One Day Digital Landscape Photography Course – Saturday, January 28th 2012

The Wildlife Film School

One Day Digital Landscape Photography Course

 Saturday, January 28th 2012

Landscape photography is a vast subject but there’s something about getting out into the countryside with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing landscape beauty that you see – never more so that in Ireland.

The Digital Landscape Photography course on January 21st is a one day field course designed to excite you about taking beautiful landscape photographs with your digital camera. Due to short day length we will start as early as possible. There will be a short briefing over coffee, the rest of the day will be spent in the field followed by a round up once we lose the light.

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 issues we will cover include; preparing your digital camera in advance, comparison of different types of camera, creative use of focus, exposure, and speed settings; different lenses, filters and also camera handling techniques.

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 course will be:

> Looking at your surroundings

> Observation and selecting your shots

> How to develop an “eye” for the shot

> Basic field craft and preparation for the shoot






The lead tutor on this One Day Digital Landscape 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 Landscape 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 will be provided.

9am – Running through your camera set up with the tutor/s and setting assignments and photographic objectives for the day.

10am – Photography assignments in the field concentrating on looking at your surroundings, selecting your shots with care and developing an “eye” for your shots…

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 21st 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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