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Our workshops have been designed to increase the creative and technical skills that are fundamental in order to capture those jaw-dropping images of wildlife that so many of us hope to get. This is done through a ’back to basics’ approach, where we discuss the basics of camera operating and then move on to the particulars of wildlife photography.
This includes how to tell a story and represent your subject with creative composition, how to freeze the action, showing motion, working with different types of light and even at night – where we go out looking for nocturnal animals!
Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and we've put together a schedule that will leave no moment wasted - making sure you leave us having learnt and mastered more than you can imagine.
Sam and Sophie taught me everything I know about wildlife photography and sparked a passion that I’ve rarely found in other areas of life. If you get the chance to get out in the field under their tutelage, I’d highly recommend it. The things you’ll learn are truly priceless.
Our onsite photographic lead will be with you on every drive and activity, and in-between will be hosting and conducting workshop sessions and one-on-one private tuition. You’ll find some of the topics that we’ll cover listed below, although please note they are subject to change depending on weather, guest needs and sighting opportunities.
How to frame your shots, what’s most important in
your picture, how to reinforce that and how to tell
stories. How to avoid distracting elements and
learning basic guidelines and experimenting
with how to break the 'rules'.
All of these are incredibly important in
WORKING WITH LIGHT
Typically, wildlife is more active first thing in the
morning and late in the afternoon and evening.
As such, it’s important to know how to work with
different type of lighting conditions, and how to
keep shooting even when it’s not ideal!
FREEZING AND SHOWING MOTION
Learning from ‘working with light’, we further showcase
how to get maximum yield from different times of the day.
From lots of sun allowing us to freeze the action,
to showing the energy and movement of our
subjects in low light situations.
SHOOTING AT NIGHT
When the sun goes down, a whole new world opens up –
one we don’t want to miss out on! Armed with a spotlight,
we head out into the darkness to photograph Africa’s
nocturnal animals and learn how to photograph without the sun.
We know how important your pictures are, so we make sure to show you how best to backup, catalogue and protect your files so that they'll always be easy to find but also - most importantly - safe and secure.
We'll also be going in depth into how to get the most out of your digital images with sessions on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, showing you how you can transform something bland and boring into something extraordinary and print worthy!
Use the slider below to see an example of how a quick and simple edit can drastically change a photograph!
The computer work is the least of our priorities though, with our workshop being based around practical techniques that will have you quickly seeing huge improvements in your own photography in no time.
We believe in delivering fantastic experiences as well as photographic tuition, and consequently a lot of research has gone into where we are going and what it offers. Our choice of reserves are based on our own personal and professional experiences of the area and the camp based on the glowing feedback when we did our research, and we’re so excited to share it with you!
Check out our Photographic Workshop offerings below, as each one differs in terms of location and accommodation. The overall workshop and itinerary stays the same.
These trips are designed to explore passions. A passion for photography. A passion for nature. A passion for creativity and sharing. It’s all here in this one package! From your enthusiastic photographic lead host to your passionate field guide and attentive lodge staff; we can’t wait to help you with photography and share those magical moments that only life amidst the African wilderness can provide.
A typical itinerary may look like this:
Arrival at airport where you're met by your RAW Photographic lead host and workshop teacher. Head to our lodge, settle in and enjoy some lunch. Introductory game drive departs mid afternoon with a break for sunset drinks, before heading back for evening dinner.
Morning game drive with a photographic focus and aim. Breakfast back at the lodge is followed by late morning and afternoon workshop seminars and tuition. Sunset game drives head into the night, where we can focus on low-light photography and nocturnal species before heading back for dinner.
Final morning game drive and breakfast before checking out. Head back to airport for early afternoon departures.
TIMBAVATI, SOUTH AFRICA
19 - 25 JULY 2022
Develop your photographic skills whilst living in the heart of the African bush in the famous Timbavati Game Reserve - renowned for its rare white lion residents. Days include extensive photo tuition at camp and in-the-field guidance whilst on game drives - making sure you never miss a moment!
Hosted by Samuel Cox
6/6 spaces available
MADIKWE, SOUTH AFRICA
Days include extensive photo tuition at camp and in-the-field guidance whilst on game drives. Workshop seminars back at camp and make use of the on-site photographic hide for new perspectives and angles - popular for elephants in the day and leopards at night!
6/6 spaces available
We love the wildlife and locations we visit, and want to give back as much as we can to ensure their longevity for as long as possible. As such, the price of this workshop also includes a donation to one of three conservation projects being supported under the banner of two different charities.
Check out the brochures above for more information on how your participation can help support wildlife conservation!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR NORMALPHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS AND THESE WORKSHOPS?"
Our safaris are tailored to the individual and specific wants and needs of our guests depending on the day, whereas our workshop starts from the beginning. A blank canvas, so to speak. We go over the basics of how cameras work, how to manipulate and creatively use available light, how to tell stories, freeze fast action, shoot at night and much, much more. A workshop is essentially a photography course that is set in the wilderness of Africa, where our test subjects are the wild and iconic animals. It's a mixture of education, adventure and fun - perfect for newcomers to photography, animal enthusiasts and those wanting to develop and improve their skills.
"WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN?"
A camera, laptop and a sense of adventure and an openness to learn! The host / workshop teacher will be in contact with you long before your trip to make sure you're as prepared as possible. This includes what camera equipment you'll be bringing out and any other accessories and equipment, as well as general travel advice and setting expectations. These trips are designed for newcomers and beginners, so there's ZERO expectations or pressure from our end - we're here purely to help you learn and to ensure you have an amazing experience.
"WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO JOINING A WORKSHOP?"
There's nothing like spending extended periods of time where you can live-and-breathe wildlife photography with like minded people. Aside from the obvious, we also not only make sure there's plenty of eduction in regards to the natural ecosystem you'll be residing in, but that you're also giving back. Included in the price is a healthy donation to a selected wildlife charity (see The High Five Wildlife Society and Vacation for Wildlife on Our Partners page) that are proceeding to support and aid ongoing conservation efforts throughout Africa. We believe in supporting the wildlife and natural ecosystems that we visit and photograph, and this way you're directly helping too!