This three-hour session is a completely unique way to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of Birds of Prey such as the Barn Owl, Kestrel and European Eagle Owl.
Our meeting point is Ladd’s Garden Village, Reading, Berkshire. Feathers and Fur has a purpose-built centre within Ladd’s Garden Village where the birds are on show to the public. Here you meet the falconers and fellow photographers.
We then have a quick safety talk and general tips for getting the best out of the photography session.
The aim of the Photography Session is to create a relaxed atmosphere where you are able to get truly up close and personal with our birds, using a range of props to create an image that is as natural as possible. Plenty of time is given to each bird and advice offered on framing the bird, how the bird might move, wing size so as to avoid just clipping the wings out of the frame and much more.
There is a break halfway through for coffee and biscuits.
What do you need?
A camera is all you need, you are also welcome to bring along video cameras.
If you have them, then we recommend a variety of lenses.
The birds allow us to get a range of shots including Macro, wide angle and fish eyes. We are not working at massive distances or trying to spot a dot on the horizon!
If you have an idea or a prop that you would like to use please feel free to contact us beforehand or let us know on the day and we will do our best to figure out how it can be achieved. If you would like to have a look at some images taken at Feathers and Fur then please click here.
This session is perfect for anyone that has a camera whether its a top of the range SLR or simply a phone camera. It is also available as a voucher if you would like to give it as a gift and have a validity of a year.
Looking for some help with your camera, want to take better pictures but just don’t know how? Why not try our Amateur Photography Workshop.
So how does it work?
Below is the list of dates our Photography Sessions are held on. The sessions start at 10am (unless stated otherwise) and run until 1pm. Next to each date is a description of what will be involved in that session, an idea of the skill level required and the number of spaces still available. The idea is that by having a go with some of the easier shoots it will boost your confidence for the harder ones later in the year.
Once you have chosen your date for the photography session simply purchase the session above, where you will be asked to select your chosen date. Once received we will then confirm via email your date, along with the terms and conditions and information for the day.
Want to purchase this as a Gift Voucher?
If you would like to give the Photography Session as a gift voucher and do not want to confirm a date until later in the validity period (18 months) then simply follow the link below and select “Gift Voucher”. There is a £1.50 charge for the gift voucher as this is posted out as a gift package.
Redeeming your voucher
If you have been lucky enough to receive a gift voucher, booking your session date couldn’t be easier, all the dates and availabilities are shown below. Weekend and school holidays fill up months in advance so please don’t leave it until the last minute! Please don’t panic though if your voucher is about to expire we have added 6 months onto all vouchers in the current COVID-19 situation.
|15th August 2020||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||3 Spaces|
|19th September 2020||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|11th October 2020||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|1st November 2020||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|12th December 2020||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|17th January 2021||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|28th February 2021||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
|20th March 2021||Basic Mix of Static and Flying Owls and Hawks||All Abilities||8 Spaces|
How many people per session? A maximum of 8 people per group plus 1 spectator per voucher.
Can I book more than one space? Yes, follow the photography session you would like and select the number of spaces you would like where it says ‘Quantity’.
I already have a gift voucher, how do I book my date? Simply contact the booking team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07812171709.
Do you supply camera equipment? No, you must bring along all your own equipment.
Is the session weather dependant? Yes, the session will not go ahead if it is raining, Feathers and Fur recommends calling before you leave the house to check if the session is going ahead. You will be able to reselect another date if your session is cancelled due to rain or strong winds.
Can I bring a spectator? Yes, you are able to bring 1 spectator per voucher for an additional £15, this can be paid for on the day in cash. It is however not recommended that any spectator is under the age of 6. No Spectators are allowed on the Amateur Photography Workshop.