Last workshop for November 2012: Introduction to Wildlife Photography, Kuala Lumpur

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By popular demand, I’m going to be conducting one more workshop this month in Kuala Lumpur: an introduction to wildlife photography techniques. Due to our current weather and afternoon rains, the session will be split into two mornings – Friday 23 November, 9-1pm and Saturday 24 November, 9-1pm. The sessions run continuously, and the break in between allows for critiques and literal and figurative recharging of batteries between the two sessions.

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Since wildlife photography can be very hit and miss – in the past, I’ve spent entire weekends in swamps with only five minutes of action – we will be conducting the workshop in a ‘safe’ environment where there definitely will be animals to shoot: the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park at Lake Gardens.

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The topics covered will include:
– Long lens technique and shot discipline
– Approaching your subjects
– Understanding animal behaviour and what constitutes an interesting wildlife image
– Use of context and environment
– Metering techniques under difficult lighting
– Understanding and managing AF

There will also of course be feedback and critique sessions at the end of each half-day.

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Finally, it’s worth remembering that wildlife photography isn’t just applicable to wildlife: the skills of anticipation and shot discipline are valuable for every type of photography. The workshop will be jointly supported by the local distributor of Gitzo tripods and monopods, Shriro. They will be bringing along a range of tripods and monopods to experience.

A quick note on equipment requirements: Although you can bring along your big guns and DSLRs – 300mm would be a minimum, and 400mm+ preferable – you can also produce compelling work with smaller formats such as a M4/3 camera and 100-300 zoom, or even a bridge camera – a lot of the images in this post were shot with a Leica V-Lux 3. 

The price for both days with an experienced wildlife photographer – I shot mainly wildlife for five years, and my some of my work can be seen here – is just RM1,250 inclusive of park admission. Please send an email to for bookings or more information. Thanks! MT

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  1. Great shots, Ming!

  2. will you have any workshop in mid January?

    • Possibly another studio flash session and intro to photoshop in KL; not sure yet. Depends much on a large project that I’ll be doing around then – it might not be possible schedule-wise.

  3. Paul Jeyaraj says:

    Ming awesome count me in and looking forward to it

    I will bring 7D with 100-400L, and 5D MIII with 70-200L in case any close shots available

    I have a nice MF Monopod and stand

    What is the ONE canon lens? Will look into renting if available


    Sent from my iPhone 4 – Gmail

    • Thanks Paul – I like the 500/4 L IS personally, though you can’t go wrong with 400 and 600 of course! Gitzo will be bringing supports, so feel free to bring yours and use whatever you like on the day.

  4. I’m so envious of those who have the opportunity to attend this workshop. Airfare costs prevent me from attending. 😛


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