Since the start of the current Covid virus lockdowns and travel restrictions in March 2020, we have been doing courses and presentations on-line using ‘Zoom’, the video conferencing platform. We are now delighted to announce that we are expanding this idea to a great new series of ‘Lockdown Learning’ inspirational presentations! We are working with a range of our friends and colleagues to bring a brand-new set of evening talks on a wide range of photographic and animal related topics. During the coming weeks we hope to add to these, forming a rich and diverse channel for you. The simple idea is that this not only brings entertaining and informative, learning opportunities to you, our valued customers, but also provides work and support to an amazing group of talented professionals who have been hit hard by the current Covid virus situation. By signing up to these events, we sincerely hope you are amused, enlightened, inspired and can also feel you have done something to support these professionals, who are only too happy to share their knowledge with you. Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts are a wonderful community, and we hope you will feel part of something bigger when you join us for an evening of ‘Lockdown Learning’. Whilst these presentations are chargeable, don’t forget we offer discounts for our members and for multiple ticket purchases.

On-line Talks

On-Line

The Atlantic Puffin, A Photographic Journey - With Kevin Morgans

05.02.21 - Living in the UK, the coast means everything to me, it's where I live, work & seek solitude. As a small child, I grew up on a small peninsula surrounded by beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline. At this time, I had very little interest in photography. I spent my days exploring rock pools and the endless local coastline. Whilst sitting looking out to sea I would often see a flash of white, a blaze of brown as distant birds passed through the Dee Estuary. This was the moment I became fascinated with seabirds; it was my first glimpse into their world. I would often wonder what experiences they must have out at sea and what hardships they must face.  
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Photographing the Night Sky - With Oliver Wright

11.02.21 - Oliver has a lot of experience photographing the night sky in the UK, Iceland, Norway and 7 years of working in Northern Sweden. In this talk, he will share some of this wealth of experience with hints, tips and ideas to improve your understanding of this more technical area of photography. He will also show a selection of his images and outline the stories and techniques that sit behind them. Whether it’s stars, the northern lights or other astrological subjects there should be something in this great presentation for everyone!
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In the Presence of Kings - Looking for Lions in Kenya's Maasai Mara - With James Welch

13.02.21 - The talk will cover an overview of how an interest in Lions led to the creation of the ‘Safina Lion Conservation Fund’, a UK registered charity, as well as explaining the current efforts the charity makes to fulfil its mission to work with others to protect and monitor lions in the wild. The talk will also focus on a recent trip to the Maasai Mara in Kenya made with Wild Arena to visit one of our conservation partners on the ground. You will be able to hear first-hand about the threats that wild Lions face and the problems that occur when trying to protect them as well as the stories we learnt from our guides about some of the local Lion legends that we were fortunate enough to see and tales of our adventures while out looking for Lions with pictures and video footage along the way.
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Adobe Lightroom, Getting started - With Raj Khepar

19.02.21 - Adobe Lightroom has arguably become the biggest selling, ‘go to’ software package for keen amateur photographers. It systematically follows the likely workflow requirements for many photographers and a basic understanding of its many functions can hugely improve the quality and efficiency of a photographer’s work. This presentation lasting 1.5 hours will cover 2 essentially different areas. Initially Raj will cover how an enthusiastic photographer can make a start with Abode Lightroom. He will run through a basic workflow form import to export, covering some essential do’s & don’ts. Having established a basic outline, Raj will then move on to his personal top 10 hints and tips to speed up and improve the users output.
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My New Best Friend is a Flashgun- With David Southard

21.02.21 - Most photographers will, at some stage, realise that ‘light’ is a fundamental, core component of successful photography. Natural light is of course, beautiful, but how often do we experience it not being in the right quantities, in the right place, at the right time! This dilemma leads us to feeling we need to ‘add our own light’ into the scene and the simple solution often appears to be a camera flashgun or ‘speedlite’. For many photographers, this new piece of equipment fast becomes a source of mystery, suspicion and disappointment, and there is no doubt that using flash can be far trickier than we initially imagined.
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Batty about Badgers - With Tesni Ward

25.02.21 - Badgers are one of the most misunderstood and persecuted species in the UK, but if you dig just below the surface (pardon the pun), you’ll find they’re incredibly intelligent, gentle and social creatures. Tesni has been working with one clan in the Peak District for over 5 years now and has an intimate knowledge of their individual personalities, quirks and behaviours.
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Mad as a Mountain Hare - With Kevin Morgans

27.02.21 - Mountain hares are a very special species in the UK, they are Britain's only true arctic/alpine mammal and our only native species of hare (both brown hares and rabbits were introduced). The difficulty of photographing mountain hares is in the title 'mountain'. You have to earn every image, there is no sitting in a hide all day waiting. You are exposed to whatever weather a day in the Scottish mountains will throw at you. Endurance, fitness, patience and a little bit of luck are all needed but when everything comes together it can be a magical experience. 
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My Stacking in Macro Photography - With Oliver Wright

04.03.21 - Oliver has been doing close-up photography for many years and does a lot of high magnification macro photography out in the field. To master this, he has spent a lot of time working on his own specific techniques, including ‘hand-held stacking’. This technique, whilst far from easy, enables him to overcome the perennial issue of limited ‘depth of field’ in extreme close up images and is possible to employ in real life, field situations. Stacking is often considered ‘the’ macro specialist technique, and Oliver has created a reputation as a master of this idea. He will illustrate his presentation with a selection of his images and describe the stories and techniques behind them.
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Colour in Your Workflow - With Janet Southard

11.03.21 - Colour is such an important part of most people’s photography and we usually devote lots of energy to recording colour correctly in our cameras. However, we are often less concerned with the process of managing colour correctly through the rest of our workflow. In this 1.5 hour live ‘zoom’ tutorial Janet will run through all the key stages of correctly controlling colour from screen calibration, image processing, colour profiles and the mysteries of home printing!
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