London Wild Bird Watch 20-22 April 2012

Come and speak to and hear from the experts, at the AP Photography Lodge, during London Wild Bird Watch

Photo by Jules Cox

Whether you are a serious wildlife photographer or someone just taking the first steps on your photographic journey, come along and visit the Amateur Photographer team at London Bird Watch on 20-22 April at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW3. With plenty of advice on finding the right equipment, understanding the techniques for success or getting to grips with the subject matter, there will be something to interest and inspire you at the AP Lodge on the east side of the Wetland Centre.

Photo by Jules Cox

Help and Advice

      Jules Cox                                   Ben Osborne

      Iain Green                                  Luke Massey

Every day of the show we?ll have ?how to? demonstrations from photographers such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner Ben Osborne, Jules Cox, Iain Green and Luke Massey. These first-class photographers will show you how to shoot stunning macro pictures, how to ensure your wildlife shots tell a story and will help you to overcome some of the technical barriers to achieving top-end results through a series of masterclasses and talks.

Come along at any point in the day for a chat or to show us your pictures. We?ll be offering free one-to-one advice on all aspects of improving your pictures, and if you just want to review the pictures you?ve taken during the day, we?ll have a Philips PicoPix projector on hand so you can see them at a decent size.

If you need some help finding the best places to take pictures at the Wetland Centre, and to find out what sort of shots to expect, we?ll have copies of Jules Cox?s Photo Trail tips and a suggestions sheet for all visitors to take away and enjoy.

Try new kit

Sony has kindly lent us a collection of award-winning Alpha 77 bodies with lenses to cover close-focus to massive telephoto.

This will be the first showing in the UK of Sony?s stunning new 500mm f/4 ? so come and have a go. We?ll also have Sony?s new digital recording binoculars, a selection of flash units, as well as NEX-7 and NEX-5 bodies, and Sony?s 5in HDMI display panels that plug directly into the camera.

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  • Where WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13 Tel: 0208 409 4400
  • Open Fri-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 9.30am-5pmVisitor car park opens at 8.30am each day and costs £10 for visitors and members
  • Tickets Adult £13 (AP readers £11 ? to qualify for a £2 discount quote code AP1), Child (4-16 years) £5, Theatre £5, Car park pass £10

Amateur Photographer Masterclasses

  • Free portfolio reviews Visitors can bring up to three pictures for review
  • Review images taken Your images will be projected straight from your camera for review
  • Expert panel Pitch your burning questions to our photography experts at the show
  • Mini talks Experts reveal their best-kept secrets ? see their images and hear how it?s done
  • Instruction Macro photography masterclass
  • How to Get brilliant pictures in the field ? advanced lighting techniques
  • How to Capturing nature ? birds in their environments
  • How to Long-lens bird portraits masterclass


FridayMacro PhotographyLong Lens PortraitsCapturing NatureAdvanced Lighting SaturdayMacro PhotographyLong Lens PortraitsCapturing NatureAdvanced Lighting SundayMacro PhotographyLong Lens PortraitsCapturing NatureAdvanced Lighting

Day/Time   11am-12:15pm  12:15-1:30pm   1:30-2:45pm   2:45-4pm  

Travel Information

The London Wetland Centre is situated close to central London, on the banks of the River Thames in Barnes. It is easily accessible by private and public transport, just a 10-minute bus ride from Hammersmith Tube station and close to both Barnes and Barnes Bridge stations.

By bus

The 283 bus runs direct to the centre from Hammersmith bus station (stand K). Alternatively, buses 33, 72 and 209 stop nearby (alight at the Red Lion stop, 150 metres from the wetland centre). Note: before 9.30am and after about 5.45pm, the 283 bus terminates nearby in Barnes, rather than coming directly into the centre.

By rail

Barnes station is just 25 minutes from Waterloo or 10 minutes from Clapham Junction. It is then a 15-minute walk to the wetland centre (or 5 minutes by buses 72 or 33). You can also alight at Barnes Bridge station and then walk through Barnes village (about a 15-minute walk) or catch a 209 bus (alight at the bus stop opposite the Red Lion pub, which is 150 metres from the Centre).

By tube

Hammersmith Tube (on the Piccadilly and District & Circle Lines) is the nearest Tube station. From here it is just a 10 minute bus ride (see ?by bus?).

By car

There is ample parking for visitors arriving by car, although where possible we would encourage our visitors to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport.

The centre is located just off the main A306, which runs from the South Circular at Roehampton (with easy access to the A3) to Hammersmith (just minutes from the A4/M4). Once in Barnes, you can follow the brown tourist signs to the centre. The centre is situated outside the London Congestion Charging Zone.

Visit the London Bird Watch website