Photography Workshop: Pond Creatures
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Workshop: Pond Creatures

Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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The life found on and under the water in ponds is often ignore, especially by photographers, so focusing on these interesting creatures is a great way of getting original shots.  Their continued activity in winter also makes them ideal subjects for macro in the colder months.

This workshop will start with a talk on pond creatures and the best ways to photograph them.  We will then head to the nearby ponds to catch some subjects before heading back inside to use the photographic aquarium set ups to get some photos.


Equipment you will need:

  • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable (proving they have a flash hotshoe)
  • A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
  • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
  • Something to kneel on
  • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down
  • Flash and diffuser with either a TTL cable or wireless control

The following may be of use but are not necessary:

  • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
  • Extension tubes

Price: £26.25 per person
 

Max number of participants: 8

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk


All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

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Photography Workshop at Norsey Woods: Autumn Fungi
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Workshop at Norsey Woods: Autumn Fungi

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Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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The ancient woodland of Norsey Wood is a top site for fungi and a therefore a great place of a fungi photography workshop.

Fungi make great subjects, coming in a variety of colours and textures, some very colourful, others seem to be dull and uninteresting until you get in close.  This workshop will look at the best ways to photograph these fascinating organisms, starting with a talk looking at these techniques, before then heading out in to the woods to find subjects on which to use them.  


Equipment you will need:

  • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
  • A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
  • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
  • Something to kneel on
  • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down

The following may be of use but are not necessary:

  • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
  • A tripod (if you have one)
  • Extension tubes
  • Flash and diffuser
  • Long telephoto lens (e.g. 300mm lens)

Price: £25 per person if you pay before April 1st.
£26.25 per person (2018/19 price)
if you pay after April 1st  

Max number of participants: 8

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk


All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

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Photography Workshop: Dragonflies, Butterflies and other invertebrates at Wat Tyler CP
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Workshop: Dragonflies, Butterflies and other invertebrates at Wat Tyler CP

Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are among our most photogenic insects and this workshop will look at the best techniques to use when trying to photograph them and other invertebrate species.

The workshop starts with a talk covering these techniques and tips on finding and getting closer to them.
We will then head outside and try out what we have learned on the spring flowers and wildlife.


Equipment you will need:

  • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
  • A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
  • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
  • Something to kneel on
  • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down

The following may be of use but are not necessary:

  • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
  • A tripod (if you have one)
  • Extension tubes
  • Flash and diffuser
  • Long telephoto lens (e.g. 300mm lens)

Price: £26.25 per person  

Max number of participants: 8

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk


All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

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Photographing spring flowers and invertebrates workshop - At Norsey Woods
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Photographing spring flowers and invertebrates workshop - At Norsey Woods

Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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Norsey Woods is one of the densest bluebell woods in the world, so it is the ideal place to take photos of spring flowers.  This ancient woodland is also home to a number of invertebrates, including wood ants. 
This workshop will cover how to photograph these, starting with a presentation on the best techniques and then heading out into Norsey Woods try them out.  

Equipment you will need:

  • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
  • A macro lens or lens with ability to focus close (or with a close up mode/function)
  • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
  • Something to kneel on
  • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down
  • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on

The following may be of use but are not necessary:

  • A tripod (if you have one)

Price: £25 per person

Max number of participants: 8

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk


All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

 

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Introduction to nature photography workshop
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to nature photography workshop

Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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Got a new camera and want to learn how to photograph nature and wildlife?  Want to get your camera off of auto mode and improve your photos?  This is the workshop for you.
The workshop starts with a talk covering ISO, aperture and shutter speeds, what focal length/lens to use in what situation and tips on finding and getting closer to wildlife.
We will then head outside and try out what we have learned on the spring flowers and wildlife.

Equipment you will need:

  • A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
  • If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
  • Something to kneel on
  • Waterproof clothing or something to lay on as you may end up laying down

The following may be of use but are not necessary:

  • A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
  • A tripod (if you have one)

Price: £25 per person

Max number of participants: 8

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk


All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

 

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Photographing garden birds workshop
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Photographing garden birds workshop

Continuing the successful series of workshops since 2014, we will be running a further 7 photographic workshops throughout 2018.   Each workshop will cater for a maximum of up to 8 people, (for exact numbers see each workshop page for details). These low class numbers ensure that everybody attending has the opportunity for a bit of 'one to one' guidance with the tutor. 

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This workshop will look at how to photograph the birds that come into your garden.  It will start with a talk on technique, equipment and setting up your feeders for the best photographs.
We then spend the rest of the session with exclusive use of the specially set up feeders and bird screen in an area not open to the public

Equipment you will need:

· A camera! DSLR, though some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable,
· A telephoto lens, at least 300mm is ideal
· A tripod (though I should have 1 or 2 to borrow)
· If it is raining and your camera/lens is not weather proof then a carrier bag or rain sleeve to keep it dry will probably be needed
· A garden chair or cushion for one of our chairs as we will be sitting a lot outside

The following may be of use but are not necessary:
· Extension tube if you have a large prime lens
· A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on

Price: £25 per person

Max number of participants: 6

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

To book please email neil.phillips@basildon.gov.uk



All workshop sessions will be presented by Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer with nine years experience, who has photographed many different species across much of the UK.

Neil has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and been runner up in a number of national competitions and published in national newspapers

To see samples of Neil's work visit his website

 

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Wat Tyler Community Christmas

This Christmas Experience:

The past, present and the future...

Come along with your families to Wat Tyler Country Park - see the cottages open.

Lantern making, carol singing, face painting

Storytelling, 3D Technology and printing and a candlelit procession.

Mince pie, mulled juice and festive cakes

Woodland Crafts, Porch Honey and more.

 

Café open selling mulled wine & Baileys hot chocolate.

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Pond dipping
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Pond dipping

Join us for a pond dip at our special pond dipping ponds

Dates

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October

Where

Wat Tyler Country Park

Times

1pm

Price

£2.50 per child

Ages

All ages (3+ advised, children must keep fingers out of mouth)

Bookings

Book on arrival at the visitor centre before session

 

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Pond dipping
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Pond dipping

Join us for a pond dip at our special pond dipping ponds

Dates

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October

Where

Wat Tyler Country Park

Times

1pm

Price

£2.50 per child

Ages

All ages (3+ advised, children must keep fingers out of mouth)

Bookings

Book on arrival at the visitor centre before session

 

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At Norsey Wood, Billericay - Norsey Nature Hunt
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

At Norsey Wood, Billericay - Norsey Nature Hunt

Come and see us in the Norsey Wood and well look for minibeasts and other wildlife.

Dates

Wednesday 25th October.

Where

Norsey Wood, Outwood Common Road, Billericay, in the visitor centre adjacent the car park.

Times

1pm

Price

£3.50 per child.

Ages

All ages.

Bookings

Book in advance. 

To book and pay, either pop into the Wat Tyler Centre before the day of the event or call on 01268 208090 weekdays between 9.30am and 4pm to reserve you place and pay by card. 
Please note the centre can get very busy (especially between 11am and 3pm) so we may not immediately be able to take your call

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