Hello everyone, welcome!
We are John and Sandy, enthusiastic photography teachers on safari in South Africa. We would love the opportunity to teach you more about your camera. We will also share how you may have better wildlife captures with whatever camera you use.
How to describe ourselves?
We’re a married couple, a little past the “first bloom” of life, who try our best to live every day to the fullest. Our shared passion for photography began in the film days. Our photography has evolved with the digital revolution in the photography world. We learn new things and stay current with the trends in digital photography
What makes us stand out in this incredibly competitive field?
Our passion for and enjoyment of what we do is driven by sharing our journey of learning. There is nothing more satisfying for us than watching a client face light up. A client will discover unknown functions for their own camera equipment. They will learn how to take better photographs. They will become more comfortable with the post-processing steps.
We do not adopt a “one-size fits all” approach for any of our clients. We will factor in budgets and knowledge of technology. Other elements include interest in upgrading a camera, memory cards, and computer.
We tailor our teaching offering to match every client’s needs, in a fun-filled way. Clients become friends. We remember the “bucket list” nature of each trip. We savour every wildlife experience, no matter how big or small.
The first prize for us is to get everything right “in camera” wherever possible. It is thrilling when clients surprise themselves with their improving photographs. Clients understand the basics and core principles of taking a good picture. We share in the increased confidence of our clients. The photographers move away from the “auto” mode. Clients produce excellent results as the understand the correct camera settings that are needed.
We both lead the photography safaris. We focus on coaching clients as they learn more about photography. We also explore and enjoy the wonders of the wildlife that surround us. We are avid campers which is an “ideal” hobby in our glorious Southern African. , We are also discovering “off the grid” camping in unfenced wildlife areas.
We have begun to add trips with clients to Kgalagadi National Park and Kruger National Park to date. This will be an expanded business area in the years ahead.
What equipment do we use?
We both capture our images using Nikon equipment. Our “go-to” camera is the Nikon D850 which is a full-frame DSLR with a 45.7-megapixel sensor. We pair this with the Nikon 200-400mm VRII f4 lens. This is a telephoto zoom lens that offers incredible image quality and versatility. This makes this lens the ideal choice for wildlife photography.
Our second and third camera bodies are the Nikon D810 and Nikon D800. Both are full-frame cameras with a 36.3-megapixel sensor. which launched in March 2012. We also have a Nikon 600 mm f4 lens which we share between us. Although quite a heavy and bulky lens to use, it is still a superb wildlife lens that we are extremely fortunate to own.
What equipment do our clients use?
Our clients use a variety of cameras. Cellular phones, bridge cameras, Sony, Fuji, Canon, and Nikon. “The best camera to have is the one in your hand to capture an image”!
What’s ahead for the rest of 2020, moving into 2021?
This is our eighth year of operations. We look back on the amazing people we have met, the places we have visited, and sightings we have had, with a mixture of gratitude and awe! Who would have imagined?
Of course, everything has come to a grinding halt with the Covid-19 situation in Southern Africa and around the world. We were in Kruger National Park in late January 2020 with one of our clients came back from a walk at lunchtime to tell us about the “Corona outbreak in China”. The pandemic announcement was made by the World Health Organisation shortly afterward.
That was less than 6 months ago, for goodness sakes – doesn’t it feel like another lifetime?
Now, more than one hundred days into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, John and I are missing the bush. We have postponed camping trips already. Our dream destinations include Savuti and Khwai but travel across our borders will not be happening anytime soon.
Like everyone else in the world, we are having to adjust our lifestyles to the new norm. We will adapt our safari-offerings to take account of this. This will include personal safety above everything else. Social distancing, face masks, and hand sanitisers are now the “new norm”.
Amazing isn’t it? We can hardly wait for being able to travel within South Africa. We have booked our usual photographic trips to the Timbavati for later this year. Click on this link Photography safaris to see what is available and what we have planned.
We are also expanding our photography safaris to include self-drive to other parks in South Africa. We supply radios for the contact between vehicles. We teach photography on our game drives and once we are back in camp.
We look forward to offering amazing photographic opportunities to all our clients!
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If you have any questions or queries, we would love to hear from you, so feel free to contact us!