Cuckoo Special

CUCKOO & MOORLAND BIRD SPECIAL - Info Page
Exmoor Photography Course Cuckoo Special
We will be visiting several areas on Exmoor where Jack has regularly seen and photographed visiting Cuckoos over the years.
This is great time of the year not only to see Exmoor's annual visitor the illusive Cuckoo but also the beautiful Exmoor Ponies with their lovely new foals. We also regularly see other birds during this course, including, Redstart, Stonechat, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Spotted Flycatcher, Goldfinch, Redpoll and Blackcaps.
We will show you various photography techniques as per the ‘what you learn’ list below, however during this Cuckoo Special there will be an emphasis on capturing wildlife and action photography with your camera.
PLEASE NOTE that this 'special' is aimed at slightly more competent photographers, with a working knowledge of the following camera settings, Apertures, ISO's, Focus Modes, Shutter Speeds & Bracketing/Exposure Compensation etc. If you are not familiar with these settings, Jack advises customers who are considering this special may wish to consider completing the 'standard course' first. 
  • The price for this special is £159.00 pp (£219.00 Exc 1to1)
  • Including lunch, refreshments & cakes (full day only)
  • Maximum two spaces available per course
  • Mid May to Early June only
  • Location - Exmoor National Park
  • Duration - 8/9 Hours (can be split over 2 days, one morning & one evening, cakes & beverages included)
The course is a full day, we will ‘meet & greet’ at 6.45 am at Exmoor Photography and will return at approximately 4.00 pm. However we can also split over 2 days, one morning 6.45 am to 11.00 am and one evening 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  
The meet & greet is at Exmoor Photography, Hillbrook, Marshfield Rd, Minehead, TA246AJ (and return).
 'The Gateway to Exmoor National Park'

We will show you various photography techniques as per the ‘what you learn’ list below, however during this Cuckoo Special there will be an emphasis on capturing wildlife and action photography with your camera.
PLEASE NOTE that this 'special' is aimed at slightly more competent photographers, with a working knowledge of the following camera settings, Apertures, ISO's, Focus Modes, Shutter Speeds & Bracketing/Exposure Compensation etc. If you are not familiar with these settings, Jack advises customers who are considering this special may wish to consider completing the 'standard course' first.

Jack has created a laminated course handout that you will be given at the 'meet & greet' at the beginning of your day. This is yours to keep and provides a useful reference for you to use, next time you take your camera out on your own!

Exmoor Photography is also licensed by the National Trust to use several off road tracks during the courses; these will only be used when weather permits and when necessary. We have obtained this license to assist our customers who may have walking difficulties.

Please note that customers attending this course should be aware that to get the most from it you should be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile unaided, as the walks can often be quite strenuous and over rough terrain.

Please note that Jack advises having a camera or lens that is at least the equivalent of a 500mm lens for Wildlife Photography. So for example an SLR with a 500mm or a Compact or Bridge camera with at least a 20x optical zoom lens, which will give roughly 500mm (35mm equivalent)
However, we recommend to enable you to achieve the best results during this course a 500mm lens, or a 400mm with a converter is preferable. If you’re not sure, please ask Jack for advice. We also have cameras that you can hire on your course day, starting at £29.00 (no deposit required), so you can try before you buy. We also have a selection of Canon L & Nikon N  series lenses that you can hire on your course day, starting at £35.00 (no deposit required).Please see ‘what to bring list’ below. We do have tripods ‘on board’ that you are welcome to use, but I often find a monopod is more practicable, so please bring yours if you have one. It is essential that you wear dark clothing and hat, preferably camouflaged waterproof/warm jacket. We also strongly advise not wearing any ‘smelly' deodorant or perfume on the day.

They are designed to educate, be fun, relaxed, and hopefully enjoyable! We pride ourselves on providing first class customer service here at Exmoor Photography, something that is supported by our customer reviews.

Obviously, there is no guarantee that we will find any Cuckoos on the day (they are wild after all) however, Jack and Jamie are very good at ‘spotting’ and finding Cuckoos and  have over 40 years experience, so we should find something. It is also essential that course participants understand that Cuckoos are wild birds, therefore the emphasis will always be about as little or no disturbance of them as is possible. Jamie will always endeavour to get you close enough to photograph them but this is not guaranteed.
Cuckoo & Moorland Bird Special -  if the birds are a no show on the day of your course we will refund £50.00. Alternatively, we will offer you another day FOC (may not be same season), subject to a nominal charge towards our costs and your lunch (£40.00).  If we have to cancel the course ourselves (other than weather forecast, see T&C’s) we will refund you the full amount with no handling fees or charges.

Exmoor Photography supplies lunch and we always have a supply wife Alison’s legendary flapjack & homemade cakes on board.

You can also view Jacks Cuckoo images on the Exmoor Photography sister site - click here or click on images below.
Sorry, but we do not take other professional photographers on this course.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
&
BE SHOWN ON YOUR CAMERA
  •    COMPOSITION
  •     EXPOSURE
  •     BRACKETING (exposure compensation & auto exposure compensation AEB)
  •     APERTURE PRIORITY
  •     SHUTTER PRIORITY
  •     MANUAL MODE
  •     METERING MODES
  •     DEPTH OF FIELD
  •     WHITE BALANCE
  •     HISTOGRAMS
  •     PICTURE STYLE MANAGEMENT / SCENE MODES (when applicable)
  •     USING FILTERS
  •     (WE USE LEE & COKIN FILTER  SYSTEMS)
  •     LENS CHOICE
  •     MACRO (CLOSE UPS)
  •     FILL IN FLASH
  •     LANDSCAPES
  •     WILDLIFE (when applicable)
  •     FOCUSING / SERVO MODE
  •     PANNING & SUBJECT TRACKING
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Our Vehicle
Jack was trained to a very high ‘advanced’ standard to drive while in the service.
We use a new Ford Kuga that will comfortably seat 3 guests and their equipment, the vehicle is maintained to a very high standard, it has dual zone air conditioning for your comfort and heated front seats! The vehicle is fitted with a ‘cold climate pack’ heated windscreen etc.  Although we do not intend to go ‘off road’ and ‘bounce’ you and your camera equipment about while on the course, the vehicle is fitted with ‘all terrain’ tyres that give enhanced traction. We carry a BSI compliant (BS-8599-1) first aid kit on board & a fire extinguisher.

Standard courses -
Exclusive one to one now

During the Standard Landscape Photography Course, we often take three customers out on each course.This is a comfortable number and has proven to be a sensible limit that allows plenty of one to one tuition from Jack & Jamie in a relaxed and intimate learning environment.
However, if you would like the course to yourself (guaranteed) then for a nominal additional fee you will have Jack & Jamie all to yourself for the day. We will not book any other customers on the date of your course. The Price for this ‘single person’ Exclusive Standard Course is £219.00

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