Andrew McCarthy Photography

Photography Talks

I deliver entertaining Power Point presentations to photography and other groups / clubs in south-west England as well as on-line Zoom presentations to clubs all over the UK. 

Talks are generally around 90 minutes long (2 x 45 minute slots) and fit nicely into the usual two-part club evening timetable, but timings can be tailored to your specific needs. 

Subjects covered include general wildlife photography as well as more specific fields such as field and studio macro techniques, and night bat photography.  I can also cover broader photographic genres such as street photography if needed.

Please email or call me to discuss or if you have a specific topic in mind:

Telephone: 01392 834755
Mobile: 077 4005 4005

Example presentations include:


”A very entertaining and informative evening, Andrew expressed his thoughts, feelings and enthusiasm for the subject easily and clearly. The narrative was always interesting and he included many facts he has acquired in his work as an ecologist. There were many questions during the coffee break and also a real “buzz” from our members at the end of the evening – this is always a good indication of how enjoyable a speaker has been. Andrew’s images were exceptional, particularly the macro shots, and the members have already asked for a return visit in next winters programme.” 
Barnstaple Camera Club 2019

”Andrew’s talk at Teignmouth and Dawlish Camera Club was a wonderfully entertaining celebration of wildlife photography, ecology and camera technique. He told the stories of how he got his compelling photographs with ease and humour, and the presentation was enriched by his immense knowledge of and respect for wildlife. The club members are now even more inspired to get out and improve their wildlife photography and send huge thanks to Andrew for the evening.
Teignmouth and Dawlish Camera Club 2019

”Following your visit to Plymouth Camera Club I would just like to say how much we enjoyed your Natural History talk. It was so nice to see British wildlife in their natural surroundings.  Your images were certainly inspirational and I am sure you could tell we all enjoyed the stories that went along side – simply by the sound of disappointment (Ohhhh!) when the evening came to an end!   Your images of butterflies were particularly well received and it was pleasing to have you share locations and the various camera techniques/lenses you used.   People can get bogged down with having the full frame equipment so it was great to see images taken with a “smaller beast” which were beautifully defined and well- captured.” 
Plymouth Camera Club 2019

“Thank you Andrew for the inspiring talk you gave us at Bideford Camera Club on Insect Photography last Tuesday. It was varied and interesting, and your images of insects, expecially the extreme macro ones, were stunning. The section of your talk explaining the theory and practice of focus stacking was something many of us did not know much about, however your detailed but clear way of explaining this technical subject made me feel personally that it is something I should have a go at. I think you can judge the success of the evening by the number of people who were talking to you, and asking questions during the tea break and at the end of the event.  Thank you again for an evening to remember.”
Bideford Camera Club 2020

”Andrew’s zoom talk showed he was extremely knowledgeable about his subjects and his enthusiasm, not just for photography, but for natue conservation shone through. He shared his failures as well as his successes, which is something we don’t often see – it proved that practice and learning from your less successful attempts does indeed pay off and our members found that extremely motivational.  As well as giving us an opportunity to see stunning images  of bats that you would rarely, if at all, be able to see for yourself, he also gave us lots of information about cameras, settings used and other useful equipment.  Our members would be very happy to see more of Andrew’s work’’.
Torbay Photographic Society & Tonbridge Photography Club.

”Thank you very much for your fantastic presentation. Showing us your brilliant inspirational images and sharing your knowledge of how you achieved these and the effort that goes in to obtaining them, while maintaining the welfare of the wildlife.  I personally  found it very refreshing to see how you prefer not to use paid hides, but to find the wildlife yourself wherever possible.  Your presentation was by far one of the best I have had the privilege to watch Thank you again.” 
St Austell Camera Club.

”Andrew is a photographer, professional ecologist and passionate conservationist who shared his many photos with us and we were very impressed by the quality of his work.  He started the evening with his amazing photos of deer in the rutting season. Caught in dappled light we saw a stag festooned with bracken and with this image and those that followed we could see why Andrew’s photos have been in the Countryfile’ calendar and published in magazines.  he clearly knows his subjects and how to protect wildlife and this was evident throughout.  Andrew is always looking for something a little different, and we could see this in his photographs of dippers; a newly emerged broad-bodied chaser dragonfly, a brown hair-streak butterfly laying eggs on blackthorn, as well as insects such as great green bush-cricket. Andrew spoke without notes and was able to tell us which camera, lens and settings he used for each image – we were impressed by his incredible recall!  During the tea break we admired his s prints – in particular ‘Waiting for her Prey’ – an image of a nursery web spider photographed against a velvety crimson dahlia which was a well-deserved winner in the 2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards.  Andrew knows that some of the best photographic opportunities are at dawn in the summer and we could appreciate his efforts with butterflies and damsel flies caught in a beautiful early morning light. However, just as striking and indeed outstanding were his close up photos of a housefly indoors. The crisp detail on these photos was stunning!  Definitely some of the very best nature photographs we have seen at the club.” 
Christine Chittock, Exmouth Photo Group Programme Secretary.

”Your presentation to Kingsbridge & District Camera Club was absolutely great. It had been long awaited and was eagerly anticipated after two years of a pandemic with no face-to-face speakers. You certainly did not disappoint! Lots of people commented on the superb images you shared, across such a wide range of beasts – from the majestic stags and seals to the mini-beasts. Personally, I found the bat images some of the most fascinating, not least because they are so unusual. Your ecologist training and qualifications clearly give you access to places that the rest of us can’t get to, and your patience in getting the right rigs set up to capture images of those strange creatures in flight really paid off. You needn’t worry about being rusty after two years out (your words!) as it didn’t show: you have interesting things to say as well as great pictures to share, and it was a pleasure to listen to you. Thank you.” 
Kate Barnett, Kingsbridge & District Camera Club.