Wildlife Photography Days
A Big Thank You to everyone who came on our courses last year, at Wepre Park-Flintshire, Glasdir-Llanrwst and Rhydymwyn Nature Reserve nr. Mold. Thanks for all the great feedback, it's very much appreciated!
In May 2018 year we completed another weekend residential course at the Snowdonia National Park Training Centre at Plas Tan y Bwlch, with the U3A Warrington photography group and in April was our 3rd successful course at Wepre Park. Thanks to the very enthusiastic group who came along.
We are not currently running the nature & wildlife training courses due to other commitments this year but if you have a group or organisation of 4 people or more and would like to arrange to an event please get in touch.
The photographic topics include a solid technical understanding of a digital camera, the functioning parts and the different types, wildlife tips and techniques, many examples of quality wildlife images with explanations of how they were achieved. During the day we will have opportunities to practise what we've learnt with plenty of advice.
You will get to practise your photographic technique on various creatures and plants we discover at Plas Tan y Bwlch and surrounding areas at Ceunant Llenyrch Naturte Reserve and your tutor Laurence will be on hand the whole day to advise you on using your camera to achieve the best results. You do not need an expensive DSLR but we do recommend a good hybrid style camera as a minimum. You will appreciate the differences in camera types and lenses during the course and also get to understand camera trap devices.
Our students have taken some amazing photos on our previous courses which have been in north and south Anglesey as well as Rhydymwyn, Flintshire and Glasdir Conference Centre in Llanrwst, Conwy.
Previously we have run some great courses with Kate Wilson of NEWWildlife and also the expert guidance of Kathy James and Ken Croft at Naturebites. Here is the DAILY POST REVIEW of the 2 day course on Anglesey written by Debbie James at the Daily Post.
Castle Vision Photographic © regularly runs bespoke beginner courses in wildlife and/or landscape photography including 1 to 1 sessions, prices for which start at £40 per half day. Please get in touch for a course tailored to suit your needs.
Here are some comments from previous guests:
Plas Tan y Bwlch 2018:
"Laurence and Amy have a wealth of knowledge between them, both artistic, technical and the local wildlife. The fantastic surroundings of Snowdonia make this a perfect weekend away."
Wepre Park 2018:
"Good mix of technical and artistic information. Good openness to all types of camera and no judgement. Overall a really good introduction to wildlife photography - thank you."
"Really like to hear about which camera settings for various situations."
"Interesting and good overview to lots of aspects in the time available."
Rhydymwyn Course 2017:
"The whole course was totally enjoyable."
"Great start to photography, good balance of words/photos on the slide-show."
"Very well presented and good pace of image examples."
"Learnt a lot more about my camera", "Good technical advice for beginners", "Laid back and informative."
Wepre Park Course 2016 & 17:
"Covers the basics well which was appreciated for a beginner. Laurence is easy-going and very enthusiastic about photography."
” Opens your eyes to the possibilities within your camera, great day."
"Would definitely recommend this course to others, thoroughly enjoyed the day and has helped with understanding the way my camera works."
"Didn't feel like the amateur I am!"
"It was a really enjoyable informal course and it made the subject less daunting."
"Very good, thoroughly enjoyed the day and has helped with understanding the way my camera works."
Glasdir Centre, Llanrwst 2017:
"History of photography and art was very good to set the scene. I now understand how to use ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed!"
"Presentation and content is very good, well executed. Room and facilities very welcoming and comfortable. Laurence is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, thank you."
"Very good for a beginner, like me! I understand the technical side of a camera so much more now. Loved both practical exercises and presentations were very well delivered. Great day, thank you."
"Helped me reconnect, add theory, think and look. Excellent day, thank you."
"Excellent. I have finally learnt how to use my camera!"
Previous Course Reviews with Naturebites, Anglesey:
” A great way of seeing the wildlife Anglesey has on offer with a personal guide and photographer to hand. We were very well looked after and the course offered great value for money.”
“Just go! You will definitely like it!"
“It will give you a greater understanding of your camera and how to take photographs rather than snaps, all within an informal atmosphere. Everyone was very generous with their wealth of experience. ”
Laurence pictured with Iolo Williams from the BBC Springwatch team. Taken at Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead. (Laurence has helped researchers on Iolo's TV documentaries.)
Amy presenting on the wildlife of north Wales, at Wepre Park Garden Room, April 2018
Meerkats at Manor House Wildlife Park, Tenby, gazing at the Solar Eclipse in March 2015. One of the series of photos featured on the BBC One Show.
Brenda the Badger! One of the many photographs on show at Glasdir Exhibition Centre
Otter fishing in broad daylight near Rhuddlan
The very informal group! At Wepre Park, May 2016
Winning photo at the end of the Wepre Park course. Taken by Anne on a Canon 450D.
Back At Wepre Park, May 2017
....and this time the winning photo was taken by Andy.
Great venue at Glasdir Conference Centre.
Lovely shot by one of the guests during the outdoor practical.
Amy presenting the Wildlife of Snowdonia at Plas Tan y Bwlch training Centre
Our enthusiastic group at the beautiful Llyn Mair above Plas Tan y Bwlch.