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Course Information

What is included?

Daily guiding with training as required for wildlife / bird / landscape photography.

All transport is included for our courses. For the Highlands, this includes airport / station pickups from Inverness / Aviemore. In Spain, this will be Barcelona and in Poland, Krakow. In Africa, we travel as a group from the airport.

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Grey Crowned Crane. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown

Clothing and fitness

We travel in comfortable vehicles, but good clothing choices are important, as we will be spending time outdoors in exposed locations. At the time of booking you will be emailed a recommended kit list, appropriate to the season and location of your trip.

Our trips require a reasonable degree of fitness and agility, negotiating steep slopes and navigating rocky terrain or getting on and off boats.

Feel free to ask if you are unsure that this is appropriate for you.

Photography

Throughout the tours, and workshops, Nick helps participants to make the best possible photographs of the birds and wildlife. We use the best local guides to help us find our species and to make the trips as interesting as possible.

Nick has a huge range of experience with professional camera products, so you will come away with a very thorough knowledge of your camera, its autofocus system and how to take the best pictures. We will also help those who like to 'Digiscope' their pictures.

Once back at the hotel or Safari lodge, the included, but completely optional workshops on Adobe Lightroom will help you to to archive and process your pictures to make them look their best to print or share with friends, family and on social media

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Mountain Hare by a guest in December 2018. Photo by LT

Cameras

To get the best from the photographic content of this workshop, you will need a DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW.

For Birds or Wildlife, a telephoto lens of 300-600mm equivalent is a minimum; ideally, the longer the better. Tele-converters will also help if you have them. These do not have to be expensive - feel free to ask, advice is freely given.

For Landscapes a tripod is essential (we have a few spares, please ask) and a wide angle lens of 20mm or wider. Star and Milky way shooting is more specialist and if this is an interest, it would be a good idea to chat in advance.

Ideally you need a little experience with your camera and software. Feel free to ask if you are unsure whether this course is for you.

Nick uses Canon, Panasonic and Olympus gear but is very fluent with Nikon, Sony and most other major brands, so whatever you use, you can be sure you will learn plenty and get some beautiful images.

Please also bring a Laptop (or iPad) and a backup disk or two will be very useful to safeguard your images. If you wish to participate in Lightroom training, the device should be capable of running current versions. Again, please ask if you want to know more.

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Waxwing are always a treat - more so with sun and blue skies. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown

Lightroom & Colour Management Training

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Training on Adobe Lightroom Classic and CC is an integral part of the photographic content of the course

At the end of each day, we relax into comfortable chairs with tea / coffee and biscuits and those that wish to participate will enjoy the informal, but detailed training on Adobe Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC that is included with all courses.

Lightroom is an incredibly powerful post-production tool that covers the needs of most photographers. The course is aimed at those with a little experience, but we can help experts too. The course concentrates on the Lightroom Classic workflow and for those that have it, or wish to learn it, we can also cover the new Lightroom CC for computer, iPad and phones.

The training includes setting up colour management, import and image backup and organising your pictures with keywords in the Library, so finding them is quick and easy. We'll then jump into the Develop module to optimise and process the images captured each day. As the course progresses we'll cover all the useful features and functions of Lightroom, including exporting for a range of uses and printing.

Everyone that participates will come away with a great deal more knowledge than they started with.

Optionally, we can include Photoshop in this training or replace the Lightroom segment with Photoshop, depending on the wishes of the group.

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Moving water in low evening light. Photo by Nick Wilcox-Brown

All our trips use wonderful accomodation, either at a hotel or safari lodge.

Return travel to airport / railway station is provided at the end of your trip.

A deposit of 10% will be required at the time of booking. The balance will be due 4 weeks before the first day of the course.

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Grant Arms Hotel. Photo by Nick

Feedback from 2018/19 is on related pages - this is courses prior to 2018:

”Wildlife and Process course, well worth every penny. What you learn here will open your eyes about how you approach wildlife photography.”*

”I learnt so much. I thought I knew just enough abut LR to get done what I needed to, but as it turns out, I was barely scratching the surface. I feel my workflow will be more productive now, and maybe even a bit shorter. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I wanted to get out of this course.”

”the wildlife and process course has been amazing" "one of the best weeks of my life so far" "wouldn't hesitate to attend another course in the future”

”loved the Grant Arms. Wonderful place / setting / food / room. Couldn't fault it”

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