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Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October 2022 Cley Marshes Visitor Centre, Coast Rd, Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA

Wild birds in the UK photography training and experience course at Cley Marshes nature reserve.

Join us in beautiful Norfolk for 2 days with wildlife photographer Clive Greenland who will be teaching you the best techniques to photograph some of the UK's beautiful wild and visiting birds!

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About this event

Join us in the early Autumn with Clive Greenland for a 2 day workshop of learning and wildlife photography. Professional photography trainer Clive Greenland will be leading this course, and will be teaching you the best settings and techniques to achieve sharp and stunning wildlife images with a good mix of tutorials and practical photography. In the mornings Clive will be delivering training in a learning room at the reserves visitors centre, and we will spend the afternoons out on the reserve photographing the beautiful birds. A guided tour of the 176-hectare nature reserve at Cley Marshes with a ranger is included and Clive will be on hand to give support and continue the training throughout the afternoons of practical photography. There is an abundance of birds and wildlife to photograph such as the marsh harrier, bearded reedling, Eurasian bittern and the avocet. Eurasian spoonbills, ruffs and black-tailed godwits are present for much of the year.

The course fee includes teas, coffees and lunch on both days. Secure your place now by paying a £85.00 deposit with 2 other payment of £80 that can be paid in instalments before the course to help spread out the costs.

To get the most out of this wildlife course you need to have a good understanding of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and know your way around the menus systems in your camera. You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of what can be achieved using manual mode and modifying the intelligent auto focus settings and adding custom settings. Other photography skills such as creativity, style, composition and impact within an image will be taught to make your photos excel.

Course schedule:

Tuesday 4th October
10:00 - Arrival for inclusive teas and coffees, meet and greet
10:30 - Course begins in our own dedicated training room at the nature reserves visitors centre
10:30-12:30 - Training presentation with Clive on settings, techniques, tips and Q&A
12:30 - All inclusive lunch
13:30 -15:00-  Guided photography nature walk with a nature reserve warden
15:00 -16:30- Continued nature photography around the reserve with Clive
16:30 - Day 1 ends. You have the option to stay on photographing until sunset around the reserve.

Wednesday 5th October 2022
10:00 - Arrival for inclusive teas and coffees
10:30 - 12:30 - Recap and further wildlife photography training in the dedicated learning room.
12:30 -13:30 - All inclusive lunch
13:30 -16:30 - Photography with Clive around the nature reserve putting everything we have learned into practise. 16:30 - The course ends.
16:30 - Dusk - You have the option to stay on and photograph into sunset.

The reserve is open dawn to dusk and you will have the opportunity to snap a few more images and use the skills learnt on the training day and maybe capture a sunset over the seascape!
Photography can be very rewarding and difficult all at the same time. This training will really push the boundaries by using manual settings and advance features such as pre-burst and Pro capture modes on mirrorless camera.

About your trainer:

Clive Greenland is an international award-winning photographer and his work has been acknowledged around the world in some of the industries leading photo competitions, his articles and images have been published in leading photographic magazines and national newspapers. He has a relaxed approach and a true passion for photography, Clive will be guiding you throughout this wildlife experience course and will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.

This training and experience course is limited to just 12 photographers so you can get plenty of one on one time with the trainer. 

Image’s copyright: Clive Greenland

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Notepad and pen
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Knowledge of ISO Shutter Speed and Aperture


  • Medium
  • There will be a fair amount of walking on this event

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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