If you love getting out and about in nature, and want to learn how to capture beautiful wildlife photos then this is the photography workshop for you!
During this Richmond Park wildlife photography workshop, you will learn how to capture exciting, creative wildlife images through ‘in the field’ tutorials in front of the majestic Red and Fallow deer that occupy the Royal Park. There are countless beautiful backdrops, including Silver Birch Tree copses, lone Oak Trees, ferns and lakes, ensuring you will come away with beautiful images to be proud of.
At the same time as learning the technical side of photography, we will talk a lot about the thought process of creating photos, not just taking them. I will offer tips on composition, guide your photographic eye and help you develop a proactive photography mindset, ensuring you can apply your new found skills to any given situation when photographing in the future.
No two photography workshops are exactly the same, as it's impossible to know where the deer might be on any one day and where will be best given the lighting conditions. In general, this wildlife photography workshop will run as follows:
Meet: Richmond Park Gates. I will offer a brief overview of the session, before setting straight out to explore Richmond Park in search of wildlife.
Wildlife photography: If required, I will initially discuss camera settings, ensuring you are completely confident with your camera and set up correctly ready to capture that amazing moment. While the 600 Red Deer and Fallow Deer might be considered the main event, Richmond Park also offers the opportunity to photograph plenty of other wildlife too. We will keep our eyes peeled for playful squirrels, bright green Ring-necked Parakeets, Kestrels, swans and abundance of other bird life around Pen ponds. This workshop is always timed with sunrise or sunset, giving the best chance of beautiful golden hour sunlight!
- Subjects Covered
- Tips and tricks for creative composition
- The importance of backgrounds in wildlife photography
- Making the most of the available light
- Focusing modes for pin sharp wildlife images
- Histogram and the importance of exposing to the right
- How to photograph wildlife respectfully
- Story-telling and the art of photographing a single scene in many different ways
Meet your Photography Guide
Matthew is a London-based travel, landscape and wildlife photographer who's work has been recognised in Travel Photography of the Year on numerous occasions. He absolutely loves sharing his passion and to date has taught over 500 people on his workshops and photography holidays. Whether leading tours, shooting assignments or working on personal projects, he loves nothing more than getting out there and exploring the world with camera in hand and is excited to help you do the same!
“Apart from Matthew’s unique talent as a Photographer, he has the gift of inspiring, encouraging and giving confidence to his pupils. He is generous in sharing both his knowledge and time with patience and understanding.” Jean Dance
“The London workshop was amazing! It was exactly what I needed to learn the basics of photography. Matthew is really friendly and a great teacher. While I was getting to grips with the basics, there were others in the group with a lot more experience, but he gave us all individual attention. A great teacher for all levels. I absolutely loved my day on Matthew’s course and would recommend it to anyone!” Freddie Waters
Frequently Asked Questions
Camera: Essential(!). Ideally a digital SLR or other camera that can be controlled manually. Please contact before booking if you intend to use a smart phone.
Lenses: Telephoto zoom lens over 150mm.
Other: Please wear sturdy trainers as we walk a few kms on some uneven ground. Wrap up warm if it is a cold day. The temperature drops quickly after the sun sets!
While not essential, I usually suggest attending the 'Ultimate Introduction to Photography' beginners photography workshop in Central London first.
This wildlife photography workshop in Richmond Park starts and ends at Richmond Park Gates, TW10 6JJ.
If you know what date they are available, you can book them straight onto a set date using the "Dates & Booking" button at the top of the page. If you don't know the exact dates, just can purchase an open dated gift voucher using the "Buy Gift Voucher" button on the gift vouchers page. Please make sure you enter the right value for the voucher (£99). They can then pick a date that suits. Vouchers are valid for 1 year.
Yes! I have taught over 300 people with a wide variety of cameras, so am familiar with all brands.