A Big Thank You to everyone who came on our courses this year, at Wepre Park-Flintshire, Glasdir-Llanrwst and Rhydymwyn Nature Reserve nr. Mold. Thanks for all the great feedback, it's very much appreciated!
Next Course - April 2018 (tbc) at Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve owned by North East Wales Wildlife
This 1 day event will be run by Laurence Clark and Kate Wilson. It takes place in the fascinating surroundings of Rhydymwyn Valley Reserve (pronounced 'Rid-a-mooin' !) just outside the town of Mold towards Denbigh. The site is an old WWII weapons factory which is now a varied habitat of grassland, wetland and deciduous woodland. With many of the old buildings being slowly reclaimed by nature, it is a mysterious but superb area of biological diversity and great for photography! We will have experts on hand to answer your questions about the local wildlife and advise you on how to get more involved with nature in your area. Kate has worked for several years in wildlife conservation with NEWWildlife and will be giving a talk on some of the amazing wildlife we have here in north Wales.
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 Rhydymwyn 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 Wepre Park, Flintshire and Glasdir Conference Centre in Llanrwst, Conwy.
If you'd like to join us on our next course at Rhydymwyn then please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07761 007123. You can also book online once we have confirmed the dates.
Prices are just £60 per person for the whole day. Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided as well as a light buffet lunch. The course will begin on the Saturday morning at 10:00am and will finish at approx. 4:00pm.
Previously we have run some great courses with Amy Green from North Wales Wildlife Trust 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:
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.
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
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.
Otter fishing in broad daylight near Rhuddlan
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.