Puffin Photography Workshop
The Farne Islands offers one of the greatest opportunities in the UK to see and photograph Puffins in the UK. Home to nearly 70,000 nesting Puffins, along with Eider Ducks, Terns, Shags, Razorbills & Guillemots to just name a few, this is a fantastic opportunity for any budding wildlife photographer to get up close and personal, with ample opportunity to photograph these birds. We will visit two separate islands that offer unique opportunities and bird species. Spending two hours on each island, there will be plenty of time to capture unique images whilst receiving full tuition and support throughout the day.
What to expect
Opportunities at every turn
There’s no better opportunity to develop your skills with wildlife photography than on the coast. We will spend 4-5 hours with these beautiful birds, giving each participant ample opportunity to develop your skills throughout the day with advice and support constantly available. With a small group, you will get more individual attention to maximise your time spent during the day.
All levels of experience welcome
From complete beginners to seasoned professionals, this workshop will be tailored around your individual requirements. Whether it’s settings, composition, fieldcraft or even post processing, I’m on hand throughout the day to provide this support.
Groups or individuals welcome
Group sizes remain at 5 to ensure everyone receives 1-2-1 support and tuition throughout the day. Larger group sizes are possible on request.
Gift vouchers available
Vouchers are available to purchase for this workshop.
Monday 1st June (Full Day Workshop – 8 hours) – £160 per person (£60 deposit).
Wednesday 3rd June (Full Day Workshop – 8 hours) – £160 per person (£60 deposit).
Thursday 4th June (Full Day Workshop – 8 hours) – £160 per person (£60 deposit).
Basic fitness required; minor inclines & declines, occasional uneven or slippy terrain and some steep stairs. Up to 1-2 miles of gentle walking. Not suitable for wheelchair users due to boat restrictions.
What have people said?
Peter – When I saw the opportunity to go on a course to photograph the Puffins (and other seabirds) on the Farne Isles, I jumped at the chance. Even better that it was with the highly acclaimed wildlife photographer Tesni Ward. Her knowledge in both nature and cameras are second to none, and her professional guidance ensured that the day went well. Knowing the islands as well as she does ensured that the best locations were chosen to provide the most opportune photographs. Although I am only an amateur photographer, her advice helped me take some professional looking photographs. Tesni’s amiable personality made the day more relaxed, and the instruction more personal. I thoroughly recommend Tesni and her photography courses. Professionalism and pleasure at their highest. See more testimonials here…
What you’ll need
• Camera (crop or full sensor).
• 300mm+ focal length recommended.
• Spare, charged batteries & memory cards.
• Walking Boots.
• Waterproof, warm clothing.
• Waterproof cover for camera.
• Monopod recommended.
• Packed lunch.
Workshop Time (Farne Islands): 8.30am-4.30pm
8.30am – We will meet up at the dock ready for the boat to depart at around 9.15am. We’ll spend this time to discuss the day and ensure everyone is set up and ready.
9.30am – We will begin our journey out to the islands, with the action starting almost straight away! As we sail towards the first island, we will regularly see Seals & birds soaring over the ocean and around us, with occasional sightings of Dolphins.
10am-4pm – We will spend 2 hours on Staple Island and 2 hours on Inner Farne. Both islands offer unique opportunities for photography with varied ecology & environments giving numerous opportunities, meaning you won’t just keep getting the same shot over and over again! Staple Island features Puffins, Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills, Gulls & Eider Ducks, with the Inner Farne also offering Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns.
4-5pm – Whilst sailing back to the mainland, we will spend the time to review the day and the images people have captured.
Important Note – Both Farne islands can be extremely vulnerable to poor weather and tidal conditions and it’s not unheard of for the National Trust to close one or both islands due to unsafe conditions. I will be in communication with participants the week before each trip with updates on the sea condition forecasts. In the worst case scenario in which the conditions are too poor for the boats to sail and we have to cancel the date, a revised date or full refund will be offered to participants.
• Full tuition & support
• Boat Fees
• Food & drink
• National Trust landing fees (* increased to £34.80 in 2019, free for NT members)
• Transport to meeting location
• Personal Insurance
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