Dartmoor's Wild Bird Photography Workshop
 

with Accommodation
 

Grey WagtailGrey Wagtail
 

Beginner Workshop – 4 days / 3 nights
 

(Intermediate Workshop see below) 
 

In this workshop I will take you to several areas of Dartmoor and during April and May, 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 due to it being mating season. Remember this is wildlife, and wildlife does what it wants and there is no guarantee they will all be there. 
 

Day One
 

Check-in time to the accommodation will be 4pm with a Devonshire Cream Tea on arrival and the workshop will begin at 5pm with a “meet and greet”. We will discuss your wildlife photography needs and draw up an action plan for your workshop. Digital photography notes to be given out. 
 

Day Two
 

The day will start with a hearty breakfast, served between 8am and 9am, afterwards you will receive tuition on your camera and photography in general, before going out on location for the rest of the day returning at approximately 5pm, depending on the light (packed lunch is included).
 

Day Three
 

The day will start at sunrise and we will go out on location, returning later for breakfast. Afterwards we will go back out again returning at about 5pm, depending on the light (packed lunch is included).
 

Day Four
 

The day will start with a hearty breakfast, served between 8am and 9am, afterwards you will receive tuition about the post processing workflow of digital photography until 12 noon. Finally, check-out from the accommodation will be at 1pm.
 

Workshop includes
 

The workshop will consist of learning how to use your Camera, Lenses, Autofocus modes, ISO, Settings, 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.
 

Post production workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop.
 

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

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

Accommodation
 


 

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is included in the workshop price, staying in our spacious and highly regarded “Acorn Lodge” for details please go to www.acorn-lodge-dartmoor.co.uk . If you have photography or non-photography friends or family they can also join you, up to 3 extra people can stay in the lodge which sleeps 4 people in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom. (Please see prices below). Therefore the group size could be from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 people. Only if there are 2 photographers, unknown to each other, enrolled on the same course will you have to share the lodge otherwise you will have the lodge to yourself.
 

Group Size
 

Maximum of 4
 

Fitness Level
 

These workshops will involve short walks with some hill work on uneven terrain so a reasonable level of fitness will be required.
 

Equipment Needed
 

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, preferably a DSLR 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 you 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 weather can change quite rapidly so please bring appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry, a layering system 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.
 

Please bring your own laptop computer to view your images as although there is Wi-Fi in Acorn Lodge, for you to use, there are no computing facilities.
 

Price
 

The Special Offer Introductory price for this workshop including tuition, notes, accommodation, breakfasts, packed lunches and all excursions is £330.
 

Extra nights are £110 per night.
 

There are several local Inns which serve excellent food for your evening meals (not included).
 

Price for Extra Guests
 

For a non-photography guest it will be £49 per person per night bed and breakfast accommodation including a Devonshire Cream Tea on arrival.
 

Price Excludes
 

Evening meals, personal and equipment insurance.
 

Booking Your Workshop
 

If any person would like to attend a wildlife photography workshop or purchase a workshop as a gift, for someone's birthday or a special occasion, then please contact me using the link at the top or bottom of this page or, send an email to acornlodgetheoaks@gmail.com and specify the date you prefer to start and state that you require a Beginner Workshop.
 

 

 

SkylarkSkylark
 

 

Intermediate Workshop – 3 days / 2 nights
 

In this workshop I will take you to several areas of Dartmoor and during April and May, 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 due to it being mating season. Remember this is wildlife, and wildlife does what it wants and there is no guarantee they will all be there.
 

Day One
 

Check-in time to the accommodation will be 4pm with a Devonshire Cream Tea on arrival and the workshop will begin at 5pm with a “meet and greet”. We will discuss your wildlife photography needs and draw up an action plan for your workshop. Digital photography notes to be given out.
 

Day Two
 

The day will start at sunrise and we will go out on location, returning later for breakfast. Afterwards we will go back out again returning at about 5pm, depending on the light (packed lunch is included).
 

Day Three
 

The day will start with a hearty breakfast, served between 8am and 9am, afterwards you will receive tuition about the post processing workflow of digital photography until 12 noon. Finally, check-out from the accommodation will be at 1pm.
 

Workshop includes
 

The workshop will consist of 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.

Post production workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop.
 

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

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

Accommodation
 


 

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is included in the workshop price, staying in our spacious and highly regarded “Acorn Lodge” for details please go to www.acorn-lodge-dartmoor.co.uk . If you have photography or non-photography friends or family they can also join you, up to 3 extra people can stay in the lodge which sleeps 4 people in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom. (Please see prices below). Therefore the group size could be from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 people. Only if there are 2 photographers, unknown to each other, enrolled on the same course will you have to share the lodge otherwise you will have the lodge to yourself.
 

Group Size
 

Maximum of 4.
 

Fitness Level
 

These workshops will involve short walks with some hill work on uneven terrain so a reasonable level of fitness will be required.
 

Equipment Needed
 

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, preferably a DSLR 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 you 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 weather can change quite rapidly so please bring appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry, a layering system 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.
 

Please bring your own laptop computer to view your images as although there is Wi-Fi in Acorn Lodge, for you to use, there are no computing facilities.
 

Price
 

The Special Offer Introductory price for this workshop including tuition, notes, accommodation, breakfasts, packed lunches and all excursions is £220.
 

Extra nights are £110 per night.
 

There are several local Inns which serve excellent food for your evening meals (not included).
 

Price for Extra Guests
 

For a non-photography guest it will be £49 per person per night bed and breakfast accommodation including a Devonshire Cream Tea on arrival.
 

Price Excludes
 

Evening meals, personal and equipment insurance.
 

Booking Your Workshop
 

If any person would like to attend a wildlife photography workshop or purchase a workshop as a gift, for someone's birthday or a special occasion, then please contact me using the link at the top or bottom of this page or, send an email to acornlodgetheoaks@gmail.com and specify the date you prefer to start and state that you require a Intermediate Workshop.