Its the time, research, planning and detail we put into each tour! It’s the variety of workshops we offer on any one particular tour from star trail photography to social documentary photography. We are totally dedicated to serving you in a variety of different ways from your personal comfort to preparing and equipping you to be a great photographer with our exciting photographic workshops. It’s our commitment to students combined with our choice of locations, selection of restaurants and hotels that sets us apart. But topping the list is the high level discussions, the knowledge and the field experience our students accumulate and leave with, just Imagine the benefit of spending 4 or more days in the field with a professional photographer and qualified field guide absorbing all their experience and knowledge they will share with you. finally, we truly enjoy having fun, exploring great locations and teaching you everything we know about photography and about nature.
Photo workshop or photo tour?
The answer is both! We refer to our tours as Workshop Holidays, because clearly everyone is on holiday, there to enjoy themselves and also to learn. Experienced photographers do not have to concern themselves with getting to the best locations, that’s our job, so they can concentrate on shooting great images and not have to worry about much else. Much like a seasoned fisherman guiding his clients some experience, some not so experienced, to his secret fishing locations.
Beginners, less advanced and serious amateur photographers are after something quite different, and we offer this as well. Through every step of the adventure we will discuss how to be more creative with your photography through exposure, composition, the correct use of shutter speed and aperture, use of filters, long exposures and much, more. Usually this takes place in the field, over lunch, after dinner or in the lounge of our hotel. If you are a beginner, it’s important to arrive with basic knowledge of your camera’s settings, menu and manual. Having an idea of the basics, you can better concentrate on style & technique
A whole Lot!!! Our tours are jam packed with comprehensive workshops where you will be taught how to shoot and create beautiful, mystical star trail photographs, haunting, atmospheric Landscapes, moody long exposure photographs as well as social documentary photography. Our workshops are designed not only to take you to the most beautiful, photogenic locations carefully timed for the best light, but also to prepare and equip you before going into the field with high level discussions with a professional photographer & qualified nature guide who will also accompany and assist you on location.
Great photographers have trained themselves to be acutely observant, we aim to raise your awareness and stimulate your creativity so that you go home with captivating, artistic images and not boring happy snaps. Not only will you be able to use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general but you will also learn to develop a personal vision and style. Besides the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, With our assistance you will also learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image. Additionally you will become knowledgeable on how to observe and survey a landscape, how to utilize and approach your environment, how to photograph people indigenous to the region as well as the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country or new surroundings.
Last but not least – workflow and editing! With, either or both, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom you will be taught how to edit and enhance your images, how to stitch your images together to form stunning panoramas as well as how to create mystical star trails by image stacking.
We love and enjoy teaching and sharing our knowledge with everyone from beginner to advanced. photographers that enroll at our workshops all arrive with varied experience, which makes the workshops more interesting and rewarding. However If you are an absolute beginner, it’s important to arrive with basic knowledge of your camera’s settings, menu and manual, having an idea of the basics, you can better concentrate on style & technique.
DSLR’s are preferred, but modern high-end compact bridge cameras are acceptable as well. Aadditionally, its recommended you bring a sturdy tripod, extra memory cards and a laptop. email or call us if you have any questions about your equipment. Your Welcome Package will contain much more detailed information including a check list and the full itinerary of your chosen tour.
Yes, but you should know the basics of your camera. It’s very important for you to read the manual and become comfortable with the menu and features of your new camera. We do our best to stay up-to-date with all the latest cameras and equipment but I’m sure you will understand that it’s just not possible for us to have an intimate knowledge of every single latest make and model camera. Something to remember though is that photography basics are the same regardless of what camera you own!
Make sure you bring your camera manual with you and we’ll work together to get you more comfortable and confident with your camera.
A laptop computer is essentially a modern-day electronic darkroom and very much a necessity for today’s digital photography. A laptop is required to download your days images and free up your memory card. We’ll also be teaching you how to use image editing and enhancement software on your laptop. So it is imperative for you to bring one.
Software’s you should consider purchasing before the trip is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, if you don’t already own them. Or you can choose to download a 30 days trial version just before the workshop begins.
Most definitely! Almost everyone who goes on holiday takes a camera and enjoys taking photos of their most memorable moments and sights, places and faces. Our main focus though is helping you to progress from the “Happy Snapper” to capturing much more exciting, memorable and even artistic photographs that you may want to frame and hang in your house.
You are welcome to join us as a guest even without any intentions toward serious photography. Many non-photographer spouses and friends leave inspired and with a deeper appreciation for photography.
This varies, usually our workshops can range from 6 to 12 clients.
Most definitely! Guests are more than welcome whether they are photographers or would just like to come along for the fun and adventure. Guests pay the same fee as a photographer.
Yes, and if your group consists of 5 or more people you will qualify for a substantial discount. Photography clubs, family’s or group of friends please email us or call +27 (0)83 333 8742 for more information on special offers.
All returning clients automatically receive 5% off their next adventure.
We also offer group discounts – if your group consists of 5 or more people you will qualify for a substantial discount. Photography clubs, family’s or group of friends please email us or call +27 (0)83 333 8742 for more information on special offers.
Included: All our 4 day 3 night specialist tours include breakfasts and dinners, transport, accommodation at 4 to 5 star hotels (except on the occasion when photographic opportunities off the beaten track necessitate that we overnight at very comfortable bed and breakfast venues) Photographic tuition in the form of practical instruction, lectures & digital lecture notes, workshops in the field, detailed feedback on clients photography as well as image editing/enhancing lessons using photoshop, Lightroom and Starstax.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages, drinks, snacks, gratuities, fees for passport, visas, immunizations, insurance and airport taxes. Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary, laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature. Any excursions listed in the final itinerary as optional and extra, these could include full moon on horseback outings, museum admissions, helicopter tours, scooter rentals, boat rentals, etc.
We are situated in Cape Town, South Africa, Should you be flying to us, your arrival and departure flights are obviously at your own expense.
Our rates are based on double occupancy, this means that unless you are traveling with another photographer, bringing a friend as a guest or select a private room, you will have a roommate if available. We will discuss our roommate choices with you before your arrival, match up roommates based on age, gender and other factors. Private rooms are available at an extra fee, based on availability.
Good point! Actually, some of the greatest images are taken in weather with interesting atmospheric conditions such as storm clouds and even mist. You will learn how to make the most of every situation we encounter and that might include bad weather, but remember, this is an adventure! Of course we will not venture out in a thunderstorm with lightning on striking the Franschoek mountains! Should the weather be really unfavourable for photography, we will move to locations indoors such as beautiful, historic old church building, a winery or interesting architectural structures perhaps even a museum.
As soon as we receive your booking form and deposit we will confirm your registration by initiating correspondence with you via email or phone.
Specialist tour registrations will receive our welcome kit two to four weeks before departure. This kit includes important info in order to prepare for your trip including a check list of equipment you should consider bringing, our daily itineraries, important mobile numbers and more. We will contact you just before your departure to make sure that everything is in order and answer any last minute questions you may have as well.
Cancellations 30 days or more before the tour are given 100% cancellations fees.
Cancellations 29-14 days before the tour are given 75% cancellation fees
Cancellations 13-07 days before the tour are given 50% cancellation fees
Cancellations 06 days before the tour are required to pay the full tour price