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DSLR Workshop - Bird Photography

Location      Horsham, West Sussex
Venue         Cameracal
Leader        Anthony Sinfield
Price           £115.00

For Aspiring Bird Photographers

This course is designed for aspiring bird photographers who need to acquire the specific knowledge and techniques used in bird photography. As Cameracal HQ is located in West Chiltington we are close to both Warnham wildlife Sanctuary and Arundel Wetland Trust. We have designed the course in two halves. Meeting in the morning at Cameracal HQ for tuition on those all important techniques. Then an afternoon at one of two wildlife reserves know for their bird populations. Here you will be guided in using those newly learnt techniques. Putting into practise what was covered in the morning session.


During this one day workshop you will learn the following:

AM – Technical tuition – Specifically focussed on bird photography

  • Camera configuration for bird photography
  • Use of Shutter, Aperture Priority and Manual
  • Explanation of the different Metering modes and how their use can ensure correct exposure.
  • Minimum shutter speeds and helping to prevent camera shake and to capture sharp images.
  • Optimum set up and use of your camera’s AF functions
  • Tracking

PM – On location practical at a local wildlife reserve

  • Something
  • Something else
  • One other thing

You will be given a comprehensive set of notes sent to you after the course.

This workshop will be presented by Anthony Sinfield, of Cameracal.

Our prices include all tuition during the workshop, tea and coffee service in the morning and a buffet lunch.

About Warnham Wildlife Sanctuary

Warnham Nature reserve

Warnham Wildlife Sanctuary is approximately 19 miles from our studio location. With its selection of hides, this location is ideal for photographing herons, woodpeckers and kingfishers. There are also bird feeders located on site that attract the common garden bird such as blue tits and bull finches. An ideal opportunity to hone your skills for when you return home to photograph birds in your garden.

About Arundel Wetlands Trust

Arundel Wetlands Trust is approximately 25 minutes drive from our studio. Excellent opportunities to photograph passerines from the boardwalk by the feeders hide. Prolific wildlife down the channels cut through the reedbed (bring your long lens!).

Reedbed Hide:

This hide sits higher than most giving a view across the top of the reedbeds. The nearby thatched roof of the Wetland Secrets building provides good opportunities to macro photography of solitary bees and parasitic wasps.

Scrape Hide:

Kingfishers perch near to and across from the hide, posing for patient visitors. Loads of wintering wildfowl on the water.

Sand Martin Hide:

The adjacent shoreline, small islands and perches in the shallows attract many species for photo opportunities at this hide. Please note: This windows of the hide are closed in spring to allow privacy for sand martins to nest in the artificial nest bank  that surrounds the hide.

Ramsar Hide:

The grassland to the left of the hide, the long island spit in front of the hide and the scrub on the right attract many species for photo opportunities.

Lapwing Hide:

Kingfishers, waders and nesting birds in spring provide photo opportunities from the windows of this hide.