The secret to great nature images is to take enough time and have enough (mental) space.
Our workshops aim at beginners, professionals and everybody in-between. Amateurs frequently make the better pictures.
On your own, a photo trip requires 1) research and planning, 2) scouting, 3) making images, 4) processing and reviewing images, 5) continue at 1), 2) or 3).
Let's say you want to photograph the wild desert horses near Aus in Southern Namibia. You have already done some research, otherwise you wouldn't know about this. Now you have to figure out what equipment you'd need (photo as well as transport, camping, food, water, ...), how to get there (incl. permits, ...), possibly whom to contact (local ranger, ...), when to go (e.g., when it's dry, the horses are forced to come to the water hole, otherwise they might be dispersed). If you want to make it perfect, you'd like to know not only when the sun rises and sets but also the moon. Will it be windy (dust changes lighting conditions and gets into gear)? OK, now you can go and scout for a day or two or more, making some memo pictures. Finally, you are ready to make some serious images. You want to have enough time (a few days) and no distractions to do this. This is an ideal photo trip. If you join a kiss-of-light workshop we will take care of 1), 2) and we will be there during 3), 4) and 5), offering you instruction and advice, practical help and companionship.
A kiss-of-light workshop can be anything from a shoot-out photo safari to a mainly indoor activity with small excursions into the near surrounding. The former offers the maximum opportunity for shooting while having an expert at hand for questions and support, the latter emphasises inspirational and technical instruction and discussion in combination with adequate practice in the field. We also offer a cross between these two. Expeditions are (like) real magazine assignments, with all the passable hardships and no guarantees for the motif. But you get to go where no tourists go and if you are reasonably lucky you will have images that nobody else has.
Details and suggestions on what is for whom will follow soon (comparing criteria such as workshop duration, suggested required knowledge level, fitness, personal aims, cost, equipment, carbon footprint, ...).
This is our suggestion for first-timers: Join a special two-day workshop at the beginning of your stay in Namibia, then go on on your own and practice what you have learned! This is ideal if you are coming to Namibia anyway and just want to give us a try. We bet you'd want to join a longer workshop next time.
We call all these activities workshops because we are allergic to point-and-shoot "photo safaris" which serve nobody but the companies which rush the people around.
We believe that Namibia is an ideal setting for our workshops, obviously for the photographic opportunities such as landscape, peoples and wildlife but, equally important if not most importantly, its time and space. By that we mean its slow endemic pace (you're not going to miss anything in the desert except the light!) and its vast emptiness. Time and space are the ultimate luxuries today, not golden water taps. If you have ever tried to make good images while being dragged around by a tour guide or fellow travellers or if you simply didn't have enough time (not to mention crowded national parks with people competing over parking and tripod space) then you know what we mean. Bring sufficient time to Namibia and we'll take care of the rest!
Also, what makes a workshop a workshop to us is communication and exchange among participants. Photography is about people, no matter what the subject. It is exciting to witness how a group of like-minded people become a circle of friends during a workshop. Almost every kind of workshop includes optional nightly reviews of participant's images, a fun way to learn about photography and each other.
All our groups are small. Your photo experience or physical fitness does not really matter, your passion does.
Here is a video that also talks about workshops.
Questions? Ask us.
'Shoot from the shoulders of giants' (cf. Google scholar)