David Tipling

Creative Bird Photography

A course specially designed and crafted by David Tipling to introduce you to, and inspire your Bird Photography by using "Visual Thinking".

This course has been specially designed and crafted by David Tipling to introduce you to, and inspire your photography by using "Visual Thinking" in your approach to Bird Photography. Being guided and taught by such an accomplished professional you will learn the higher level use of light, composition, and field techniques to take consistently better images.

This is a six-week course beginning formally on Tuesday, December 8th, delivered with an Introduction meeting followed by a further four interactive live online masterclasses, with David Tipling. Your subscription also includes full access to all of David's recorded presentations, and a dedicated course forum, where you can share your images with your course cohorts and receive regular personalised input from David.

The aim of the course really is to push your Bird Photography, indeed any photography you do by working with the professional approach David adopts, that is the "Visual Thinking" of images in advance incorporating the use of light, composition, and field techniques to take better photos.

David will share with you that what makes a picture stunning isn't the gear or technology - it's the story.

The course is delivered on Zoom , all features of Zoom will be fully explained at the introduction event.

Each live masterclass is expected to last around ninety minutes, allowing time for input from all and
each week David will be setting practical challenges for everyone to put into practice what they are learning


Photography Experts will hold an introductory event to give all subscribers a comprehensive introduction to how the Masterclass course will work. This will include a full tour of your subscriber features, your document and recording repository, and use of the forum features. There will also be tips on how to make the most of Zoom to fully participate in the live sessions, and engage with David and your fellow course members. Access to technical support be Photography Experts will continue through the duration of the entire course.

Week One

Composition is a broad subject within photography so we will look specifically at how it affects bird photography. While we often strive simply to get a good sharp image of a bird, when the opportunity arises or when we can manipulate a situation such as at a garden feeding station, then we can be more adventurous with our composition. We look at how to structure our composition to improve the picture, where to place the bird, when to shoot in landscape or portrait format, framing the subject using various rules of composition and creatively breaking them.

Week Two

The camera records everything it sees whereas we use our eyes selectively when viewing a scene. We discuss learning to look and think about what to include within the frame of the image. Eliminating clutter and assessing backgrounds is discussed and how to use depth of field to control this.
The second part of the session deals with how to read the light, when to shoot using front lighting, back lighting, creating pleasing silhouettes and how to use colour when the opportunity exists.
You will be also receiving feedback through the forum on the topics covered so far.

Week Three

There are a number of creative options that can be achieved through shutter speed and aperture. We look at, and give all the technical know-how to create pleasing motion blur images, creating abstracts and using the medium of black and white.
We then look at a variety of field techniques such as setting up perches, how to photograph garden birds in flight, stalking techniques and operating a camera remotely in a way that is creative and unique.

Week Four

In the final session, David pulls everything together, we work through in-depth a number of case studies at a professional level showing how the same subjects can be photographed in very different ways using the techniques discussed.
You will of course have been practicing the ideas imparted on the course so far so this final session will really be a boost for you to start you off, with confidence, working on your own projects.
The Course Forum and supporting documentation will remain open for 12 months after this final session.

This Masterclass Subscription costs £165 for access to five live events, and all course material for 12 months. Subscriptions to this plan are non-refundable, and an authenticated Zoom membership is required to access the live events. Live Sessions are UK LONDON time zone.