One-to-one wildlife photography workshops, online or in-person. From the comfort of your own home or out on location, learn anything from a beginners guide to wildlife photography to pushing the boundaries of advanced skills. Learn how to set-up your camera and new techniques to help you get the best from your future photographic encounters. Covering anything from exposure basics and focusing to custom settings, workflows or advice for your next big trip, these bespoke workshops are not one 'size fits all’, with each and every one tailored to you. By investing time with Richard Peters, an experienced Nikon Ambassador with a wealth of accolades and experience within the industry, you will gain a greater understanding, faster, of how to develop your creativity, regardless of your experience or brand. Aside from his many years of experience, Richard hosts talks and has written many magazine features on camera techniques, so you are in very safe and capable hands.
Because these one-to-one days are open to everyone from beginners to more advanced photographers, when you book, you'll be asked to provide a brief outline of what you would like to learn. The sole purpose of your day is to gain maximum benefit, which this outline will allow Richard to ensure.
These workshops are not equipment or brand specific. Camera models of all level and manufacturer are catered for, however tuition is best suited to Mirrorless and DSLR’s rather than compacts or hybrids.
Richard is very friendly and approachable, offering advice where no question is too big or small. He approaches tuition with the mantra that it's better to be asked the same question five times, and you understand the answer, than to be asked once and you forget.
By default these days are held in and around Surrey. However being based on the importance of technique, rather than specific subjects, the location is flexible. If you're based in London or one of the surrounding counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Kent or even further afield, Richard is able to either travel to you or a convenient location half way. Please get in touch to discuss additional travel costs.
Many photographers benefit from having a constructive review of their current photos at the start of the day. This can be helpful in highlighting specific areas of interest that can then be concentraed on during your workshop. This is entirely optional but always helpful.
Why not maximise your learning potential. If you wish to have periodic check-ins, this is also possible. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.
This Skomer Island puffin workshop is fully booked for 2023. Please see the bottom of the page for 2024 date notification.
Mirrorless and Digital SLR's have so many buttons and settings they can often feel overwhelming, especially if it's your first camera. Richard can go through all your settings, explaining what they are and in what scenario you may need them, before setting your camera up so it's always ready to go.
Photography is first and foremost a study of light. Learning how to see, react and expose correctly is the key principle. The better you understand your camera, what it can and can't do, and how to adjust various exposure settings to account for ambient light, the better your photos will be.
Every scenario is different. Whether it's static or in motion, selecting the right focus mode can be the difference between getting the shot or not. If you're having trouble with focus modes and settings, especially with birds in flight, time spent on explaining different focus modes is recommended.
This is also available, please see Richard's Lightroom and Digital Workflow workshop for further details.
Even with expensive lenses, getting a razor sharp image isn't always as easy as simply pointing your camera and pressing the shutter release. Discover the tips and tricks that will enable you to get sharper images both with and without a tripod.
Taking the idea of exposure and working with the light to a more advanced level, learn how the different types of lighting can allow you to produce entirely different images to those you may have thought possible. Discover how best to position to make the most of any lighting situation.
For those who feel they may be ready to take the next step, Richard can offer his career experience to help point you in the right direction and make the most of your best images.
Remember, your workshop is about you. Richard has catered to the full spectrum of photographers from running a 'beginners guide to wildlife photography' to advising on long term goals. Getting better results is as simple as saying what you'd like to learn.
In-person workshops work well for those who want to cover and practice certain techniques (conditions permitting) on the day. Nothing beats being in-person for that. And of course it's just nice to be in like-minded company.
Online workshops are great if you want to cover a bit of technique theory, have lots of general questions about kit, shooting styles, general advice, editing, portfolio reviews etc. Online we can share each others screens, meaning these workshops can be crammed full of advice. In some ways, hands-on technique asside, online can be more beneficial in many ways. If in doubt, feel free to get in touch and we can discuss what works best for your needs. And of course the big advantage of online, is there are no geographical restrictions. Richard has held many online sessions with clients in America, Europe and Nairobi. Online sessions are also limited to 2 hours.
"As a fan of Richard's work I was delighted when my wife booked a one-to-one for my birthday. Upon arrival we sat down to a portfolio review where he looked at how I had composed and processed my images using Lightroom, suggesting constructive alternatives. It was a fantastic eye opener to have professional opinion and critique.
A run through of important camera settings, lots of questions from me and lots of great answers from Richard and we set off to put the theory into practice. We photographed a co-operative heron in some great light and it was good to see my shot, then the next shot with Richards suggestions incorporated (you could really see the difference). The afternoon ended with an amazing sunset and a lesson in backlighting.
Richard’s knowledge, and ability to pass it on in easy to understand ways, made this a valuable experience for me to help turn the same old photos into something new."
"I initially felt a little intimidated when I booked my one-to-one with Richard. However he immediately made me feel at ease with his humour and friendly nature and our workshop had a great flow and was well thought out.
What I loved the most is that it was informative yet open and relaxed. Richard is a humble and passionate photographer who was very willing to share his tips and tricks and as a result of only a few hours together, I now have a much better understanding of where I am as a photographer and the areas I need to concentrate on to improve my photographic skills.
His knowledge and demeanour left me eager to push my photography further and once I’ve hit my next set of challenges, I’ll look forward to booking in again to learn more!
Richard, thank you for such a wonderful experience."
"I flew over to the UK from Ireland, to spend two days with Richard, and what a great experience it was!
Having been to many wonderful wildlife areas in the world I was concerned that my efforts were becoming stagnant with the pressure to get the perfect “chocolate box” picture of every animal blunting my ability to see the potential for a different, more interesting shot. Additionally, I became aware of sliding into the pitfall of trying to buy better results through continual camera and equipment upgrades…I needed help. After doing some research I chose Richard Peters because his work stood out from the crowd and illustrated another aspect of photography that I hadn’t fully appreciated. Light! This was the catalyst I needed to reinvigorate my pursuit.
During our two days Richard's attitude was always encouraging, helpful and informative and I never felt I was the lowly pupil to the award winning artiste. It felt like two friends together rather than a first time encounter! His patience was infectious and it became clear that his photos were different because he was always looking for that unique pose, or background, or light direction that made the fewer frames taken more productive, each requiring less post editing work. We went through all my camera settings compared to his—what to use, what not to use and why, plus the choice of lenses to compliment the various situations, be it birds in flight or mammal portraits.
By the end of my two day stint I had accumulated a lot of information, picked up many great tips and had a better understanding of what I now needed to do to capture and produce more inspirational wildlife images."
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Please note for online workshops, there is some flexibility beyond these dates due to reduced logistics. Please get in touch for more info.
Discounted rates are available if you would like to bring a friend on your workshop. Richard is happy to accommodate a 2-2-1, so please do get in touch if you'd like to know more.
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