Woodland Photo Walks
Woodland Photo Walks run on the first Tuesday of the month.
Each workshop is approx 2 to 3hrs depending on the location.
All workshops are early morning (between 7am and 10am starts.)
There are no entrance fees but certain locations may have a parking fee.
Max 10 Participants per workshop (Workshops will run regardless of participants, subject to weather/rain)
These are informal woodland photo walks. Tuition is provided on a less formal basis so booking is priced accordingly.
Tue 8th Jan - Ufton Fields - Harbury, Warwickshire
Tue 5th Feb - Rough Hill Wood - Worcestershire
Tue 5th Mar - Moseley Bog - Birmingham
Tue 2nd Apr - Clowes Wood - Earlswood, Solihull
Tue 7th May - Millisons Wood - Meriden
Tue 4th Jun - Snitterfield Wood - Stratford Upon Avon
Tue 2nd Jul - Ryton Wood - Coventry
Tue 6th Aug - Tocil Wood - Coventry
Tue 3rd Sep - Elkin Wood - Coventry
Tue 1st Oct - Piles Coppice & Brandon Wood - Coventry
Tue 5th Nov - Crackley Wood - Kenilworth
Tue 3rd Dec - Hay wood - Solihull
For a list of specific workshop and location details - See the event listing for Woodland Walks
Terms for woodland photo walks
Price does not include parking fees at any location
In the event of bad weather, alternative dates will be offered.
Participants are responsible for attending with appropriate footwear and are responsible for their own equipment.
Under 16's welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Bookings are confirmed within 24hrs & joining instructions will be emailed out 4-7 days prior to event date.
Maximum group size 10 attendees for Woodland Photo-Walks.
Please read my terms and conditions as all bookings made are bound by them.
Join Alan Ranger, an internationally acclaimed and award winning professional photographer and qualified photography tutor at various woodland locations around Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Woodlands, trees and nature have always been a source of inspiration, therapy and photography for me. I am always drawn to trees wherever I am photographing so I have decided to make 2019 the year I spend even more time amongst trees and in the woodlands.
I want to share and enjoy the tranquility of our woodland environments with others so am listing twelve monthly photo walks (one each month, on the first Tuesday of the month) around twelve different woodland habitats across Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The locations are renowned for interest and variety so offer something for every interest (abstract, macro, nature portrait, vista, cameo shot) throughout the year.
My aim is not to instruct you what to shoot, instead I want to help you develop your own sense of visual awareness, photographic eye and your personal interpretation. I will be happy to help you with the “how to shoot” whatever it is you feel drawn to and wish to express through your creative vision using the camera to construct your intention.
“Give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish you feed them for life.”
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The walks around these selected woodlands are aimed to promote our senses and connection to trees/woodland/nature - as we walk, observe and take in our environment we may decide to make a photograph, or not.
“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.” Albert Einstein
Essentials for all photography workshops
Suitable for any camera (Compact, Bridge and DSLR)
Suitable for any level - complete beginner to advanced photographers
Receive 1-2-1 tuition and support throughout the workshop
Hands-on practical advice on camera settings and composition of images
No specialist equipment required
Fitness level Required - Easy
This trip is rated as easy, meaning that most people with average health/fitness can comfortably deal with the short walks and occasional steps or gradients involved and be comfortable on their feet for the duration of the workshop event.
Equipment for this woodland photo walk
You will be provided with a complete list of suggested equipment upon booking. The following is a summary of recommended items but it's not all essential:
Any type of camera
Tripod - Recommended but not essential
No specialist lenses required, we can make use of whatever you have. Any lens or lenses covering wide angle (15-24mm) to mid and long telephoto (24-200mm) plus a macro lens is ideal to cover all opportunities.
Remote cable release, useful but not essential as you can use cameras self-timer
A circular polariser filter is useful for removing highlights, wet surfaces and reflections but not essential (remember to order the diameter size that fits your main lens)
NDs and Grads are not really required for the type of photography we do, but if you want to bring them I’m happy to assist with their use
A kneeling mat, or dustbin liner is useful when doing low down shots
A large polythene bag (sandwich bag) is useful for wrapping around the camera/lens if light rain
A micro cloth for absorbing any drizzle/rain from equipment
Waterproof shoes or boots and warm clothing - hat, scarf and gloves if weather forecast is below 12 degrees.
Flask of tea/coffee and snacks to keep you energised
Woodland Photo Walk Content
A brief introduction for 10 min and tips on basic camera settings, techniques and the things to look for
A 2.5-3hr walk around the woods to make images with Alan's support and input.
Alan will guide you on;
Exposure & Colour Settings
Composition and Framing
Abstract, Close-Up, Macro, Vista and any type of shot you want to create.
Image review and feedback throughout the walk.
If a suitable, nearby, cafe/place exists we will end the walk with a mid-morning tea/coffee/snack
Please see the individual event listings for exact location details - The map below gives you approximate location