Wildlife Photography: 

Fast Action + Creative Portraiture




Raptors: Fast Action + Creative Portraiture



1 day photography / videography workshop

Every bird of prey offers a unique range of photographic challenges, and you'll get to grips with them all on this Raptors: Fast Action and Creative Portraiture wildlife photography workshop.


Hone your photographic skills with an inspirational range of raptors including all of Britain's owls and a selection of birds of prey from around the world, all in the glorious countryside of Northumberland.


Backdrops include bluebell swathes in native woodland at this time of year, waterfalls, farmland, coastal settings (depending on tides) and purpose built reflection pools and micro habitats. All our settings are stunning and appropriate to our subjects.



Workshop subjects are likely to include


  • Tawny, snowy, eagle, little, short eared, long eared and barn owl, hovering kestrel, buzzard, peregrin falcon, jay, harris hawk and a selection of raptors from around the world


*Please note that species may alter subject to weather & wellfare of the animals.




 Workshop Content:


  • Dynamic composition

  • Camera settings for fast action and creative portraiture

  • Focus - keeping your subject sharp 

  • Exposure - working with aperture, shutter speed and ISO

  • Aperture - retain a sharp subject and a blurred out background 

  • Shutter speed and its creative use

  • ISO - completing the exposure triangle

  • Exposure compensation - the final frontier



Advantages of a Workshop Environment


While these birds and animals are not wild, we work with the finest falconers in the finest surroundings to recreate the most natural and wild shots possible. 


And of course when you're honing your skills there are huge advantages to learning under controlled conditions: the birds don't fly away, never to return!


We can also set the flight path of the birds and recreate it time after time until you are confident in your new techniques, capture your perfect shot and are ready for the less predictable birds and animals you'll find out in the wild.



  • Small group: everyone gets a great position and lots of tutor time

  • Beginner friendly - no question too daft - ask away any time!

  • More advanced - try new techniques and expand your creative vision

  • Group and individual advice throughout the day 

  • Field craft tips

  • Option to try wildlife videography


An All-Round Great Day and Experience!


Our day is more than just photography, it's a fantastic all round experience.  


You will get up close and personal with all of our subjects, interact with them, learn loads about them from our knowledgeable falconers Andy and Juanita, and you can even help with handling them when you've got your shots.


You'll also have the option to try your hand at DSLR videography with BBC natural history presenter and film maker Trai Anfield too!

2020 Dates and Rates 


Friday 22 May 2020

Friday 03 July 2020  

Friday 24 July 2020


£135 per person as part of a scheduled group (4-8) people

£500 1or 2 person private workshop - dates on request


Includes all photography and videography tuition,

falconry, mammals and reptiles, location transfers.


Please bring a packed lunch


Also available For Small Groups or 1-2-1 Tuition On Request All Year Round


This workshop is run in partnership with








Or combine this Raptors workshop with glorious Northumberland coastal landscapes!  Contact Us For Details

Additional Information




  • A DSLR or bridge camera is ideal for this workshop. A lens, or lenses, covering a range from approximately 50-200mm or more is perfect.  But we believe that we can get the best out of whatever gear you have - so bring whatever you have!  We have had participants come along with compact cameras and the latest iPhones, and they have gone home with new skills and great shots.  Contact Trai before the workshop and she will let you in on some useful apps that will allow you to access the manual settings of the latest iPhone cameras.

  • A tripod is essential for long exposure shots at the waterfall, with a remote release handy if you have one.

  • Filters: Trai Anfield is sponsored by Lee Filters so there will be a range of filters and holders for you to experiment with on the day.


We always say prepare for the worst of the British weather and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Warm and waterproof outer wear that you don't mind kneeling or even lying down on the ground in.

Sturdy footwear, waterproof if possible.



Our Base and Meeting Point

Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre 

The Riding Stables

Haggerston Castle Holiday Park,

Off the A1
Near Berwick-upon-Tweed,
TD15 2PA




Toilet facilities are available at our base before and after we set off into the Northumberland countryside and at lunch time.




Most of our sites on this workshop are accessible with only a short walk on relatively flat but unpaved ground.  We can help with carrying gear if necessary. Access to the waterfall, however, requires walking down a steep unpaved track with short but significant dips, and which can be slippery underfoot if recent weather has been wet.