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Spider Photography and Introductory Identification

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Lawrence Bee and Alex Hyde
  • Dates: Friday 23 September 2016 to Sunday 25 September 2016
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £173

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Spiders make intriguing and beautiful photographic subjects. From their shimmering webs to their translucent and at times surprisingly colourful bodies, they are highly rewarding subjects to work with.

Successful spider photography requires not only a good understanding of techniques in close-up / macro photography, but also of your subject’s behaviour and habits. During this unique course, you will learn the camera skills needed to do justice to these remarkable creatures.

Lawrence Bee has developed a varied experience as an all-round field naturalist through extensive practical, hands-on work in the field of ecology and nature conservation. His particular interests include British geology, ancient trees and oak woodland, spiders, moths and plant galls. As an experienced arachnologist, he has undertaken arachnid surveys throughout the UK and led training workshops on spider identification for county recorders' groups and professional ecological organisations. He tutors on ecological survey techniques for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He is currently writing a photographic field guide to British spiders to be published in 2016.

Alex Hyde is a professional natural history photographer who specializes in invertebrates. Whether deep in the rainforests of Borneo or in his back garden in Derbyshire, Alex can usually be found on his hands and knees searching for his next subject. His images of spiders and other wee beasties are used around the world in newspapers, books and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, BBC Wildlife magazine and New Scientist. You can see much of his work here: www.alexhyde.co.uk

Alex is an experienced photographic tutor and regularly runs workshops and photographic tours to destinations throughout the UK and abroad. For the past eight years, Alex has lectured on the MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham where he teaches various aspects of macro and wildlife photography.

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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