Camera club talks

 
As an experienced wildlife photographer I regularly give illustrated talks to camera clubs exploring various aspects of wildlife photography. I try to make these talks as informative and practical as possible often bringing along equipment and prints to demonstrate the techniques I use to take my photos.
 
I am always adding new talks and presentations to my list and ‘retiring’ older ones. Currently I am offering the following talks.
 
If you are interested in any of these talks please contact me at bob@naturesphotos.co.uk 
 
  
Beyond Auto Mode - Taking creative control of your camera
 

Modern cameras have powerful computer processors which can greatly assist you when taking photos. It is therefore very tempting to either set your camera on automatic, and allow these in camera computers to do all the work calculating the exposure, sorting out focus or alternatively to use the so called “creative modes” to manage a particular situation.

With all this computing power in the camera do you ever wonder why some of your photos look too dark and some too light, do you wonder why some are blurred but some taken few frames later are not?

My aim for this talk is to show you that allowing your cameras computer to make decisions for you isn’t always the best option. More importantly you will be reassured that taking back control yourself isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. I am not advocating shooting completely in manual mode. You just need to take control of the 'in camera' computer, work with it and make it work for you.

Anyone can take absolutely superb photos but the first step is leaving the auto mode setting on your camera behind and learning how even the basic controls, together with the inbuilt computer can make for a very different photograph.

 
 
 
  
The Art of Wildlife Photography
 

Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have shared experiences and worked with some very competent naturalists and photographers. They have collectively helped me and taken me on my exciting journey of exploration. Through this talk I share my experiences, explore the lessons I have learnt, the mistakes I have made and the options available to the aspiring wildlife photographer. I pay particular attention to the opportunities provided by modern digital cameras and equipment but also but also consider the importance of good field craft and observation.   

I illustrate the talk with my own photos taken both in the UK and in East Africa and seek to demonstrate, wherever possible, the techniques and skills I used. I bring along examples of the equipment and ‘tools’ I have come to rely on over the years. These are the simple tools that for me make the difference between a ‘snap shot’ and that the award winning photo.

 
 
 
 
 
Macro Photography
 

Macro work is a fascinating field of photography which can however seem very baffling and very expensive ! My aim in this talk is to try and dispel both of these myths and to show just how easy and fun it can be.

As a predominantly wildlife photographer macro quite simply enables me to get ‘up close and personal’ to the natural world. In this talk I explore the options available to the amateur photographer who wishes to experiment with macro as well as share some of my own photos. The examples I use will largely be taken from the natural world but the techniques carry over to any other subject matter. I cover very basic, hybrid camera options but spend most of the time looking at the options available to SLR owners including some of the possibilities brought about by very advanced lenses and specialist software. 

This is a very practical talk and I demonstrate many of the techniques I describe and bring along a great deal of macro equipment to demonstrate and discuss. Lighting macro shots is always a problem so I spend some time exploring options. I also discuss and demonstrate techniques of particular value to macro photographers such as focus stacking.

 
 
 

My Digital Workflow

Digital workflow is an area of photography  often discussed and explored in magazines, on the web and in many a conversation with fellow photographers but despite all this exposure it still seems a mystery to many.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked on workshops and when giving talks to camera clubs is - “could you please explain from start to finish what you do after you have taken a photo.”

What I have learnt is meant by this question is not just what to do in Photoshop, but the entire creative journey, including the tools and processes used. I have been photographing wildlife for over 40 years and when I moved from film to digital in the 2003 I had to develop my own personal workflow. In this talk I explore and describe the approach I use and attempt to demystify what I believe can be a simple and productive process if broken down in to distinct, manageable steps.

 

 
  
 
Tanzania a Photographer's Paradise
 

I was fortunate enough to live in East Africa as a boy in the late 50’s and the region and its wildlife has held a fascination for me ever since. Photographing African Wildlife in its natural surroundings has absolutely no equal. I now run regular guided trips to Kenya and Northern and Southern Tanzania. This talk outlines a trip to Northern Tanzania made when the Wildebeest are migrating in their greatest numbers, the predators are ever present and other animals and birds can be seen in abundance. This coupled with unspoilt wilderness, stunning landscapes and amazing sunsets makes this truly a Photographer’s Paradise.

I will take you on a journey and an adventure through Northern Tanzania explaining how I took the photos I use to illustrate the talk and telling a few tales along the way.