Talks

 

I am available to present a number of talks and presentations to varied interested groups. From the full story of field craft and camera settings for camera clubs to simply showing the beautiful wildlife of a particular area all talks can be tailored to the groups requirements and are delivered with an enthusiasm which show my passion for the natural world.

Current talks are :

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‘An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year’

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‘Photography of the Natural world’

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 ‘Bury St. Edmunds to Brisbane, a Wildlife Photographer’s travels’

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‘A Hare’s Year’

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’20 Nature Photography Projects throughout the year’

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‘Field craft for Wildlife photography’

My fees are £70 plus travel from Woolpit, Suffolk.

Please contact me for further details if you are interested in any of my talks or if you would like me to tailor a talk for your specific group.

Please see below some testimonials from my talks.

Rosie Andersen, Hare Preservation Trust : A Hare’s year. Kevin’s presentation of  ‘A Hare’s Year’ at our AGM was fascinating with both serious observations and light hearted anecdotes.
Our members were completely enthralled by his beautiful photography of hares
throughout the seasons.  His images are stunning!

David Porter RSPB Norwich Group. Photography of the Natural World. Thank you very much for your excellent talk to our group last night. It was fantastic, you enthusiasm shone through, your photography was excellent. As a photographer I am as jealous as hell. It was a great night.

Richard Straton RSPB Lowestoft & district group. Photography of the Natural World. The presentation of “Photography of the Natural World” was outstanding. So many comments have been made about the excellent choice of subject matter and the quality of the photographs, it hardly suffices to say that the audience was very pleased! Pictures on the screen followed each other in a continuous flow of delight which, with the interesting and chatty style of commentary and occasional personal photographic tips, covered every aspect of the natural world. Your hours of patience, experience, thoughts, delights and tribulations resulted in a exhilarating evening to be remembered for a long time.

David Porter RSPB Norwich Group. An East Anglian Wildlife Photographers Year. We enjoyed Kevin’s first talk so much in 2014 that we had to invite him for a return visit.We were not disappointed; another fantastic evening entitled ‘An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year ‘the photographs were superb with incredible detail, his presentation skill and expert commentary made for a wonderful evening.The patience and dedication needed to be a highly successful wildlife photographer is evident in every photograph he shows. He also talked in great detail as to how he planned many of his shots, with regard to the light , direction of the wind and intimate knowledge of his subjects, whether its birds, plants, mammals or insects was immense.He was also willing to answer many questions, some of a technical nature, explaining his camera technique. To cap it all Kevin is a very friendly and highly likable person.

Pam Ireland, Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Ipswich local group. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. On behalf of the Ipswich Group of the Suffolk Wildlife trust I should like to thank you for such a fascinating and inspiring talk on Wednesday evening.We were amazed by the quality of your photos, but even more so by their composition, which always showed off the subjects in such a meaningful way; Roe deer peeping up through the corn, swans gliding through the mist,female hares rejecting the advances of a suitor.and so much more. You gave us a good number of tips for improving our own efforts, stressing the importance of planning and patience in obtaining that special shot. I feel sure that most of us left your talk fired with enthusiasm to take some wildlife photos of our own, although I doubt many of us will have your patience and persistence.So thank you once again Kevin, and I hope we shall have you to one of our meetings again in the future.

Michael Chinery, Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Haverhill local group. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. Want to be impressed and entertained? Then Kevin Sawford is the man for you. His presentation An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year contains a wealth of beautiful and truly impressive images and his fast-moving commentary cannot fail to entertain and inform his audiences.

Chris Carroll-Davis, Bury St. Edmunds Photographic Society. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. On behalf of the members and guests of Bury St Edmunds Photographic Society, I’d like to thank you for your recent talk at our club. You are a regular visitor to our club and never fail to impress. The concept of this talk, “20 Nature Photography Projects throughout the year”, was very clever, catering to all ability levels in the club; something that is always a real challenge. As always it was illustrated with fantastic images which both impressed and inspired. The way in which you divided the talk into sections meant that whatever members’ interests were, there were always aspects that would engage and interest them. From simple projects to try at home, to visiting zoos and getting out into the wild there was something to encourage everyone. Your years of experience really show through with anecdotes and advice enabling an engaging an easy-going lecture style. Having spoken to several members after your talk I know that they have been inspired to get out, take your advice, and enjoy their wildlife photography! Thank you again and I’m sure we’ll see you back at our club in the future.

Beverley de Boos, East Ipswich Camera Club. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. “Our members thoroughly enjoyed Kevin Sawford’s inspirational talk ‘An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year’.  There were a variety of images from butterflies to seals and Kevin talked about the different ways that we might be able to take such photographs ourselves.  In our gardens, Kevin suggested putting some kind of prop near the bird feeders to encourage birds to pose for us.  Kevin also advised taking practice shots to make sure the camera settings were correct and then waiting for the creatures to arrive where we wanted them. It was made clear in Kevin’s talk that we don’t need to travel to exotic places to be able to photograph wildlife as the opportunities are all around us.  We may not have the patience that Kevin does but we just need to get out there and look.  Many thanks Kevin.”

David Addy, Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Bury & Mildenhall local group. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. You don’t need a big bazooka of a lens to take great pictures of birds. Thatis one of the messages that Kevin Sawford puts over in his 90 minute talk on
Wildlife Photography in East Anglia. He will emphasise the importance of
planning and patience in chasing that elusive shot, rather than expensive
kit.Kevin also stresses that the best pictures contain an aspect of behaviour as
well as composition and planning the background.
If you are wanting to get into wildlife photography, or to improve your
performance, then this talk is for you.

Derek Walduck, Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Alde & Blyth local group. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. Thanks Kevin for your wonderful East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year talk to our Suffolk Wildlife local group.  Your lovely images reminded us that even though wildlife is always under pressure from us, we still have enough of it to marvel at and add a bit of colour to our lives.”

Ingrid McIvor, Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Woodbridge local group. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. We all enjoyed your talk immensely and admired your patience and the time you take to go about the countryside to get just the right kind of photograph. I am sure it has encouraged people to do the same and take their camera with them more often! You made us aware of what there is to see and photograph throughout the seasons – that there is always something worthwhile out there. Not just out and about, but in our own gardens.

David Robinson ARPS, Ipswich and District Camera Society “An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year”. “Kevin Sawford drew a good crowd of members and visitors to Ipswich & DPS for his talk “An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer’s Year”.  Kevin gave a really entertaining evening with superb images from East Anglia.  As well as showing his pictures Kevin gave lots of hints and tips on locations, fieldcraft and equipment.  He stressed how patience and study of the subject paid off with great images from locations many of which were away from the usual reserves and photography “hotspots”.  Following a very professional presentation Kevin was generous with his time in answering questions both to the audience and one to one at the end of the evening.  We hope to see Kevin again in near future.

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David Palmer, Lark Valley Association  “An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year”. I have been to two slide shows given by Kevin Sawford.  One was for the Mildenhall Museum and the other to the Lark Valley Association. He provided all the necessary equipment,  Both of these presentations were packed with high quality photos showing a wide range of wildlife in their natural environment.  The commentary which Kevin gives is both informative and clear. I would recommend him as a speaker for other organisations.

Diss and District Camera Club  Kevin Sawford “An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year”. A truly inspiring talk from Kevin Sawford, whose photos proved him to be a sensationally talented wildlife photographer (and demonstrator of ‘field craft’). Every creature and behaviour was exquisitely showcased, from rare butterflies warming themselves in the early morning sun, to swans floating dreamily through icy mists, love-sick squirrels cuddling and even bugs waving!  “It’s left me itching to get out and start practising capturing nature through the lens, as I hope it has you”

If you are feeling motivated by Kevin’s talk and are interested in one of his workshops (or would like to know what all the fuss is about), please see his personal website at http://www.kevinsawford.com/

James Caesar, Fulbourn Gardening Society : Photography of the Natural World .Members of Fulbourn Gardening Society were recently treated to a very
lively presentation by Kevin. This was illustrated by dozens of
stunning photographs of all kinds of wildlife. His patience, timing
and skill in composition were greatly admired. We plan to invite him
to visit us again soon.

Stephen Fraser, Glemsford camera club : Photography of the Natural World Kevin came to our club and gave us his talk on Photography of the Natural World. His enthusiasm and passion for his subject was evident from the start and his photographs are simply stunning. Whilst Kevin is prepared to go to great lengths to get his photographs: he doesn’t leave out the sort of images that can be captured by the amateur and takes you on a journey from these through to the images that can be captured with dedication and perseverance. A truly inspirational evening; thanks Kevin.

Mel Sheard, Horringer & Ickworth Horticultural society : Photography of the Natural World.The first speaker of our autumn season was Kevin Sawford with his talk entitled ‘Photography of the natural world’. A couple of our members were already familiar with Kevin’s presentational skills as they had attended his workshops earlier in the year. However they did not expect to see the magical quality of the photographic images of flora and fauna that he showed during his talk. The keen photographers of the Society were amazed during question time when he revealed just how much time he spent getting the right picture.An excellent way to start our autumn programme and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Thelma Williams, Letchworth Natural History Society. An East Anglian Wildlife Photographers Year.  I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you for the talk you gave to letchworth natural history society. It was well up to your usual high standard and many people were quite vocal in their praise of the quality of the photography and I know that you were generous in discussing various technicalities when asked. Your knowledge of wildlife of East Anglia was excellent.

Chris Brooks, Thurston U3A photographic society. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. Thank you very much for talking to us last night
It was exceptional talk and very inspiring and all our members really enjoyed it
We had a full house and I have already had members asking when we could get you back again.We have basic beginners to experienced photographers in our group and you pitched your talk perfectly with everybody finding something of interest. As you know there is a large number of our members attending your workshops and after your talk last night they cannot wait to get started.Thank you again for making it a lovely evening for us.

Estelle Ware, Secretary, Bunwell & district camera club. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. Thank you for your very enjoyable talk.In addition to showing the members some of your fabulous photographs you also conveyed that you don’t have to visit anywhere exotic or far flung to get that special image.  Whilst ‘seeing the shot’ is obviously important your emphasis on preparation and perseverance is something most of us neglect and we shoot our images in hope than expectation of a reasonable result.  Your talk gave something for all levels of experience within the club both from a technical or artistic point of view.  Personally, your images where the subject was a small part of the overall image have given me food for thought as I am guilty of trying to fill the frame with whichever animal I am trying to photograph.

As you know we are a small club and we are always concerned about the recruitment and retention of members and last night we had 5 potential members visiting the club from complete beginners, new converts to DSLR and those with more experience.  I am sure that last nights talk will make an excellent contribution to maintaining and increasing our membership.  I would especially like to thank you for taking time to explain aperture and DoF to one of our potential new members.

Michael Poole, Framlingham camera club – Chairman. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. I would like to express our camera clubs sincere thanks for the entertaining evening we had tonight, during which you presented your outstanding wildlife images, and explained how you approach the subject. It was an inspirational event for all our members.

Peter Nixon, Bungay camera club: 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year.

On Behalf of Bungay Camera Club, may I thank you for visiting us on the evening of Wednesday 24th August with your presentation of `20 Nature Photography Projects to try Throughout the Year`.Your informative and thought provoking talk, along with the showing of many of your colourful images of flora and fauna, made for a very enjoyable evening for photographers of all interests and standards.We received many favourable comments, on the night, from our club members and from those visitors from other camera clubs. So, you can be assured that we hope to invite you to return to our club, with your follow-up talk `Field Craft for Wildlife Photography`.

Beryl Rout, Chet valley photography club. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. On behalf of the Chet Valley Photography Club I would like to thank you for coming and giving an excellent talk and display of photo’s. I am sure we all found it most helpful and fascinating, I certainly did! on how you got your photo’s. I am sure we will have great fun trying to get the subjects we want to photo to come to us, much food for thought!!I am sure some of us will be meeting up with you again for some of your workshops. Many thanks again for such an entertaining an interesting evening.

Chrstine Alcock, Wayland & district photography club. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year.

I would like to thank you on behalf of Wayland & District Photographic Club for the well presented and entertaining talk yesterday evening.
We have quite a few members interested in nature photography, and I heard many complimentary comments from them after your talk.
Your talk was enjoyable as well as informative, with tips on how to get the natural image.
Hopefully your talk gave us all something to aspire to, also encouraging our members to go out and find subjects of interest, in and around our local patch and gardens.
I am sure the club will want to ask you back in the future to hear another stimulating talk.
Ian Long, National Vintage tractor & engine club, East Anglia. An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year. Wow what can I say Kevin, an amazing evening was had by our members who where captivated by your amazing pictures and your knowledge of the nature and surroundings. I know from first hand experience how much effort goes into getting these pictures so again well done and thank you for a great and interesting evening.

Jenny Mann, Snape and District WI. An East Anglian Wildlife Photographers Year. Kevin enthralled us as we watched beautiful slides representing the seasons in East Anglia. We saw the amazing colourful scenes where Kevin had made the most of many unusual photo opportunities, capturing insects, birds or animals in often amusing or cute poses. He told of the nature reserves where many of the photos were shot, encouraging and inspiring us to want to visit too. The evening was a feast of nature close up shown in all weathers through superb quality of photography. I thoroughly recommend Kevin’s illustrated talks.

Peter Brown, Aldeburgh photography group. 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. As chairman of APG, it is my very pleasant duty to thank you, on behalf of all the members who attended yesterday , for your splendid and enthralling address last evening. The later reaction of many members was to tell me how much they had enjoyed your presentation and how much they had learned from you, so thank you very much for the time you had spent on preparation and on travelling across the county to visit us, we are all very grateful.

David Coster, Stowmarket and District camera club, 20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. Many thanks for your talk, ’20 Nature Photography Projects throughout the year’ that you gave to us on Monday.As usual, it was very informative, gave us lots of information & was well presented with your excellent images.It gave us lots of ideas on how to photograph wildlife; in fact, I spent all afternoon playing with different lenses & remote timer from my bedroom window, checking out the repaired birdhouse.Once again thank you very much & I hope to see again in the near future.

Denise Whiting, Brandon and District camera club. An East Anglian Wildlife Photographers Year.“With summer approaching we invited Kevin Sawford to give us a talk on Wildlife Photography as part of our calendar and learning, giving us something to focus on in the summer months (apologies for the pun!).  The evening was amazing, such inspiration, though I’m not sure I would have the patience to sit for as long as Kevin does in order to capture some of his shots but that time spent was certainly worth it.  I particularly loved the series of photographs he took of a rabbit eating a thistle and getting a prickle stuck in his mouth, these were priceless!!

Within the talk Kevin was able to give us some really useful tips on what to look for when setting up a picture, how to set a shot in your own back garden or even taking nature from the car.

Thank you Kevin for a really interesting evening and we look forward to seeing again.”

Caralyn Walker, Brandon and District camera club.  20 Nature photography projects throughout the year. “At his evening of ’20 Nature PhotographyProjects’, with his easy, humorous yet learned delivery, Kevin soon had his audience of amateur photographers, eager to learn from his experience in the field of Nature Photography.  Kevin began by emphasising the great, essential benefit of knowing the Camera and practising at home with different settings and depths of field. He stressed that there is, always, something waiting to be photographed, but practice is the key.

As the evening progressed with amazing images illustrating Wildlife through the months and the real possibilities available with patience and persistence, he instilled his audience with confidence to ‘have a go’!  With tips on locations, studying animal and insect behavioural patterns, along with the advice not to chase any subject with the Camera, he made nature photography seem very achievable. Finishing with a Question and Answer session, Kevin’s enthusiasm for his subject became clear.

His eagerness to share his expert knowledge with all was both edifying and refreshing. Kevin clearly loves his work and subject and is eager for others to experience his own enjoyment.”

 

 Valarie Green, Harwich and District camera club. An East Anglian Wildlife Photographers Year. I just thought I would drop you a line to say how much our members enjoyed Monday evening.   Your talk and photographs were inspirational and made us all want to get our cameras out and have a go at taking wildlife.   Thank you so much and I hope that you will be able to come along next year and talk to us again.   I will be in touch with regard to arranging something in the near future.

Whilst writing I give below the details of some comments I have received from members:

“just a brief email to say how much I enjoyed the meeting on Monday, might be a bit biased but i thought Kevin’s talk, photos and enthusiasm were great – made me want to get out more and see if i can improve my own wildlife ‘fieldcraft’ and portfolio – thank you!!!”   Tony

“Avery nice evening, lovely pics and something different  hope we  can have him again”.     Brenda”
Apart from his fantastic photography his knowledge of the flora and fauna of East Anglia was astounding and the amount he managed to share with us during the course of the evening made it a very entertaining evening.  I think it inspired all of us to go out and try some images for ourselves using some of the tips he gave us”.       Mandy
“I really enjoyed this talk.  His photo’s are beautiful and inspirational.  I hope we have him again”.     Jane”We both thought the talk was excellent and informative, photo’s depicted the different seasons and gave a good insight into what can be photographed at the different times of year. Tips on how to capture the shot you want were useful too, Kevin is very knowledgeable on his subject – would definitely come to another by him”     Ella