Urban Bird Photography an Introduction


Sponsored by OM SYSTEM


Join David Tipling, one of the UK’s top bird photographers, on a three part weekly course covering photography basics, ideas on composition and how to capture eye catching images in urban and suburban environments. The topics covered in week two would largely be relevant to people who just have a camera on a mobile phone. The first two sessions will be pre-recorded followed by a third live Q&A session.

  • Week 1: 1hour

    This session will include a 30 minute pre-recorded video featuring photography basics including gear choice. How to get the correct exposure, creative ways to use shutter speed and depth of field. We will look at which modes and settings are best to use on your camera. The pre-recorded video will end by looking at how choice of shutter speed and aperture influence the resulting photograph.

    We will end this session with a 30 minute live Q&A with David.

  • Week 2: 1hour

    This session explores photographing birds in the urban environment. We look at how using different focal lengths from wide angle lenses to telephotos and how the camera on your phone can change perspective. How the direction of light can influence your photograph and we will explore ideas on composition.

  • Week 3: 90 minute

    This final session will be a live Q&A with David in which you can raise questions and queries resulting from the previous sessions.


  • Monday 7 February from 7pm to 8.00pm GMT
  • Monday 14 February from 7pm to 8.00pm GMT
  • Monday 21 February from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT


for the three sessions

  • £60 — non-members
  • £58.20 — Bronze-winged Jacana members
  • £55.00 — Silvery Grebe members
  • £50.00 — Golden Oriole members

7 February — 14 February — 21 February

from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT

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David Tipling is one of the World’s most widely published wildlife photographers renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades include a coveted European Nature Photographer of the Year Award (2002) for work on Emperor Penguins, and in North America, Nature’s Best Indigenous Peoples Award (2009) for his pictures of Mongolian eagle hunters.

He is the author or commissioned photographer for many books including the RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (Bloomsbury) and Penguins –Close Encounters (New Holland). In 2013 after 6 years work visiting 39 countries on all seven continents the critically acclaimed Birds & People (Random House) was published. Recently published books include Seabirds of the World, A Parliament of Owls and an instant best seller with Princeton University Press, Britain’s Birds. His book A Bird Photographer’s Diary charts his 30 year career in pictures.

David writes regularly for various magazines including Amateur Photographer. TV and film work have seen appearances in front of the camera on Springwatch and The One Show, while David has worked behind the camera making short films and with author Jonathan Franzen on the documentary Emptying the Skies.

For 16 years David was a judge for the British Birds Bird Photographer of the Year and is currently a judge for Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY).

In March 2019 David was named an Olympus Mentor, the scheme honours the talents of photographers creating exceptional imagery with Olympus equipment.