Private Tuition with Birds of Prey

Nanook the Great Horned Owl

My Birds of Prey workshops have proved extremely popular, and I also offer private tuition with the birds, which include Tawny Owl, Long-eared Owl, Barn Owls, Kestrel, Eagle Owl, Bald Eagle, Harris Hawk and more.

These private tuition sessions allow me to tailor the experience to the photographer, which might mean they choose the birds we photograph (subject to availability), or simply that they need more time spent on a particular aspect that can't be covered to the same extent in a group workshop setting.

Private Tuition Checklist
  • Tailored photography tuition.

  • Usually a three or four hour session.

  • Individual or small group tuition.

  • Takes place at Cressing Temple Barns.

  • Just £210 for a 3 hour 1-2-1 session.

Working closely with Andy and Lisa of Eden Falconry, the sessions take place at Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree and Witham in Essex, which give us a variety of habitats and settings for the birds, from woodland to barns, open spaces to a Tudor Walled Garden. There's even a Tiptree Tea Room on site!

It's usually a 4 hour session, but this can be varied depending on your requirements and experience, the session being tailored to ensure we cover what you want, and to help you get the best from the session.

I would normally expect us both to be taking pictures and comparing them to see how different viewpoints, lens choice etc. has an effect on the outcome. Whatever you want to address is fine, including the basics of what your camera does, or looking at specific techniques. If you're a complete beginner, I would suggest a 'Know The Basics' workshop, or a 1-2-1 without the birds, would be a good idea prior to booking a private session with the birds.

A Buzzard in flight

You can use any type of camera for these sessions, but some are more suited than others. In general, a DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens camera is going to do better than a Compact or Bridge camera with the flight shots, but static birds can be photographed well whatever camera you're using.

I am available weekends* or weekdays, for any 4 hours during the day, though normally I book a 10am to 2pm session. Please be aware that we also have to consider Eden Falconry's availability, so some flexibility regarding dates is likely to be required.

If that's of interest, let me know and we'll see when we can schedule you in!

* Weekend availability is very limited, if you would like to book a tuition session on a Saturday or Sunday please don't be surprised if the majority of dates offered are 3 or more months away.

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