This OCNWM Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography with Practical qualification has been specifically designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be able to work in wildlife photography.
As part of the qualification, learners will be able to study digital photography, including the components of a digital camera, along with the basic controls and parameters. Learners will explore photographic techniques and how to apply them along with photo editing and postproduction. The qualification goes on to outline the best techniques for photographing different groups of species and examines what storytelling is in wildlife photography.
2 Day Photography Practical in Suffolk UK
This online theory course includes 2 practical training days at Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park in Suffolk. This provides an excellent opportunity to build your own portfolio of high quality wildlife photographs of a variety of mammals, reptiles and fish, birds, rare breeds and butterflies. Our experienced wildlife photography expert tutor will include training on composition, colour balance, the use of camera settings and how to develop confidence to come away from automatic settings.
Our classes are run in small groups where students will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a different perspective in the environment, i.e. through an object, low ground level, higher dimensions, macro photography and the use of the rule of thirds. This practical training provides an excellent way to enable your individual and creative viewpoint to develop through photographic storytelling.
On successful completion of the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography, learners may move into employment or self-employment in wildlife photography and related areas. Learners may also choose to progress onto further qualifications in related subjects, such as the Level 3 Award in Pet Photography.
Unit # 1
In this unit, learners will study the components of a digital camera as well as basic controls and parameters, how they work, and application of techniques. Learners will have the opportunity to study image composition features and understand camera usage in animal photography.
Unit # 2
This unit explores the best techniques for photographing different groups of species. Learners will study how species vary and how to apply the best techniques for landscape and ecosystem photography. The course content also covers what storytelling is in wildlife photography as well as considering the ethics involved when working with animals. Learners will become familiar with the basics of photo editing and postproduction and will be able to produce a wildlife photography portfolio.
Photography has become an important tool for aiding wildlife conservation. Wildlife photography can showcase the wonders of the natural world without causing any harm to the animals or the environment. Wildlife photography can be of real use in environmental education and for scientific research purposes.
Many wildlife species are currently endangered and protected, so keeping your distance while photographing them is imperative. Capturing a good shot depends both on how much you have mastered basic photographic skills and techniques, all this requires patience and determination.
Using wildlife photography to tell a story has become very popular. Being able to tell a story with your images, especially when used for conservation purposes, can be highly compelling.
You can tell a story by:
- Using a number of shots to illustrate the situation a certain species is facing
- Creating one single and very impactful image
- Using certain colours and composition techniques
Successful conservation photography seeks to create empathy and respect towards all living beings and their ecosystems. It also seeks to educate people and raise awareness about different events going on in nature. Good wildlife photography can inspire people to take action to protect our precious wildlife and ecosystems.
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