What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the techniques and skills required to take stunning images of red and fallow deer. On location in Bushy Park (near Hampton Court) an expert wildlife photographer will teach you how to predict their behaviour at various times of year, what to wear and what safety procedures and behaviours you need to adopt around wildlife to get impactful shots and build a story with your images. You will experiment with essential techniques including framing, panning, positioning, blur, focusing, metering and camera settings. Other species will also be available to photograph in the park including rabbits, parakeets, hooded crows, cormorants and plentiful autumn flora and many of the same techniques apply.
Red deer are indigenous to the UK and are known for their spectacular behaviour during the autumn rutting season; they are most often found in open settings in the north of England and Scotland. Fallow deer were introduced by the
Normans but have become widely accepted as being part of our natural heritage, and can both be found in managed parkland up and down the country.
This course is conducted at Bushy Park (nearest station Hampton Court). You will need to be able to walk
approximately 1 mile/1.5km to venue start and 5 miles/ 7.5 km throughout the whole day. Due to the rough terrain in
the park where the deer reside the location is not wheelchair accessible.
What will we cover?
- Techniques and tips on how to take interesting images of red and fallow deer including camera settings,accurate light metering, focussing, framing, panning, positioning and blur.
- Keeping safe around deer and what to consider before you set out on a trip to photograph them in the wild
- How to develop a project or one single image that tells a story.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify appropriate equipment and how to use it to photograph deer
- Know what behaviours to look out for and judge how best to photograph that behaviour
- Use photographic techniques including panning, blur, focus, metering, use of natural lighting and weather, styles
such as fill frame, detail and wide angle shots
- Demonstrate increased confidence in approaching your subject and how best to photograph them in varying conditions
- Use storytelling techniques to help you decide on the best shot for a project or take an impactful single shot.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels, for anyone with an interest in the subject of wildlife photography. You can use either a digital SLR or a compact camera, though the best results are achieved with cameras with lenses with long focal lengths (200 – 300mm or equivalent). A digital SLR with interchangeable lenses is recommended but not essential.
Please note that you will usually be at a distance of around 50m from your subject.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be taught in the field. There is an open air and a covered cafe in the park which will be used for the last section of the day or in very inclement weather. You will be given group instructions and individual support during the course of the day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera to the course and a notebook and pen. You will need to pay for travel to and from Hampton Court Station where we will meet at 9.45am before entering Bushy Park. You will be walking 5 miles (7.5 km) during the day so please wear sensible shoes/boots. Please dress appropriately for the weather forecast and pack for the unpredictable British weather eg suncream may be required! You and your camera equipment will need to be kept dry as it may not be easy to find immediate shelter. Money for drinks and snacks - although it is advisable to bring a packed lunch in case we end up far from the park café, due to where the deer have decided to congregate.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10%
discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you
should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross
shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions
apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you're inspired by what you've learnt about wildlife photography why not try one of our other courses such as
VY998 Creative photography: nature, landscape and the enviroment. If you'd like to try your hand at other aspects of
photography, City Lit runs over 130 different photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to traditional darkroom printing and using software packages (Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One and PTGui. Browse the website or the prospectus to get inspired.