Earlier this year, and it really seems like ages ago, we hosted our very first Wildlife Photography Seminar at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. The seminar was unashamedly about learning, something that we as a company have always pushed as being a massive part of what we do whether you join us in the office or in the field.
With daily presentations ranging from “Technically creative wildlife Photography” through to “The Natural Colour of Light”, there was more than enough content to keep even the most enthusiastic of wildlife photographers excited and engaged from day on.
Add to this the fact that guests were able to take the ideas and notes from the presentations and put them into practice whilst out on game drive and the seminar really does provide the idea opportunity to push and take your photography to the next level.
Pointing out and assisting guess with opportunities in the field is a large part of wha we do. Even if it means capturing images which almost everyone else, except you, have. Often these are the opportunities which are missed purely because you don’t see the opportunities.
Going deeper and thinking about other opportunities such as textures, lines, repetition and the likes immediately transports you into a world where even from the most average of photographic opportunities, you are able to capture something interesting and dare I say, different.
Whilst pointing out opportunities and inspiring our guests to explore different techniques and compositions was well received, i think the biggest leaning point for almost every photographer on the trip came to shooting after dark.
You probably know the feeling where you scramble for ISO settings and get frustrated by the blurred, washed out orange images that appear on the back of your camera whilst on your night drive.
I remember spending the second afternoon with two guests who I was helping to get to grips with the exposure triangle and some of the other technical settings. As the sun sank below the horizon and the moon took its place in the sky i asked thm to switch to manual.
You can imagine the response I got.
As we approached two male lions sleeping in an open clearing I ran through the basic setup for low light and spotlight photography and, before we knew it, the male lions began to mov and it was game time.
Having dialled in the settings and helped the guests with understanding why we chose the settings we did and how they should adjust them (depending on a number of factors), these guys were shooting in full manual mode and knocking it out the park with images like these!
Its one thing having the settings dialled in but the is a certain photographic freedom which comes with understanding how and why the settings work so well.
From this evening onwards the guys had the confidence and knowledge to switch to manual mode and dial in some base settings which means the even if there is a sudden photographic opportunity, they are able to at least grab a “documentary shot”.
As was the case when we cam across these two honey badgers.
On the seminar page we state:
Whatever your skill level or approach to wildlife photography this seminar will give you new ideas, shed light on different technical and creative techniques and give you a fresh outlook on photography in general as well as your own approach to the science and art that is wildlife photography.
That is really what its all about.
Building on from this years seminar we have added an additional night and departure to our 2016 seminar so, if you want to b inspired, learn and explore new techniques and take your photography to the next level, perhaps you should join us in 2016!
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Join us for the 2016 Wildlife Photography Seminar
Wild Eye will again be taking exclusive use of the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge for the duration of the seminar making for an incredible photographic atmosphere and dedicated photographic game drives. With exclusive, insightful presentations by the Wild Eye team and ample photography time out in the field, all in the most amazing comfort and luxury of Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, this is one photographic event you do not want to miss!Find out More