Our next photography experiences will be the Big Cat Photography workshop at Colchester Zoo on 15 June 2018 and
the Basic Nature Photography course at Bradgate Park on 6 July 2018.

Only 2 spaces are still available on the BCP workshop but plenty of spaces are still available for the full day photography course.

Basic Nature Photography Course at Bradgate Park

28th April 2018
Most of our customers know that we provide full-day photo days and half-day photography workshops with big and also small wild cats. Big cats are however not the only subjects our photography experience participants can focus on.

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Owls at the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre

For more than 5 years there has been also the opportunity to photograph birds of prey at the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre; besides their leopards, puma and serval cat. And last year, we added photography events with deer and other British wildlife at Bradgate Park. There are herds of around 300 fallow deer and around 100 red deer plus a wide range of bird wildlife and also some beautiful landscapes.

The park attracts thousands of visitors every year and photographers in particular in autumn when the deer ruts. This provides interesting photo opportunities, not only in view of stags fighting but also in view of other behaviours that is typical at this time of the year.


We will of course offer some photography workshops to provide our customers with the chance to capture the deer in full action. At Bradgate Park we have scheduled eight Deer Rut Photography workshops over four days in October. We are offering these as half-day photography workshops as we start early
(at 6:30am) before the park gets too busy and our days finish at sunset (around 5:30pm) . This enables us to capture the activity of the deer before the park gets to busy and after most people have left. And in view of avoiding busy times we will provide the Deer Rut Photography workshops only on weekdays outside school holidays.

Besides offering Deer Rut Photography workshops in autumn, we are offering also our Basic Nature Photography course at Bradgate Park. This is a full-day photography course, which provides participants with the chance to learn more about how to take images of wildlife and landscapes. The Basic Nature Photography course will help participants to get a better understanding about how
  • Their digital SLR or bridge camera works,
  • To make an animal subject stand out or getting everything in focus on a landscape image,
  • To capture moving subjects like animals or waterfalls,
  • To get a sharp focus on an animal in bushes,
  • To ensure a bird or other subject does not just appear as a silhouette when taking a photo in the sky

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Wildlife species that can be found at Bradgate Park

Our Basic Nature Photography course will help our customers to get off automatic and to be able to control their photography to capture the image in the way they want it. The photography course will be a full-day event, starting at 8am and finishing at 5pm.

Participants at this full-day photography course will have the chance to take advantage of the wildlife activity when it is still relatively quiet in the park. At around 9:30am we will take a coffee break and will go over the technical aspects that will help to get
  • The subject in focus,
  • The right depth of field,
  • The best composition

Following the theory session, which takes usually 1 to 1.5 hours we will be back out in the park to practise what was covered and most importantly to get some great images of deer, water fowl, other bird and wildlife species and the landscapes around the park.
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Some landscape images from Bradgate Park

The practical part of the photography course will continue after lunch all afternoon, and photography course participants will have access to one-to-one advice on any photographic aspects throughout the day, including how best to approach wildlife and also landscape photography.

The Basic Nature Photography course is a great opportunity to learn about taking wildlife and landscape photos in the beautiful natural environment of Bradgate Park. The deer is not only photogenic during their rutting season but at any time of the year, and with the wide variety of waterfowl and birds, there will be some young ones at the time when we will provide the Basic Nature Photography course in June and July.

If you are looking to learn about photography as well as how to use your digital SLR camera, and you would like to do this with wildlife in a beautiful natural habitat area, why not join our Basic Nature Photography course at Bradgate Park.

For more information on the Basic Nature Photography course and to book your space(s) please click on one of the highlighted terms above.

We hope very much to see you at Bradgate Park.

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