Jay Collier, Canon Collective Ambassador

Intermediate Birds and Wildlife Photography Masterclass at Serendip Sanctuary – Lara

Where:Serendip Sanctuary, 100 Windermere Rd, Lara VIC 3212
Cost: $49
Skill level: Intermediate
Maximum event size:1-6 people
  • 06 Mar, 10:30AM - 1:30PM / 21 Mar, 10:30AM - 1:30PM
Photo of bird by Jay Collier

About the event:

Join Jay Collier, professional wildlife photographer from Canon Collective for an in-depth practical workshop on birds and wildlife photography at Serendip Sanctuary in Lara, VIC, including the use of a range of Canon EOS cameras and telephoto lenses included.

Over 3 hours you will experience photographing wild birds from two photographic hides built over 2 watering holes as well as a series of walk through Avery's where you will get up close to a broad array of Australian native birds and other wildlife. The surrounding bush-land homes a vast variety of wild birds including whistling kites, spoon bills, superb fairy wrens, magpie goose, Cape Barron goose, New Holland honey eaters, and many more species as Jay shares with you his 20+ years of experience from the field photographic wildlife.

During this masterclass you will be taken through many of Jay's insights into better understanding your gear, the set up and techniques used in nature photography such as:

• Camera settings and set up for successful wildlife photography
• Focus set up and techniques
• Introduction to back button focus
• Exposure and metering for wildlife and nature photography
• Aperture and depth of field when using long lenses
• Shutter speed and how it affects your wildlife images
• How to use TV, AV and Manual setting and when to use which mode
• ISO and how it is used in wildlife photography
• Working with light and dealing with problems you might encounter in the wild
• Composition

Do you want to learn more about bird photography? Have a look at these bird photography tips from Greg Sullavan.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please choose carefully. Except where otherwise indicated, we do not offer refunds unless an event has to be cancelled, rescheduled to a date you cannot attend, or where required under Australian Consumer Law. View the Terms of Registration.

The little details:

Recommended equipment:

Please BYO camera and long lenses. A selection of Canon EOS cameras and long lenses will be available for all guests to use including EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS R, EOS RP, EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II, EF 200-400mm f4L IS, EF 300mm f2.8L IS II, EF 400mm f4L DO II as well as EF 1.4X III and 2X III converters. Ensure you bring your memory cards, charged batteries and appropriate closed toe walking shoes and clothing for outdoors. A monopod will be useful to reduce the weight of your gear. A water bottle and snacks would also be advised as their are no facilities for food or drinks onsite. Equipment will be available on a shared basis and can not be reserved for the entire duration of the workshop. Each guest will have equal access to loan gear to ensure you have a long lens at all times.

Event location:

Meeting at main car park. Please arrive at least 10-15 mins ahead of the starting time as the workshop will start on time. Free parking available onsite.

Important Information

A general fitness level is required. We recommend closed toe shoes for walking. As this event takes place outdoors, please be mindful of your surroundings.

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We'd love to see what you capture! Please share your images from this event by tagging @canoncollectiveofficial or #canoncollective

Your Ambassador

Jay Collier

Based in Melbourne, Jay’s a long-time photographic professional with a passion for African wildlife.

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