As well as making my own images, I enjoy the opportunity to pass on my experience to others through tuition and mentoring.
I run 1-to-1 wildlife photography workshops in the New Forest, providing tuition suitable for beginners or more advanced enthusiasts.They are designed to provide you with new insights into photographing wildlife, practical tips and hopefully lots of motivation and inspiration!
Rather than sharing tuition time as part of a larger group my sessions are designed for either individuals or couples, I don’t offer group sessions as I feel the real value is in personal tuition that focusses on what you want to get out of the day and the pace at which you want to learn.
Below are details on some of the elements a workshop day might involve, but every one is bespoke, so whether you’d like a mix of different elements to the day or a focus on one species in particular please feel free to get in touch and we can create a workshop to suit you.
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WHAT TYPES OF WILDLIFE CAN I PHOTOGRAPH?
The New Forest National Park is one of the natural jewels of southern England, blessed with a variety of wonderful environments for wildlife photographers. These diverse habitats range from woodland to open heath and our beautiful coastline.
All year round, our various species of deer are present, from the larger Red, Fallow & Sika to the smaller Roe and Muntjac.
In the spring & summer, the New Forest is a great place to see reptiles, amphibians and dragonflies, with the iconic Adder, the UK’s only venomous snake, being a regular sight.
Birdlife is hugely diverse, with summer and winter migrants adding to our many native species. The New Forest’s coastline has important areas of marshland that attract large numbers of wading birds and we also see many bird of prey species as well as rarities like the Dartford Warbler and the elusive Nightjar.
And if all else fails, there’s always the New Forest ponies, those we can guarantee you’ll see!
WHAT’S THE COST?
All workshops are priced at:
£225.00 per day for 1-1 workshops for individual photographers
£360.00 per day for duo bookings for couples or friends who would prefer a joint workshop.
2 attendees is the maximum party size, there are lots of providers for larger groups, my workshops are designed to be personal and bespoke and therefore don’t cater as well for group bookings.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED FOR THE DAY?
You’ll need to bring your own camera with a lens that can reach a minimum focal length of 300mm. Ideally to take good-quality images you’ll own a digital SLR although this isn’t mandatory. When spending an entire day shooting it’s highly advisable to bring some kind of camera support, either a monopod or tripod. That way you give yourself the best chance of capturing sharp images and it’s a lot more comfortable as you don’t have to carry your camera constantly.
The UK weather can always be unpredictable so I’d always advise bringing a waterproof layer and comfortable footwear that you are happy doing plenty of walking in.
WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
I love teaching people about wildlife and photography, hopefully that comes across on the day! Here’s what some of the attendees have had to say about workshops they’ve attended in the last 12 months:
“I was given a voucher to Tom’s wildlife workshop for my birthday. I have to say the day really surpassed my expectations. I felt immediately comfortable with Tom, he assumed nothing and went into as much or as little detail as I needed. We had a great, relaxing and light hearted day at 3 locations. Tom gave me plenty of ideas and techniques (and followed up with written notes later) that I could use immediately and I’m confident that my Wildlife photography will improve measurably. Highly recommended. Thank you Tom” – Conrad H
“I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot from it. I would certainly recommend other people to book a day’s workshop with you. I think it had just about the right balance of technical and aesthetic content combined with a lot of fun as well.” – Dickie B
“I really liked your ‘mix and match’ approach of talking, explaining and demonstrating some of the technicalities, but always with the photograph itself being the most important thing. I really liked that, while paying attention to all the settings etc, we never lost sight of the subject we were photographing.” – Ann & Kay
“I had a fantastic day with Tom! I learnt lots of things about my camera that I didn’t know and learnt how to capture amazing images of animals using all the different settings. We got lots of great photos and I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I would definitely recommend this workshop to everyone!” – Ellie
“It was great just having the extra guidance, someone watching out for shots and watching what I was doing without being intrusive, but advising me in the right way” – Mark P
“Tom is very knowledgeable and patient. He makes you feel at ease whilst imparting some excellent information and tips. I would definitely do another workshop in the future as I had a great time at the workshop and learned a lot” – Paul F
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