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Want to get fantastic photos of birds of prey, both flying and static? My Birds of Prey Photography workshop is just the thing!
A day's practical photography with a range of birds such as Kestrel, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, and Bald Eagle, this is a great way to get those shots that you just couldn't capture in the wild. We'll look at composition, focusing, panning and much more, in a beautiful location in the heart of Essex.
This is a 100% practical photography workshop, structured to give us the maximum time with the birds. We will meet for orientation and a brief introduction, discussing what we will cover during the workshop. We'll then get started, using either the woodland and bluebells at Hanningfield, or the 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 continuing to photograph the birds throughout the afternoon.
Throughout the day I will provide guidance on 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 me, and as usual I will not be racing off at the end of the session, 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.
Payment in advance is required to secure your place. Use the form below to book and pay. 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.
Please read the FAQs below to ensure you know everything you need to about the day.
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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, or Bald Eagle (the birds present during the workshop cannot be guaranteed, and are 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 I will help you get the right settings for each situation, with 1-2-1 tuition available for everyone throughout the workshop, as well as group instruction when appropriate.
The Birds 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 a purely 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. Please note that the start time may vary depending on the venue.
No. I have had customers as young as 10 on a standard workshop 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!
Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a designated, appropriate adult; this may be a family member, nanny or chaperone. If the appropriate adult is not a workshop participant no extra charge will be incurred.
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Yes you can, just follow the steps for 'How do I book?' above, and simply state that you're booking it for someone else to attend. If you would like a card to give them, you can download a printable gift card PDF - 650KB. 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, and a 50% refund if cancellation is made no less than 48 hours before the workshop. For cancellation within 48 hours of any workshop, no refunds will be given.
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, which has full disabled access.
If you have any concerns, please contact me to discuss so that we can try to make things as straightforward as possible for you.
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A Great Day Out
"Attended a recent 'Birds of Prey' photo shoot. Daniel was very knowledgable, polite, humorous and approachable. He taught as a group and on an individual basis. I thought I would be too much of an amateur to attend this session but the teaching takes in all levels so I did not, at any time, feel 'out of my depth'. The day was stress free, loaded with information and imaging opportunities." Pete Osgood via Trustpilot
Birds of Prey workshop
"Attended a Birds of Prey workshop. Excellent opportunities for photographing birds both flying and perched. Daniel knew the location well and so backgrounds were suitable too. Photographing them flying is challenging and Daniel patiently took us through how to get the best shots. I have a great set of images from the day so thank you Daniel." Nevil Osborne via Trustpilot
Birds of Prey Workshop and Close-up Nature Workshop
"So far I have been on two Birds of Prey workshop at Cressing Temple Barns, and would thoroughly recommend them. Daniel has time for everyone in the group, and allows you to enjoy the day at a relaxed pace, offering plenty of advice to both experienced and inexperienced alike. Sorry Daniel, you'll have to put up with me again next year! Great fun day out, 5 stars from me." Angela Watts via Trustpilot
"I have done the basic and the birds of prey at Hanningfield, both totally worth the money. If you don't know (or can't remember) the tech photography terms, Daniel explains it in layman terms so that it is easy to remember. I would thoroughly recommend Daniel to anyone that is looking to learn about what they can achieve with their camera, whether they have a basic camera or high value DLSR." Andy Holburn via Trustpilot
Great day out at Birds of Prey Workshop
"Once again a great day out with Daniel and Eden Falconry. This was my third Birds of Prey workshop with Daniel and at each day I have been able to improve my technique with flying birds and differing light conditions. The added bonus, leaving aside the friendly banter, is the mix of birds on each day to provide new images. Highly recommended." Steve Marriott via Trustpilot
A great day again with Daniel
"A great day again with Daniel on the birds of prey workshop. Always enjoy his relaxed but very informative style and sense of humour. Will look forward to more workshops in the future. Thanks Daniel." Maxine Ellis via Trustpilot