Links for photographers

Useful and interesting links covering photography, techniques, wildlife sites, breeding butterflies and moths as well as other photographers.

Places to Visit

Shipley Country Park
A lovely country park made from the site of the old Woodside and Coppice pits which closed in the 1960s. The park was opened after landscaping in 1976. This is where I do my butterfly transect during the summer.
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
The jewel in Yorkshires nature reserve crown. Loads of hides and miles of footpaths to walk. Great cafe too!!
Attenborough Nature Reserve
Great place for birds - bitterns seen here in the winter. River Trent runs alongside it and plenty of lakes and woodland to explore. A couple of hides too. Watch out for the bikes though!!
Bird Trips to Farne Islands
Brilliant review of a trip to the Farne Islands with plenty of advice - like take a hat!!!!
British Wildlife Centre
The British Wildlife Centre was started in 1997 by David Mills. Before then, David had a successful herd of pedigree Jersey cows on the site of what is now the wildlife centre. Since 1971 the rich milk and cream of the Venn herd of Jerseys was supplied to local homes and businesses.

In 1994 David ceased farming in order to realise a second dream of setting up a centre to educate people about our native wildlife. At first we were only open to pre-booked groups, but in 2000 we were able to open to the public.

We have been growing slowly but steadily since, enhancing the Centre to give visitors more to see and more to learn about Britain’s fascinating wildlife. Our objective remains the same - to help people learn more about our native wildlife in the hope that they too will want to protect it for future generations to enjoy.
North Somerset Butterfly House
Spent a wonderful half day here in September - lovely butterfly house and Pete (Dawson) is very enthusiastic about what he does. He also does a lot for children - great to get them interested from an early age.

Organisations

RSPB
Full of information about birds and their conservation.
Wild About Britain
Great site about British wildlife - active forum with interesting discussions.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
All you need to know about Derbyshire wildlife including a map of their reserves
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Equipment

Gimbals - Jobu
Great place to buy tripods and gimbals. Quick delivery, great prices and great advice from Tony
Crooked Imaging
Crooked Imaging are a UK based Company and have been established since 2006. All products are genuine UK sourced stock, despatched from the UK with a full UK warranty. Not sure what you need? They are experienced photographers and can help and advise on all the products stocked.
Wildlife Watching Supplies
All you need to get closer to the wildlife.
Designed and developed by wildlife photographer Kevin Keatley.
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Photographers

Photographers who have influenced me and whose work I admire
Loch Visions
Multi award winning Scottish wildlife photography and tour business
A range of freelance photography services are available from Philip Price, award winning professional wildlife photographer and founder of Loch Visions.
Mendip Wildlife Photography
Great site from a photographer based in the Mendips. Well worth a look!
Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog
Great site for articles and reviews
The Reikan MA System Review
A great review of a fantastic piece of software.
Brilliant Isle of Skye photography
A quite brilliant site for photographs of the Isle of Skye. Take a look at his work!
Nature Photo Hub
... wild about nature photography!
Photo4me
Photo4me is a unique canvas printing service and online gallery that brings together buyers of canvas prints and our passionate community of photographers and digital artists. You can upload your own photographs and then have them printed on canvas or acrylic sheet or select from our range of members images and then order them as ready to hang pieces of canvas wall art or giclee canvas prints. Canvas print art is an excellent way to showcase your own photographs or to create mood in a room. All our canvas prints are printed using the finest materials.
Lincs Birder
brilliant web site of Roger Melross from Lincolnshire
Mark Medcalf
Fantastic wildlife photographer from Scotland
Fantastic bird photography site
Fantastic bird photography site with lots of information on technique - as it says - great site for technique
Will Burrard-Lucas
I am Will Burrard-Lucas, a professional wildlife photographer from the UK. I am known for using technology and innovation to photograph wildlife in new ways
Exmoor Photography
We met Jack & Alison on our recent holiday in Somerset when we ventured a little further afield to Porlock. Lovely people and if we had had more time we would have done a photography day with them. Maybe next time?
Natures Photos
Bob is an experienced photographer and naturalist passionate about his work and sharing his observations of wildlife with others.He has been a keen naturalist from a very young age and a photographer from late teens. He is first and foremost a naturalist who photographs what he observes rather than a photographer specialising in wildlife.
ASR Search Engine
ASR Search Engine

Places to Stay

Riverside Villa - a fantastic place to stay in the Peak District
The best B&B we have ever stayed at and cannot recommend it highly enough. You will have a very relaxing and welcoming time. Revisiting my links and it is still the best B&B!
Fingal Cottage, Isle of Mull
On our last visit to Mull we stayed here. All that the owners say is true about this cottage - very comfortable, everything you need had been thought of and provided, excellent base for discovering Mull and only 5 minutes from Craignure's ferry terminal.

Views down Loch Don were fantastic - all wildlife on Mull can be seen either here or within a 3 mile walk to Grasspoint, and if you are interested in butterflies there is a good colony of Green Hairstreak and MArsh fritillary at Grasspoint.
Self Catering with Hides!
Airy, converted Victorian hayloft sleeps 4 Views of fell, woodland and hay meadows. All ensuite bedrooms, with bath and shower over. Woodburning stove. dishwasher, washing machine, TV, fridge, freezer, microwave. Biomass boiler for central heating and hot water.

Butterflies

Butterfly Conservation
If you are concerned about conservation you need to look at this site - even become a member!
UK Butterflies
Best site for butterfly related information
Interesting site for Lepidoptera
At this site you can find lots of information about lepidopterans, development from egg to butterfly or moth, the anatomy and also about breeding these beautiful creatures.
Breeding Puss Moths
Blog about breeding puss moths

Dragonflies

Brill Dragonfly site
The images featured on this website were all taken in Hampshire & the Kennet Valley in Berkshire, which are blessed with some of the best dragonfly & damselfly habitat in the south of England.
British Dragonfly Society
Welcome to the new website of the British Dragonfly Society. The site has lots of new features including a completely new online recording system and online shop. If you want to join the BDS or make a donation you can do that here. There is a new section on the biology and ecology of dragonflies plus details of the best places to see them.

Photoshop

Techniques in Photoshop
Sharpen Images in Photoshop
Photoshop CS’s high pass filter is very versatile, and in this tutorial by Lauren Scott we show you how it can be used for sharpening images
Bacground Blur
Follow this simple tutorial to blur an unattractive background

Wildlife Artists

Deborah Hook
Fantastic artist specialising in wildlife. See her paintings at Attenborough (July 2014)
Devons Art in Nature
Devon's Nature In Art is a unique collection of artwork by the well known artist Eleanor Ludgate. It is a celebration to the nature of Devon.
Lorna Hamilton
Amazing wildlife artist, many awards and produces spectacular paintings.
Fungi of Allestree Park
Brilliant article on the fungi to be found in Allestree Park