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Environmental photography allows us to capture the beauty of the natural world, nature, and wildlife around us.

During this course, you will be introduced to environmental photography as a concept and some basic principles and techniques. You will then have an opportunity to practice these techniques. This course is designed for people who understand photography but have a desire to develop it within an environmental setting.

Please note – This course requires you to have access to a camera and understand the basic functionality of your equipment.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Learn to develop a narrative with nature through your photography and get up close and personal with your natural subjects through these topics:

    • What is Nature Photography?
    • Developing a Narrative with Nature – Principles
    • Developing a Narrative with Nature – Practice
    • Introduction to Close Up and Macro Photography

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Explain the uses of environmental photography in the environmental sector.
    • Understand the issues surrounding image integrity and the importance of codes of practice in photography.
    • Identify the basic principles of using photography to develop a subject narrative in nature.
    • Use the principles of developing a narrative with nature.
    • Understand the techniques and equipment requirements involved in close-up and macro photography and basic terminology.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about nature photography with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of environmental art or natural history. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

Tutor: Adrian Davies

Adrian Davies is a highly experienced photographer, lecturer and author. He has run courses at Slapton for over 20 years as well as other workshops in a range of natural history topics around the UK and abroad. He has written 12 books including “Close-Up and Macro Photography”, “Digital Plant Photography” and “Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography”. His new book called “Photographing the Unseen World”, looking at UV and IR as well as high speed, time-lapse and macro photography, was published in April. He has two websites and

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 1:00 pm (BST):

    • Saturday 15th May 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm
    • Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm
    • Saturday 29th May 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm
    • Saturday 5th June 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 

Example Timetable

Week 1: What is Nature Photography? 

Self-study material available: 08/05/21
Week 1 live webinar: 15/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 2: Developing a Narrative with Nature – Principles

Self-study material available: 15/05/21
Week 2 live webinar: 22/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 3: Developing a Narrative with Nature – Practice

Self-study material available: 22/05/21
Week 3 live webinar: 29/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 4: Introduction to Close Up and Macro Photography

Self-study material available: 29/05/21
Week 4 live webinar: 05/06/2021 at 1:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 12/06/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

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What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close 48 hours ahead of the course start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.