New One day workshops imminent !
Coming shortly: Adobe Lightroom workshops combined with training on photographing Owls, Kites and other Birds of Prey (Raptors), on the ground and in flight.
Location: Gloucestershire. Cost circa £175 for the day, including lunch. Dates to be announced
Please message me if interested (limited places)
After the success of the #WildlifeandProcess courses in December 2016 / April 2017, I will be running further photography and image processing workshops, in Scotland in November 2017 and April 2018. In response to requests, Landscape photography is now included.
A study in camouflage - female Ptarmigan on Cairngorm can be surprisingly hard to find. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
A view towards Skye. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
Capturing outstanding images is only half the story, so we will combine photography skills with training on your cameras and Adobe Lightroom to help you obtain the best results possible. The comments below show how much difference it can make to your skills.
I was flattered to be described by one of our previous course participants as "a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about photography and post-production". I have trained Canon's European technical reps on their camera products in the past, setup colour management for a global news organisation and had regular spreads in some very fine magazines, so you will come away with a very thorough knowledge of your camera, its AF system, how to get the pictures and how to archive and process them using Lightroom.
Once again we are based at the wonderful Grant Arms 'Wildlife hotel' in Grantown-upon-Spey, centre of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. The hotel itself is charming, the food is outstanding and to boot, it has an amazing wildlife library where we normally hold the training.
Red Squirrel by workshop client draddsphotography.co.uk
Each day we will be photographing many of the iconic and specialist species found in the area, including Ptarmigan, Red Squirrel, Crested Tits, Mountain Hare, Red Grouse together with landscape and anything else of interest that we find. Both Golden and White-Tailed Eagles are around and frequently seen and Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen in the Moray Firth.
Dolphin pictures are a great test of timing! Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
Not Scotland! We'll be using these ultra-long exposure techniques for landscapes. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
I rarely take pictures on workshops - I am there to provide the best experience for our guests. We limit numbers to a maximum of 4 guests.
At the end of each day, we relax and after a brief break, we sit down with tea / coffee and biscuits and enjoy informal, but detailed training on Adobe Lightroom.
The training includes setting up colour management, import and image backup and organising your pictures with keywords in the Library, so finding them is quick and easy. We'll then jump into the Develop module to optimise and processing the images captured each day. As the course progresses we'll cover all the useful features and functions of Lightroom, including exporting for a range of uses and printing.
Guests generally take dinner in the hotel as a group and I join them in the evenings. People are free to retire or sit around and chat afterwards or solve problems as they wish. The hotel has a very fine selection of whiskies for those that enjoy a wee dram.
Red Grouse can be stunning in the right light. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
Snow on Llithach. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
To get the best from this workshop, you need a DSLR camera capable of shooting RAW. Ideally you also need a telephoto lens of 300mm or above for wildlife. Tele-convertors will also help if you have them. For Landscapes a Wide Angle of 20mm or wider is useful, but not essential
I use Canon cameras and delegates frequently get the opportunity to try out lenses. I also 'speak' fluent Nikon and Sony too, as well as film and shooting movies, so if you have another brand of camera or want to captures some movie clips as well, you are just as welcome and will still get a great deal out of the course.
Lightroom is an incredibly powerful post-production tool that covers most needs of photographers. The course is aimed at intermediates, but we can help total beginners, or experts too. The course concentrates primarily on the Lightroom workflow and for those that have it, or wish to learn it, we will also cover the outstanding Lightroom Mobile.
Everyone will come away with a great deal more knowledge than they started with.
Fitness: Due to the nature of the environment we will be in, you will need to have a fair level of fitness. On one day we will walk up into the high corries of the Cairngorms to search for the elusive Ptarmigan; the hardiest of all birds found in the UK. In the winter months these birds are pure white, it’s only their tail feathers and the cock bird’s eye stripe that remain black. In the Spring they are in transition but are very settled and approachable. The walk itself is a six mile round trip and requires a good level of ﬁtness. The track is steep, but at no point will we be venturing into avalanche prone areas. if you're not sure about this please feel free to contact me to discuss it. You will be out in cold and possibly wet conditions for up to five hours so please make sure you are suitably clothed. At the time of booking you will be emailed a recommended kit list.
All transport including airport / station pickups
4 nights accommodation in the beautiful Grant Arms hotel with en-suite room, full Scottish breakfast, 3 Course Dinner and wine
Daily guiding and wildlife / landscape photography training
Quality packed lunch (and chocolate snacks through the day)
Daily training on Adobe Lightroom
Partners are more than welcome to stay with us at the hotel and to join us for Dinner and Breakfast and the evening. The cost is an additional £95 night / £370 for the 4 days.
A deposit of £395 will be required at the time of booking. The balance will be due six weeks before the first day of the course.
Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
Waxwing are always a treat - more so with sun and blue skies. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown
Wildlife Landscape and Process: November 27-30th 2017
Wildlife Landscape and Process March 18-21 2018
The program will be similar to the above, with slight variations dependent on the season and weather
Keith (http://www.draddsphotography.co.uk): "Wildlife and Process course, well worth every penny. What you learn here will open your eyes about how you approach wildlife photography."
"I learnt so much. I thought I knew just enough abut LR to get done what I needed to, but as it turns out, I was barely scratching the surface. I feel my workflow will be more productive now, and maybe even a bit shorter. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I wanted to get out of this course."
Julie: "the wildlife and process course has been amazing" "one of the best weeks of my life so far" "would'n't hesitate to attend another course in the future"
"loved the Grant arms. Wonderful place / setting / food / room. Couldn't fault it"
Client Gallery - Images from Wildlife & Process II (more to come!)
If you have any questions about the course content, location or specialist needs, feel free to drop myself or Andy a message vie the form below.
If you prefer, I can be contacted during the day / early evening (UK time) on 01761 461526