Flowers & Butterflies - Martin Down (4 hours)
£75.00 per person
Location: Martin Down, Hampshire
Max Attendees: 3
A rare chance to photograph some of Britain's most attractive wild flowers and butterflies.
The National Nature Reserve at Martin Down is home to an exceptional collection of plants and animals associated with chalk downland and scrub habitats, including a number of rare and threatened species. The reserve includes many attractive downland flowers including 12 species of orchid and Martin Down is one of the top Butterfly reserves in the region. Several rare bumblebees are also present including the Brown-banded Carder Bee.
We will meet at the Car Park just up a gravel track from the village of Martin near Fordingbridge and before we venture onto the chalk downland I will take you through some basic macro photography techniques and I will explain how I would approach getting great images of flowers, butterflies and other insects. Most of the birds, butterflies, bumblebees and flowers we see I should be able to identify and so I will be able to point out anything interesting to you.
As we move around the reserve I will also let you find your own subjects and I will be on hand to help you improve your technique.
Make sure you bring plenty of things to eat and drink and suitable footwear for walking and also suitable clothing depending on the weather forecast.
This is a workshop I really look forward to and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.
4 hours tuition from 2:30pm to 6:30pm, maximum 3 people.
What you will learn
Other than any specific requests you have I would expect to cover:
- Exposure and metering.
- Accurate focussing and field craft to maximise depth of field.
- Isolating the subject and selecting harmonious backgrounds.
- Histograms – an essential tool to ensure maximum detail is captured & nothing lost.
- Composition – some basic rules to help you obtain a well balanced composition.
- Understanding the benefits of shooting in RAW as opposed to jpeg.
- Outdoor lighting including LED lights.
On the day you will need as much of the following equipment as possible:
- A digital SLR or a camera capable of manual control.
- A macro lens if you have one.
- A tripod (although not essential).
- A spare battery and a spare memory card.
- Something to eat and drink.
- Notebook and pen.