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Wildlife Photography Course

Private tuition in a small group setting

September, December, and March dates now available

Calling all Photographers and Nature-Lovers!

Want to learn how to use a camera? How to get up close and personal with wildlife? Take your photography to the next level? Learn directly from a professional? Try something new and experience all the wonder that the wild has to offer? Then it’s time to check out the Treeswift Wildlife & Nature: Wildlife Photography Course!

What makes our course so popular with our students is our practical, real-world field experience. None of that, ‘online course’ and textbook based learning – we will take you out into nature and help you apply tried and tested techniques to real life situations and wildlife encounters. As a student, you will be part of a small-group (5~ max) private class, led by an experienced professional teacher (camera-less so we can focus on you).

Over 4 x 3hr sessions, you will explore 4x different nature locations across Melbourne – experience as many different circumstances, habitats, and wildlife as possible. Highlights include Wet Gullies & Rainforest, Wetlands & Lakes, Woodlands & Dry Forest, and our special bonus Nocturnal Spotlighting session. Each session runs from approximately 8.00am-11.00am, except for our spotlighting class (usually the 3rd class) which is 7.00pm-10.00pm in the evening.


Our Wildlife Photography Courses are typically based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Some of our regular locations include Jells Park, Westerfolds Park, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Banyule Flats Reserve, Braeside Park, and the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Sounds good! What can I expect?

Our course is for people of all levels of experience, all camera-types, and all natural interests (animals, plants, landscape – we gotcha!). You will receive over 12hrs of real-life field experience that will help you develop lifelong photography skills. Also, sign up and receive “Treeswift Wildlife & Nature – Basic Guide to Wildlife & Nature Photography eBook” for you to refer to both during and after the course. Guests will also be provided with water, tea, coffee, snacks during the course.

Unit Breakdown:

  • Location, Location: where to go & how to locate wildlife
  • Take That Shot!: how to interact with wildlife without disturbing your subjects
  • Photos In The Field: understanding what it means to photograph in the field – weather, habitat, natural light, etc
  • Reactionary Principlesexpect the unexpected when dealing with nature
  • Crafting Your Shot: composition, lighting, framing, and natural settings
  • Safety First: Keeping safe in the field
  • Tools Of The Trade: equipment & gear – maintenance, set up, tripods, lenses/camera, finding the best set up for you, getting the most out of your equipment, etc
  • Wildlife Watching Ethics: ethics in the field – respecting nature, conservation, and your subjects
  • Post-Production: editing software recommendations, storing your photos, publishing, licencing, etc

Upcoming Course Dates (Melbourne):

> December 2022 (Weekday Course): Dec 12, 13, 14, 15 — (5x spots remaining)

> March 2023 (Weekday Course): Mar 20, 21, 22, 23 — (5x spots remaining)

Wildlife Photography Course

Course At A Glance:


Alex NguyenFebruary 2022
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Such a great experience! I learned so much during my Treeswift photography course!
Morgan BlamfordDecember 2021
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This course took my photography skills above and beyond! Each week we are taken to a different forest or lake and get to practice our shots live on site. The treeswift team are there to help improve our photographs, suggesting different angles, how better to use the light as well as want animals we're seeing. I highly highly recommend!
Peggy MooreMay 2022
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I would just like to commend you on what you do and how professional you all are. Correspondence was clear all the way through. Our guide was fantastic! (Has amazing knowledge and an eye like a hawk). I enjoyed every minute even and got some shots that I am very happy with!

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