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Stoat

I booked an introduction to wildlife photography workshop with Mark Coventry as a surprise for my husband’s birthday.  The one to one workshop was held at the British Wildlife Centre near Lingfield, Surrey.  The centre has a wide range of native species allowing the wildlife photographer a good opportunity to get close to animals you would struggle to see in the wild.

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Wildcat

The workshop began with a look at the techniques and equipment used to obtain images of wildlife around us.  Subjects covered included exposure and histograms, lighting, background and camera setting and use of speed and aperture to make sure the subject is in focus.

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Adder

One tip Ross learnt from Mark was the importance of understanding an animals behaviour. For example if you understand how an otter or a red squirrel behaves you can position yourself to take a high quality photo with maximum impact.

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Otter

The workshop also offered Ross the opportunity to try out equipment such as tripods, monopods, lenses and memory cards.

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Red squirrel

IMGP9443Mark is very knowledgable in the field of wildlife photography, he is a very patient teacher and also has a great sense of humour.  All in all we had a great day at The British Wildlife Centre and would highly recommend one of Mark Coventry’s worships if you have an interest in wildlife photography.  Details of the range of workshops he runs can be found on his website.

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