Nature photography – 3-day comprehensive workshops
During 3-day workshops you will learn how to photograph all aspects of nature surrounding you. The program of the workshops include:
– landscape photography
– photography of animals, birds and plants
– macrophotography and close-up photography
We will photograph all kinds of animate and inanimate objects in our environment. Landscape photography will teach you important principles of composition. In photography of animals you will learn to capture wildlife, as well as pets and farm animals. In bird photography you will see how to take photos of dynamic groups of birds secretly, upon approach and out of the car. You will become familiar with the rules of image composition, as well as how and where to search for different species of birds. On this occasion we will visit interesting locations which will give us the opportunity to document mesmerizing species and natural sites.
Day 1 – Friday
Until 4 pm – arrival of participants
4 pm – 5 pm – a short introduction on the topic of the workshops
5 pm – 6 pm – dinner
6 pm – 7 pm – the first field trip. Photography of plants, macro photography and close-up photography
11 pm – 12 midnight – night photography – for those interested in night scenery
Day 2 – Saturday. Before dawn we will go to a place where it is possible to find numb dragonflies and other insects covered with morning dew. A tripod and release cable will certainly come in handy. At dawn we will be creating magical close-up shots with a fairytale background. We will focus on shooting against the sun and with side lighting. We will use various types of lenses and accessories to create custom shots with a beautiful background. We will search for spider webs covered with dew and illuminated by the sun.
Additionally, we will also take standard, „nice” and „album” photos of anything small and alive.
8:00 am – return for breakfast and a longer rest after the morning session
9:00 am – 12:00 midday – photographing in diverse environments, – pond, reeds, marshy shores – in waders and rubber boots. – wet meadows – particularly, edges of meadows with interesting biological communities
– meadows with tall grass
– catching interesting species of insects using a net
– ruderal places, clumps of nettles, neighborhood of dirt roads – usually the richest and most diverse natural sites with a lot of plants, insects and arachnids
– trees and shrubs – dry, sandy habitats, walls, buildings
12:30 – 2 pm – lunch
2:30 pm – 6 pm – power in simplicity, i.e. interesting landscape shots. Applying the knowledge about perspective and composition in practice, techniques of bracketing, stacking, creating horizontal and vertical panoramas. You will also master the knowledge of the creative use of depth of field.
If the participants bring long-focus lenses (> 300mm), we will try to photograph birds using a portable hide. This will, however, depend on the type of equipment brought by the participants. We can then slightly modify our plans to dedicate more time to searching for interesting shots of birds.
6 pm – 7 pm – dinner
8 pm – 10 pm – sunset, golden and blue hour in a chosen, interesting scenic location. If a night session takes place the day before, we will turn in to be able to get up early. If we don’t take photos on Friday night, Saturday night will be dedicated to a field trip.
Day 3 – Sunday
Bearing in mind that it will be the 3rd day of workshops, all depends on the level of our vitality. The last day will be planned in such a way that people who want to get up early in the morning can participate in the field activities. Workshop participants who want to sleep off the previous day, or rest before travelling back home, will also „get” an interesting location for shooting at a later time, up until 9:00 pm.
8 am – Breakfast and a longer rest after the morning session
10 am – 2 pm – presentation and methods of post processing of chosen nature pictures. We will learn how to work on RAW files, manage color, use NIK plug-ins, sharpen images and prepare it to the presentation on websites
2 pm – lunch and the end of workshops
The issues that will be tested in practice include:
– Close-up photography and macrophotography
– Equipment needed for macrophotography and close-up photography
– Cameras, lenses, tripods and camera heads in macrophotography
– „Macro magic” – creating fabulous scenery using old M42 lenses and mirror lenses
– Accessories used in macrophotography – (extension rings, lenses, converters, bellows, lamps, diffusers, caps, extension tubes, reflectors, etc.)
– Accessories displayed on the table (see Gallery) – you will use them in class
– The art of spotting interesting frames
– My own tricks and techniques
– Obtaining extreme close-ups in practice
– Photography of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, including arachnids
– Composition in macrophotography
– Light in macro- and close-up photography – artificial and natural
– Basic techniques of macro shooting using SLR and compact cameras
– Photographing insects in flight
– Technical work in the studio – working with live insects and spiders; single images and stacking
– Photography of morning dew on grass
– Photography of flowers and fungi – close-up pictures stacking
– Creative close-up photography against the light.
– Taking macro photos using equipment worth several dozen £ – we will also test such solutions in practice
We will make use of any focal length, ranging from wide-angle (14-18 mm for full-frame cameras) to focal lengths of 200 mm. The necessary minimum is a varifocal 18-55 mm lens. We may not be able to use it for all the shots, but certainly for the majority. We can certainly use something longer, for example a cheap varifocal 70-300 mm lens or manual fixed lens, as well as a typical macro lens. Other necessary accessories include a tripod and a release cable. An on-camera flash lamp will suffice, but if you have an additional external flash lamp you should definitely bring it with you. If you are interested mainly in close-up and macrophotography, recommendations regarding useful equipment can also be found in the description of macrophotography and close-up photography workshops.