Specialist Course

Wilderness Photography

"Learn how to take the perfect safari shot"

Price $1570 USD
Course Type
Specialist Course
South Africa
7 Nights

4 Mar 2020 — 10 Mar 2020
19 Sep 2020 — 25 Sep 2020
Makuleke Concession Pafuri

Capturing a wildlife photograph is not as easy as it looks. Not only does one need creativity and technical knowledge, but also a knowledge and understanding of one’s subject matter.

general information

We start the course with a discussion on the equipment needed to become a versatile nature photographer and then discuss the various fundamentals that combine to make a good wildlife photograph. Participants will spend mornings and afternoons in the bush looking for photographic opportunities followed by a lecture each day and constructive criticism of any digital photos taken during activities.

Why do the course?

The Wilderness Photography course aims to reveal more of the thought processes behind the making of a good wildlife photograph. The course will give photographers time and opportunity to put these thoughts into action in the field, under the guidance of an experienced wildlife photographer.

about the school

Operating for 24 years, EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in safari guide and wildlife training in Africa. EcoTraining is widely recognised by the safari industry for its credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, nature programmes, high school and university study abroad programmes, custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. All courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. To date EcoTraining has trained over 11 000 people from 33 different countries around the world.

course content

What does the course consist of?

Module 1: Understanding exposure

  • A practical understanding of exposure
  • How to use camera settings to achieve and change exposure
  • How to setup a camera for wildlife photography
  • Creative use of shutter speed, ISO and aperture

Module 2: Composition

  • Introduction to creative compositions
  • Understanding of compositional techniques and tools
  • Creating a visual flow
  • Creating points of interest and balance

Module 3: Understanding light

  • To introduce a photographer/guide to African light
  • Light direction, time of day and white balance
  • Provide a good foundation of light skills and knowledge to guide photographers
  • Understand the types of light and lighting


Module 4: Photographic guiding skills

  • Your role as a photographic guide
  • Communication
  • Positioning photographers in the field
  • What wildlife and nature photographers want to photograph
  • Interactive photography

Module 5: Editing images and social media

  • Introduction to Adobe Light Room
  • Import to export
  • Develop module
  • Blogging and social media

start dates



The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double-rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.


  • Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)
  • Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)
  • Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches)
  • Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)

The Birding in the Bush course takes place in Makuleke.

Important to Bring

 Camera Equipment
 Your camera – DSLR preferred, but any camera will a Manual option will work
 Lenses – wide angle, standard zoom and if possible a Telephoto zoom of around 300mm
 Any other camera accessories you may wish to use
 Camera instruction manual
 Memory cards and card reader
 Flash if you have one
 Good sturdy tripod
 Beanbag – you can make your own beanbag by filling three quarters of a cloth bank bag with rice
 Laptop if available – but not necessary

It is not necessary to have big telephoto lenses and fancy equipment. Please bring whatever equipment you own and we will structure the workshop around the type of equipment you have.


Departure from Johannesburg (1st day of course)
All EcoTraining scheduled BushBus transfers will depart from the Emerald Guesthouse on the first day of a course. The departure time is strictly 7am from the Emerald Guesthouse
Emerald Backpackers/ Guesthouse: (19 Halifax Rd, Kemptonpark)

Participants flying into Johannesburg (international and domestic) are advised to arrive the day before and overnight at Emerald
Backpackers/Guesthouse to ensure all passengers are on time for departure and the bus leaves as scheduled.
The guesthouse is within close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport and if supplied with your flight details, will collect you at no additional charge. They offer a range of accommodation options, to suit your individual requirements and budget. As the Bush Bus departs early morning from Emerald, overnighting at the guesthouse will help simplify your departure.

Please book directly with Emerald Backpackers/Guesthouse on [email protected]


2019 Rate per person R 20 415

2020: tbc

Rate includes:

Accommodation (sharing)
Full meals
Instructors and Training
Bush walks
Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s.

Rate excludes:

Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
Any accommodation before and after the course
Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at the Kruger Makuleke camp)


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