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Wildlife PortraitureTaught by David Tipling

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Safaris are magical; especially Africa is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise

  • Course suitable for all abilities

  • Choosing the right Safari or wildlife study environment

  • exposures, how aperture settings and depth of field

  • Composition, Perspective & Lighting


Ever dreamed of capturing images on the great African plains or hunting down a Tiger in an Indian jungle?   A safari offers some of the best wildlife photography on the planet.   But how do you choose where and when to go?  Once there how do you ensure you make the most of those special encounters.  This courses is design to help both choose your safari and also perfect your photography technique before you get there.

Confronting a Tiger with cubs or witnessing thousands of Wildebeest crossing the Mara River are two pulse quickening examples. It is easy in the heat of the moment to snap away capturing pictures that could have been so much better. This comprehensive course gives the knowledge you need to be ready and confident to capture those memorable moments.

David gives you his favourite safari photography destinations and why. We look at gear from cameras to beanbags and those essential extras you need to pack. Tips and technique used to photograph big game are covered in detail. Most safaris will bring you in to contact with local people, so we will take a brief look at photographing tribal peoples such as the Masai in Kenya.

Zoos and game parks can offer excellent opportunities for photography. The challenge is to make your subject look like it is in a natural environment. Locations will be discussed and the lens choice and techniques suited to this style of photography, including tips and tricks used by the pros to make eye catching images.

By the end of this course you will be armed with the knowledge to assist in producing professional like shots of some of the worlds’ most iconic wildlife, whether on an exotic safari or at your local zoo.

Week 1 : Logistics and Choosing a Safari Destination 

This first lesson will introduce you to some of the logistics of safari photography.  How do you choose destinations and safari companies.  Should you go it alone or join a group.  If joining a tour, how do you choose which tour will be right for you and provide the photographic opportunities you desire.

This lesson helps answer those questions and advises on keeping within weight restrictions for hand baggage on flights and we discuss in length the different equipment options available.

Week 2; Camera Craft 

This lesson looks at camera basics.  The settings you need to fix in your cameras menu such as white balance.  We will discuss too  the pros and cons of shooting in RAW as opposed to JPEGs.

We will then move on to looking how we achieve good exposures, how aperture settings will affect depth of field and hence the mood of the picture and how different length lenses alter perspective.  In short this is an exploration of your creative control over an image.

Week 3: Composition, Perspective & Lighting

This lesson takes a longer look at perspective briefly covered in lesson 2.  We also explore composition, different techniques for providing impact to your images relevant to being on safari.

Mastering lighting and the use of shutter speed and aperture are key ingredients to being a creative photographer.  On safari having an understanding of these skills can catapult your images from being average safari shots to images fit to hang on the wall!  So we will look at how direction of light and other parameters make such a difference to the overall quality of an image.

Week 4: From People to Processing

This final lesson looks at a multitude of safari related topics ranging from photographing tribal people to cataloguing your pictures.

we also look at some basic techniques for enhancing your images in the computer from getting rid of dust spots to improving exposure and sharpening.  You may before you go on safari want to get plenty of practice in on photographing large animals so plenty of tips are given too on in where to go

The Curriculum

  • 1. Week 1: Logistics and Preparation

  • 2. Week 2: Camera Bush Craft Pt.1

  • 3. Week 3: Camera Bush Craft Pt.2

  • 4. Week 4: Picture Lists & Post Processing

Meet your expert tutor

David Tipling is one of the World’s most widely published wildlife photographers renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades include a coveted European Nature Photographer of the ...read more

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