Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Workshop
- Safari starts at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi, and ends at the JKIA International Airport, Nairobi
- Small group of photographers
- No single supplement for single travelers
- 9 nights / 10 days at the Wild Eye Mara Camp
- Includes return flights from Nairobi to the Mara
- Fully inclusive of all meals, drinks, activities and workshop
- Includes an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Mara
- Dedicated theory lectures and presentations on wildlife photography
- Workshops notes and workbook including technical and creative tips, tricks and more
Dates: November 10, 2018 - November 20, 2018
Guide: Gerry van der Walt
Cost: USD 9,950 per single guest
Deposit: USD 4,975 per single guest
Max number of Photographers: 6
Dates: November 9, 2019 - November 19, 2019
Guide: Gerry van der Walt & Marlon du Toit
Cost: USD 11,450 per single guest
Deposit: USD 5,725 per single guest
Max number of Photographers: 9
This new Wild Eye workshop signals a return to a focused and inspirational wildlife photography experience with one goal in mind – to make you a better wildlife photographer.
Wild Eye safaris are already at the forefront of wildlife photographic travel and in-the-field education and this workshop is the first in a range of new courses and workshops which will, once again, change the way you see your own wildlife photography.
Through a combination of dedicated wildlife photography presentations, a workshop manual, small group of photographers and the exclusivity of the Wild Eye Mara Camp you can be assured of a photography workshop that will leave you not only inspired but filled with new knowledge, ideas and the desire to better your craft. And all of this in the Masai Mara, the greatest wildlife reserve in the world.
Join Gerry van der Walt (joined in 2019 by Marlon du Toit) for the ultimate Masai Mara wildlife photography workshop.
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi. After checking in at our rooms we will meet for a presentation on the Mara, what you can expect from the the workshop experience and to answer any questions you might have. After dinner we will spend the night at the Weston Hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast we will transfer to Wilson Airport, about 5 minutes away, and board our flight to the Mara. Upon arrival our Wild Eye guides will meet us at the Serena airstrip and transfer us to the Wild Eye Mara Camp. After meeting the amazing camp staff and settling in to our tents we will enjoy lunch on the banks of the Mara River and then head out on our first afternoon drive to explore the Mara and kick of our wildlife photography workshop. Once we return back to camp Gerry will present “Wildlife Photography – Define Your Own Approach” in the media tent after which we will enjoy dinner on the banks of the Mara River.
Day 3: A 05:30 wake up call will start the day and after a cup of coffee and light snack we will head out on game drive. On most days we will take our breakfast with us in order to maximize our time out in the field. After returning to camp and freshening up Gerry will present “Managing Your Lightroom Catalog” in the media tent. After lunch there will be some time to relax or do more Lightroom work before heading out on our afternoon game drive. Upon returning from camp there will be time to download your images or chill around the campfire before dinner.
Day 4: The schedule for today will be the same as yesterday. The presentation for today will be “Decision Making in the Field – Choosing Your Shots”.
Day 5: The schedule for today will be the same as yesterday. The presentation for today will be “Advanced Lightroom Processing Tips and Tricks” and there will be ample time to practice and ask questions as you work through your images from the trip so far.
Day 6: The schedule for today will be the same as yesterday. Today Gerry will do two presentations, one before and one after lunch. The first is “What Makes a Good Wildlife Portrait?” and the second “Telling the Story of the Place”. After the last presentation we will head out on game drive and specifically look for the types of images discussed in the last two presentations. Upon returning from camp there will be time to download your images or chill around the campfire before dinner.
Day 7: The schedule for today will be the same as day 5. The presentation for today will be “Photographing Animal Interaction“.
Day 8: The schedule for today will be the same as yesterday but there will be two presentations. The first, which will be presented before lunch will be “Panning, Motion Blur and ICM”. In the evening, just before dinner, Gerry will present “Compiling a Wildlife Photography Portfolio”.
Day 9: A 04:30 wake up call and quick cup of coffee will start the day before we head to the balloon launching site. There will be time for a second cup of coffee as we watch the balloons getting prepared and then, just before the sun rises we will take off for and drift over the Mara River and the open grasslands of the Mara. Photographing the Mara from the sky will present a wonderful opportunity of using wide angle lenses to tell the story of the scale of the Mara and telephoto lenses will make for some unusual angles and images of the mammals and birds we might fly over. After touching down we will enjoy a breakfast on the open plains, and we will then meet our guides and continue on our morning game drive. With no presentations planned for today we will use the time to look for whatever species we might still want to photograph or images we still want to create. There will also be time to relax at camp or do some work on your images in Lightroom. In the afternoon we will head out on our afternoon game drive and upon returning from camp there will again be time to download your images or chill around the campfire before dinner.
Day 10: The schedule for today will be the same as yesterday and we will again spend as much time in the field as possible. Just before dinner we will have our final presentation of the workshop during which each participant will present their best 6 images from the last 10 days. The entire workshop experience will help you to prepare for this and it’s a great way to pull together all the different lessons and new knowledge you would have gained. After our presentation we will enjoy our final dinner on the banks of the Mara River.
Day 11: A 05:30 wake up call will again start the day and after a cup of coffee and light snack we will head out on our last game drive. We will return to camp around 12:00 from where you will have time to download and backup your images, pack and freshen up. After lunch we will make our way back to the airstrip for our flight back to Wilson airport from where we will transfer to JKIA for onward flights back home.
During the course of the 10 day workshop Gerry will host the following presentations in the Media tent at our Mara camp.
- Wildlife Photography – Define Your Own Approach
- Managing Your Lightroom Catalog
- Decision Making in the Field – Choosing Your Shots
- Advanced Lightroom Processing Tips and Tricks
- What Makes a Good Wildlife Portrait?
- Telling the Story of the Place
- Photographing Animal Interaction
- Panning, Motion Blur and ICM
- Compiling a Wildlife Photography Portfolio
Apart from the above presentations and depending on the scenes and sightings we encounter during the workshop there will be constant in the field teaching and short discussions in order to maximise your time in the Mara all with the goal of making you a better wildlife photographer.
Your workshop manual will include all the presentation material, space for notes, tips and a whole lot more so that you can have all the reference material handy when you head home after your workshop.
Accommodation on this Safari
Wild Eye Mara Camp
Situated in the Mara triangle, the Wild Eye Mara camp is a seasonal authentic luxury tented camp situated on the banks of the Mara River. This location provides some of the best game viewing the region has to offer. The aim is to provide a comfortable authentic base from which to explore and experience the Masai Mara.
Each tent has mahogany beds, an en-suite flushing toilet, clothes racks and shaded veranda. Hot bucket-showers are enjoyed under the African sky at only a moment’s notice.
The camp is powered by a combination of solar power and generators. A media tent is provided for charging of iPads, Camera Batteries, laptops and cellphones.A central dining area provides for tables where meals can be enjoyed under canvas or beneath the stars. A separate bar area is located adjacent to both the dining area and the open fireplace.
Weston Hotel, Nairobi
The Weston Hotel welcomes you to experience a unique blend of classic luxury and modern comfort across the street from Wilson Airport and two minutes from the main gate of Nairobi National Park. Located on Langata Road, we are tucked away from downtown Nairobi’s bustle and distractions, offering a relaxing, stylish and eminently comfortable destination for business and leisure travel.
For some background information on the Masai Mara, the difference between a photo safari and a workshop and some thoughts on creative wildlife photography you can check out the following episodes of the The Wildlife Photography Podcast:
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