Swarovski Optik Nature Events 2018

Join us on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 for a FREE Digiscoping Masterclass at Cannop Ponds in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

The class will be hosted by Justin Carr and are designed to introduce you into the world of digiscoping. During this masterclass we will cover the fundamentals of digiscoping, from basic skills all the way up to advanced techniques. We will look at the best way to set up your scope, camera and tripod. In addition, there will be useful tips aimed at helping you capture super-sharp images and getting depth to your shot. The latest cameras make it much easier to capture those tricky ‘in flight’ shots and this is something we will explore, revealing a few tricks of the trade in the process. The masterclass will present the ideal opportunity to ask any digiscoping questions you may have and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

There will be a range of Swarovski equipment available for you to try out but you are more than welcome to bring your own with you. If you have been considering a Swarovski scope, or getting into digiscoping, this would be the perfect opportunity..


08:45-09:00 - Meet at Beechenhurst Café
You will be greeted by myself and Martin from the Clifton Cameras team along with Karl and Justin Carr from Swarovski Optik. Refreshments will be offered upon arrival in the meeting room. 

09:15 – Introduction from Tony
A quick run through the days schedule, making sure everyone is aware of what they are doing in the morning, and a brief health & safety talk.

09:30 – Justin’s Intro
An introduction in to the world of digiscoping, covering the fundamentals from basic skills to advanced techniques.

10:30 – Digiscoping Masterclass Part 1
We will ask everyone to jump in their cars for a quick 5 min drive down the road to Cannop Ponds.

12:30 – Head back for Lunch
We get everyone together and make our way back to Beechenhurst Café for lunch. We have reserved an area with the café between 1pm-2pm and this will be provided by Clifton Cameras and Swarovski Optik. 

14:00 – Digiscoping Masterclass Part 2
Head back to Cannop Ponds for the afternoon Nature walk and part 2 of Justin’s Digiscoping Masterclass, where he will go through more advanced techniques and give you more time to practice capturing some images.

15:30 – Q&A Session
The class and walk will end at 3.30pm and there will be a Q&A session with Martin, Justin & Karl.

16:00 – Day ends
We will head back to Beechenhurst Lodge to allow anyone to collect belongings.

More about the location....

These two large ponds lie in the Cannop Valley in the Forest of Dean. Surrounded by mixed woodland and with a small area of marsh at their northern end, the ponds support a variety of waterfowl, including good numbers of the colourful Mandarin. Redpolls and Siskins feed in the alders and birches and there is often a Dipper below the weir. Goosander are often present in winter and Kingfishers are regular.

Spaces are limited to 15 so please book today to avoid missing out.....

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Further details on meeting time, parking, and meeting point will be confirmed by email 1 week before the event is due to take place.

Terms & Conditions

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and both must book a place.