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Wild, Wood & Water: Photography Weekend 10th-12th October 2014

A weekend of exciting wildlife and landscape photography with wonderful food and accommodation including training in wildlife photo skills and post-processing.

Wild, Wood & Water are Andrew Fusek Peters, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 shortlisted and author of over 100 books including Dip  (‘Very lyrical’ Libby Purves, Radio 4 Midweek) and Ric Morris, a popular photographic presenter on the Camera Club circuit, with an impressive aerial, landscape and natural history portfolio. 

Andrew and Ric will be using The Outbuildings as their base for this exciting weekend.  Their  aim is to take pictures of the best that Anglesey has to offer in terms of wildlife and landscape. They will be running dawn and dusk shoots, teaching long lens and focusing skills, combined with two evenings of post-processing, one-to-one and group feedback time along with discussions on conservation and the ethics surrounding wildlife photography. 

The Outbuildings’ chef, Francois Bernier will be providing a menu bursting with the best local produce, wonderfully prepared to accompany the weekend – this will be foodie & photographic heaven!

If you want to take your wildlife photography to the next level, this October is a great opportunity. The early autumn gives us a chance to see not only resident birds but also early autumn migrants.  However this won't be a weekend exclusively focused on rarities or trophy species, as Andrew and Ric both firmly believe that common wildlife is often neglected and can be extremely rewarding to photograph.  The skills delivered during the weekend are universal and you can develop these on your chosen subjects afterwards at your leisure.

Cost per person

£225 per person based on shared occupancy in a twin or double bedroom
£325 per person based on single occupancy

This cost includes all tuition, two nights dinner, bed & breakfast, packed lunch (or light lunch at The Outbuildings) and afternoon tea & cake.

How to Book

To book please telephone 01248 430132 or e-mail


Some previous experience is necessary and we suggest that you bring a minimum of a good DSLR and at least a 300mm or longer reach lens. Bridge cameras can be useful tools though quality varies greatly. This course will not be using them.

Andrew and Ric also have some lenses and bodies to use under supervision during the weekend.

Andrew Fusek Peters

Andrew Fusek Peters is a photographer and author with over 100 published books who has just been shortlisted in two categories for British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014. His latest titled Dip {Rider Books, Random House} is a nature-writing, wild-swimming memoir which also features his landscape and wildlife photos. It was recently featured on the One Show, R4 Midweek, and was the subject of a You Magazine feature.

‘Dip tells of a total immersion in Nature, a courageous trust in its restorative powers and an authentic experience of the wild. This is a damn good read.’

Paul Evans, Guardian Country Diarist

‘The writing is so lyrical, full of metaphor, indeed there are moments when words and water fuse together.’ Matt Haig, Independent

Andrew has just had his first wildlife photography book commissioned. Wild, featuring Shropshire Wildlife, comes out with Fairacre Press in 2015.

Ric Morris

Richard Morris was born and grew up in Llangollen, North Wales and has been a photographer for over 40 years, having started in the early 1970s with Kodachrcome slide film.  He has visited many of Britain's offshore islands in searchof landscape and wildlife photo opportunities. In 1998 Ric took his first hot air balloon flight and ever since has been building his portfolio of aerial photographs of the Shropshire and Welsh border landscape.  He has delivered presentations on aerial and environmental photography to societies and clubs throughout the West Midlans and Mid Wales, as well as performing his one-man illustrated show Confessions of a Teenage Skull Collector. Ric's photographs have been published in the Independent on Sunday as well as local press in Shropshire, Wales and United States; four of his images were used to support the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site bit and its management plan. He now works for Shropshire Wildlife Trust and writes and illustrates articles on skull and bone identification for the Mammal Society and Shropshire Mammal Group. He has known Andrew Fusek Peters for over 20 years and they have enjoyed a close photographic collaboration over the last 12 months.   

Suggested Kit

Andy and Ric both use Canon EOS bodies and lenses and the weekend  will concentrate on the skills to make the most of this equipment, however the techniques are applicable to all manufacturers' kit.  Both Canon and Nikon have excellent wildlife bodies ­ from the EOS 7D which is still a great performer, to the full frame 5D Mk III, the 1D Mk IV and the serious pro-level 1DX.  Nikon have the 7000 series and the D3, D4 line ups.

Pentax are also getting back in the game with the K5 and K3.  Recommended lenses range from the Canon 100-400mm, 300mm f2.8 prime, 400mm f5.6 to the 400 mm f2.8, 500mm f4 and longer, all of which have Nikon equivalents.  Both Sigma and Tamron do very good budget super telephotos ­ the new Tamron 150-600 enabled Andy to be shortlisted for BWPA and we have a copy to lend over the weekend. The Sigma super telephotos {including the 150-500} are also good budget lenses. Mirror lenses though cheaper are not always of the highest quality. Participants will also have a chance to handle pro-level Canon bodies and lenses.  We have an EOS 1DX,  1DS Mk II,  6D, the 500mm f4, 1.4x and 2x extenders, the 70-200 f2.8 IS and non IS, 100-400 f4-5.6 IS, 400 f5.6 and various other wide angles and primes including the 28mm f1.8, 50mm 1.8,  17-40 f4L and 16-35 f2.8L.

The weather will not be an issue for the weekend as we will have a contingency plan in case of rain – however, please come equipped with waterproofs and walking boots.

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