This course is for wildlife enthusiasts who would like to make the most of their time in the wild and turn their snapshots into great shots. We cover the most important creative and technical aspects related to wildlife and avian photography. The course ends with a full one-day practical session where you will get the opportunity to practise what you have learnt in class under supervision.
- Ethics and philosophy of wildlife photography.
- What makes a good wildlife photo?
- Visual storytelling in wildlife photography.
- Photography equipment like cameras, lenses and tripods. Understanding and optimising your gear.
- Accurate exposures for wildlife photography in various settings.
- Depth-of-field for different focal lengths and subjects.
- Optimal camera settings for speed, focus and low light.
- Focus point selection and focusing modes.
- Capturing fast action, creative panning and tracking techniques.
- Simplification in wildlife photography.
- Creative wildlife photography: Composition, impact, mood, storytelling and lighting.
- Photographing wildlife with artificial lighting.
- Creating presets in camera for moving and static animals and birds.
- Shooting wildlife for black and white photography.
- Gear, travelling and logistics.
- Basic digital workflow aspects for wildlife photographers.
- Taking part in a Game Drive. Hands-on practical session with feedback.
Who is this course for?
Intermediate and advanced photographers who would like to master the most fundamental creative and technical aspects of wildlife and avian photography.
- Four evening classes and one full day practical session.
- It is expected that attendees know the basics of photography such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, focusing, etc. If you do not yet understand the basics, we recommend that you take a look at our Basic to Intermediate Photography Course.
- A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with advanced or manual program modes and a sturdy tripod.
- For the practical session, we recommend a lens with a minimum focal length of 300 mm. Longer lenses will be a bonus, but we will not be adding brackets to the game drive vehicles as we will be shooting handheld. Keep this in mind when using heavy lenses like 400 mm – 600 mm. If you do not have the right lens, we recommend that you rent one for the practical session. We will discuss lenses in class.
- You will need a computer for assignments and to review class materials.
- Since we will be covering basic workflow for wildlife photography, having attended our Lightroom Course before this course will be extremely helpful.
- R4 900 per person. Includes entrance fees, game drive, refreshments and lunch during the practical session.
To register for the course, you have to complete the online registration on DPC's Website by following the link below: