Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshop

Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshop – Washington Wetlands Centre




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2017 Dates & Prices: Friday 26th May – 3 places available. £69 per person.
Saturday 27th May – 2 places available. £69 per person.
Child (15 or under) just £15 with a full price adult! Please use discount code WWTChild at checkout. Please contact me for details.
Maximum participants: 5 per workshop
Private workshops? Yes. One to one workshops are arranged on a bespoke basis and cost £224. One to two sessions can be also be arranged. Please contact me to arrange a suitable date.


I recommend a digital SLR with a lens of around 200mm. A zoom lens which covers this, for example, a versatile 70-300 is ideal. A tripod isn’t needed but a beanbag can be useful for low down shots.. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity.

Stout shoes and appropriate warm / dry clothing for the expected conditions are recommended.


Our base and meeting point will be the cafe in the Washington Wetlands Centre:

Washington Wetland Centre,
Tyne and Wear,
NE38 8LE.

Detailed directions and public transport.


There is ample car parking at the Wetlands Centre and toilets are in the visitors centre . The price includes introductory coffee / tea and a light lunch of soup and a sandwich. Feel free to bring a flask if you enjoy a more regular hot drink.


A basic level of fitness and agility is requires to walk around the wetlands centre.


Washington Wetlands CentreThis beginners photography workshop is designed to introduce and develop a practical understanding of the key camera settings and techniques associated with wildlife photography. We’ll look at exposure and the relation between shutter speed, aperture and ISO, dpeth of field, composition, use of lenses, autofocus settings, capturing action and camera / lens support. Washington Wetlands Centre offers a diverse range of species which we can photograph in an ideal learning environment. With a small group we can work at a pace that will suit everybody.

Ruddy Shelduck, Beginners Wildlife Photography WorkshopRuddy Shelduck
Comb, or Knob-billed Duck, Beginners Wildlife Photography WorkshopComb, or Knob-billed Duck


We’ll meet in the Wetlands Centre cafe at 10am for an introductory tea or coffee and have a chat about some of the basic settings and how to change them on your camera. Once we are set up we’ll head out to do some photography! Throughout the day we will photograph different species which will require some subtle yet effective changes to your settings and techniques.

Puna Teal, Beginners Wildlife Photography WorkshopPuna Teal

At lunchtime we’ll take a break for a bite to eat in the reserve’s cafe. Throughout the afternoon we will continue to work on what we have learnt in the morning session while gradually introducing techniques on composition and use of different lenses.

I like to keep the itinerary quite flexible so we can make use of the light, any interesting species and also an individual elenment of guidance.

We aim to finish at around 4.30pm.

Chiloé Wigeon, Beginners Wildlife Photography WorkshopChiloé Wigeon

Please ensure you have read and understood our workshop terms and conditions before you make a booking. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

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