Composition has a profound affect on your pictures. It will be the first thing that people see in your pictures, whether they realise it or not. Yet many photographers struggle with composition, and find it a barrier to taking good pictures. If you've never photographed wildlife before, or would like to learn more - here's a great opportunity for to learn more about wildlife photography & composition.Composition is about more than just making your pictures look good though. Exploiting composition, and the way that objects are combined in the frame can be used to set up meaning and create more visually complex pictures.
During a four hour workshop we will be focusing on understanding how we use our cameras to create wonderful images.Because the animals are in enclosures with very good viewing platforms from above & ground level. We will have the opportunity to look at what makes an effective composition, - our own position & that of the position of the animal in the frame, the effect of light & metering - utilising different heights & angles - what to choose to expose off - along with - importantly learning about the animals that we photograph & their conservation.
We will be in a small group in a truly fantastic park - one of the leading Conservation Parks in Europe, with an active breeding & re-homing program & is home to Lions, white tiger, Siberian tigers, white leopards, cheetahs, pumas, oselots as well as rare wolves & 400 other species of wildlife..
The Workshop is four approximately four hours. The cost of £25 - includes the entry fee into the Park. Tuition Level: Beginners " / entry level day intended for those looking to learn & improve their wildlife photos- composition, exposure & metering on DSLR & compact cameras.
• Varying angles
• Looking for viewpoints
• Rule of thirds
• Composing for balance
• Lens choice
• Choosing a subject distance
• Mise en Scene
• Creating meaning through composition
As we move around that park, initially we'll look at learning to control our cameras to create images. Composing strong images, that express your own creativity & vision, rather than just pointing & shooting using lead in lines " - that lead the eye to your chosen focus points.
You'll learn how to set the shutter speed and aperture & exposures for static & moving animals, for animals that are at a distance & ones that are close up. We'll practice changing our sensors & exposures to best take advantage of the variations in available light to obtain different effects that contrast the animals from the surrounding environment.
We'll be photographing animals at a leisurely pace, given that animals are on their own timetable & move unpredictably - one of the keys to successful wildlife photography is being both patient & alert, having the camera set up ready for possible movement. Sometimes it takes plenty of images to capture a great image & sometimes you just get incredibly lucky. It's a deliberately small group so that I will be able to give each person attention & we can comfortably work together.
If you have a DSLR, we will work with whatever lens you have, if you happen to have a wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom, please do bring them with. Many cameras come with a wide angle lens, something like 28-105/3.5-4.5 or something similar. 28mm is wide enough to be a real wide angle (35mm isn't). The second lens would be a telephoto zoom, 70mm - 300mm, something like f4 or f4.5 at the short and and f5.6 at 300mm.
Please bring as many charged up batteries as you have as over a few hours these will deplete. If you would like to bring a tripod you are welcome, however most of my shots are hand held as animals naturally do their own thing & are not predictable.
Please bring really warm clothes & comfortable walking shoes as we will be on our feet & knees outdoors for some time :)
Meeting & Getting to The Park
Photography Meetup CONTACT NUMBER: 0740 060474
We will meet at 10.45 am at the main entrance to The Park.
Paradise Wildlife Park is situated 20 miles North of London, just off the A10 near to junction 25 of the M25. Simply follow the brown tourist signs.
A10 - If you are travelling via the A10. Please travel to the Broxbourne/Turnford exit signposted A1170. There are brown tourist signs from this exit.
A1 - Please travel down the A1(M) to junction 1 and take the M25 (left) towards the Dartford Crossing. Travel to junction 25 and follow the brown tourist signs. If you have a SatNav device it may bring you off the A1 at Hatfield and along the A414 and then through the lanes. Please do not panic! This is effectively the back way in to Paradise Wildlife Park and you will not see any signs until you are on top of the Park.
M1 - Please travel down to the M1 to junction 6a and take the M25 (left) towards the Dartford Crossing. Travel to junction 25 and follow the brown tourist signs.
Click on google maps to get your directions. If you're using a SatNav device then the postcode is EN10 7QA and we are located on White Stubbs Lane.
Paradise Wildlife Park operates a minibus service from and to Broxbourne Train Station. When you arrive simply ask the station ticket office to phone the PWP hot-line and we will send out our minibus to collect you ( otherwise it runs every 20 minutes if you call then it comes & collects within a few minutes) . Passengers are charged £1 each way.