The Wilderness Walkabout is a one day photography workshop running from 9:30am until 5pm, with a break for lunch sometime around noon.
The walks are typically arranged around Lancaster and south Lake District.
We will meet at a designated location at 9:30, and then continue on together to the main location where we will be spending the rest of the day.
After introductions, the first part of the day will be some group discussion and instruction of various aspects of the day’s photography, just to make sure everybody’s up to speed on the basics of light, exposure, and how to use their equipment.
Lunch will be provided. If the weather is cooperative, we will setup a barbecue with enough burgers and sausages to go around, along with appropriate veggies and condiments. Obviously, we cannot rely on the British weather being cooperative all the time, in which case sandwiches will be made available. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.
The rest of the day will be spent photographing the area around us, with demonstration of various photographic techniques and principles, and with somebody always on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance.
What you will learn
- Principles and “rules” of composition
- How to meter and expose for the scene in front of you
- Depth of field and its relationship with aperture and subject distance
- Shutter speed and motion blur
- How to spot wildlife and other potentially interesting subjects
- How to find good light and avoid the not so good
The last one there is a bit of a confusing one for some people. Good light? bad light? isn’t light just light? Well, yes, and no, but you’ll learn the difference
- Working with the available light to determine the mood of the scene
- How you may be able to modify ambient light with reflectors and diffusers
- How you can complement ambient light with your popup flash
- When and how to use a circular polariser filter
We will also touch on some of the basics of location scouting, including ways of finding new locations to photograph.
This workshop is an exercise in general photographic principle and technique in order to help you better understand what it is you’re trying to achieve when you make a image, and how to achieve it.
What you need to bring
- A DSLR or other interchangeable lens system that offers full manual control over ISO, shutter speed, aperture and focus.
- Lenses covering a range of focal lengths. There’s no real specifics here, but a short range zoom (18-55, 24-70, 28-80, for example) and a telephoto zoom (something like a 55-200, 55-300, 70-200, or 70-300) should suffice.
- A pair of good walking/hiking boots or wellies. While we won’t be walking massive distances, the ground may be soggy, or you might have to walk through shallow streams or puddles.
- A change of clothes and a towel. Whenever you’re wandering around wild areas, this is always a good idea. There’s no need to carry it with you all day, keep it in your vehicle, but bring one with you.
While not essential, here are some recommended items to bring along, if you happen to own them.
- As mentioned above, lunch is provided, but please make sure you bring snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day.
- A tripod or monopod – Monopods will help you get a steadier shot at slower shutter speeds, and tripods will allow you to perform extreme long exposures with no camera movement
- Circular polarising filter – These will help to intensify the colours in the sky, as well as prevent glare from streams and wet surfaces.
- Neutral density filters – This is something that many photographers don’t have, but if you have them, and wanted to have a good play with them, now’s your chance.
- Macro lens – True macro lenses are a luxury to many, but if you have one, bring it along.
How much does it cost?
The price of this workshop is £79 per person with a minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 10. As mentioned above, lunch is included, so please let us know beforehand if you have any specific dietary requirements or food allergies.
Below are the currently scheduled dates for this workshop. To confirm your place, please use the buttons below to pay either a deposit, in full.
Cancellation & Deposits
A 50% deposit is required to secure your placement. Please see our workshop cancellation policy for more information.