Weekend Wildlife Photography Workshop in Kruger

Improve your wildlife photography skills during an exciting photo safari

Have you always wanted to be a good wildlife photographer? Here’s an exciting opportunity to spend a long weekend in the African bush, encounter an impressive array of wildlife, and improve your photography skills through professional tutoring. Set in the Greater Kruger National Park, this wildlife photography workshop offers a great way to hone your skills and put them into practice straight away. With a professional wildlife photographer assisting you, expect to take great images of elephants, rhinos, lions, and hopefully even leopards.

Highlights

  • Learn about wildlife photography, and put your knowledge into practice straight away
  • Spend a long weekend in the African bush, surrounded by an impressive array of wildlife
  • Receive photographing tutoring by a professional wildlife photographer
  • Enjoy game drives and walks in the Greater Kruger area, accompanied by expert guides and trackers
  • Explore some landscape and astral photography, alongside our focus on wildlife

Quick Facts

  • Where Greater Kruger
  • When Once a month (see Dates & Rates for exact dates)
  • Price ZAR 14,500
  • Focus Wildlife Photography
  • Length 3 nights
  • Workshop Leader Tim Feherty or Paul Greenway
  • Group Size Max. 6 people
  • Photography Level Required Suitable for beginners to intermediate photographers

Destination Description

This wildlife photography workshop is set in the Klaserie area that borders Kruger National Park. It’s a world-renowned area of great beauty – and it’s densely populated by wildlife. Expect to encounter elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and some of the big cats, and to have exceptional opportunities to photograph them.

Accommodation
You’ll be staying at Dumela Lodge, a traditional thatch-roofed bush lodge. It’s rustic but very comfortable and full of charm. The lodge is home to people from around the world who are volunteering their time on community and conservation projects in the area, and of keen photographers on a mission to hone their skills. You’ll have your own en-suite room, and access to all the lodge’s facilities, including a large pool. Meals will be served in the dining area or in our braai area, under the starlit sky.

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  • Friday 14.00: Arrival at Dumela Lodge, where we'll enjoy some welcome drinks
    15.30: A 2-hour game drive, accompanied by a professional photographer
    18.00: Sunset shoot, followed by a dinner at our boma
  • Saturday 05.30: Sunrise shoot, followed by a cooked breakfast
    08.30: Big Five game drive, with in-the-field photographic tuition
    12.00: Lunch in the bush
    13.00: Photographic tuition session at camp
    14.00: Bush walk, with a professional tracking guide
    15.00: Big Five game drive
    18.00: Dinner at our bush camp
    19.00: Night drive, with a focus on nocturnal animals
  • Sunday 06.00: Early morning Big Five game drive
    09:00 Cooked breakfast
    09.30: Game drive with a specific landscape and bird focus
    13.30: Lunch at Dumela Lodge
    15.30: Workshop on post-prodcution and opportunity to review everyone's work
    18.00: Scenic sundowners
    19.30: Braai at Dumela Lodge
    21.00: Astral photography session
  • Monday 07.00: Breakfast at Dumela Lodge
    08.00: Final review of images and Q&A session
    09.00: End of workshop
    09.30: Visit to Kinyonga Reptile Centre, with some great photography opportunities

Dates:
2016: November 4 - 7, December 9 - 12, December 16 - 19
2017: February 3 - 6, March 31 - April 3, June 2 - 5, August 4 - 7, October 6 - 9, December 1 - 4

The price for this photo safari is ZAR14,500. (Contact us for a price in US dollars.)

This includes:

  • Accommodation at a comfortable bush lodge
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers to and from Hoedspruit airport
  • Photography workshops & constant professional guidance
  • Game drives and walks, accompanied by professional guides
  • Entrance fees to national parks and reptile centre

This does not include:

  • Flights to Hoedspruit
  • Travel insurance

The full workshop is set up to optimise your photographic opportunities. Not only will you be guided by a professional photographer, you’ll also be accompanied by highly experienced guides and trackers, ensuring that we’ll get you to the right place at the right time. The weekend’s itinerary is built with light in mind, ensuring that we photograph in the golden light of the early morning and late afternoon. While our main focus is on wildlife photography, we’ll also explore some landscape and astral photography.

Your Photography Workshops

To make the most of the photo safari, we’ll offer you the opportunity to improve your photography skills through a combination of theory and practice, led by either Tim Feherty or Paul Greenway. There will be several tuition sessions at the camp that will focus on a wide range of technical aspects, including aperture, shutter speed, long exposure techniques, composition, and post-production. You’ll be able to put your enhanced knowledge into practice straight away during game drives and walks – and you’ll be accompanied at all times by professional photographers, who are available for guidance. There are also several opportunities to review everyone’s works.

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Recommended Equipment

For this wildlife photography workshop, we recommend that you bring the following equipment. However, these are just guidelines, and not requirements.

  • An SLR digital camera with at least an 18-55 mm lens (but a range of lenses, including a telephoto lens, is recommended)
  • Batteries, a battery charger, and memory cards
  • Laptop with editing software (ideally Adobe Lightroom, as this is used during workshops)
  • External hard drive (at least 100GB)
  • A tripod is highly recommended, but not essential

Tim Feherty

Tim was born and raised in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and discovered his love for photography at the ripe old age of 18. Studying in his hometown and graduating with a Visual Communication degree from University of Ulster (Belfast 2001), he first started work as a photographer on cruise ships. For 5 years, also encompassing forays into video production and stage lighting and management, he has travelled through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Baltics, East and West coast of America, the Panama canal and Alaska. Since then, he has worked as a freelance photographer with a diverse focus; from portraiture to weddings and commercial work. Since 2014, Tim is based in the Greater Kruger area, and has changed his main photography focus to wildlife and landscape.

Paul Greenway

Paul started his career working as a professional photographic safari guide in some of Zimbabwe’s wildest areas and choicest camps. Ten years later he studied towards a Bachelor of Journalism (BJourn) and then Master of Fine Art (MFA) degrees, achieving both with distinction. He taught photojournalism and visual communication at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies for seven years, then left to fully dedicate his time to his company, 3P Photography, where he continues to work as a photographic educator and commercial photographer. He has also exhibited in a number of galleries across South Africa. Through running photography workshops, his three great pleasures, Africa’s wild places, photography and teaching are coalesced.

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