marwell zoo workshop with Claire and her D300

Marwell zoo workshop day

A while back we ran one of our very popular marwell zoo workshop days. It was One-2-One workshops for our running pal Claire who had previously studied photography at uni but not really getting the most from her camera. Her Nikon D300. So we arranged a day at Marwell to reignite her passion and blow away the the cobwebs.

We started our day in our classroom for a fun couple of hours going through Claire’s camera settings. This was helping her familiarise herself with camera the menu and various common settings. After she was comfortable and happy we headed off to Marwell for the day. I have never seen it so busy but it was a beautiful day so pretty much to be expected really.

Our marwell zoo workshop day

At first, I thought we were going to struggle with the animals. They were all hiding away from the heat. But as we roamed the park we started to pick out some cracking shots and Claire was away.

We concentrated on shooting through cages and glass as always as well as some more arty shots like some very tight head crops which I absolutely loved.  Its all about focus, exposure, speed and light and Claire nailed it here today. We have a few tricks with Marwell and I am pleased to say that they paid off. Its all about right place-right time with the animals, and a little luck of course.

We had a superb day with Claire as you can see from these photographs which were all taken by her on her Nikon D300.  Shooting in Raw mode and either AV or S (tv) mode, supervised by us but otherwise totally solo. The only exception is the cover tiger Photo that I took, Just trying to mix it up a bit.

Beat the camera auto settings

If you have a camera that is controlling your photos then think about one of our courses. We do an evening course studio based for £99 or a full day at Marwell or the New Forest for only £250.  This will get you controlling your camera properly and enjoying your photography so much more.

We offer all sorts of workshops both One-2-One and groups from specialist subjects through to getting to know your camera and would happily chat about anything in-between. We have put on workshops for lots of great local photographers as well as a few local companies looking to improve their social media presence and also we have worked for the United Nations running a workshop for them.  Please get in touch if you need to chat about our workshops.

We also offer scouted days around the south coast for those looking to build a portfolio or just find the nicest places to shoot.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from this workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV and S mode very well and also the various focus and metering modes all of which are interesting to learn about and will take your photography to a new level.

Please contact us if you are looking for a photography workshop of any-kind 02380 767084   julianporter@mac.com    or txt  07720325336

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