Wildlife and Nature Photography Courses, Workshops and Photo Days

21st April 2017
Spring is a great time for nature photography. This goes for wildlife as well as for landscape photography. Through the new leaves on the trees and the flowers blossoming the environment gains a colourful appearance. Birds are building their nests and many other wildlife species are having their young off-springs. There are so many things, which catch the eye of wildlife and landscape photographers, and are captured on camera.


Big Cat & Nature Photography is primarily known for photography courses, workshops and photo days around small and big wild cats, but we are offering a lot more. Many of our customers, who join us on our full-day photography courses at Colchester Zoo or on one of our photo days at the Cat Survival Trust or the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre, do not only want to get some good images of the big and small wild cats, birds of prey and other wildlife species at the venues, but they are also looking for help to improve their photographic skills.

We offer participants this support and customers have the choice of how much support they would like to gain. A mixture of learning about the theoretical aspects of photography and practising this while taking images of big cats, other wildlife species and also landscapes is available in form of our Photography for Beginners Course at Colchester Zoo, our Nature Photography Courses at Bradgate Park and via a Customised Photography Courses at a venue of your choice. These courses are experience level specific to enable everyone to get full benefits out of the days, and customised courses are of course completely tailored to meet the individual requirements.

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During the practical part of the above-mentioned photography courses, participants will have access to one-to-one advice on any photographic questions as our guide is a professional photographer. Aspects we usually cover during the practical part of the photography courses include not only questions on technical matters, but also on how to approach wildlife and/or landscape photography. Participants will also learn about the big cats and other wildlife species, which will as well benefit the photography as knowing about the habits of wildlife and their seasonal behaviour will enable photographers to time their approach on their photography, and to get some more story telling images.

In this sense, we have scheduled in particular our Nature Photography courses at Bradgate Park. The first set of courses (Basic Nature Photography and Nature Photography II) will be at the beginning of June and the second set of courses will be at the beginning of October. We selected these dates as there will be young water fowl plus off springs of other bird and wildlife species in June, while in October the deer rut is happening.

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We will be at Bradgate Park for the first year in 2017, but know from our own visits that this venue offers not only the deer for our photographer customers, but many other wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. While our other photography experiences are set within a certain timeframes, we offer the option at Bradgate Park, especially in June to stay longer or respectively come earlier to benefit from potential photo opportunities when the wildlife is more active.

Besides the photography courses, we offer full-day photo days at the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre (Bird of Prey & Leopard Photo Day) and the Cat Survival Trust (Big and Small Wild Cats Photo Day and British Wildlife from a Hide) plus the half-day Big Cat Photography Workshop at Colchester Zoo (Amur tigers and leopards plus lions and other wildlife species along the way). On these photography experiences there are plenty of opportunities to take photos of the cats and other wildlife species, while one-to-one advice on any photographic aspect and information on the cat and wildlife species is available to the participants.

At all of our photography courses, workshops or photo days we limit the number of participants to a maximum of 8 or respectively 10 people (on photo days). This way we can ensure that all customers will be able to get good positions to take photos and will also have access to the support, they need.

Our photography experiences are designed to provide good photo opportunities and to offer the support our customers need in an enjoyable environment. In addition to this, the wildlife is benefiting as well through a 50% contribution that is given to the venue or directly to wildlife conservation (at zoos and wildlife parks). At Bradgate Park we pay a 20% contribution to the park and any profits of the events go to our photographer's Photographic Wildlife Survey project (helping land owners to learn more about the wildlife on their property, raising awareness for British wildlife and their habitat plus supporting organisations like the Notts Badger Group and the Police Rural Proactive Team in Nottinghamshire in their work).

We hope very much to see you on one of our Photography Courses, Workshops or Photo Days.

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