Ospreys 3 day masterclass Photography & Film

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A 3 day masterclass  for photography and film   

Watch a video HERE on what to expect from the masterclass   

Introduction will be held at my Guest house 6pm teas coffees and cake,

This years 3 day master class workshop will cover

3 mornings hide work diving Ospreys 

  please email deanbricknell@btinternet.com for info 

Group size 6     

Available places 0

Workshop hides are at Gordons Aviemore Ospreys hides,     

Day time activities for the group, we will head out around 1pm and look for the Ring Ouzel, or we can pop along and watch / photograph Ospreys on or near a nest which is located in a public location  

Ardlogie Guest house  (guest house stay is NOT included in Osprey price)   

Location Aviemore Scotland.

Hides provided by Aviemore Osprey hides.  

contact Dean at deanbricknell@btinternet.com or from my contact page 


tripods or handheld   


There will be an introduction to camera settings  5pm it will be held at Ardlogie guest house Aviemore, this will help you before your early morning workshops please let me know if you wish to come along.


Please note : The diving Osprey hides are located at a private location Gordons and not at Rothiemurchus fishery,  

in the unlikely event that no dives over the 3 days at the Osprey hide, a free Osprey morning will be given, this will not be a workshop but a free place at the hide which is offered by Aviemore Ospreys hides, you can take at anytime as long its not fully booked, this is only for these taking the 3 day Osprey and Raptor workshop   

Hot teas and coffees are provided within the hides along with some biscuits  

Price does not include your accommodation but i stay at Ardlogie guest house in Aviemore

5 rooms available so book early it can be hard to find accommodation within months of your booked workshop dates.

 http://www.ardlogie.co.uk/  Aug for this accommodation 

Monthly payments can be arranged  

This workshop proved to be very popular i had to turn a good few photographers away,  make sure you get a place on this workshop it's best to book early, 

A non-refundable £100  deposit will be required at point of booking, please read T/C, by paying your deposit you have agreed with the TC, workshop price does not include accommodations or B/B.  

This is one of the best hide locations in the UK for getting diving / fishing Ospreys shots, this private hide is located in the heart of Aviemore in the Scottish highlands.


The hide is a purpose built hide with fishing Ospreys in mind, the hide is built into the ground so that your head and camera are at water level giving you that unique low down straight shot of the Osprey with its prey (trout). we have radios in the hide and a spotter outside telling us when an Osprey is overhead and ready to dive this gives us that extra time to get ready for the plunge.


The workshop is timed to correspond with the young Ospreys leaving the nest but this does change each year. This is the best time for you to watch and photograph the adult female teaching her young to dive for fish and some Ospreys will still be in the nest so the adults will try and persuade them to leave by catching fish but not taking it to the nest  but nearby perch in a tree, this then calls for a lot of fishing to be done and we will be waiting for them.

Ospreys fishing

Ospreys are very vocal and you at times will hear them before you see them, they will use all the pond area to fish, when they dive they come down at some speed with a great plunge and splash, you want to start taking your shots but easy said than done these birds are fast, you don't want to fire of your camera fill the buffer just to have a load of splashed shots where you can't see the bird, timing is the key, if you are lucky one diving Osprey my do a false dive and hover briefly above the water then fly slowly over the pond "happy days".

Tuition camera settings and filming 

Full tuition within the hide will be given at all times, covering ISO, speed, exposures, and the right white balance.


This year i will be covering filming for those that want to film this area i will cover frame rates the right shutter speeds focusing WB and metering HD or 4k  focusing transition speeds and lock on focusing speeds, 


We should be finished by 08.30 am , after you can head back to your B/Bs for breakfast.

In the afternoon we will talk and look at your images 

if you bring your own laptop computer we can look at some editing skills, 

here we can look at your images each afternoon and see if  there where any problems with the images that morning

Was it to-do with your settings or your self when taking your images this can be down to panning with your subject over the years this is to be the number one course of issues  NOT PANNING THE RIGHT WAY  we can put them right    

What do you need

Tripods or monopod for Osprey hide, lenses Ospreys 70-200mm with 2x TC, on a APS-C sensor camera body,  300mm / TC 1.4 not 2x TC,  100-400mm lens, full frame camera or cropped sensor, 400 and 500mm a 600mm lens if you want to get up close.

Waterproof clothing and footwear miggy spray - creams for head  face and hands, lots of cards and batteries and you can always take your chargers and charge them at your own accommodations the night before,



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