Haggerston Castle Italian Gardens,
Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your session time.
Overview and Kit
Join us to photograph a range of magnificent birds of prey with the scenic backdrop of rural Northumberland. Photograph different species of birds in natural habitats and some, in more elaborate settings to vary compositional techniques. This Xperience Day is open to photographers of all levels, with a range of beginner and advanced techniques on offer.
X Series cameras are optimal wildlife photography tools, with the correct settings dialled in. You’re welcome to bring your own system, with versatile zooms like the XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR encouraged, although a range of Fujifilm cameras and lenses will be available on the day.
Photographers travelling lighter are also welcome to borrow tripods and monopods. A free 16GB SD card will be yours to keep, although we recommend bringing your own as a spare. A packed lunch, water, comfy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are also essential.
On the day
• • Meet at 10:00 AM for a hot drink with Alan and your fellow photographers. Enjoy a short briefing session, outlining settings and the techniques you’ll learn.
• You will learn about how the birds are adapted to life in the wild. Time with Alan on a one-to-one basis and in small groups is guaranteed.
• Break for a 45-minute lunch, including an opportunity to catch up on your fellow photographers’ highlights of the day.
• Continue to new locations to photograph as-yet-unseen bird varieties. More new skills will be introduced and developed through practical application. End the day around 5:00 PM.
What you will learn
You will learn about the techniques of photographing wildlife which can be used to photograph species in the wild. In order to achieve professional-looking results, the correct camera settings are essential. Alan will offer an insight into his own workflow, including exposure modes, photometry and autofocus settings.
Wildlife photography is just as much about fieldcraft as it is kit. You’ll be instructed on the nuances of approaching subjects, as well as how to position yourself and frame for beautiful photographs.
About Alan Hewitt
With a skill set that’s as sharp as it is diverse, there are few UK-based photographers so equipped to teach invaluable wildlife photography techniques as Alan Hewitt. With output spanning stills imaging, filmmaking, writing and photo safari leadership, Alan is quite the expert.
Whatever the creative medium, one thing remains unwavering – a deep love of the natural world. Alan has documented some of the animal kingdom’s most exciting specimens, from the birds of his nearby Farne Islands, to the mammals of Africa’s Maasai Mara.
Through consistent and impactful contributions, created with his trusted X Series cameras and lenses, Alan was proudly appointed as an official FUJIFILM X-Photographer a few years ago.
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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