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M A C R O   P H O T O G R A P H Y

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Master close-up photography with bountiful butterflies and orchids on Winchester's chalk hills and meadows

Winchester, UK

1 Day

3 places 

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Trip Overview

W O R K S H O P   O V E R V I E W


Macro photography provides a fascinating insight into the world of insects and flowers. This full-day workshop will focus on a few chalkhill and meadow sites around Winchester for a colourful variety of lepidoptera species and orchids too. Butterflies will be our main target, with many species on the wing such as the Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue and rarer Adonis, the Brown Argus, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, and Peacock, and day-flying moths such as Six-Spot Burnet and Cinnabar. We'll make the most of the summer sun, playing with lighting conditions, colour and texture to create compelling portraits of our miniature subjects. We may also explore the nearby River ltchen for Golden-Ringed Dragonfly and Pyramidal Orchid. 

Workshop Overview


  • Learn the art of macro through composition, exposure and depth of field

  • Encounter many species of butterfly such as Chalkhill Blue, the rare Adonis, Brown Argus, Essex Skipper, Brimstone, Peacock and more

  • Push your creative possibilities with colour harmony and contrast, texture and variations of light

  • 1-on-1 photo tuition to encourage your photographic vision

  • Learn advanced camera techniques such as double exposure, high key imagery and focus stacking

  • Photo feedback after the session


P A S T   W O R K S H O P S

Past Workshops

"Thank you so much for such a brilliant morning! I learnt so much and have much to practise. It was lovely to meet you and learn from all that knowledge you have, and I know a few more bird names now too! Thanks again; I will be recommending the course to everyone!" - Jenni 


"Your workshop was incredibly helpful. I had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about technical photography." - Diane 

"This workshop fitted exactly was I was looking for. The whole experience and the few hours I spent with Paul were magical. I've learned new techniques. Wildlife photography was something I've never done before but Paul made it so much easier and gave me the push to do it again. If anyone is reading my comment, do not hesitate to book this workshop - it's worth every penny and you learn more and more. Again thank you Paul for your time - you are a gem." - Djamel

"Thanks a lot for the session - it was great fun and we both really enjoyed it. The session really shed light on aspects that I'd never thought about when approaching photography. Learnings from today will definitely help stimulate the right thinking and will be really valuable to my approach to capturing animals. Hope to be on one of your trips soon in the near future!" - Nikhil and Lili

"I really enjoyed the workshop, thank you. I learned a lot and thank you for answering every one of my questions! Really looking forward to trying all your tips out, and maybe see you on the next workshop!" - Maggie

"Thanks for a really enjoyable day. I feel like I have learned so much as a total novice." - Frank

"Thanks for a fascinating day today. I learned so much and am looking forward to putting it into practice." - Kerri

Practical Info

P R A C T I C A L    I N F O R M A T I O N


We will meet at Winchester Cathedral, unless otherwise has been discussed. Upon booking, a map meeting point position will be sent. The photography sites will be a short walk from the meeting point.


Light to moderate walking on tarmac and grassy terrain, with some optional light uphill gradient. Please contact me beforehand to discuss suitability and if you have any mobility issues. 

Food & Facilities     

There are cafe and toilet facilities in the centre of Winchester and near one of our photography sites. Once on location, please bring snacks and water for each session.

Group Size & Tuition      

With a maximum of 3 participants, our small group size ensures everyone has a better personal experience. I will be on hand to answer your questions and help you with observing animals whatever your skillset.  

Photo Gear  

This workshop will suit you whatever your gear and skillset - the plan will adapt for you whether you have an iPhone or the latest lens on the market. For your best enjoyment, I recommend that you bring a bridge or DSLR camera with a zoom lens in the 75-300mm range or a macro lens of 100mms. A wider lens (e.g. 10-35mmmm) can be good for more approachable butterflies and flowers in context. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


It is important that participants wear appropriate clothing for the season and activities. A recommended kit list will be sent upon sign-up. 

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