Wildlife Photography: Learn the basics and much more!

  • Small and friendly classes for beginner wildlife photographers

  • Use the creative and manual modes intelligently for wildlife photography

  • Create camera presets for moving and static animals and birds

  • Master the creative and artistic aspects of wildlife photography

  • Understanding gear and travelling for wildlife photography

  • Practical shoot and game drive under the guidance of a professional wildlife photographer

About the Beginner Wildlife Photography Course (Wildlife 101)

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.

Course details

The course comprises four evening sessions in a venue near you and a practical session.

  • We cover the most important aspects of wildlife photography, from the creative aspects to optimising your camera and settings in the four evening sessions. Sufficient time is given in each class to review materials and practise what you have learnt.
  • Practical session: The group will meet at a local game reserve for a one-day practical session and game drive. The aim of this session is to gain insight into Bruna’s thought processes when creating a wildlife photograph and to give you an opportunity to test your new camera settings and skills.
  • Class materials: Reference guide with cheat sheets. Access to an online classroom with reference materials, videos and class assignments.

Presented by

The beginner wildlife photography course is presented by award-winning photographer, Bruna Mentrup-Nortje. Bruna is a professional wildlife photographer, traveller and adventurer. Her philosophy is that anyone can acquire technical skills but the prerequisite for becoming a wildlife photographer is a deep connection with nature.

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the Wildlife 101 Course:

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.

Course duration

Four evening classes and one full day practical session.


R5 300 per person.

Includes entrance fees, game drive, refreshments and lunch during the practical session.

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.

Practical Session Venue:

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve


  • 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.

Upcoming Beginner Wildlife Photography Courses for 2020

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Dates to be announced