- Once everyone has arrived and settled in, there will be a welcome and introduction by Alex and Nick. After lunch, the afternoon will comprise of talks, theory and demonstrations, with practical tuition.
- In the evening, a moth trap will be set up (weather dependent).
- Accommodation: Kingcombe Centre, 2-nights on a full board basis.
- Today we have a full day of workshop activities including talks, theory and demonstrations from Nick and Alex, as well as practical tuition.
- The emphasis of the workshop will be on techniques for photographing wild flowers and insect life in the field. In addition to working with macro lenses, there will be opportunities to learn how telephoto and wide angle lenses can be used to create unusual and exciting perspectives on smaller subjects. We will also explore different lighting techniques, from bringing out shadow detail with reflectors to working with off-camera flash to add dramatic backlighting to your subjects.
- This morning, we will have additional time for tuition, before the workshop comes to a close at lunchtime.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- Guided activities
- Photography tuition
- Moth trap
Located in a secluded valley north west of Dorchester, the Kingcombe Centre is surrounded by ancient, flower-filled meadows, divided by diverse hedgerows, with a crystal tumbling stream running through. The centre offers excellent on-site accommodation as well as all the required support facilities that are ideal for a workshop, including indoor areas for presentations and demonstrations.
Meals will be provided from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3. Morning and afternoon tea/refreshments will be served throughout the course of the workshop.
Butterflies and moths
Following a recent survey at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre, a record 113 species of moth have been documented, including the splendid brocade and the very rare lappet moth. In spring, this area starts to become active with butterflies such as the ringlet and various fritillaries.
- Splendid brocade
- Silver-washed fritillary
- Marsh fritillary
- Small mottled willow moth
In springtime, Kingcombe’s mosaic of hedgerows and lanes burst with stunning blooms.
- Lady's mantle
- Corky-fruited water dropwort
- Early-purple orchid
Kingcombe Centre is surrounded by a 185 hectare reserve, managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, and composed of diverse habitats habitat such as grassland, hedgerows, woodland, green lanes, ponds and streams.
Whether you are new to photography or looking to advance and fine tune your techniques, the rich meadows at Kingcombe provide a tranquil and inspiring workshop environment in which to develop your skills.
Award-winning photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde will introduce and explain the necessary principles and techniques, so you too can create images with impact and successfully photograph small creatures and plants next time you travel abroad or indeed step into your back garden.
The climate in Dorset in spring is mild, making it a good time to visti. There can be some good sunny days mixed with cooler and wet weather. From March to May the average daytime temperatures are between 10°-17°C.