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Photography Workshop: Pond Creatures

  • Wat Tyler Centre Pitsea ss16 4uh (map)

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: £25 per person

Max number of participants: 8


To book please email

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