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.
The Workshop is run with the support of the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales and Dale Sailing. We are able to board the first crossing of the day on the Dale Princess, and return on the last boat, giving us as much time as possible on the island.
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
April 8th, 15th, 29th
May 2nd, 9th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 23rd
June 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 29th
4th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 27th
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.
Workshop £95. £10 discount for members of the Wildlife Trust for South & West Wales. This saves £40 for a couple on the total price for the day!
Non-members 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 £10, senior citizens £9, students £9, children 5-15 £5 and members of WTSWW free.
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.
We meet at the top of Martins Haven beach which is down the road from the National Trust car park at 8.30am at the latest. I will give you your landing ticket - please do not go to Lockley Lodge to ask for this. I will collect your island landing fee which will be handed in at the end of the day. This also guarantees your place on the Dale Princess on the first crossing of the day, returning on the last boat giving us the whole day on the island.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.