The Scottish Highlands offer a dramatic and exceptionally beautiful place to photograph the environment and its wildlife, but this workshop-style trip is designed to take your learning one stage further into learning how to utilise the video capabilities of your camera and develop film-making skills. Our schedule will involve a combination of a full day of red squirrel filming, further time filming the environment and learning the sort of footage that contributes to the story-making side of film production with evenings and the final afternoon spent mastering editing and film production skills. With Go-Pro and drone footage options at our disposal as well you can expect to leave this learning-packed break not only with a short film of your time here but the skills required to begin your own filming projects going forward too. We’re delighted to be joined by Tom Middleton of SMN Film to run these new trips in our programme – if you’ve seen any of our video work on social media he has been behind it – and feel sure that getting to grips with film will take the utilisation of your camera and your appreciation of wildlife photography on to a whole new level.
Here are a couple of examples of the style of video we enjoy making and which Tom has produced for us – the first as part of our Highland Winter trip (the same area as this workshop) and the second of our Butterfly and Orchids workshop in Shropshire. Both give a good idea of the story-telling approach that this trip is all about learning and developing:
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Day 1: Travel to get yourself to our Highland base in time for the evening. We’ll arrange transfers from the local station (25 minutes or so away) or you can drive yourself. Over dinner we’ll look forward to outline the options for your photography ahead.
Days 2 – 4: This trip is as much workshop as it is photographic in its nature and so each day will involve a good amount of tutorial (both indoors as well as in the field) as well as building on your knowledge of using your SLR camera’s video capabilities with the over-riding objective of developing both your technical skills but also your creative eye for capturing the sort of footage that when knitted together will tell a narrative or story. We have arranged a full day filming with Red Squirrels and will use the other days to capture the supporting footage from the stunning environment that we will be based in at one of its most stunning times of year with autumnal golds in their prime. We will also look to utilise footage that we will capture using Go-pros and drones (which we will be bringing but you are welcome to do so as well if you have them: just check with us first) for additional perspectives for the final story.
Each evening we will review the work of the day and look to learn the editing and compilation process using Final Cut Pro as our software of default for this, with the objective of your leaving with a short film to remember the trip by but more importantly the skills and vision to begin your own video and film-making projects going forward.
Day 5: After a hearty Scottish breakfast (that you’ll have almost become used to by now) it’ll be time to head home. There will be transfers to the local station as required.