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Skomer Island Photography Workshop

Join professional Welsh photographer and lecturer, Andy Davies, for an unforgettable day on Skomer Island learning how to use your digital camera to capture the stunning landscapes and rich wildlife. The unique experience of being within inches of the iconic puffins will remain ingrained forever and one can just imagine Sir David Attenborough commentating in the background.

Andy provides hands-on expert guidance to small groups in taking control of their camera to capture memorable images. Whether a complete beginner, enthusiast, aspiring professional or seasoned photographer, Andy gives comprehensive tuition to suit all levels in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. There is plenty of time throughout the workshop for one-to-one tuition when topics of your interest can be explored.

Workshops begin in April when the puffins, guillemots and razorbills are busy building nests and courting, and the beach in North Haven is crammed full of Atlantic grey seals. An unmissable landscape panorama unfolds in May when the island is covered with a carpet of bluebells and pink campion.

 

The end of May to mid-July is the time to capture the iconic shot of a comical puffin with an impossible number of sandeels crammed in its beak. From the second week of July, it may be possible to see a puffling exercising its wings at the entrance to the burrow. See here for a Year in the Life of a Puffin. The year culminates in the seal pupping season from late August through to the end of October.

The Skomer Workshop can be combined with another day on landscape and/or wildlife photography. See here for futher details. News and images can be found here and on Andy's Facebook page here.

Workshop dates for 2017
May 18th, 23rd
June 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 24th, 29th
July 1st, 8th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 29th

 

The Dale Princess takes only 10 minutes to cross to the Island over a sheltered stretch of sea. It leaves from Martins Haven and is subject to weather conditions and workshops may be cancelled or return times changed at short notice. Contact Dale Sailing for additional information.

Cost
Workshop £95. £10 discount for new members of the Wildlife Trust for South & West Wales. This saves £40 for a couple on the total price for the day! You can join at Lockley Lodge on the day.
Ferry £11 per adult is payable in cash to the boatman, under 16 £7.
Island landing fee adult £10, children 1-15 £5 and members of WTSWW free.

Location
Use the AA's route planner for directions. The location of Martins Haven and Skomer Island can also be found on Google Maps or the Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map.

 

Joining Instructions
These willl be sent out in advance of the workshop. Participants must text Andy the day before on 07977 562321 to confirm their attendance and Andy will only reply if there is a problem. The skipper makes the decision whether to sail around 8am on the day.

How to book
Numbers are limited and workshops must be booked at least a day in advance. Contact Andy on 07977 562321 or email andy@andydavies.info If the Workshop cannot run, you have the option of booking again, choosing another workshop or a full refund. If it is not possible for the ferry to run to Skomer but the weather conditions are favourable, you have the option of an alternative workshop at the Deer Park and Marloes Sands.

Equipment required
Compact, bridge or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses. Suitable lenses include a wide angle, something like a 24mm or 28mm is good for the landscape element in the workshop. A tripod is not required. For the puffins, focal lengths between 200mm (for DX sensors) to 300mm (for FX sensors) are good. The problem is that the puffins are often closer than the minimum focusing distance of a telephoto lens. Longer focal lengths of 400mm to 500mm are good for the razorbills and guillemots. These can be achieved by using a good quality teleconverter. Please ensure that batteries are fully charged. Camera manual.

Click here to download free Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2016

Allanah Fenwick
July 2017

Angela Dove
July 2017

Jean Tye
July 2017

Tim Mayo
July 2017

Nick White
July 2017

Louise Hicks
July 2017

Marc Raeber
July 2017

James Leigh
July 2017

Jarek Tomczak
July 2017

Anne Trotman
July 2017

Mike Schoen
July 2017

Jane Graham
July 2017

Kevin Hughes
July 2017

David Yates
July 2017

Chris Hughes
July 2017

Chris Allen
June 2017

Geoff Allen
June 2017

Chris Nevin
June 2017

Derek Trendell
June 2017

Simon Pearce
June 2017

Sophie Grenfell
June 2017

Jim Scott
June 2017

Rachael Thomas
June 2017

John Newman
June 2017

Mia Armstrong
June 2017

Bea von de Haar
June 2017

Keith Lowe
June 2017

James Calvert
June 2017

Agnes Proudhon-Smith
June 2017

Shawn Stone
June 2017

Michelle Jopson
May 2017

Sue Benton
May 2017

Kara Marquez
May 2017

Emma Thompson
May 2017

James Wilson
May 2017

Chris Hathaway
May 2017

Sarah de Wilde
May 2017

Mandy Colbourne
May 2017

Derek Colbourne
May 2017

Kathy Axford
May 2017

Mike Balch
May 2017

Ed Balch
May 2017

Ian Austin
May 2017

Rich Slusser
May 2017

Janeen Evans
April 2017

Jon Evans
April 2017

Henry Illsley
April 2017

Denise Slusser
May 2017

Sue Clough
July 2016

     

Lexie Sibley
July 2016

Nico Bartrum
July 2016

Lisa Daymond-King
July 2016

Christine Launchbury
July 2016

Sandy Truckell
July 2016

Graham Watkins
July 2016

Will Dixon
July 2016

Christine Harris
July 2016

Don Cunningham
July 2016

Sekai Fraser
July 2016

Linn Jones
July 2016

Keith Surey
June 2016

Ben King
June 2016

Jack King
June 2016

Claire Wren
June 2016

Peter Anderson
June 2016

Julia Moffet
June 2016

Mel Bonner-Jones
June 2016

Colin Hollywood
June 2016

Mario Vitalini
June 2016

Liz Meliss
June 2016

Julie Kaye
June 2016

Jayne Jenkins
June 2016

Andrea Dobson
June 2016

Sarah Walton
June 2016

Tony Fisher
June 2016

Annemieke Glass
June 2016

Maya James
June 2016

Paul Foulds
June 2016

Mark Barr
June 2016

Jon Bull
June 2016

Mike Williams
June 2016

Andre LeBlanc
May 2016

Jean Tye
May 2016

Jane Graham
May 2016

Andy Smith
May 2016

Charlotte Norman
May 2016

Angela Massingham
May 2016

Bruce Woodruff
May 2016

Wendy Hiscock
May 2016

 

Skomer 2015 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2014 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2013 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2012 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2011 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer 2010 - image galleries and comments from participants

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2016

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2015

Skomer Island Workshops Participant's Portfolio 2014

 

 
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andy davies photography & video tel ++44 (0) 1269 871870 Mobile: 07977 562321 andy@andydavies.info