The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Workshop (One-to-One)
In the “The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Workshop” you will learn all the basic and intermediate techniques of nature photography, including more technical stuff but also field techniques that will help you find and approach your subjects.
The workshop is private (one-to-one or small private groups) and will take place over 4 days, whenever you want. You can choose 4 days in a row or 4 separate days according to your availability.
The duration and content of the oral classes are adjusted to the level of knowledge of the participant. The information presented in this page is the program for beginners in nature photography, but this course can be adapted to intermediate level. For more information contact me.
The first day will be an introduction to the course. During the morning you will learn how to use your camera in manual mode and to get the most out of the available light and composition techniques.
In the afternoon, we go out to the field, to Poço Negro (Black Well), where you will consolidate the knowledge obtained during the morning and also to learn other important techniques you should know when photographing animals. I go to Poço Negro frequently to photograph nature. It is characterized by the presence of mountain rivers and small streams, associated to a beautiful riparian forest where it is possible to observe various iconic animal species of Portugal, such as the Iberian frog, the red fox, the red squirrel, the water lizard, woodpeckers and many more.
On the second day we will photograph birds in flight at the Porto City Park, which is the ideal place to learn how to successfully use your camera’s autofocus (AF) system and to photograph in situations where animals move quickly.
Porto City Park is an important urban green area for many species of birds, such as coots, grebes, cormorants, herons, among others. Learning how to use the autofocus system is not as simple as it may seem, especially when dealing with animals that move very fast, so the big number of birds that is normally present in this place and the fact that these animals are not afraid of humans, are very important aspects, once they allow you to intensively practice these important aspects of wildlife photography.
Day 3 and 4
On day 3 and 4 we will shoot in one of my favorite places ever, Serra da Freita. In addition to stunning landscapes, Serra da Freita is also characterized by its incredible biodiversity. During these two days we will cover more photography related techniques and consolidate the knowledge already learned. In addition, field techniques will be also discussed, such as on how to read the signs of the presence of the most varied species of animals and on how to approach them, which is essential knowledge for any wildlife photographer. During this period you will also learn how to build a photography hide, to increase our chances of getting close to the most sensitive species.
What Will Be Covered
– Gear needed for nature photography;
– Importance and types of light;
– Shooting in manual mode (shutter speed, aperture and ISO);
– Other semi-automatic modes;
– The histograms;
– Light metering modes;
– Exposure compensation;
– Composition in detail;
– How to get maximum detail in your images;
– How to make the most of the camera’s autofocus in action situations;
– How to find and monitor fauna;
– Techniques for approaching fauna;
– Macro photography;
– How to prepare a photographic expedition;
– Among other topics.
Note: These topics can be adapted to the level of knowledge of each participant. That is, it is possible to replace the more basic topics by something more advanced for more experienced participants.
Where It Will Take Place
The workshop will be yield in three different places.
Black Well (Day 1)
Porto City Park (Day 2)
Serra da Freita (Day 3 & 4)
How to Book the Workshop
Click “Book Workshop” and you will be taken to the contact page. Then send me an email with the date you wish to do the workshop and with the group size.
The workshop is available all year round, but contact me to schedule a specific date and time of the day.
The original route of the workshop can be changed according to your preferences. Just make sure to mention the places you want to visit in the email.
You will receive a full refund if you cancel the workshop at least 10 days before the first day of the workshop. After that, no refund will be done.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.