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Photograph golden hour puffins
on sensational Skomer.

Skomer Island, puffin photography workshop

 

Join us for a workshop like no other, photographing puffins as an overnight guest on sensational Skomer Island. During your stay you will not only have unparalleled access to the islands wildlife but also receive tuition from two professional photographers who, between them, have over 250 days experience on the island. This enables them to show you exactly where to go based on the conditions, for what types of photos throughout the day, before the incredible sunset light arrives. Located just off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, 3 miles from Martin's Haven, Skomer offers 750 acres of habitat for wildlife to thrive, including Razorbills, Guillemots, Seals, Short Eared Owls, Manx Shearwater and of course the star attraction, Puffins.

DETAILS

6 guests, 2 guides
We are the only Skomer photo workshop to offer a small group of 6, paired with 2 professional, full time photographers. This allows us to offer you an unrivalled level of help during your stay. We will be on hand 24/7 to offer tuition and advice as and when required. No question is too big or small and we will endeavour to ensure you come away from the experience with photos you are delighted with. We aim to give you an improved understanding of how to make the most of your camera, regardless of your current level of knowledge.

Experience level
Everyone is welcome and encouraged on this island adventure as, from the very beginner to the professional, all skill levels are, and have been, catered for.

Lightroom & digital workflow tuition
During downtime, we will be offering tips and advice on Lightroom and photo editing. With the ability to load up some of your images to work on, this means you'll come away from your Skomer photography workshop with even more tips and advice than ever before. A laptop isn't essential, as we'll have our own, meaning you can make the most of this opportunity whilst still keeping your luggage light.

What lenses should I bring?
Because the islands star attractions, the puffins, are so accommodating, you will have the opportunity to make the most of whatever you have to capture beautiful images. Frame filling shots can be achieved with everything from a wide angle lens to an 800mm telephoto.

Luggage drop
For your convenience, we load up all your bags as a group and drop them down to the waterfront ahead of departure. When we return back to mainland, we will then load them up and take them back to the carpark. This makes walking between the carpark and dock far more relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful views.

Fitness level
There can be a lot of walking on relatively easy paths across the island, which can be taken at your own pace. It's not uncommon to walk between 3-6 miles a day. There are 80+ steep steps to ascend when we arrive on the island, so carrying only the essentials is recommended.

The accomodation
Our base for this trip is a converted farm house right in the heart of the island, complete with dormitory style rooms, solar power and kitchen facilities.

Battery charging
With the accommodation running from solar power, we advise guests to bring enough spare batteries to last the duration of the trip. Alternatively a powerbank is a good option for charging phones and more recent Mirrorless camera bodies.

6 guests, 2 guides
We are the only Skomer photo workshop to offer a small group of 6, paired with 2 professional, full time photographers. This allows us to offer you an unrivalled level of help during your stay. We will be on hand 24/7 to offer tuition and advice as and when required. No question is too big or small and we will endeavour to ensure you come away from the experience with photos you are delighted with. We aim to give you an improved understanding of how to make the most of your camera, regardless of your current level of knowledge.

Experience level
Everyone is welcome and encouraged on this island adventure as, from the very beginner to the professional, all skill levels are, and have been, catered for.

Lightroom & digital workflow tuition
During downtime, we will be offering tips and advice on Lightroom and photo editing. With the ability to load up some of your images to work on, this means you'll come away from your Skomer photography workshop with even more tips and advice than ever before. A laptop isn't essential, as we'll have our own, meaning you can make the most of this opportunity whilst still keeping your luggage light.

What lenses should I bring?
Because the islands star attractions, the puffins, are so accommodating, you will have the opportunity to make the most of whatever you have to capture beautiful images. Frame filling shots can be achieved with everything from a wide angle lens to an 800mm telephoto.

Luggage drop
For your convenience, we load up all your bags as a group and drop them down to the waterfront ahead of departure. When we return back to mainland, we will then load them up and take them back to the carpark. This makes walking between the carpark and dock far more relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful views.

Fitness level
There can be a lot of walking on relatively easy paths across the island, which can be taken at your own pace. It's not uncommon to walk between 3-6 miles a day. There are 80+ steep steps to ascend when we arrive on the island, so carrying only the essentials is recommended.

The accomodation
Our base for this trip is a converted farm house right in the heart of the island, complete with dormitory style rooms, solar power and kitchen facilities.

Battery charging
With the accommodation running from solar power, we advise guests to bring enough spare batteries to last the duration of the trip. Alternatively a powerbank is a good option for charging phones and more recent Mirrorless camera bodies.

GUIDES

Richard Peters is a Nikon and Datacolor Ambassador, with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside being a judge for both that and other international photography competitions. Most recently including the British Wildlife Photography awards.

Drew Buckley has won multiple awards for his work including in competitions such as the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is a Lee Filters & F-Stop Ambassador, works with Canon UK and grew up and has extensive knowledge of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. He works with the BBC Natural History unit to provide content for documentaries, including the recent A Wild Year Pembrokeshire and, living local to Skomer, Drew spends many days each year there. As such he has published books on both puffins and Wales.

 

TESTIMONIALS

N Kingston

As a fan of Richard Peters’ work I was delighted when my wife booked a 6 hour one-to-one workshop for my birthday. I have enjoyed taking wildlife photographs for a long time, gradually improving but realised I was taking the same old photographs. It was time for a new approach, good advice and a fresh pair of eyes. Upon arrival to our workshop, Richard bought me a coffee and we sat down to a short portfolio review. Richard looked at how I had composed, cropped and processed my images using Lightroom and suggested options and alternatives. It was a fantastic eye opener to have professional opinion and critique and Richard shared his technical skills and passion for photography, along with some methods of using light creatively. This Lightroom overview helped me learn some great shortcuts, which have since made a big improvement to my workflow. A run through of important camera settings, lots of questions from me and lots of great answers from Richard and we set off with our cameras to put the theory into practice. We soon spotted a very co-operative heron in some great light, I snapped away listening to Richards tips and it was great 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, taking Richards advice, I waited until the sun had dropped low enough to experiment with backlighting. The 6 hours flew by and it was a fantastic day, with advice and encouragement from Richard throughout, and some great shots on the camera. Richard’s knowledge, and ability to pass it on in easy to understand ways, made this a valuable experience for me to push my photograph forward and help turn the same old photos into something new. Thank you!

K Bangs

As a relative newcomer to the world of photography, I booked a one-to-one with Richard with only 4 months experience of using a DSLR camera.

My aim was to improve my overall understanding of the different settings, including manual, with an overall objective to improve my wildlife photography (off the auto setting!) prior to my impending holiday to Africa. One of the specific issues I had been finding tricky was focusing on moving subjects, Richard soon put me on the right track and resolved this.

Richard also provided me with lots of well explained advice around different camera settings and image composition, which we put into practice throughout the day. I opted for the image review at the start of the session, I found this particularly useful as it helped highlight any areas that needed development during the session and also increased my confidence through the constructive feedback. Overall the workshop was really beneficial in terms of improving my knowledge and understanding, but it was also a really enjoyable day.

I would highly recommend a one-to-one to anyone wishing to develop their skills.

T Gehlot

Having seen Richard’s incredible work I was naturally a little intimidated when I initially booked my one-to-one with him. 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.

I wasn't sure going in how much benefit I would get from my workshop but it exceeded my expectations, everything was explained with great clarity and it inspired me to be more creative and confident.

Richard's 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.

ITINERARY

MAY, JUNE & JULY TOURS

In May our trips captilize on the potential opportunity to photograph the puffins amongst the islands stunning bluebells and pink sea thrift. With less prominent bracken, spotting ground nesting birds such as the Short Eared Owls will also be more favourable.

June and July trips offer the potential for the classic puffin with sand eel opportunities. Despite all trips offering unique experiences, the core is always the same:

DAY 1: On the Saturday we meet at the farm carpark at 8am where we will transfer your bags for you down to the landing point at Martins Haven. We catch the short 15 minute boat ride at 9am before arriving on Skomer for a briefing about the days ahead. By midday you will be able to head out around the island. There is a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere enabling you to explore the island as and when you desire, once we have shown you the best spots for the best times of day and the types of image you can achieve at each. After a plentiful, home cooked, dinner we will all go out as a group to make the most of the late evening light. After the evening shoot will will then head out after dark to take in the sights and sounds of the 700,000 Manx Sheerwater that descend on the island under cover of darkness. If the weather allows, astrophotography will also be possible.

DAY 2: On Sunday there is photography, and lots of it. We are free to come and go as we please but again, we will aim to go make the most of the evenings and nights as these are the big draw of staying on the island.

DAY 3: Monday offers the same as day two with one big difference, there are no day visitors, so we truly have the entire island to ourselves.

DAY 4: Those who wish to go out and shoot early can do so, which is often a popular option if the weather permits. We catch the boat back to the mainland, aiming to arrive around 10am.

Two night workshops follow the same pattern, reduced by one day and without the day-tripper free Monday.

PRICE & DATES

Sensational Skomer puffin workshop, 2022:

 

2 nights £699

July 7th - 8th SOLD OUT

3 nights £899

May 21st - 23rd SOLD OUT
June 18th - 20th SOLD OUT
July 2nd - 4th SOLD OUT

If you'd like to be notified ahead of public release for 2023 dates, the easiest way is to sign up to Richard's newsletter. Subscribers always get initial notification of dates, typically booking them all before we have chance to publicly advertise. Please note the Wildlife Trust do not confirm dates until early October, so we wait until dates are gauranteed before advertising.

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What’s included

  • Accomodation on the island
  • Breakfast, dinner and snacks on the island
  • Soft and limited alcoholic drinks
  • Boat fee to the island
  • Island landing fees
  • Luggage drop from the carpark to the dock
  • Luggage drop from dock to carpark

What’s not included

  • Accomodation the night before island arrival
  • Carpark fees (£20 payable on arrival - based on 2022 costs)
  • Lunch

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