Photography Workshop with Oliver Smart

If you’ve ever wondered how the professionals get that ‘perfect shot’ or simply want to improve your photography skills with some expert guidance then Oliver’s workshop has been specially designed for you.

Oliver and our own Hawk Conservancy Trust team will help you set up shots with our trained birds and show you how to apply these skills with wild birds and other wildlife subjects. Our team will explain more about the bird species in the workshop and their habitats and lifestyles in the wild, while Oliver will help you capture great shots and offer expert instruction on key skills such as composition, camera control and lighting. By creating natural sets with a variety of props and getting up close and personal with our birds, you’ll discover some tricks of the trade and will soon be on your way to taking expert quality photographs of your own.

A basic knowledge of photography would be beneficial to those wishing to take part in the workshop but Oliver will always be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day. Oliver Smart is an expert wildlife photographer who regularly travels the world on photography expeditions and leads photography workshops. His work is regularly featured in many wildlife journals including British BirdsBird Watching and Bird Watch and he writes for a number of publications.


Your Experience

This workshop is limited to small groups of up to twelve guests. Along with Oliver Smart, you will also be accompanied by two members of our team on hand to set up shots and give you an insight to the characters of our birds throughout your day.

Please head to Reception in the Hawk Conservancy Trust shop at 9:15am for the start of your session, where you will be directed to meet your host. After a brief introduction to your fellow guests and a run through of the itinerary, your experience activities will commence. The experience will end at around 4:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments are included in this experience. Please notify us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. If your guests would like to join you for lunch, this can be pre-ordered and pre-paid upon arrival.

More details about the content of this course can be found on Oliver’s website.

All images featured with this product captured by Oliver Smart (www.smartimages.co.uk).

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please also avoid wearing bright coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness in the other areas within our grounds.

Do I need any special equipment?

All other necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2pm the day before. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.

Other useful information about your experience:

Did you know?
Egyptian Vultures have been observed in the wild using tools such as rocks to break open Ostrich eggs to eat them. Something that was originally thought to be a behaviour only seen by intelligent birds such as crows.
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