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PROGRAMME

We are delighted to announce our fantastic line-up of speakers for this year's festival, who will be presenting on an inspiring and entertaining variety of topics from the natural world.  Book your place today.

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2016

09.00 - 10.00

Doors open for registration, tea/coffee available

10.00 - 10.15

Welcome from Peter Cairns (Auditorium)

10.15 - 10.45

Chris Gomersall (Auditorium)
And your bird can sing (Part 1)

10.45 - 11.15

Jamie Hall (Auditorium)
Backyard Stories

11.15 - 11.45

Tea/coffee break

11.45 - 12.15

Colin Prior (Auditorium)
Possessed by Landscape

12.15 - 12.45 

Richard Shucksmith (Auditorium)
The Hidden World

12.45 - 14.30

Lunch Break

In addition to exhibitor trade stands and photographer portfolio presentations, which are available throughout the day, the following lunchtime activities are on offer:

Workshops (13.15-14.00)
Please note workshops must be booked separately in advance.

Macro: composition and lighting techniques
with Alex Hyde

An introduction to camera trapping
with Jamie Hall

Time Lapse: the basics and beyond
with Mark Hamblin

Using drones for aerial photography
with James Shooter

Using flash for wildlife
with Paul Hobson

Guided beaver walk (13.15 - 14.15)
with Lorne Gill

Short Films: SCOTLAND: The Big Picture (Wild Media Foundation) & Wild Ways (John Muir Trust) (14.10 - 14.20)

14.30 - 15.15

Neil Aldridge (Auditorium)
From Bristol to the Bush 

15.15 - 15.45

Tea/coffee break and speaker book signing

15.45 - 16.30

Theo Bosboom (Auditorium)
Back to Iceland

16.30 - 16.45

Competition results, plus close and thanks

17.00

Doors close

SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2016

09.00 - 10.00

Doors open for registration, tea/coffee available

10.00 - 10.15

Welcome from Peter Cairns (Auditorium)

10.15 - 10.45

Alex Hyde (Auditorium)
Close Encounters

10.45 - 11.15

Theo Bosboom (Auditorium)
Dreams of Wilderness

11.15 - 11.45

Tea/coffee break

11.45 - 12.15

Paul Hobson (Auditorium)
Urban Serengeti

12.15 - 12.45 

Chris Gomersall (Auditorium)
And your bird can sing (Part 2)

12.45 - 14.30

Lunch Break

In addition to exhibitor trade stands and photographer portfolio presentations, which are available throughout the day, the following lunchtime activities are on offer:

Workshops (13.15-14.00)
Please note workshops must be booked separately in advance.

Macro: composition and lighting techniques
with Alex Hyde

An introduction to camera trapping
with Jamie Hall

Time Lapse: the basics and beyond
with Mark Hamblin

Using drones for aerial photography
with James Shooter

Using flash for wildlife
with Paul Hobson

Guided beaver walk (13.15 - 14.15)
with Lorne Gill

Short Films: SCOTLAND: The Big Picture (Wild Media Foundation) & Wild Ways (John Muir Trust) (14.10 - 14.20)

14.30 - 15.15

Alex Mustard (Auditorium)
Inside the Blue Planet

15.15 - 15.45

Tea/coffee break and speaker book signing

15.45 - 16.30

Laurie Campbell (Auditorium)
Otters on my mind

16.30 - 16.45

Competition results, plus close and thanks

17.00

Doors close

Please note that workshops must be booked in advance here.

GUIDED BEAVER WALK
With Lorne Gill

Guided Beaver WalkPerthshire-based photographer Lorne Gill will lead a guided walk to the Shochie burn to see evidence of European beaver activity in the woods and along the riverbank. The Tay catchment has a growing population of European beavers not only on the Tay itself but on its tributaries large and small. The Shochie has at least one resident beaver that has made its lodge on a small loch nearby. Felled trees, large and small with bark stripping and piles of sticks will be seen.

Please note that the river bank is quite steep with long vegetation and nettles in places, so you must be of reasonable physical fitness. Boots or wellies are advised, plus waterproofs in case of a rainy day. Places are strictly limited to 20 on each day, so booking is essential. The £2 charge for this workshop will be donated to the John Muir Trust.

MACRO: COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
With Alex Hyde

Macro photographyIn this workshop Alex will demonstrate the techniques he employs to shoot captivating images of the world in miniature. In particular he will show you how to craft your macro compositions and how to light them effectively including some off-camera flash techniques, such as adding backlighting. There will be an opportunity for participants to take their own macro images in the Battleby grounds at the end of the workshop. 

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO CAMERA TRAPPING
With Jamie Hall

Camera trapping

Camera trapping has really come to the fore recently, providing a novel way to capture creative wildlife images. Typically used with short lenses, it not only allows for unusual close-ups of illusive quarry but it also conveys a unique perspective by placing the animal within its environment.  During this workshop Jamie will give you an insight into the equipment needed and discuss the techniques he uses to capture amazing images of  wildlife. 


USING DRONES FOR AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
With James Shooter

A Bird's Eye View

Aerial photography is becoming increasingly popular with the rise of lightweight, affordable drones.  These user-friendly devices open up a whole new realm of possibilities for innovative imagery and offer perspectives we could have only dreamed about a few years ago.  This workshop will provide an introduction to the exciting world of drones, explaining the benefits along with the pitfalls when beginning to explore the earth from above.

 

USING FLASH FOR WILDLIFE
With Paul Hobson

Using flash

There are times when a bit of extra light will add something magical to your images. It could simply be using a single flash as fill light or an advanced high speed system to freeze the fastest wing beat. This workshop will explore how to use flash most effectively to help improve your images and will discuss the benefits of off-camera flash as well as multiple flash set-ups.

 

TIME LAPSE: THE BASICS AND BEYOND
With Mark Hamblin

Learn how to create effective time lapse videos using simple techniques and equipment. Mark will explain the process of capturing stunning time lapse sequences including essential kit, the choice of subject, basic set-up, camera settings, interval times, exposure, processing and the production of the finished time lapse as well as highlighting some of the pitfalls. More advanced techniques using sliders (dollys) to add additional movement to your time lapse will also be discussed.