Beginner Wildlife Photography Course | Tips and Techniques 2018-08-08T17:03:20+00:00
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1-Day Workshop | Tips, Techniques and Practical Session

  • Fundamental aspects of wildlife photography

  • Optimised camera settings for speed and focus

  • Small groups and hands-on practical sessions with feedback

  • Understanding and optimising your gear

  • Capture fast action and creative panning techniques

  • Basic digital workflow aspects for wildlife photographers

About the Wildlife Photography Course

The wildlife photography course is for the wildlife enthusiasts who would like to make the most of their time in the wild and turning their snapshots into great shots. We offer tips and techniques on photographing wildlife / avian life, supported with practical sessions.

Main Facilitator: Bruna Mentrup-Nortje

Course Details

  • Small classes with a maximum of 15 people
  • Cover the fundamental aspects of wildlife photography and specialised gear
  • Theories supported by practical sessions and real-time feedback
  • Exclusive access to our Wildlife Photography Group, including photo critiques and ongoing support on Photo Critic

Key Aspects Covered

  • Exposure Modes: when to use which mode and what will work best for you
  • Focus Points and Focus Modes: focus points and focus techniques will be discussed and explained
  • Light Metering: how to meter and how to use natural light in nature
  • Aperture: which f/stop will work best when shooting various sized animals and birds.
  • Shutter Speed: how important it is when shooting animals and birds and how you can create different effects with your shutter speed in the field.
  • ISO Sensitivity: why your ISO is so important when capturing animals and birds and ways to create ‘a mood’ when you are using your ISO correctly.
  • Metering Modes: how to get your exposure right in camera
  • Exposure Compensation: what it means and why you should use it
  • Lens Theory: more about your current lenses and go into more detail and explain which lens to use when as well as how it will affect your image.
  • Panning / Tracking Techniques: details and how it is possible to track birds without any camera support
  • Creative Composition: how to frame your subject before pressing the shutter button.
  • General Questions: we will end this theoretical session off by answering and explaining whatever it is you are not sure about.

For whom is this Course

If you are a beginner, or a more advanced photographer and would like a better understanding of your camera’s settings and how the functions work to take better Wildlife and Avian shots, then this workshop is for you.

Course Duration

  • 1-day


  • It is expected that attendees have a basic understanding of how to operate their cameras and the exposure triangle
  • All your gear, including your camera manual.
  • A laptop with your preferred editing software installed. Lightroom is highly recommended.
  • Please note that 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 the 400-600mm. 


  • R2, 800 per person. R500 discount for ex DPC students / Entrance Fee Included.
  • Morning snacks and Lunch Included


  • Memoire Lodge, Kromdraai, Muldersdrift
  • 25° 59’ 25’ S | 27° 49’ 34’ E

Upcoming workshops for 2018

Further dates to be announced soon!

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