Dartmoor Wild Bird Workshop – 1 day
 

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In this workshop I will take you to several areas of Dartmoor and, with luck, you could see Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Great Tits, Wrens, Cuckoos, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws, Buzzards, Wheatears, Coal Tits, Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails, Dunnocks, Dippers, Herons, Magpies, Bullfinches, Kingfishers, Willow Warblers, various gulls, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Pigeons, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Robins, Stonechats, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatches, Jays, Mistle Thrushes and  Yellowhammers. But there is also a possibility of a rarity. All these birds will be in their best plumage during April, May and June due to it being mating season but most of them are around most of the year.

Remember this is wildlife, and wildlife does what it wants and there is no guarantee they will all be there. 

Initially, on booking your workshop we will discuss your wildlife photography needs and I will send you, by email, a pdf containing wildlife digital photography notes to prepare you for the day.

 

Day One
 

The day will begin at sunrise with us meeting at a “designated place”, agreed by us prior to the day. I will drive us around Dartmoor National Park where our Wild Bird photography will begin. At approximately 5pm, depending on the light, we will return back to the “designated place” (a packed lunch is included).

 

Workshop includes:-
 

The workshop will consist of tuition on Camera Settings, Autofocus modes, ISO, Exposure modes, Metering, File types, Depth of field, White balance, Histogram etc.

How to use natural light including front, side and backlight to achieve different images.

Learning where wildlife can be found, reconnoitring an area for wildlife.

Types of hide, Camouflage, Field craft skills and where to use them.

Taking the photo, Focus, Exposure compensation, Composition, Background etc.

At the beginning of the course you will receive some digital photography course notes.

Although I have stated the above please use it only as a guide as the workshop can be adjusted and tailor-made to suit your individual needs.

(In this workshop I will take it that you know how to change the settings for your camera.)

 

Group Size
 

1 person to a maximum of 3 people in the group.

 

Fitness Level
 

This workshop will involve an amount of walking with some hill work on uneven terrain so a reasonable level of fitness is required. You might also be required to crawl on wet/damp ground to get closer to your subject.

 

Equipment Needed
 

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, preferably a DSLR camera with the longest lens you own. Any lens or a zoom from 400mm up to 600mm is ideal but a 300mm plus a converter will suffice. Please bring a waterproof cover for your camera and lens to protect your equipment. You will also require a tripod or a monopod and spare memory cards.

Please bring the manual for your camera.

 

Clothing
 

Dartmoor’s landscape is quite exposed and the weather can change quite rapidly so please bring appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry. A breathable, thin layering system, (NOT cotton), works best. A hat, jacket, trousers or leggings and stout walking boots. These should all be waterproof and camouflaged or of a muted dark colour due to the subjects we are photographing.

 

 

Price per person
 

The Special Offer Introductory price for this workshop is £90 and includes tuition, notes, packed lunch and all excursions.

 

Price Excludes
 

Your Personal and equipment insurance cover.

 

 

Booking Your Workshop
 

If you would like to book this photography workshop please send an email to acornlodgetheoaks@gmail.com and specify the date you prefer and state that you require a 1 day Dartmoor Wild Bird Workshop.
 

 

Insurance Indemnity
 

Robin Stanbridge Photography cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items or for personal accident or injury and all activities are entered into at your own risk.  As such it is a fundamental condition of all my workshops that your own personal insurance is in place, covering medical and emergency expenses, personal accident, injury and death in addition to loss of, or damage to, luggage, possessions and personal possessions. You are responsible for your own personal medication and it is essential that you bring extra supplies with you.
 

 

Accommodation
 

If you require accommodation Acorn Lodge is available please see www.acorn-lodge-dartmoor.co.uk. For details.