This is a half day (afternoon), workshop to help with images of birds in flight.  This can be a challenging thing to accomplish and we'll start by talking about the best camera settings and techniques to achieve sharp images of the subject before trying these out on the birds themselves.  

The workshop will take place at the local red kite feeding station.  The birds are given a supplementary feed on Thurs-Sun.  We'll have the opportunity to photograph not only the red kites but also gulls (which are a great species to start with) and possibly buzzards too.

If you wish to do the workshop on a different day we will choose a location where there are plenty of birds taking to the air.

Red Kites in Flight

Requirements:

This workshop is suitable for intermediate photographers.  You will need to have at least a basic understanding of how your camera works and a knowledge of shutter speed/aperture, ISO and exposure compensation.

If you are unsure about any of the above, I would recommend booking a morning (or full day) introduction to wildlife photography session to go over these settings.

Camera equipment:  ideally you will have a  DSLR, Mirrorless or bridge camera with a long lens.  A focal distance of at least 500mm is required.  The Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm would be suitable or an equivalent of this.   I use a Nikon D500 with the Nikkor 500mm PF5.6 prime lens.  This is a crop-frame camera which gives me a focal distance of 750mm.

Personally I choose not to use a tripod or monopod, however, this is personal preference.  You will be holding the camera up in the air so you may prefer to use one.

There is a very short, easy, walk to any location we use for this workshop.  Please wear warm, comfortable clothing.

Bird in flight images tend to require some post-processing.  I can help you with this if required after the workshop.  Cost is £20 per hour. I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.


Price:

£50 per person which includes entry fee.

The feeding currently takes place a 1pm and, can last for over an hour depending on the day (every feed is different!).  We'd aim to meet on-site at 11.30 to talk through settings and practice on any birds in the sky.  There's also the opportunity to photograph little birds who frequent the feeders both before or after the feed.

The location is a 20 minute drive from Inverness.


Other Birds Who Frequent The Site