DOWNLOADABLE ITINERARIES FOR Photographic Workshop Northbound/Southbound 2018
Please note that this trip follows the Northern Highlights itinerary – either Maun to Kasane or Kasane to Maun – please see the download the relevant itinerary
The overriding goals of the workshop (other than you having a good time!) are to teach you about both technical and compositional aspects of photography which will enable you to perfect those “classic” wildlife portraits and also open the door to more creative techniques such as panning, use of light, capturing birds in flight and animal behaviour. No matter how low (or high) your initial level of proficiency you will leave the trip with a full understanding of exposure, aperture, shutter speed and other technical elements. Even more importantly, by the end of the workshop you will have gained a certain familiarity with your camera settings, so you will start to adjust them automatically when a certain situation arises in order to create the effect that you desire. This speed of thought is the key to capturing good wildlife images.
We will aim to cover as many techniques as possible during the trip as and when a particular sighting allows it. Often this will mean staying at a sighting longer than on a normal safari, particularly if we feel a ‘change of light or an imminent bout of subject activity will provide a better ultimate image. Although everyone is keen for the stereotypical big game images, we will also focus on the endless possibilities of macro photography whose colours and occasionally abstract nature can lead to spectacular photographs. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to practice landscape shots during the expedition, especially at sunset not to mention a myriad of potential bird photographs. This will not only diversify your subject matter but also help you to acquire different skills which are applicable in all genres of photography.
After lunch each day we are in camp, we will spend some time going over and assessing the images from the previous day giving you the opportunity to learn from mistakes and to appreciate the factors that make a striking photograph, be it one of yours or one of your fellow photographers. This constant learning process is a vital element to improving your photography and to be able to compress the process into ten days helps to engrain the details in your mind, leading to more instinctive photographic decisions.
The unique aspect of having two professional photographers with many years of experience photographing Botswana, divided between a maximum of six guests is what sets this trip apart from many others. With only three guests per photographer, the ensuing individual attention means that whether you are a keen beginner with their first DSLR or an experienced photographer looking to take your images to the next stage, you need not worry about the workshop being pitched at the wrong level. All seats in the vehicle are window seats, but we will tend to switch seats regularly to allow everyone to take advantage of different perspectives and to gain the greatest benefit from each of your photographic tutor.