10th Anniversary this year
Over 200 workshops completed
A Great Gift!
Make a wildlife photography workshop a part of your holiday in the outstanding
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley region.
Meet the photographer behind some World Famous Photographs including:
"A very informative and beneficial experience. David knows his stuff and I would highly recommend the course."
Digital SLR magazine "Reader Review" Workshops - 2 page article, July 2011 - given 5 out of 5 Stars
For a decade, multi award-winning wildlife photographer David J Slater has been running ONE-to-ONE or ONE-to-TWO practical wildlife photography workshops for photographers wishing to improve their wildlife photography or to simply learn more about their camera.
Whether your looking for a beginner course or a masterclass, my workshops provide you with an easy going approach that packs a lot of practical tuition and information in. You will leave with a very sound ability to take competent wildlife photographs.
I make the photography as simplified as possible, so please don't worry if you're a beginner. I have loads of experience with many beginners, including youngsters, as well as the more accomplished photographer.
You will learn about getting your exposures spot on, how to deal with tricky lighting conditions such as harsh sunlight or low-light levels. Control of backgrounds is an important issue I also cover, as is F-numbers and composition. All types of flash photography is outlined along with the practice, a subject all too commonly ignored by photographers. Macro photography (insects and flowers) is also practiced and encouraged, and you will soon learn the joys and pitfalls of this absorbing aspect of wildlife photography.
You can watch how I do it, then have a go yourself.
I hope you leave the course thinking in a different way. I encourage you to get the image as good as possible in the camera before moving on to the post processing step. Many photographers rely too heavily on Photoshop, and this is a mistake. Photoshop is a crucial and important element to photography these days, but the major input to getting a prize winning, publication quality image is how you take the shot in the first instance. This is the major emphasis on the workshop.
I can cover Photoshop / post-processing on your workshop if you wish - let me know.
All knowledge learnt can be easily transferred to other photographic disciplines.
Dates are by mutual arrangement, with lots of flexibility if climate change ever gets too troublesome!
Only on a personalized workshop can you ask as many questions as you like without embarrassment. I will give sound advice about camera gear if you are on the verge of buying something. I may even save you the cost of the workshop by steering you away from common bad buys.
I am your personal guide for the day and I will answer and help with any question or problem you encounter. It is a workshop and not a course, so your input is also vital!
Group workshops can never achieve the same.
Canon cameras, lenses, tripods, can all be loaned for free, including the Canon 600mm F4. I will also give you constructive critique of your pictures (past and present), with comparison of any I took on the trip.
Workshop days will be based around the Forest of Dean and/or Slimbridge Wildlfowl & Wetlands Centre (Gloucestershire).
I now offer two choices of day, HALF-DAY or FULL-DAY.
Half-days are really aimed at beginners / youngsters / elderly / mums & dads between school runs who are wishing to learn more about their cameras and how to take wildlife photographs in an easy setting like Slimbridge or at one or two locations in the Forest of Dean.
Full-days are often much more tiring, often requiring some walking as well as more patience waiting for things. These are aimed at the more experienced photographers who may have certain animals they wish to photograph.
Half-days run from 9.30am until 2.30pm, Full-days run from 9.30am until 5pm or earlier/later according to season and wildlife.
Prices are £190 per half-day or £250 per full-day.
Two people sharing will cost £240 per half-day or £330 per full-day.
Any entry fees will be included in the price.
Full days only include a cooked lunch.
For people wishing to make a full weekend of photography, visits to both venues will likely be decided. The price of the second day will be reduced by 25%.
(Note: If rain is forecast for your day, I do not give automatic refunds but I will move the day to the next convenient date for both of us. If any days are abandoned on a weekend due to rain, a full refund will be given to the value of the second day)
The choice of location will be discussed, but it is generally better to attend Slimbridge in the Winter and Autumn, and the Forest of Dean in Spring and early Summer. I generally try to avoid mid-summer workshops due to negative factors combining against us, such as low wildlife presence, dense cover, quality of light and condition of the animals plumage/coats.
Other locations can be discussed if preferable.
Overnight accommodation can be arranged for you.
If you want to book a date please email with your preferred date and I will respond as quickly as possible. It may take a few days to get back to you if I am away from home, so please be patient!
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Located close to the M4 and M5, I am also close to Bristol (45 mins), Cardiff, Birmingham, the West Midlands and Swindon (all 1 hour) and just 2 hours from Heathrow.
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"There is no substitute in photography for getting out there and practicing"