Nature Photography Workshops Brisbane Australia2018-10-05T15:24:40+00:00

Learn to create inspiring images of nature through my Brisbane based
nature photography fieldtrips, workshops and 1:1 private tuition.

When we think of nature photography, many beginner’s think it’s just about photography. Nature photography is really learning about the environment and photographing what you see in an ethical manner. It is about being more aware of the natural world around us. We can only do this by becoming better naturalists and learning about our subjects we wish to photograph.

The James Doyle Photography website provides lots of nature photography tips and techniques and other useful resources to help you further your passion for nature photography. I try to provide more than just a photography website, I also provide a platform for you to learn and feed your passion for natural history.


Take a moment or two to explore my website. You will find information about nature photography workshops, fieldtrips and photography private tuition in Brisbane and surrounding locations. I also provide lots of nature photography tips and techniques.

If you like to view photos of nature, you can view my photo galleries. Which are just a small collection of nature images made over the years, many locally here in Australia. You can get a hint of what you could be photographing on our adventures into the natural world. All these nature photos are within your reach with the right equipment, some practical advice and practice.

Maybe you would like to book a date to attend a nature photography workshop, field trip or tour and capture wonderful nature photos yourself or just have a outing in nature with fellow photographers. Scheduled activities can be found on the activity calendar.

Perhaps you would like to book a nature photography private tuition session or join the nature photography mentoring program and start building your skills in nature photography. You will always be welcomed to join me whatever you choose and at any skill level.

I have written a short article with some of the common myths about How to be a good nature photographer for little effort“. Have a read to gain some insight to common myths about nature photography and nature photographers in general. You may also like to read an article titled “What is Nature Photography or being a Nature Photographer?” which I believe some may find interesting.

Feel free to leave your comments or a review of anything you have participated in or purchased from James Doyle Photography, as your feedback and comments are important in helping me know what you would like made available to you.

You can read some testimonials from others that have been out in the field with James Doyle Photography.

Nature photography workshops in brisbane. World map of nature to be explored through nature photography workshops, fieldtrips and tours.

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If you have an interest in nature photography or would like to learn how to photograph nature and make inspiring nature photos, keep reading.

We are often bombarded with nature photos on the Internet or in books and magazines. Some are inspiring and beautiful and others not so inspiring. We want our nature photos to be admired and inspire, don’t we?  But sometimes we struggle and wonder why our photos don’t look like the photos we admire. There could be many reasons for this! Some common reasons for this are,

  • Looking for nature subjects at the wrong time of day
  • Not looking in the right place
  • Not understanding the animal’s behaviour and environment
  • Not having the right equipment
  • Or just not having the skills or experience to know how to photograph nature well
  • Wanting to sleep in or go home early, not wanting to step out of our comfort zone
  • Reading too much on the Internet from strangers, who can’t really demonstrate they have the ability to master the skills themselves

 Some tips to help you get started in nature photography

  • Find someone that is dedicated to nature photography who can assist you in gaining the required skills and knowledge about nature photography
  • Have someone to mentor you, in your photography. Someone who has a depth of knowledge and a understanding of natural history. You really need someone who is fully focused on nature photography
  • Nature photography is a lifestyle, not something you do from time to time and hope you will consistently achieve great results

An instructor which dabbles in all genres of photography, may not be the best person to guide you in nature photography. Nature photography is different to other types of photography in many ways and can be one of the hardest types of photography to master well. If you are wanting to learn the basic skills of photography, then any good photographer should be able to assist you. When it comes to photographing nature, you really need a nature photographer to help you learn these skills. So wouldn’t you want someone that is passionate, dedicated and skilled as a nature photographer to guide you with your nature photography?

What Others Are Saying About James Doyle

“My wife Christine and I really enjoyed our time with James. He gave us lots of information about getting started in nature photography. We would highly recommend James and will be back to do further workshops with him.”

Frank Walker, Workshop

“Really Great day, learnt a lot about my camera, the subjects i was photographing and photography in general. it was great day and James Doyle was excellent. I would highly recommend one of his courses, workshops or tours.”

Timothy Little, Workshop

“Thank you James. Since changing over to Lightroom, I have been completely confused as to how to use it! Your private tuition session on how to use Lr made it so easy to understand importing, filing, editing and exporting, and I am now in complete control over it. Thank you for your patience and easy to understand approach to tutoring. Would Highly Recommend”

Gai Hatch, Private Tuition

“Thank you for a fantastic day on a Waterfall Photography Fieldtrip in the Gold Coast Hinterland. I learnt so much today about composing my photos and exposure during changing weather elements, and that sometimes to get the shot you need to get wet! Getting dirty in a rainforest has never been more educational or fun, thank you :) Would Highly Recommend!”

Lisa Spencer, Fieldtrip

“Had a session with James today and learned heaps. He really is knowledgeable about photography and I would highly recommend him to my friends.”

Anglia Bartlet, Private Tuition

“What a wonderful day with James. He is such a knowledgeable guy, I learnt so much from him. His passion for nature is refreshing and inspiring. I would recommend him to anyone interested in photography or even just having a great day with outdoors.”

Susan Richie, Private Tuition

“I recently had a one on one tutorial with James on macro photography. I learnt a lot. I particularly appreciated Jame’s thoughtful approach to the subject and his preference to focus on ‘reading’ the light and understanding the technique rather than rushing into taking lots of photos. Would Recommend!”

Paul Campbell, Private Tuition

“James’ passion for the beauty and protection of our wonderful flora and fauna shows not only through his photography, but also for the way he encourages others to see it. His stories are endless, and his knowledge amazing! Being mentored by such a patient, gentle, knowledgeable and talented man was such a privilege, and an experience i will long treasure. Would Recommend!”

Lisa Spencer, Private Tuition

“After seeing James Doyle on television a few weeks ago, I booked a day of tuition with him to learn how to use my camera. James was very patient with me. James is full of information about photography and nature which he shared with me in a way I could understand even with my limited skills. I would highly recommend James if you are interested in learning about nature and photography, as he is easy to talk with, patient and knowledgeable. James is a gentle soul when he is talking about nature and photography, which is how I saw him on television, a genuine lover of nature and his photography. I had never heard of James until I saw him on television and I want others to get to know him and what he has to offer, so please check him out as I highly recommend James to everyone interested in photography.”

Katherine Peterson, Private Tuition

“I’ve been out with James on a number of occasions and have always had a wonderful experience and I always learn something new. I highly recommend James to anyone interested in nature photography.”

Paul Robson, Fieldtrip

“James has a great sense of humour and doesn’t take himself too seriously. What he does take seriously is helping you succeed in your nature photography and appreciation of the natural world.”

Robert Jackson, Private Tuition

“I had the privilege of joining James on a sunset shoot at Mary Cairn Cross Park and had a great day. I would absolutely recommend James to anyone wanting to better their skills and learn more about nature photography, plus you get to meet likewise people and make great friends.”

Steve Bass, Fieldtrip

“I recently had two days tuition with James. As I was just starting out in photography, we started with the basics of setting up the camera and James gave lots of tips about things you wouldn’t think of, that are handy to have in your kit. I found James to be very knowledgeable and freely gave information and tips. Overall, the two days were great fun and James is a rather likable person who puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable very quickly. I learnt heaps and would highly recommend him to anyone interested in getting into nature photography or just wants a couple of days out or as James would say an adventure in nature. :-) Thanks heaps James.”

Rick Simon, Two Day Tuition

“Great field trip with James to the Border Ranges National Park. Opportunity to photograph in a number of different places in the National Park. Well and truly worth the early start to get there at a reasonable time. Learnt a lot from James, from tripod recommendations, depth of field, setting up for macro, using large lenses for bird photography to taking great shots of cascades. James is very easy company and a great source of knowledge and skills he has built up over many years. Would Highly Recommend.”

Frank Walker, Fieldtrip

“Thoroughly enjoyed James Doyle’s Nature workshop. He explained many fundamentals in an easy to understand format. Would Recommend”

Julie Elliott, Workshop

“Hello James, I have to say I enjoy your workshop and learned more in those few hours than I have in years at camera club! Your way of explaining things was easy and clear. I am sure I will produce sharper images (which out of focus images have been my downfall for a long time) Julie and I will be out more often to practice so I dare say we will see you again around the ridges. Thank you for your time and knowledge. Happy snapping :-)”

Noelene, Workshop

“I have now done a workshop and most recent field trip and I must say it was well worth it. James explains the processes in an easy and simple to understand format which actually make sense. I learnt more in the 3 hour workshop than potentially years reading articles online or watching youtube. The field trip was perfect to put what was learnt in the workshop into practice and James was more than happy to explain the why, what and how and assist in helping to get the perfect shot. Highly recommended and I look forward to doing further field trips in the future.”

Michael G, Workshop & Fieldtrip

“The tuition session with James was very insightful! He explained concepts in easy to understand ways and I really enjoyed the day out with him. Would highly recommend anyone interested in nature photography to spend half a day or more with James. :) Would Highly Recommend”

Jessica W, Private Tuition

“Thank you James for a fantastic day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt so much, you are a very patient man. :-) Lunch with a real tablecloth took me by surprise (nice touch). I’ll get out and practice some of the things you taught me. At the moment I’m going through the camera settings and setting things up properly. Next I shall buy a good field book and start to learn more about wildlife, then I’ll buy a good tripod as you recommended. I promise I will use it! LOL Thanks you again James and I’ll tell my friends to book some tuition with you. Highly Recommended.”

Bianca Bostock, Private Tuition

“I joined an event lead by James at White Rock Conservation Reserve in Ipswich. It was great to be out with a small group of keen photographers. James is a very experienced and knowledgeable nature photographer and he was very willing to share his knowledge. Thank you James. Would Highly Recommend”

Chris Beecham , Enviroplan Fieldtrip

“A good afternoon field walk with James and other enthusiasts organised by Ipswich City. I enjoyed James’s subtle and quiet manner plenty of friendly hints and tips, I look forward to catching up again. Would Recommend.”

Vern Beecham , Enviroplan Fieldtrip

“Had a great time today at Flinders Plum Picnic Area field trip. James was great.. very knowledgeable, very helpful and easygoing. Great time to practice and be with others interested in nature photography. Gleaning from a master … highly recommended. Thank you James.”

Tami Ce, Enviroplan Fieldtrip

“Thank you James for a great Astro photography field trip. I learnt so much from it and hope there are more in the future, highly recommended.”

Donna Lucas, Enviroplan Fieldtrip

The resources I provide through this website and nature photography workshops, fieldtrips, tuition, mentoring program, nature photographers tips and techniques are based on thirty plus years experience as a natural history cinematographer and professional nature photographer.

Why not check out some of my resources available to you? With a range of activities in nature photography, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your learning style and sense of adventure, exploration and discovery of the natural world. My nature photography workshops, field trips, mentoring programs and tours are conducted in the field, photographing real subjects under real conditions.

  • Utilising early morning or afternoon light, where possible
  • In all types of weather
  • Perhaps even getting down and dirty
  • By going to locations that have the potential of interesting subjects
  • Being on location when the animals are most active
  • When needed, having passionate nature photography guides or other instructors that know their craft to assist

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Why Choose James Doyle Photography?

There are lots of internet photography businesses. Many make false promises. Some deliver great results. Selecting a photography partner is a big decision. I want you to take your time and research your options when choosing how to learn nature photography. The information below will give you a sense of what makes James Doyle Photography stand out in the crowd.

I can think of a lot of reasons why you should work with me (otherwise I wouldn’t be in business!), but I’m going to distil it down to four key points:

  • I teach ethical nature photography, where you learn the importance of the natural world and how it needs to be protected. Why the subject, in itself is not always the most important consideration but your impact on the subject is.
  • As a James Doyle Photography client, you may rest assure that I will treat you like you’re my only client. A big part of my approach lies in understanding your needs and crafting a strategy that makes sense for your unique situation. I give you the information you need to succeed in photography and work closely with you to implement the best learning strategy.
  • I deliver on realistic goals. You will not see any promises of “You’ll be shooting like a Pro after one outing” or other unfounded claims on my website. In fact, if any business makes such claims, run the other way! This is because I don’t know what goals are realistic for you until I get to know you. My “start with the fundamentals” based approach focuses on learning the techniques first rather than getting a “lucky shot”. Together we identify measurable goals and learning. I am also up-front about the fact that a single outing is not a quick fix. It is an ongoing effort which delivers results as you implement, measure, and refine your skills. I don’t pretend that I know everything about photography or the subject we want to photograph, I still learn new things almost everyday.
  • I give back. Unlike many photography businesses teaching photography, I don’t keep all my secrets locked up. I enjoy sharing information and empowering photographers to learn their own style of nature photography.

Bonus: I have a good sense of humour and don’t take myself too seriously. What I do take seriously: Helping you succeed at being a good nature photographer and lover of the natural world.

I try to have you in the field when the best light is available and the creature we wish to photograph are most active. Midday sun is not the time for nature photography, except in rare cases such as overcast days and waterfall photography. Wildlife can’t be controlled. Weather can’t be controlled. Light can’t be controlled (in most cases). We are left to the knowledge we have about our subjects, our general field craft and our skill as a photographer to capture the great photos we seek. Essentially, we need all these elements; light, weather, subjects, equipment and skill, to come together at the same time to produce great photos. We shouldn’t leave our outings to chance or luck, luck plays a big part in many ways but with knowledge and practice we increase our chances of success. 

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The activities calendar provides a list of any nature photography activities scheduled.

You can search for Activities by “Date” or you can change the way the activities are shown by clicking the “View As” link on the main calendar page. Each page has several other searching option links to help you navigate to scheduled activities. Otherwise double click on any nature photography fieldtrip, workshop or tour listed and you will be taken to a details and booking page, where more information is provided and you can make your booking.

For directions of where to meet, check the “Meetup Location” section. The Google Map in many cases only provides a general location, often the satellite view will give you a more accurate picture. Please read any directions provided in the location text by clicking on the “Location Name” for full directions.

Booking and payment is essential to secure your place.

Please refer to the Refund Policy and the Terms and Conditions – Outdoor Activities before making a booking.

To inspire you, here is small collection of bird images
(made prior to 2013).

You too could make nature photos like this whilst out with James Doyle Photography. These images were all made with subjects found in the South-East Queensland area. You will only get these opportunities if you are in the right place at the right time.

You don’t need any fancy camera equipment to get started. A basic DSLR camera and a reasonable lens will get you started. With some sound advice about some of the different “styles” of nature photography you will learn what equipment will be needed as you progress in your photography.

When first starting out, I would recommend you do some beginner nature photography workshops or book some private tuition or mentoring. This will give you the foundations on which to build and help you to save money by not purchasing equipment based on what someone else says you need.

If you like my nature photographer’s website and found the content interesting, informative, maybe even inspiring. Why not share with your friends on social media or link back to my website. Of course you could follow me on social media as well (you can find links to my social media in the footer).

I’m looking forward to seeing you in the field and may your viewfinders be filled with wonderful images.


If you would like to follow my back road travels, you should check out my new website Back Road Travels. A website that chronicles the adventures of James Doyle whilst on back road travels in Australia. The back road travels website provides stories from the road, learnt over many years of 4×4 travel.

Nature images on the James Doyle Photography website are © James Doyle and were taken in the field of wild subjects unless stated otherwise.
Captive or controlled situations will be labelled with (Controlled Situation) in the caption or description.
Some website banner images are stock images and the copyright remains with the photographer.

Any identification I have provided is based on information obtained from reference books, the internet or advice from various scientific organisations. I am not a authority in any zoological or botanical science and if any identification is incorrect or out of date, please contact me, as I am always grateful for any correction.

This website should not be confused with the person using the same name, located in Canada. I am a professional nature photographer based in Brisbane, Australia and I specialise in nature photography only.

Please note I will not be available for any outdoor activities in the immediate future. Thanks. Dismiss