Taking guests out to various safari destinations to experience the area, photograph the animals that call these places home, learn about the environment and explain the characteristics and behaviour of the animals is just a few aspects on what we offer on our photo safaris.
In order to provide this service to our guests, knowledge on the area and its wildlife that we are guiding in is imperative.
How else as a photographic guide are you able to start looking at setting up shots for your guests, anticipating when action is going to occur, or when a lion is just not going to open it’s eyes and make any form of movement for the next couple of hours.
Having joined the Wild Eye team in 2013, the awareness that knowing about animal behaviour and the environment that you are shooting in came across like a slap in the face. Adapting this to my photography, my images improved in my eyes dramatically as not only was I able to start capturing the essence of my subjects, but I was starting to see and identify their many unique characteristics and explore this.
So why am I writing my FGASA?
Well apart from the many other reasons for it the most relevant one would be for the photo guiding point of view.
A photographic host is a guide with knowledge on photography and one who’s knowledge and expertise is given to inspire you, teach you aspects of photography that you may not have known, considered or had the opportunity to master, and open you up to the vast possibilities on the creative side.
While this is all happening, the guide is also there to encourage you on your own personal photographic journey and tap into your creative vision.
But that is definitely not all.
Being out in the field with your guide, how is she/he meant to help you achieve all the above without a strong base knowledge of the environment you are in and the animals that are a part of it?
How is your guide meant to line up shots when they don’t know the behaviour of your subject? How can you capture the essence of the subject, or start looking at it with ‘new’ eyes when your photographic guide has no knowledge on it?
Although I know a lot about the subjects I photograph and the areas I go to, just like photography, there is always so much more one can learn. So much more of an experience I can give my guests than just a photographic outing in the bush.
By writing my FGASA, not only can fully combine my two passions – photography and wildlife – but the experience I can create for my guests, the knowledge I can give them while on safari… well… there is no restriction on that.
I look forward to having you join me as we explore our natural world at a deeper sense and capture it on a safari together.
I look forward to changing the way you see the world.
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