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Join Paul for a 1-day workshop this winter photographing wild geese and seascapes - the best of Scotland's winter wildlife.

Edinburgh, UK

1 Day

5 places 

From £90

Workshop Overview

W O R K S H O P   O V E R V I E W

We will spend the morning at North Berwick photographing water-birds and seascapes against the iconic backdrop of Bass Rock. Under my guidance you will learn how to capture the mood and motion in a range of subjects and stormy scenes.

We will then head to Aberlady Bay, a protected reserve of cliffs, sand-dunes and tidal mudflats. There is much unique fauna and flora here, from Short-Eared Owls and Roe Deer to winter thrushes. On the sand-dunes you will learn to photograph minimalist sand-scapes, whilst further along at Gullane Point, you will capture dramatic seacapes with strong composition and lighting.  

At sunset, we will watch for the spectacular return of the 20,000 Pink-Footed Geese which overwinter here - a spectacular sight when the skies are golden as they often are at this time of year. We can have a meal and a warming drink in a nearby pub and review our photos.  

 

Please note that the exact itinerary is dependant on weather. 

Photographable Species: Pink-Footed Goose, Common Eider, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Black-Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Redshank, Little Egret, Rock Pipit, Whooper Swan, Dark-Bellied Brent Goose, Short-Eared Owl

H I G H L I G H T S

  • Learn about wildlife photography and different kinds of birdlife

  • Fun, relaxed learning with a variety of subjects

  • Quickly master the basics of your camera as well as compositional tricks - no need for long lenses!

  • Unlimited expert guidance with 1-on-1 photo tuition 

  • Learn to predict animal behaviour to get great shots

  • Approachable animals allow you to push your creativity

  • Photo feedback after the session

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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

Travel       

We will meet at Edinburgh Waverley Station or a pre-agreed meeting point. Upon booking, a map meeting point position will be sent. 

Walking       

Light to moderate gentle walking on sandy terrain. Please contact me beforehand to discuss suitability and if you have any mobility issues. 

Food & Facilities     

There are cafe and toilet facilities at our photo locations. 

Group Size & Tuition      

With a maximum of 5 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; longer lenses are good for flight shots. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Clothing      

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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