Hands-on experience with the Fujifilm X-T3 plus our range of lenses
In November, the low-lying Lincolnshire coast is home to one of Britain’s greatest wildlife spectacles and top wildlife photography experiences. Grey seals, which spend much of the year out at sea, return to the salt marshes in their thousands, hauling themselves up to the windswept sand dunes to give birth to their creamy-white, big-eyed pups.
Donna Nook Nature Reserve provides one of the very best places to create stunning photographs of the seals and their pups. In line with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT) guidelines, we photograph the seals in complete safety at the dunes, avoiding the outer sandbanks to minimise disturbance during this sensitive time. Our location is a lesser-known observation area, away from the main tourist spots to minimise crowds and maximise picture opportunities. With Fujifilm X-Photographer Chris Weston and the new Fujifilm X-T3. With Fujifilm X-Photographer Chris Weston and the new Fujifilm X-T3.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
An early start makes the most of the atmospheric, low-angle morning light. Throughout the day, you’ll observe a wide variety of special moments, typically including mothers with newborn pups, males battling over territory, sub-adults frolicking in the surf, curious pups exploring the dunes and adults hauling out from the sea.
There is an informal tutorial on the first evening, led by professional wildlife photographer and Fujifilm X-Photographer Chris Weston, in which he’ll explain simple-to-use techniques for capturing amazing wildlife images. And, because wildlife photography is a specialist area, we also make time, on a one-to-one basis, to help with camera and menu set up.
A Fujifilm representative will also be joining us with a selection of XF lenses for you to try out and will provide expert technical advice.
During the shoot, Chris is available at all times to provide hands-on advice and guidance to ensure you get the most out of the photography experience and head home with images you’ll be proud of.
- How to manage shooting wildlife in low light
- Focus tracking on moving subjects
- Ideal camera and menu settings for wildlife photography
- How to get perfect exposures for every shot
- Composition and how to tell a visual story
- Anticipating the shot and capturing the moment
- Getting the best out of telephoto lenses
- Camera handling skills
- How to capture perfect actions shots
- How to capture compelling portraits
- Creative exposure techniques
YOUR COURSE LEADER: CHRIS WESTON
Chris Weston became a professional wildlife photographer in 2001 in order to follow his passion for what he describes as “the extraordinary behavior of wildlife”. His contemporary approach to photography led to Amateur Photographer magazine describing him as “One of the most dynamic wildlife photographers working today.”
He specializes in photographing mammals and endangered species and is renowned for his ability to connect with wildlife and reveal the often hidden personalities of his subjects. His work is published globally, with clients including the BBC, ITV, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and National Geographic. Recently, his ‘underground’ image of a galloping zebra was selected by The Sunday Times magazine for its feature titled “The Year’s Best Animal Photographs”.
Chris’s work is driven by conservation. His iconic book Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Frontline of Extinction, written in conjunction with the IUCN, has been described as “The most up-to-date visual survey of our world’s rare and endangered species.” And he has been named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the world’s “40 Most Influential” wildlife photographers.
WHAT KIT DO YOU NEED?
Chris shoots his wildlife photography using an X-T2. For that reason we will have the brand new X-T3 camera with XF18-55 lenses available to use on the day. We will also include a FREE 16GB memory card for you to use and keep on the day.
Prepare for all weather conditions so you should wear layers, have waterproofs and walking boots / shoes. Also bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks
Stonebridge Car Park (free)
If the car park is full, there is more car parking a short walk away for £5 but you will need cash as the machines do not take card.
08:30 - Meet on location, Donna Nook. Site orientation
09:30 - Pre-shoot briedingg and safety briefing. Wildlife photography techniques and camera tips. Dedicatedd camera sert-up
10:30 - Photography with hands-on advise through the day
14:30 - Workshop closes
Please aim to arrive 15 minutes earlier than your session time.
- Expert tuition and live model demonstration from professional photographer - Chris Weston
- Use of the FUJIFILM X-T3 camera and lenses
- 16GB SD memory card
Please note: Tickets do not include any other expenses, train fares, lunch, taxi fares, parking charges etc. unless otherwise stated.
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Terms & conditions
Once you have purchased a ticket your place on the day will be reserved. If circumstances change and you need to cancel your place, please let us know 10 days before the event and we will be happy to issue you a refund in full. Refunds after this time are non refundable.
You need to be at least 18 years of age in order to take part in this event and a disclaimer form will need to be completed on the day in order to take part in the day's activity.
A copy of the disclaimer form is available HERE
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