The Wildlife Photography Workshop
12 Episodes
Field courses in Alaska
Charly Savely is shifting the wildlife photography industry with her artful approach that creates a connection between the animal and the viewer. Her globally recognized style has landed her client work with FOUR PAWS International, REI, Burts Bees, Marmot, and a spot on the SONY Alpha Collective team.
  • Key Shooting Techniques: Lens Choice, Framing for Impact, Handheld vs. Tripod Settings
  • How Art Influences Composition And Style
  • Where to Find Wildlife and Safety Approaches
  • Gear Recs for Shooting in Cold Conditions
  • Strategic Choices in Editing for Emotion
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The Wildlife Photography Workshop
12 Episodes
Field courses in Alaska
Charly Savely is shifting the wildlife photography industry with her artful approach that creates a connection between the animal and the viewer. Her globally recognized style has landed her client work with FOUR PAWS International, REI, Burts Bees, Marmot, and a spot on the SONY Alpha Collective team.
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What You'll Learn
Key Shooting Techniques: Lens Choice, Framing for Impact, Handheld vs. Tripod Settings
How Art Influences Composition And Style
Where to Find Wildlife and Safety Approaches
Gear Recs for Shooting in Cold Conditions
Strategic Choices in Editing for Emotion

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The Wildlife Photography Workshop

Charly Savely

The Wildlife Photography Workshop

Charly Savely

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Join Charly Savely for an Alaskan adventure as she discovers remote corners where the wild roam.

Charly Savely is shifting the wildlife photography industry with her artful approach that creates a connection between the animal and the viewer. Her globally recognized style has landed her client work with FOUR PAWS International, REI, Burts Bees, Marmot, and a spot on the SONY Alpha Collective team.

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  • Key Shooting Techniques: Lens Choice, Framing for Impact, Handheld vs. Tripod Settings
  • How Art Influences Composition And Style
  • Where to Find Wildlife and Safety Approaches
  • Gear Recs for Shooting in Cold Conditions
  • Strategic Choices in Editing for Emotion
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    Encourage one another
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Workshop Episodes

17:39

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1

Meet Charly

From growing up in Bristol, England to her new home in Anchorage, Alaska – she has lived a life of adventure. Hear how art has shaped her process and how hard work has gotten her to where she is today. Charly also shares about how she wants to empower other females in the photography industry to own their voice.

17:42

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The Gear Episode

Get an in-depth look at the gear Charly uses in the field. Everything from the toe warmers she swears by, to the bags she uses, and - of course - the telephoto lenses she prefers. Plus as a Sony Collective Member, she is familiar with much of their line.

18:22

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Researching Locations, Trip Planning, & Conservation

Charly breaks down her approach to planning trips and finding new locations to shoot. She shares how important it is to develop a relationship with certain places over time and how that ties into the need to protect them.

9:51

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My Approach To Shooting In The Field

Learn how Charly prepares before going into the field to shoot wildlife. She discusses how she finds guides, learns about animal behavior, and creates a mental checklist of what to look for in the field.

10:00

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Safety

No photograph is worth your life. Charly explains important things to keep in mind when shooting wildlife so that both you and the animals stay safe. She shares a bonus story where a wolf almost had the best of her.

9:13

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Photographing Brown Bears: Day 1

Follow Charly and the Wildist crew into the field via sea-plane to find and photograph brown bears fishing for salmon. We venture deep into the Alaskan backcountry and get up close and personal with these magnificent animals.

4:35

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Photographing Brown Bears: Day 2

Building on the success of the previous shoot, we venture back into the unknown. With a full day of seasonal elements (hello, rain downpour). Charly discusses her approaches and what she looks for in a composition while shooting wild animals.

15:20

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Finding Your Style

Personal style is growing more important everyday as the industry becomes more saturated. Charly breaks down how she found her own personal style, and things to keep in mind as you discover your own voice and visual aesthetic.

24:08

Ep

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Editing Pt. 1

Watch Charly edit as she breaks down her process of highlighting certain colors, using composition to create power, and remove ticks from the leopard to reduce visual clutter.

21:06

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Editing Pt. 2

Charly edits a macro photo of a horse's eye. She discusses gradient fades and how to use the sharpen tool selectively to create a dreamy minimalistic feel.

24:12

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Editing Pt. 3

Charly edits one of her favorite photos from the field shoots and demonstrates how to remove elements, adjust fur color, and overall color temperature of a photo.

1:00

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Workshop Recap

Congrats! You've finished the workshop. Charly recaps her biggest takeaways, and offers a few hints on useful next steps in your photography career.

What You'll Learn
Key Shooting Techniques: Lens Choice, Framing for Impact, Handheld vs. Tripod Settings
How Art Influences Composition And Style
Where to Find Wildlife and Safety Approaches
Gear Recs for Shooting in Cold Conditions
Strategic Choices in Editing for Emotion
  • 12 Episodes
  • Field courses in Alaska
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  • Field courses in Alaska
  • Stylistic editing techniques

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Workshop Episodes

Part 01
Fundamentals & Pre-Production
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Meet Charly

From growing up in Bristol, England to her new home in Anchorage, Alaska – she has lived a life of adventure. Hear how art has shaped her process and how hard work has gotten her to where she is today. Charly also shares about how she wants to empower other females in the photography industry to own their voice.

17:42
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The Gear Episode

Get an in-depth look at the gear Charly uses in the field. Everything from the toe warmers she swears by, to the bags she uses, and - of course - the telephoto lenses she prefers. Plus as a Sony Collective Member, she is familiar with much of their line.

18:22
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Researching Locations, Trip Planning, & Conservation

Charly breaks down her approach to planning trips and finding new locations to shoot. She shares how important it is to develop a relationship with certain places over time and how that ties into the need to protect them.

9:51
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My Approach To Shooting In The Field

Learn how Charly prepares before going into the field to shoot wildlife. She discusses how she finds guides, learns about animal behavior, and creates a mental checklist of what to look for in the field.

10:00
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Safety

No photograph is worth your life. Charly explains important things to keep in mind when shooting wildlife so that both you and the animals stay safe. She shares a bonus story where a wolf almost had the best of her.

9:13
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Photographing Brown Bears: Day 1

Follow Charly and the Wildist crew into the field via sea-plane to find and photograph brown bears fishing for salmon. We venture deep into the Alaskan backcountry and get up close and personal with these magnificent animals.

4:35
Just Added

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Photographing Brown Bears: Day 2

Building on the success of the previous shoot, we venture back into the unknown. With a full day of seasonal elements (hello, rain downpour). Charly discusses her approaches and what she looks for in a composition while shooting wild animals.

15:20
Just Added

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Finding Your Style

Personal style is growing more important everyday as the industry becomes more saturated. Charly breaks down how she found her own personal style, and things to keep in mind as you discover your own voice and visual aesthetic.

24:08
Just Added

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Editing Pt. 1

Watch Charly edit as she breaks down her process of highlighting certain colors, using composition to create power, and remove ticks from the leopard to reduce visual clutter.

21:06
Just Added

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Editing Pt. 2

Charly edits a macro photo of a horse's eye. She discusses gradient fades and how to use the sharpen tool selectively to create a dreamy minimalistic feel.

24:12
Just Added

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Editing Pt. 3

Charly edits one of her favorite photos from the field shoots and demonstrates how to remove elements, adjust fur color, and overall color temperature of a photo.

1:00
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Workshop Recap

Congrats! You've finished the workshop. Charly recaps her biggest takeaways, and offers a few hints on useful next steps in your photography career.

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Lovely but lacking in substance
Rose Conway
I adore Charly Savely and the artistry, kindness, and awareness she has brought to Wildlife photography but this workshop was unfortunately very lacking in substance and left much to be desired. I agree with the other one and two star reviews that this is a workshop for beginners and it is barely justifiable at the discounted price of $150 and I would be sorely disappointed if I had paid more. Charly's presentation is lovely but I truly wish it went more in depth. I felt like from the inspiration in finding your own style through the gear, safety, shooting in the field, and editing - it was all very surface level and it did not dive deep into any of the above. There was also a decent amount of time in each editing part that could have been skipped over (ie healing tool as Charly joked) and filled in with more useful information. I'll continue to admire Charly's work and cheer for her success but it is important that those putting money into this workshop know what they are paying for.
Know what you're getting.
Janelle Dransfield
This workshop was really disappointing. I hesitated to leave a review because I wish so badly that I could leave a positive rating for the one solitary woman amongst the current 11 Wildist instructors. I also really love Charly and her photography! That being said, this workshop is for a beginner, and a beginner only. (It is currently advertised to aspiring and professional photographers, and priced at $299.) The majority of the workshop was spent covering pretty general conservation topics, sharing personal stories, and teaching very basic lightroom editing techniques. The only videos that were actually spent out in the field were 13 minutes total and more of a ride-along in Katmai specifically than they were actually providing info about wildlife photography that would be useful to a different environment. The only info given about how to plan/research was quite literally "know the animal you want to shoot and do research about it via google, facebook groups, and locals." As another student wrote in their review, this workshop needs to be advertised as a tutorial for achieving Charly Savely's gorgeous artistic editing style, rather than as a general wildlife photography workshop. If it had been, it would not have left so much to be desired. All love, genuinely. Just not at all what I thought I was paying for.
Least Favorite Workshop
Gordon Armour
I feel like this workshop did really teach wildlife photography at all. Charly is a great photographer and I love her style. This workshop did a great job of sharing Charly's editing style, theme, and color choices. It also shared her passion for conservation while touching on ethics of photographing animals. Though, I didn't think the way she shared her ethics were tactful at times. Honestly, I felt that this course could have spent more time in the field. For wildlife class, I want to see more planning, scouting, and capturing wildlife. Less so the editorial process. I think this course needs to be renamed to something that's more fitting like: "Charly's ethical and editorial process for wildlife photography"

Sarah Heaney

January 20, 2021

AMAZING!

I have been a huge fan of Charly for a while now so I was very excited for this workshop to come out. I learned so much about color palettes and the editing process! So much to learn through this course, it's great!!

Sarah Heaney

January 20, 2021

Dr. Eickhoff

October 25, 2020

Entertaining and I learned something, but not worth the money for me.

Not to be critical about Charly Savely: it's not a bad workshop, but I feel it is totally mis-priced. I found it interesting to hear about Charly Savely, her development and how she managed to become who she is. I found the part about Wildlife Photography specifically rather thin, but it picked up a few interesting tips about editing pictures. Overall, I think it was worth watching the workshop. However, for 149$ including all rebates, I think one could barely justify the price. Had I paid the sticker price of 300$, I'd be really disappointed for what you get out of this. I have bought courses from photographers like David Yarrow, Elia Locardi or Jimmy Chin in the past and they have way more things to talk about or to teach (in depth and scope) for that price or less.

Dr. Eickhoff

October 25, 2020

Joy Sheehan

December 6, 2020

Super fun and informative!

This was a really fun and informative workshop for anyone hoping to learn more about wildlife photography and editing! I got the most value from the editing sections. I've been editing my own shots in Lightroom and Photoshop for quite a few years now and still walked away with brand new tools and techniques I didn't even know existed in these programs! My boyfriend was also a park ranger at Katmai this past season and knew the guide and pilot featured haha So it was even more cool to see the park from Charly's eyes.

Joy Sheehan

December 6, 2020

Caitlyn Houck

December 2, 2020

Loved it!

I've been searching for this exact workshop since I returned from Alaska in October. I've also recently taken up hunting/tracking and I find animal behavior completely fascinating. This was a great motivator to take my photography to the next level. Thanks so much Charly! The conservation section was a nice added bonus to the course. (Hooray no pebble mine!)

Caitlyn Houck

December 2, 2020

Sarah Mackey

November 19, 2020

Brilliant and inspiring workshop

This workshop was absolutely fantastic. I feel so lucky to have gotten an inside look at Charly's process and how she's developed her style. The videos following her on the photoshoot in Alaska are absolutely breathtaking, they gave me chills. The workshop was filled with so many great tips on how to be a mindful wildlife photographer as well, which is really important for our planet. After having finished this workshop, I definitely feel inspired.

Sarah Mackey

November 19, 2020

Justin Kibbel

October 24, 2020

No Rules In Photography

Charly has become one of my favorite wildlife photographers due to the emotion she depicts in her photos. This class was a very helpful guide in settling an internal debate I've been having in regards to realism vs emotion in my editing process. It helped cement the idea that rules are made to be broken and while realism and following guidelines may be what some photographers are seeking, there's just as much merit in doing what looks good to you and finding your unique style. I also appreciated the focus on importance of conservation in wildlife photography and respecting the world and animals you are shooting. We are a visitor in their world and often people forget that. If you are just getting started in photography or find yourself stuck in a rut, this workshop is a great resource. Charly showcases her go to gear, planning, safety, conservation, and gives a look into her editing process.

Justin Kibbel

October 24, 2020

James Kelly

@e.james.kelly

September 17, 2020

Breaks the mold

Often during online photography workshops, there is too much of a focus on technical proficiency instead of creating art based on personal style. Charly breaks that mold and does a fantastic job at sharing insights into finding your own style and editing images to match. It’s clear she is passionate about conservation and she really comes alive during the Shooting in The Field episodes. The post processing section alone is worth the cost of the workshop as there is something for every photography regardless of skill level.

James Kelly

September 17, 2020

Will Farrington

@wfarr

September 14, 2020

A refreshing take on wildflife photography!

Charly’s pragmatic approach to gear combined with an emphasis on developing an individual style and the field experience to know how to photograph wildlife safely and responsibly makes this a great resource for beginners and experts alike. I really enjoyed the emphasis on the ethics of wildlife photography. I feel like it’s an incredibly important topic. As folks pursue wildlife photography as a hobby or job, hopefully in part to raise awareness about how important it is to protect it, we need to make sure we’re encouraging practices that don’t negatively impact these animals, especially since they cannot advocate for themselves in the same way human subjects can. 

Will Farrington

September 14, 2020

AMAZING!
Sarah Heaney
I have been a huge fan of Charly for a while now so I was very excited for this workshop to come out. I learned so much about color palettes and the editing process! So much to learn through this course, it's great!!
Entertaining and I learned something, but not worth the money for me.
Dr. Eickhoff
Not to be critical about Charly Savely: it's not a bad workshop, but I feel it is totally mis-priced. I found it interesting to hear about Charly Savely, her development and how she managed to become who she is. I found the part about Wildlife Photography specifically rather thin, but it picked up a few interesting tips about editing pictures. Overall, I think it was worth watching the workshop. However, for 149$ including all rebates, I think one could barely justify the price. Had I paid the sticker price of 300$, I'd be really disappointed for what you get out of this. I have bought courses from photographers like David Yarrow, Elia Locardi or Jimmy Chin in the past and they have way more things to talk about or to teach (in depth and scope) for that price or less.
Super fun and informative!
Joy Sheehan
This was a really fun and informative workshop for anyone hoping to learn more about wildlife photography and editing! I got the most value from the editing sections. I've been editing my own shots in Lightroom and Photoshop for quite a few years now and still walked away with brand new tools and techniques I didn't even know existed in these programs! My boyfriend was also a park ranger at Katmai this past season and knew the guide and pilot featured haha So it was even more cool to see the park from Charly's eyes.
Loved it!
Caitlyn Houck
I've been searching for this exact workshop since I returned from Alaska in October. I've also recently taken up hunting/tracking and I find animal behavior completely fascinating. This was a great motivator to take my photography to the next level. Thanks so much Charly! The conservation section was a nice added bonus to the course. (Hooray no pebble mine!)
Brilliant and inspiring workshop
Sarah Mackey
This workshop was absolutely fantastic. I feel so lucky to have gotten an inside look at Charly's process and how she's developed her style. The videos following her on the photoshoot in Alaska are absolutely breathtaking, they gave me chills. The workshop was filled with so many great tips on how to be a mindful wildlife photographer as well, which is really important for our planet. After having finished this workshop, I definitely feel inspired.
No Rules In Photography
Justin Kibbel
Charly has become one of my favorite wildlife photographers due to the emotion she depicts in her photos. This class was a very helpful guide in settling an internal debate I've been having in regards to realism vs emotion in my editing process. It helped cement the idea that rules are made to be broken and while realism and following guidelines may be what some photographers are seeking, there's just as much merit in doing what looks good to you and finding your unique style. I also appreciated the focus on importance of conservation in wildlife photography and respecting the world and animals you are shooting. We are a visitor in their world and often people forget that. If you are just getting started in photography or find yourself stuck in a rut, this workshop is a great resource. Charly showcases her go to gear, planning, safety, conservation, and gives a look into her editing process.
A refreshing take on wildflife photography!
Will Farrington
Charly’s pragmatic approach to gear combined with an emphasis on developing an individual style and the field experience to know how to photograph wildlife safely and responsibly makes this a great resource for beginners and experts alike. I really enjoyed the emphasis on the ethics of wildlife photography. I feel like it’s an incredibly important topic. As folks pursue wildlife photography as a hobby or job, hopefully in part to raise awareness about how important it is to protect it, we need to make sure we’re encouraging practices that don’t negatively impact these animals, especially since they cannot advocate for themselves in the same way human subjects can. 
Breaks the mold
James Kelly
Often during online photography workshops, there is too much of a focus on technical proficiency instead of creating art based on personal style. Charly breaks that mold and does a fantastic job at sharing insights into finding your own style and editing images to match. It’s clear she is passionate about conservation and she really comes alive during the Shooting in The Field episodes. The post processing section alone is worth the cost of the workshop as there is something for every photography regardless of skill level.
More than just photography
Collin Yan
As a landscape photographer I’ve never really looked in to wildlife photography but after going through Charly’s workshop, I’ve begun to question what my photography means and how it can impact the world around me. Her passion for wildlife and conservation really spoke to me and has made me think about the impact to the environment I make in my day to day life. Charly’s workshop was Impactful, informative, and essential to any photographer looking to help preserve our Earth and its wildlife.
Charly Savely
Charly was born & raised in Bristol, England, but has lived the majority of her life on the West Coast of the USA. She currently resides in the beautiful state of Alaska, in the small city of Anchorage. She is a full-time freelance Professional Photographer, who combines her thirst for adventure with her love for photography to capture unique personal experiences.
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