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Close to nature – macro and close-up photography workshop at Slapton Ley

Close to nature – macro and close-up photography workshop at Slapton Ley

Duration: 5 days

Price: £475

Contact: Field Studies Council, Slapton Ley Field Centre and Nettlecombe Court

Slapton Ley Field Centre
Sands Road
Slapton, Kingsbridge

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Monday 20th July 2020

About the Course

The aim of the workshop is to help you achieve the maximum potential of your camera to shoot exciting close-up and macro images of a wide range of natural subjects such as flowers, lichens, insects and other invertebrates. We will be using various methods to achieve a wide range of close-ups. It will include general close-up photography in the field of subjects such as butterflies and dragonflies, as well as studio photography. Various light sources such as daylight, LED and flash will be discussed, as well as advanced techniques such as focus stacking. Whilst DSLR and mirrorless cameras are ideal for this, most camera types can be used to achieve brilliant results. As well as your own equipment plenty of extra equipment, such as different light sources and other equipment, will be available for participants to use.

Course tutor: Adrian Davies
Adrian Davies is a freelance nature photographer, lecturer, author and highly experienced course leader. He has run courses at Slapton for over 30 years. He has written numerous articles and books, including Digital Close-up and Macro Photography, (Focal Press), Digital Plant Photography (Bloomsbury Press) and Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography (Focal Press, 2017).

Start and Finish Times
Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4.00pm on Thursday, with departure after breakfast on Friday for resident participants. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring
Your camera, and any lenses you might have
Tripod or other camera support (it may be possible to borrow one)
Flash guns if you have them.
Memory cards and batteries
Laptop if you have one.
Any subjects (e.g. fossils) you may wish to photograph during the workshop.

Reading List:
Cremona, Julian (2014) Extreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking. Crowood Press.
Davies, Adrian (2010) “Close-Up and Macro Photography”. Focal Press
Thompson, Robert (2018) “Close-Up and Macro Photography”. Focal Press.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Wheelchair friendly