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, Goshawk, 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.
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.
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 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.
The rates for a 3 and 4 hour private photography tuition session with the Birds of Prey is shown below:
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Whatever you want! It's private tuition, designed around what you want and need. Tell me what you want to learn, and I'll do my very best to get you up to speed. Flight shots, portraits, abstracts, they're all feasible in a private session.
As private tuition is tailored to your needs, your current knowledge isn't really a concern, although you'll get the best from the session if you've already got a basic understanding of how your camera works.
The birds of prey private photography tuition I offer is based on a 3 or 4 hour session, and is usually along these lines...
We'll probably photograph 3 or 4 different birds during this time, and for most people this is a purely practical photography session, so we'll do portrait shots of a bird in a suitable environment, then if it's one that flies, we'll fly it, and do our very best to get good shots of it in the air. We'll repeat this throughout the session, with advice and tuition along the way as required.
The Birds of Prey private photography tuition sessions take place at Cressing Temple Barns, which are situated between Braintree and Witham, in Essex. There is free parking available, and a Tiptree Tea Room in case you wish to have lunch there after the session, or grab a coffee during it!
No. I have had customers as young as 11 benefiting from private tuition (I simply ask that children under the age of 16 be chaperoned), and would be happy for younger photographers to enjoy some tuition too.
Give me a ring, or email me, and we'll book you in! See the Contact page for details.
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.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
"This workshop was far more than I expected as it is so reasonably priced. I came away feeling really motivated and looking forward to trying all the different things I have learnt. I will definitely book the next course." Julie M.
"Just to say a big THANK YOU for a fabulous 121. Despite the weather I really enjoyed the day and learnt so much, thank you for your patience and skill and for sharing your great photography skills with me." Debbie W.
"I have had a couple of courses with Daniel and he made everyone feel at ease and was always pleased to help with issues from the minor to the major on any make of camera." Matt B.
"I finally know how to use my camera properly. The change in the quality of my photographs was stunning." Peter W.