Running From November to January
GREY SEAL MINI BREAK
The Grey Seal Mini Break is an Ideal place to learn Photography or just hone your skills, especially when you have subjects like the Atlantic Grey Seal to photograph. These magnificent animals come on to land to breed in the winter months in the UK which gives the perfect opportunity for them to be photographed and watched.
You will see interactions such as mothers feeding their new pups, Bull Seals breeding with Cows and Bulls fighting to see who gets to breed. It is a fantastic time that is not to be missed for any wildlife photographer.
We do all this while keeping the seals best interests in mind. We will NOT get too close to the animals we will be always watching our surroundings and for signs of distress.
On this workshop we will be focusing on all the techniques that is required for photographing wildlife, including Shutter Speed, Aperture priority, composition, how to deal with camera shake and light levels.
We will also cover how to get the best photograph without disturbing the subject, how to approach the seals and to spot signs of distress in the animal.
The equipment that is best suited for the type of photography that we are doing and techniques to get the perfect shot which include camera-shake and how to get sharp pictures.
GREY SEAL MINI BREAK OVERVIEW
The Grey Seal mini break course is conducted on the Norfolk coast over Two days. Norfolk is a real hot spot in November/December for Grey Seals because it is in the middle of the pupping season so you can get a lot of interaction between the pup and the mother, and also mating interactions between the Cows and Bulls, plus with the added fact that it is in the winter months when the sun is low in the sky all day you can get some wonderful atmospheric shots.
With the Seals been wild animals in their natural habitat the course is limited to two people per mini break as not to stress out any of the animals.
We will be starting our day meeting up in the foyer of the B&B at around 0700. from there we will travel to where we photograph the seals for sunrise and the all important golden hour (weather permitting) We will photograph the seals until approximately 1600 at which time we will go back to the B&B drop off our equipment and meet up to review our images and have an introduction on editing our images.
During the editing session, we will discuss techniques to enhance our images and bring out the best in each shot. We will explore various editing software and tools to help us achieve our desired results. I will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer tips on how to improve our photography skills. We will also have the opportunity to share our images with the group, get feedback, and learn from each other’s experiences. By the end of the day, we will have captured stunning images of the seals and gained valuable knowledge on how to edit and enhance our photography. We will leave feeling inspired and ready to continue our photographic journey.
Equipment you will need
- A good solid tripod or beanbag.*
- A lens with a focal length of at least 300mm. (200-500 or a 150-600mm would be ideal)
- A lens and camera cover
- Memory cards.
- Spare batteries.
- Lens cloths and cleaning equipment.
- Waterproof clothing.
- Good waterproof walking boots or wellington boots
- A laptop for the editing session*
(Ideal but not essential)
What’s included in the price
This is a TWO day mini break. We will be staying at the Sandcastles guest house in Great Yarmouth which has a 9.3 rating on Booking.com.
You will receive the following.
- Accommodation for THREE nights.
- Food is included within the price THREE evening meals provided by myself and a packed lunches provided by the guest house.
- Travel to and from the location where we will be photographing the Grey Seals.
- A 1.5 hour boat trip to see the seals in the water (Depending on the weather)*
- Free gift pack for new customers worth over £10
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Personal accident and travel insurance for yourself and your equipment.
- Travel to and from the guest house.
Their will be a fair amount of walking involved so you will need a good level of fitness to do this course.
With only taking two people at a time on this course it will leave plenty 1-2-1 time to spend with each student and also their is less chance of disturbing the Seals.
Because everyone has different levels of ability we can concentrate on your abilities and get you those pictures that you always wanted.
The Norfolk coast is wild and rugged which makes a fantastic backdrop when photographing Grey seals. We will look to capture a wide variety of pictures from intimate moments between mother and pup to action shots, along with lots of portraits of these amazing animals .
What you may see on the Grey seal Mini break or take a look at my YouTube video below
What previous students have said
* The boat trip will be run through Jet Adventures
With the nature of this photography, we can not guarantee that you will see all the animals listed. Also, the workshop will go ahead whatever the weather so any payment made is non-refundable unless extreme circumstances dictate otherwise and due to our opinion.
We will not be held responsible for any equipment damage, theft or personal injury while attending the workshop participants do so at their own risk!
If you pay a deposit you will be required to pay the remaining balance 48 hours before the day of the course. If you fail to pay the full amount before the day of the course you will lose your deposit and will not be able to attend the course.