Join Nikon School for a winter photographic adventure in the Highlands of Scotland, photographing red squirrels, crested tits, and other native Scottish wildlife while under the expert guidance of wildlife expert Chris Gomersall and Nikon School experts Neil Freeman and Ricci Chera. This is a 5 night residential workshop where you will learn wildife photography skills and fieldcraft techniques from Chris, with Ricci and Neil also on hand to advise on the best camera settings to ensure you get great images. The workshop runs from Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th of February 2023.
On this workshop you will learn about wildlife photography and the fieldcraft involved in photographing great wildlife images as well as the camera settings needed to ensure pin sharp images. We will spend the days exploring the Cairngorms looking for the best light and wildlife photography opportunities, if however the weather turns against us, we can spend the time in the hotel hosting image editing and critique sessions as well as wildlife photography lectures and camera setting Q&A's. This workshop is for photographers of all levels whether you are just starting out in photography or an experienced photographer.
We will have a selection of cameras and lenses available for you to borrow on the course including Z 6 & Z 7 II, Z 9's and 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3, 400mm f/2.8 and 800mm f/6.3. However, If you would like to borrow any specific kit for this course please get in contact with us at [email protected] with your request and we will do our best to bring it along.
This late winter tour offers superb opportunities for photographing some of Scotland’s special wildlife subjects such as red squirrel, using well-established feeding stations and purpose-built photography hides. From our base in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, we may also make excursions in search of red deer and mountain hare – or simply to enjoy photographing the amazing Highland landscape. Weather and the light will obviously influence what we are able to do, but we have various options if it does turn against us. There will be digital slide shows in the evenings after dinner, featuring presentations by Chris Gomersall, and participants are encouraged to bring some of their own work to share with the group. Neil and Ricci will also be available to answer any camera questions you may have
We will be staying at the Grant Arms Hotel, in Grantown-on-Spey. Your package includes 5 nights half board with a cooked breakfast and evening meal. There is no single supplement and all rooms are en-suite. The Grant Arms is known for
its amazing facilities for bird and wildlife watchers, with its own club room, lecture theatre and a comprehensive library available to guests.
Arrival & Departure
Please arrive late afternoon or early evening of Tuesday 14th February, ready for an evening meal about 7pm for introductions and a welcome briefing. The workshop will finish officially after breakfast on the morning of Saturday 18th February.
W will be travelling in a small convey of cars or in a minibus depending on the weather conditions. Please note that the hotel does not have a car park, however, there is ample on street free parking in the vicinity of the hotel. For any delegates wishing to arrive by train, we may be able to offer a pick-up / drop off service from Aviemore station or Inverness Airport. Our ability to offer this service is entirely dependent on arrival timings. Otherwise please make your way by taxi to the hotel
Moderate fitness level required. Involves walking over rough ground - normally no great distance, but our quest for mountain hares could be a little more strenuous with a gentle climb. Please bring walking boots and suitable protective gear for winter mountain conditions.
To book a place on this workshop, you can either e-mail Nikon School at training.uk.com and we will arrange a time to speak with you so you can pay a non- refundable deposit of £500 to secure you place on this workshop. The balance will due due around 3 month before the workshop commences. Otherwise, book online to pay the full amount which will also secure your place on this workshop.
This course far out weighed my expectations, with the structure there was no pressure to perform, we were encourage to work within our own ability, but also to try something new, the conditions were perfect. Overall I gained much valuable experience and would highly recommend to anyone no matter what level they have in photography.
Once you have completed the course on location, or the training online, use your online portal access to upload your photos, share them with others on the course in the gallery area, compare ideas and results, plus get direct feedback from your trainer.
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