One Day Digital Photography Course – Saturday 21st January 2012

The Wildlife Film School

One Day Digital Photography Course

Saturday 21st January 2012

Whether making a photographic record of our stunning landscapes and seascapes, indulging your passion for portrait photography or simply recording your local wildlife or native plant life; photography is an increasingly popular and absorbing activity.

The Digital Photography course on January 28th 2012 is a one day field course designed to enable you to get to grips with the basics of digital photography by overcoming some of the technical barriers in order to make it work for you, rather than be it’s slave. Due to short day length we will start as early as possible. There will be a short briefing over coffee , covering basic digital camera types, and how to set your camera up for the days shoot so as not to have to resort to the manual. The rest of the day will be spent in the field followed by a round up once we lose the light.

We will be based at the fabulously beautiful Liss Ard estate and travel out a short distance to locations from there. The emphasis of this one day field course will include:

> Digital photography: Differences from traditional film

> What camera is right for you for what you want to achieve

> Getting your camera settings correct

> Exposure and depth of field

> Choosing shutter versus aperture priority

> How to interpret the complexities of your camera manual

If you simply wish to make better digital photographs or add a particular discipline, landscape, portrait or architecture to your range of skills as a photographer then this one day digital photography course will prove invaluable.

Course notes will be provided and tutor/s will be on hand at all times and numbers are limited so there is plenty of time to ask questions of tutor/s and discuss personal projects with fellow attendees. The tuition is pitched at level: Beginner/Intermediate.


The lead tutor on this One Day Digital Photography course will be:

Chris O’Dell BSC

Chris is a photographer and cinematographer, a graduate of the London International Film School. Initially trained as a stills photographer, he travelled widely in the 70s and 80s filming documentaries of every kind, including the world famous “Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, and “The Heart of the Dragon”, the story of China, for Channel 4. Chris was cameraman on two major wildlife series for Channel 4 with naturalists Gerald and Lee Durrell, “Ourselves and other Animals” and “The Amateur Naturalist”. As a qualified diver, he spent a lot of time filming underwater for the BBC and other clients. He ran a successful production company making arts and music programmes for the BBC. Since 1990 has been the director of photography on many very successful TV drama series including Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Sharpe, Hornblower, Inspector Morse, the Morse sequel Lewis, and many single dramas. Chris lives and works in West Cork and photographs the wonderful changing light on the landscape of West Cork for which he employs Nikon, Apple, Photoshop, and Epson equipment. Chris O’Dell was chairman of the 2009 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.

The supporting tutor on this One Day Digital Photography Course will be:

Nic Slocum PhD

Nic is an experienced naturalist and wildlife guide and is best known for his escorted tours taking enthusiasts out, both in Ireland and overseas, to view and photograph whales and dolphins. Nic has maintained a lifelong passion for using photography and film to promote the conservation of our wildlife and wild places and has appeared as an expert commentator on RTE, Channel 4 and ITV.  A zoologist by training, Nic has published articles on conservation related issues in both regional and national newspapers and is working on a book – Field Craft in Wildlife Photography and Film Making. Nic Slocum lives and works in West Cork and is a director of The Wildlife Film School which runs workshops in all aspects of digital photography and wildlife film making.

Schedule of Timings…

8.45am – Coffee and meet up at Liss Ard House. Directions provided

9am – Running through your camera set up with the tutor/s and learning how to interpret the complexities of your camera manual followed by setting assignments and photographic objectives for the day.

10am – Photography assignments in the field concentrating on what camera is right for you for what you want to achieve, getting your camera settings correct, exposure and depth of field and choosing shutter versus aperture priority.

1pm – Lunch. Soup and Sandwiches

1.45pm – Continued photography assignments in the field – Using the skills you have been practising in the morning we will head out into the grounds of Liss Ard House and Estate to make images that will be the start of your portfolio.

4pm – Return to base (for a nice cup of tea!) and a review and critique of photographs taken during the day. We will select a few images from each attendee, project them onto a screen and discuss the merits of each image and what might be done in Photoshop to enhance it in relation to composition and colours.

5.30pm – Finish


Booking Information:

Cost: €135. This INCLUDES expert tuition, lunch and refreshments. Payment is required in full at the time of booking. If The Wildlife Film School cancels a course for any reason all monies paid are refunded in full.

Course Dates: Saturday January 28th 2012. [NB. If you are interested in a course which is fully booked please put your name on the waiting list as places occasionally become available and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Workshop numbers are restricted to ensure you get personal attention at all times]

To Book: Contact The Wildlife Film School on:

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Tel: 00 353 86 153 1663

What people say about our digital photography courses…

“Well I tell you, I haven’t laughed that much in a long while. A great bunch!”

“…also thanks a mill’ again for sharing with us your wealth of knowledge and genuine passion for digital photography! I’m officially hooked!!! I’ll be recommending these courses to all my friends!”

“Just some words to thank everybody again for the brilliant atmosphere. It was a fantastic week end”

“Thanks everyone for making it a great weekend.”

“…thank you for a great weekend and for sending on the group photo. I learnt a lot over the weekend and I look forward to putting it into practice…”

“…thanks again for a great weekend, I will be doing a workshop in the club on the weekend and let the members know what I covered over the course of the 2 days…”

“…thank you and the guys very much for a very enjoyable weekend. Not only for the great photography workshop but for the great craic we had too…”

“…we had a great weekend and it was a pleasure to meet you all. We will be in touch about future courses and will be recommending you…”


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