Puffin Photography Workshop – Farne Islands

Suitable for


Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

May to September


From £150pp

This full day group workshop takes place in Northumberland on the iconic Farne Islands. Available dates 5th June 2019 and 8th of June 2019 (please enquire about availability outside these dates).

Join this puffin photography workshop for an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with this iconic seabird. On the day with your guide you will have the opportunity to tick off all the classic images including a range of portraits, action shots and flight images.

The Farne Islands are one of the best locations worldwide for seabird photography. This workshop is timed to coincide with the height of the breeding season and offers the opportunity to get up close with over 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds including over 70,000 puffins. During the day we will have the opportunity to visit two very different islands; Staple Island and Inner Farne. You really are spoilt for choice with photographic opportunities so bring plenty of memory cards!

Group size is a maximum of four participants to ensure everyone gets tuition throughout the day.

This fixed date workshop is timed to see the seabird colony at the height of the breeding season.

*All boat fares and a full day of tuition is included however there is an additional ‘landing fee’ payable to the National Trust desk for non NT members (£27.30). This is free for members of the National Trust.

Please enquire about availability outside these dates.

What to Expact on the Day -

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional this workshop will be tailored to meet your individual needs. All technical aspects will be covered as required along with invaluable tips and tricks. The aim is simple; to inspire and encourage you to take your photography to the next level whilst taking in some of the finest wildlife and scenery the UK has to offer.

The sheer number of seabirds can sometimes become a bit overwhelming but your guide will ensure you are in the best position to photograph the action throughout the day. You will have the opportunity to capture a range of images; from portraits, action and flight shots to environmental images. This puffin photography workshop will show you how to capture a stunning portfolio of images of these amazing seabirds.

The welfare of the subject is of utmost importance in all our wildlife photography workshops. Your guide will teach you the essential fieldcraft skills required to get close and capture stunning images without causing stress or disturbance.


Your guide

Francis J. Taylor

Francis J Taylor is a multiple award-winning professional photographer, specializing in British landscape and wildlife photography. His photography has been sold and exhibited worldwide and published in books, advertisements and magazines, including several front covers. Alongside his personal work, Francis offers bespoke photography workshops near his home in the Peak District and around the rest of the UK.

Francis is keen naturalist and hill walker. Hi lives near the Peak District National Park, where he does the majority his my photography. He has been exploring the Peak District his entire life and has built up an in-depth of knowledge of the wildlife and beautiful scenery on the majestic edges, lush green dales and bleak moorlands of the Peak District.

Additional info


  • DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera
  • A 300-500mm lens for frame filling portraits (or equivalent on crop/bridge camera).
  • There may also be opportunities extreme wide angle photography, so a wide angle or standard zoom lens is highly recommended.
  • If you prefer to shoot from a tripod or beanbag please also bring this along.


  • Staple Island features uneven rocky surfaces that can be tricky to navigate so great care must be taken.
  • Inner Farne is much easier with good paths throughout the island.
  • There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on Staple Island, however a toilet is available on Inner Farne.
  • Camouflage is not essential for this workshop.
  • Please bring a hat!!!
  • Due to the nature of the location we may be caught out in showers or strong winds and we may be sitting on wet ground to get to eye level with the birds. Waterproof walking boots are essential and waterproof clothing is strongly recommended.


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Advice on kit needed
  • Photos of your experience

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Personal activity insurance
  • Transport to adventure start point

Client reviews

Having researched quite extensively who to have a landscape workshop with I chose Francis. I was not disappointed. His patient and confident approach to teaching set me at ease and helped me develop new techniques. I would recommend Francis to anyone, you won’t be disappointed either!


Francis is one of the nicest people we have ever met. We had a dipper photography session, and he was amazing, teaching us how to use our camera more effectively. We had no prior knowledge of how to set up manually, but he helped us with all the technical details of our DSLR camera along with detailed explanations of bird behaviour and animal and environmental facts. Friendly and approachable, we thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and can’t wait to go on our badger photography session!

Elena and Joe
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