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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.
- 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 Principles: expect 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
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