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photoscot.co.uk - Events Programme 2017

Photography Workshops

The following events need to be booked with the relevant organisation.
They are about helping you to be more confident and knowledgeable in using your camera.
They are themed around wildlife photography (but not necessarily birds).
They are arranged for different types of camera and levels of familiarity, but you are welcome to join any of them at whatever level.
A beginners course assumes that you have a compact digital camera and want to shoot jpg.
An intermediate workshop assumes that you have a digital SLR and want to shoot raw.

Talks 2017

  • Glasgow Natural History Society - Tuesday 10th January - Some Conservation Issues
  • Argyll Bird Club - Saturday 4th March 2017 - Some Conservation Issues
  • Coll Bird Festival - Friday 12th May - Some Citizen Science Projects

Talks in General

I can give talks within reasonable travelling distance of Glasgow. Some of the the talks I can give are listed below.
The talks mostly centre on my main interests of natural history, (especially ornithology).
In addition, geography, geology and scenery and the use of computers in photography (in all of which which I am qualified and have taught over many years) can also be covered.
Talks can be tailored to the requirements of the audience.


List of possible Photoscot Talks - to be added to:

Barra Mainly on some of the birds and scenery of Barra, and some reflections on island life, and a one-day trip to Mingulay from Castlebay.
Pictures from Barra can be found by clicking the red dot for Barra on the map page, or by clicking this Barra pictures link.
A Trip to St Kilda Mainly on the birds and scenery of St Kilda and Boreray, and the one-day trip there on the MV Lochlann from Miabhaig in Lewis, which you can read about on the St Kilda page. Pictures from this trip can be found by clicking the red dot for St Kilda on the map page, or by clicking this St Kilda pictures link.
Cumbrae and the Firth of Clyde Mainly on the birds of Great Cumbrae and the Firth of Clyde, but also some scenery. The photographs were taken mainly since 2000, some on film but the majority on digital, and include principally sea and shore birds, but also small birds, and some larger birds such as buzzards and geese, and some scenery and sunsets.
Falls of Clyde Concentrates in the first half on the scenery, animals and plants of the Falls of Clyde SWT Reserve, and in the second half on the peregrine falcons which nest in the gorge of the Clyde. The photographs were taken mainly in 2003 to 2005, but updated from more recent visits.
Sanda
  • This talk is based on photographs taken during two June weekend excursions to Sanda, one in 2005 and one in 2006.
  • Netting and Ringing programmes on Sanda since the 1970s have helped to monitor Scottish breeding birds, and contributed to a wider picture of national and international bird migration. Sanda has had one of the UK's official bird observatories since 2002, the only one on the west coast of Scotland.
  • The lack of ground predators has contributed to the success of bird breeding on the island, in contrast to the mainland and some other islands, where mink in particular have decimated bird breeding productivity.
  • Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbill, Puffin, Shag and Gulls all breed on the island. Slow Worms, the Common Toad, Common and Atlantic Grey seals also breed on the island. Nearly all these species will be illustrated by pictures during this talk.
  • Also covered are the Sanda bird observatory, accommodation on Sanda, the boat service to Sanda and not forgetting the local hostelry!
Birds of Some Scottish Islands - selected from Mull, Iona, Great Cumbrae, Little Cumbrae, Sanda, Ailsa Craig, and the Garvellachs. If there is time, some birds from the Bass Rock and the Isle of May could be included.
Natural History Photography This talk will concentrate on natural history photography, and with plenty of time for questions and discussion. It can be quite technical, or can be full of pretty pictures if that is what is wanted.
Digital Photography This talk will concentrate on the transition from film to digital photography, emphasising photographic principles, and the ways in which digital is similar to, and different from using film. The idea is to help you to adapt to your new digital camera.
Computer Programs to help with digital photography The role of jpgs, raw conversion software, Photoshop, and PicturesToExe can be examined. How to produce a slide show with (or even better without) using PowerPoint.
Glasgow Glasgow's geography and history in the second half of the twentieth century, and the first part of the 21st century, illustrated by my own slides, which will need to be scanned, so some time is need to prepare this talk in digital format.
Doon the Watter Illustrated by slides taken from the 1960s onwards, reflecting the changes in the landscape of the River Clyde and its environs over the past 30 years or so. As well as digital photos, this talk is illustrated by my own slides from the 1960s to 1990s, which have been scanned into digital format.
Other possible topics Other possibilities include some scenery and geographical topics, all within Scotland, some of which will need slides scanned before the talk can be given.

Previously, I have given talks to:

  • Argyll Bird Club
  • Bearsden Literary Society
  • Penilee Camera Club, Glasgow
  • RSPB Forth Valley Members' Group
  • RSPB Hamilton Members' Group
  • RSPB Glasgow Members' Group
  • RSPB Edinburgh Members' Group
  • Mugdock Country Park
  • Glasgow Natural History Society
  • Helensburgh and District Natural History Society
  • Glasgow and Clydeside Members Group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Clyde Area Members Group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Clarkston and East Kilbride Members Group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Glasgow Branch of the Scottish Ornithologists Club
  • West Kilbride Amenity Society
  • Smillie Centre (behind the Cumbrae's Card and Gift Shop) in Millport
  • Bearsden and Milngavie Photographic Club
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society afternoon lecture series
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society Travellers
  • Scottish Nature Photography Fair at the Battleby centre of Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Bearsden Literary Society

Groups will need to provide a digital projector, screen or white wall, electrical extension cable and video lead from computer, but I can usually bring a laptop.

It would be normal for a group to offer travelling expenses please if any distance from Glasgow is involved.

I normally bring a display of mounted pictures and greetings cards for sale. For this, I need a large table, or two if possible.



Previous Photography Workshops

I have previously led photography workshops, usually concentrating on wildlife photography for the following organisations:
  • Kirkintilloch Canal Festival
  • Mugdock Country Park
  • Glasgow University Department of Adult and Continuing Education
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve
  • East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative
  • RSPB Loch Lomond
  • RSPB Lochwinnoch

Other walks and events

It is possible to arrange walks for small groups of people, with time for personal photographic tuition, at times and places to be arranged.
A worthwhile minimum would be 6 people, and a suggested maximum of 10, so that more or less personal tuition is available.
If you know of a group who might be interested, feel free to email with a suggestion, or to ask for a suggested location.
Anywhere within easy reach of Glasgow is simple enough to arrange.
Further away might take longer to organise. Rates by negotiation, but reasonable!

I can also offer tuition in the use of computers in digital photography, including Photoshop, e.g. half a day in a visitor centre, with some practical computer experience:

  • On a very small group basis, e.g. with 4 people in the morning, then 4 people in the afternoon.
  • How to use some aspects of Photoshop - a practical session with two people sharing a computer.
  • How to make a digital slide show, using Photoshop, and either PicturesToExe or PowerPoint and comparing the use of these three programs.

Please contact me by clicking here to express interest in future walks or events.