when: Saturday 28th November 2015
where: Deer Park Hall Conference Centre, Near Evesham, Worcestershire
why: To learn from, and be inspired by, top nature photographers
We are pleased to announce the inaugural "Shoot Like a Pro!" Wildlife Photography Conference on Saturday November 28th at the Deer Park Hall Conference Centre, just off the M5 at Evesham. This will be a very different conference from most, here are the reasons why it's an unmissable event:
It's gonna be a top day out and an inspiring one for your photography.
Our Top Line Up of Pros!
The purpose of the day will be to educate and inspire your photography. It will be a day focused entirely on improving your creative vision by seeing how top professional wildlife photographers go about their daily work. Here is the line-up of photographers:
Wildlife ace Andy Rouse
One of the co-founders of FotoBuzz, Andy Rouse is one of the world's most prolific and successful professional wildlife photographers. He has won no less than 22 awards in major international competitions, has published 18 books, is a Canon Explorer and recently presented a film on Grebes for BBC2's Springwatch.
Andy will be giving two presentations. The first will cover making DSLR movies. Andy's talk will give a broad overview of shooting techniques, kit, editing programs and will seek to inspire you to want to shoot movies with your DSLR. His second talk will look at the benefits of working on species in depth, rather than trying to get one shot of every species on the planet. Illustrated with some of his long term projects such as hares, it will be an inspiring talk to end what has hopefully been a highly successful day for you and your photography.
Conservation Photographer Peter Cairns
Peter is a founder and Director of Northshots and has worked as a freelance photographer since 1999. During that time he’s racked up numerous competition awards, co-produced 6 books and initiated projects such as Tooth & Claw, Highland Tiger, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION. He is a visionary photographer, respected the world over for his dedication to conservation.
Pete's talk will open our conference and he will show how, as wildlife photographers, we can make a real difference to the world around us. The visual image has long since played a central role in how we perceive the world and ultimately perhaps, how we behave as human beings. Visual media shapes our social and cultural values: we believe what we see and more often than not, act upon it. A thoughtful and inspiring start to our conference!
Macro guru Alex Hyde
The best macro photographer of a generation, Alex first came to Andy's attention presenting on the same stage at the Wildphotos Symposium. He has built a career as a specialist macro photographer and teaches regularly on a degree course. His macro style is very modern, coupled with a traditional range of techniques. His images are simply genius.
Starting with foundation techniques such as obtaining sufficient depth of field in your macro pictures, Alex will build up to more advanced setups such as off-camera flash. His talk, entitled "Garden Safari" will show his favourite work and will be packed with hints and tips to improve your macro photography.
Stalking Specialist Neil McIntyre
Neil’s work is widely published and used in many national magazines and newspapers and also by organisations like Scottish Natural Heritage and the John Muir Trust. Over the years Neil has won several awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the BWPA. He is known as the professional’s professional, very ethical and true to his principles. For the future his aim is simple, to enjoy, appreciate and be inspired by the wildlife and landscape of Scotland and beyond.
Neil's talk will cover how he uses fieldcraft and stalking techniques to get close to the subjects that he photographs. He is a master stalker and you will be blown away by his images and inspired to try his techniques for yourself. Expect great images of deer, ptarmigan and of course mountain hares.
Nigel is one of the few professionals in the world that makes a living in two different genres of photography. As well as being a superb wildlife photographer he is one of the world's most accomplished aviation photographers. Nigel has been a professional wildlife photographer longer than anyone else at this conference, his images sell worldwide to a loyal network of clients and he continues to evolve his photography.
Nigel's talk will cover his excellence at working in the field with common species such as Starlings and Lapwings. He is an expert on baiting these species to get great wildlife imagery and he will cover remote control photography too. It's a genre that anyone with enough patience can try, and Nigel knows all the tricks to inspire you to have a go!
Urban Specialist Sam Hobson
Sam has built a great reputation in a very short space of time as a specialist in getting the most out of wildlife in urban environments. His images have already won him prizes in all the major wildlife photography competitions including the BBC, GDT, BWPA and Nature's Best. He says that his connection to the natural world has enriched his life, and I am always keen to encourage others to do the same. He hopes that through his work he can inspire others to look around them and appreciate the wild wonders of our planet, from the majestic megafauna to those minute backyard beetles.
Sam's talk will feature his work with the urban foxes of Bristol, giving a fascinating insight into how to start an urban project close to your home.
Photographer and editor Andrew James
Co-founder of FotoBuzz and former Practical Photography editor-in-chief Andrew James has worked in the media as a journalist and photographer for over 26 years. He currently writes and illustrates a monthly Photo Advisor section in the UK’s leading photo mag, Digital Camera, as well running FotoBuzz with Andy Rouse, teaching photography and pursuing his own personal work.
AJ will talk about something he knows about better than anyone else, how amateurs can make money from their work. Want to earn some cash from your love of wildlife photography by selling your images as prints or getting magazines to use them for a fee? AJ will advise you on the tricky areas of editing your images for public sale, choosing printing paper, framing and how to approach venues to get your photos seen.
Flower Guru Carol Sharp
Carol Sharp's images will have been seen by all of you, but you would never know it. Her commissioned work includes two sets of Royal Mail stamps, Chelsea Flower show posters, and packaging work including ranges of juices, herbal teas, food and beauty products for major clients including Waitrose, M&S, Robinsons, Twinings, Highland Spring, Superdrug and Sainsbury’s (the camomile tea photos). She works from an attractive central London studio, but also uses meadows, woodland, wildlife ponds, flower and vegetable gardens that she has created at her home in Norfolk. She is passionate about the importance of plants for the health of people and our planet, and donates a percentage of her income to support education, conservation and awareness of plants and encouraging connection to nature.
Her talk will concentrate on ‘Plant portraits’. She will show how emphasising the features, (or what I call the ‘gesture’ of the plant) with lens choice, focus and depth of field, background and camera position, and finally in post production, will help your images stand head and shoulders above the many snaps of flowers out there. We will look at how using the all important light, your greatest tool, creates a special image. She will also explain how to shoot a specimen indoors using simple set ups in a window to get great results. There will be tips and vital information about plants and how to get the best out of your subject.
Wow what an amazing line up! The best pros in their genre talking in an intimate venue and giving you tons of tips to help with your photography. But wait, that's not all!!!
5 Minutes of Fame
Fancy standing up and showing your work to a friendly and supportive audience? Got an interesting project that you are working on? Well a few of you will get the chance, getting 5 minutes in our special 5 Minutes of Fame session. Once you have registered simply send your proposal (a few lines) telling us why you think your project will be interesting and sending us some low res images. We will make the decision one month before the conference and let you know, so why not have a go! Our audience will be very very supportive don't worry and you will love it! Prizes will be given to all delegates selected to present. And perhaps a biscuit, but only one.
Fancy your chances in a competition? Well we have the perfect one for you. All delegates will get the chance to submit one image on a set theme (to be advised) and the top 10 will receive live positive critiques from Andy and a couple of the other presenters. As above we will have biscuits for prizes, with hopefully some other stuff that you might actually want!!!!
We will have a vendor in attendance during the day with kit to try and killer deals to buy, more details later!
Here is the outline itinerary for the day, predictably it will change!
|8.30am||Registration, tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches
|9.40am||Peter Cairns||Making a Difference|
|10.15am||Alex Hyde||Backyard Safari|
|11.10am||Neil McIntyre||Stalking Techniques|
|11.45am||Nigel Blake||Getting Up Close and Personal|
|12.20pm||Delegates||5 Minutes of Fame Session 1|
|12.40pm||Lunch served in the Gallery Room|
|1.40pm||Rich Steel||Working your local patch|
|2.15pm||Sam Hobson||Urban Safari|
|2.45pm||Andrew James||Selling your work|
|3.30pm||Delegates||5 Minutes of Fame Session 2|
|3.50pm||Andy Rouse / Andrew James||Competition Results|
|4.10pm||Carol Sharp||Flower Power|
|4.45pm||Andy Rouse||Making Movies|
|5.15pm||Andy Rouse||Roundup and Goodbyes|
Venue Details and Location
The conference will be held at the beautiful Deer Park Hall Conference Centre in Warwickshire. Close to the M5 it offers a very professional environment for this conference and a lovely presentation space. For this event we have hired a new huge screen, two plasma TV screens and a state of the art Canon HD projector to make the experience extra special.
For Directions click here.
For Accommodation click here.
Oh yes and we are also going to feed you. Tea or coffee and a bacon sarnie on arrival; a Hog Roast for lunch. A veggie option will be available, please advise after booking in the comments below. Yum yum!
Booking your Place
FotoBuzz Members - the cost of attending is £99, which is a great deal for the content that you are getting! Places are limited to 110 delegates only. So to book your place just use the Sign-Up button below and you will be taken to the usual secure payment system.
If you are a current member you can also bring a friend or friends to the conference for £99. When you pay, simply use the drop down facility to indicate the number of tickets that you want. If you have already paid but now wish to bring someone with you, please use the contact form to tell us and we will advise you on how to make the extra ticket payment.
Non Members - if you are not a member of FotoBuzz then we have a special discount deal for you that includes your conference ticket and 6 months discounted read only membership for £125. FotoBuzz is a great community of like minded amateur all photographers, all passionate about improving their photography in a relaxed and social environment. It's the ultimate social camera club. With regular monthly technical hints and tips articles from our pro team of Andy Rouse, Andrew James and Guy Edwardes you get the best professional advice available, in an easy to digest and use form. Our images will inspire and our words will help you take your photography onwards and upwards. We have regular competitions, fun meetups to all manner of places and a Chat & Tech Lounge too. Fancy getting a nice friendly critique of your latest image, then come to our critique lounge. Fun, friendly and always educational, that is FotoBuzz. So come to the conference as a new member and meet our existing members, feel the "Buzz" that is unique to us!
So if you are a non member then simply Sign Up and you will be taken through the registration and credit card process. Your membership details will then be emailed to you so that you can login and start enjoying FotoBuzz.
It's gonna be a great day for everyone and we would like to thank Canon UK Ltd and Adobe UK for their support enabling this conference to take place.