Nature Workshop - Full Story


 

 Day One

We can collect you from the Airport during the morning or early afternoon.

Afternoon Welcome session followed by evening meal.  


Day Two

Sumburgh Head

After breakfast we will spend a short time going over camera settings, exposure and composition before heading out to our first location, the extraordinary cliffs at Sumburgh Head. RSPB reserve. 

There we will go through all the important aspects of field technique and action photography.Awaiting our arrival on location will be Puffin, Guillemot, Fulmar, Great Skua, and Shetland Wren. While Gannets pass by, close to the head. 

In the late afternoon we will return to assess our day’s work and begin to look at our workflow on the computer in the digital light room. 


Day Three

Noss National nature Reserve

Walking the Island of Noss will give us the best possible views of Gannets, both in the colony and individuals in flight and perched.

The spectacular site of over 20,000 Gannets on the 1300ft cliff is breathtaking.

We will also have the oppotunity to photograph Puffin,Twite,Shetland Wren, Great Skua,Arctic Skua, and Raven.

 

 


Day Four

Mousa RSPB Reserve

Private boat charter will transport us across Mousa Sound to this uninhabited island where the RSPB protect and manage one of the UK’s best locations for viewing Harbour Porpoise, and  with luck Killer Whales. 

 On the island- Great and Arctic Skua, Eider Duck, Oystercatcher, Shetland Wren, Shag and Black Guillemot, as well as one of Shetland’s largest  Harbour Seal colonies, living beneath the shadows of the 2,000 year old Broch, the finest  example of Pictish architecture  in the world.

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Day Five

Landscapes of the West Side – Wildflowers and Birds 

We will journey to the wild west of Shetland where the vast expanse of untouched wilderness   provides opportunities to photograph Landscape and breeding waders.

We will also experiment with Macro Photography, looking at the hundreds of   vividly coloured wildflowers that grow throughout the summer months. 

 


Day Six

Bressay and Noss

Noss National Nature Reserve .The cliffs on the island’s east side have one of the most spectacular sea bird cities  in the world –  a photographers’ paradise – with 45,000 Guillemot, 8,000 Gannet, 2,000 Razorbill, hundreds  of Puffins   and many  other sea birds. 

We will travel around the island from Lerwick with award winning tour operator Dr Jonathan Wills on board  Dunter III,  who will take you closer than you can imagine possible to the cliff’s seabird colonies, and introduce you to the local seal  population. He also has underwater cameras to show what is happening under the waves. 

In the afternoon we have the  oppotunity to photographing seals at close range, before visiting the Iron Age Broch on Clickimin Loch and focussing on local wild flowers on our return journey.

We return to the computer room for another session before our evening meal.

  


Day Seven

 

Landscapes and Nature of South Mainland.This beautiful part of Shetland will give us a full day taking photographs of dramatic sea cliffs, and tranquil bays with sand and rocky shores.  

The abundance of wildlife will allow for a fascinating array of subject matter. Dunlin,Ringed Plover,Golden Plover,plus much more.

Once again, we return late afternoon to the computer suite to work on our digital technique. 


Day Eight

Breakfast and departure. 

 

 

 


Computer Room  Projects

Adobe Photoshop Tools

Optimizing Photoshop

Raw vs Jpeg

Histograms and Exposure

Cleaning and Adjustments

Sharpening

Creating and Stitching Panoramic images

Expanding the Dynamic range and HDR

Raw Conversions

Layers and Layer Masks

Advanced Black and White conversion

Monitor and Print Calibration

Adobe Lightroom


Field  Techniques

Metering

Lighting

Flash

Composition

Focus & Sharpness

Stalking & Camouflage

Equipment and its correct use

Plus much more   

 


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