow us to carry on shooting should the weather not be in our favour. There will be a maximum of ten participants on these workshops, so everyone will have plenty of 1-2-1 time with Daniel, and as usual Daniel will not be racing off at the end of the day, so if you wish to stay on to chat or discuss any part of the day that won't be a problem at all.
Ideally participants will be using a DSLR or Compact System Camera with interchangeable lenses, as these cameras generally have quicker focusing and greater control, but any camera will be fine for the static photos.
The cost for the day is £90 per person. Use the form below to book and pay, you do not need a Paypal account to book your place, you can simply pay by credit or debit card. Please read the FAQs below to ensure you know everything about the day. Once you have booked a place, full joining instructions will be emailed to you within 48 hours. If you do not appear to receive a booking confirmation within that time, please check your spam or junk email folder first, then get in touch.
Cressing Temple Barns - Saturday 7th March 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm - FULLY BOOKED
Hanningfield Reservoir - Wednesday 29th April 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm - FULLY BOOKED
Hanningfield Reservoir - Thursday 30th April 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm - FULLY BOOKED
Cressing Temple Barns - Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm - 8 Spaces Left
Cressing Temple Barns - Tuesday 21st July 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm - 9 Spaces Left
Cressing Temple Barns - Friday 11th September 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm - 9 Spaces Left
Cressing Temple Barns - Saturday 10th October 2020, 9.30am-3.30pm - 10 Spaces Left
To book onto these workshops, please use the form below, selecting the date required, and entering the participant's name and contact number.
We'll spend the day taking photos of various bird of prey species such as Kestrel, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Bald Eagle (the birds present during the workshop cannot be guaranteed, and will be dependent on bird condition and availability). A variety of posed and flight shots will be taken, spending a good amount of time with each bird, with a maximum of 6-7 different birds being photographed throughout the day, this will depend on the group's wishes and needs on the day.
The workshop will start with a short introduction, explanation of the day, introduction to the Eden Falconry team, and orientation, then we get to 'work' photographing the birds. We will break for lunch around midday - lunch is not included, feel free to bring a packed lunch, or get something in the onsite restaurant. There will then be further photography through the afternoon, and you will then have the option to stay on and have a chat and look through the photos from the day, or make your way home.
A reasonable knowledge of your camera would be useful, but Daniel will help you get the right settings for each situation, with 1-2-1 tuition available for everyone throughout the day, as well as group instruction when appropriate.
My Bird of Prey Photography Workshop costs £90 per person, with a maximum of 10 participants.
The workshop runs for 6 hours (including lunch break), and is purely a practical photography session, with a mixture of outdoor and indoor locations. Everyone gets some 1-2-1 time, which can be used to address any aspect of the camera, photography, or anything else you wish to discuss.
No. I have had customers as young as 10 on a standard workshop (I'm happy for children to be chaperoned if preferred), and have even run workshops for children's groups, with an age range of 7-11. The other end of the age spectrum is no hindrance either!
Please use the form above to book your places, you can specify the number of participants you wish to book on once you get to the Paypal payment page. Paypal is absolutely secure, and trusted by millions of websites throughout the world. Payment in advance is required to secure your place.
Yes you can, just follow the steps for 'How do I book?' above, and simply put their name in the 'Your Name' field, and just add a note to confirm this on the Paypal payment page. If you would like a card to give them to show what you've done, you can download one from here, just print it, fold it, and fill in the details.
If the workshop is cancelled by Daniel Bridge Photography Tuition as much notice as possible will be given and all monies paid will be refunded within 7 days.
If you need to cancel your booking, please advise Daniel Bridge Photography Tuition as soon as possible. A full refund will be made if the cancellation is made at least 7 days prior to the workshop date, 50% refund if cancellation is made at least 48 hours before the workshop, no refunds for cancellations after this time.
The site at Cressing Temple Barns is even and fairly flat, with just a few gentle slopes to access some areas. We will tailor the day to suit the mobility of the participants.
The area used at Hanningfield Reservoir is woodland with unsurfaced paths, unsuitable for mobility scooters or those unsteady on their feet. The main area used is around 400m from the car park and restaurant.
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"What an enjoyable, interesting and informative day it was, I would not hesitate to recommend it to others." Christine A.
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