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Whether you are new to photography or looking to fine tune your techniques, the rich ancient meadows of Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve will provide a tranquil and inspiring workshop environment in which to further develop your skills.

The Kingcombe Centre in Dorset will be our base for a weekend packed with opportunities to improve your nature photography. 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 hedgerows, fields and hay meadows surrounding the Kingcombe Centre have remained much as they were for over 200 years and are almost untouched by artificial fertilisers and pesticides. As a result they are home to a huge array of wildlife, some common and easy to see, others rare elsewhere in the UK. The wildflower meadows are a reminder of how much of the countryside used to look, with the air buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insects.

The aim  is that this weekend be informative and enjoyable and that you will leave with a selection of pleasing images and a new set of skills that you can put into practice on your next trip abroad or while visiting your local nature reserve.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Kingcombe

    Once the group have arrived, and settled into their accommodation at the Kingcombe Centre, 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

  2. Day 2: Workshop Activities

    Today we have a full day of workshop activities including talks, theory and demonstrations from Nick and Alex, as well as practical tuition in the field.

  3. Day 3: Workshop Activities

    This morning, we will have additional time for tuition, before the workshop comes to a close at lunchtime. 

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 3 days from £595 pp
  • Single supplement: From £none
  • Group size: 19
  • When to go: May
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 2 night’s accommodation at the Kingcombe Centre
    • All meals
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt & Alex Hyde
  • Activities available:
    • Photography

Expert leaders

Alex Hyde

Photo of Alex Hyde

Often working with moving creatures smaller than a grain of rice, Alex has established himself as an expert in macro photography.

By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Although his photography takes him all around the world, the Austrian Alps are a particularly special place for Alex and he returns annually to these favoured haunts to photograph the incredible insect and plant life.

An experienced tutor, Alex regularly delivers workshops and seminars on macro photography and has taught at venues such as the University of Nottingham and the Wild Photo photography festival in London. Alex supplies major international agencies and his photographs appear worldwide in newspapers, books and magazines including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Wildlife and New Scientist.

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.