Illustrated Talks on Landscape and Wildlife Photography
I offer thirteen talks on aspects of landscape and wildlife photography, all intended for specialist photographic audiences.
Each talk comprises approximately 150 high definition images and comfortably fills a two hour programme (inclusive of a 20 minute break midway).
I bring my own high definition digital projector. All my talks focus on showing great images as well as explaining the thinking and planning that went into them.
The fee per talk (effective from 1 January 2019) is £100 plus travel charged from Avebury at 45p/mile. To book please contact me.
By The Sea
Our coast is the spectacular wild edge of Britain. Fulfilling the tremendous photographic potential of beaches, cliffs, sea stacks, lighthouses, castles and storms requires effective use of seasonal light and tides. Photographic techniques discussed include using different shutter speeds, stitching panoramas and capturing high dynamic range.
Landscapes for all Seasons
Seasonal change is an inspiration to landscape photographers. Spring wild flowers, summer harvest, autumn mist and winter snow transform the countryside from ordinary to exceptional. Exploring favourite locations throughout Britain to illustrate light and composition, the talk shows how to make the most of conditions, capture reflections and panoramas, use filters and explains techniques such as focus stacking.
Wildlife For All Seasons
Exciting wildlife photographs do not require overseas travel! Featuring owls, kingfishers, puffins, hares, otters, seals and purple emperor butterflies, this talk shows how, when and where to make striking images of iconic British species in the wild.
Macro photography opens up a fascinating world of wildlife, including many subjects close to home. This talk demonstrates techniques for making striking images of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, orchids and fungi including composition, depth of field and controlling light, as well as how to find and identify the subject.
Photographing the Diversity of Mammals
Wild mammals are amongst the most challenging photographic subjects. Exploring some of the world’s top wildlife destinations in search of giant anteaters, gorillas, elephants, wolves, bears and big cats, get up close to create quirky and unusual images.
Photographing the Beauty of Birds
The charismatic birds of cold oceans, tropical forests, wetlands and dry savannas are an inspiration to photographers. Ranging from penguins and albatrosses to hummingbirds and toucans, this talk demonstrates creative techniques for capturing the lives of birds.
Winter light, frost, floods and snow present great challenges and opportunities for outdoor photography. Images of winter in Britain, Yellowstone and Arctic Norway show landscapes transformed, wildlife spectacles unfold and capture the elusive beauty of the aurora borealis.
NEW Photographing Wiltshire
Wiltshire’s landscape encompasses quintessential scenes; whale-backed chalk hills, exquisite Cotswold villages, England’s finest landscape garden and quirky white horses, together with the world’s largest and most famous stone circles. There is much to delight the photographer here. Yet compared to other parts of the West Country, most of the county remains relatively little photographed. In this talk, accompanying my book of the same title, I will share its secrets.
Jaguars and Giant Tortoises
South America has some of the world's most exciting wildlife destinations. Exploring Pantanal swamps, Andean cloud forests and Galapagos islands, this lecture describes techniques for photographing birds, mammals and reptiles in the continent's diverse tropical environments.
In the Desert
Deserts offer photographers exquisite light and patterns. Extraordinary landscapes of dunes, canyons, mesas, arches and hoodoos are explored, along with ancient kasbahs, wildlife and the flowering of the desert. The talk covers using reflected light, high contrast, low light and imaging the night sky.
Stumbling Around in the Dark
Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. In this evening of landscape astrophotography, I show how to use an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera to make stunning images of stars, planets, earth's moon and the Milky Way, as well as more elusive astronomical phenomena such as meteors and eclipses. In the second half, I recount travels in the arctic in search of the aurora borealis and on four continents to photograph total solar eclipses.
The Art of Audiovisual
Digital audiovisuals are an ideal medium for presenting photography to an audience. With examples of the British coast and countryside, tropical wildlife and American landscapes, I demonstrate how to build a story in pictures and music. My final audiovisual asks "How Far Can You See?" and is literally out of this world.
One Hundred Steps to Excellence
The Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) awards distinctions primarily based on success in international photographic exhibitions. I demonstrate how to gain FIAP distinctions using 100 of my images accepted internationally, including a selection of those with which I achieved an Excellence FIAP award.