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Five talks every wildlife photographer should attend at The Photography Show

Five talks every wildlife photographer should attend at The Photography Show
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With The Photography Show kicking off this coming Sunday 20th September, there’s heaps of insightful talks online from our special guest speakers throughout the day – and wildlife photographers in particular will find plenty of exciting content. Make sure you don't miss out by registering for free to the show using the link below. 

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Throughout the Sunday and Monday there's heaps going on, with talks from professional photographers to inspire and educate on the main stage. We're taking a look at just the wildlife photographer highlights in this article, but you can find all of the other free talks and demos using the link below. 

Discover the full list of free talks and demos here.

Andy Parkinson

(Image credit: Andy Parkinson)

The art of backlight - Sunday - 11:45-12:15

Learn to master this incredibly effective yet challenging technique. Andy will guide you through the potential pitfalls whilst giving you lots of helpful tips and ideas learnt over his 20+ year career. He’ll also detail and demonstrate the wide exposure variations that can be employed, and the dramatically differing images that can be achieved.

Animals in their environment - Sunday & Monday - 14:30-15:15

Andy will guide you through the process of capturing effective and compelling images of animals and birds in the context of their natural environments.

Nikon after hours  - Sunday & Monday - 17:00-18:00

Nikon has invited a panel of professional photographers and creatives to answer any technical or artistic questions you may have. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience in the photographic industry and are sure to offer an insightful glimpse into the life of a photographer. Head to the Nikon afterhours session for a Q&A at 5pm with Andy, as well as Donna Crous and Helen Sloan. 17:00-18:00 over Zoom.

Matthew Maran

(Image credit: Matthew Maran)

Shoot close to home, get better pictures - Monday - 10:45-11:15

There is no special secret; getting good wildlife images close to where you live has major advantages. Access is key and if you can revisit a location over and over again your body of work will undoubtedly improve. Matthew Maran has shot exclusively in the UK over the past 10 years and enjoyed capturing urban wildlife, from hunting kestrels on Hampstead Heath, to foxes on his doorstep in north London. Join him as he shares tips on getting great wildlife shots close to home, and learn how photographing urban wildlife can be technically challenging, making the reward of getting great images even better.

Tesni Ward

(Image credit: Tesni Ward)

Wildlife filmmaking from the perspective of a photographer
Monday - 11:55-12:25

Trying to juggle capturing still and moving images of wildlife can seem a monumental task, and as a photographer the still image usually takes priority! Join wildlife pro Tesni Ward to learn about some of the trials and tribulations of trying to juggle these mediums simultaneously and pick up some tips on how to tackle both at the same time.

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Technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan brings his technical wizardry to DCW from from Practical Photography and Digital Photo. A Photoshop guru, Dan is also a beast at post-processing, making him the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, he's a particularly keen wildlife photographer –  and unsurprisingly, he's definitely a Canon man!