With this in mind our resident photographic guides Janine Krayer, Charl Stols and Sabine Stols (please click on each of their names to see their portfolios) will be hosting their Advanced Wildlife Photography workshops throughout 2019. These one week intensive photo safaris will be split between two of Botswana’s best photo locations – The Chobe River and the Okavango Delta.
|3 – 9 Mar
|1 – 7 Apr
|13 – 19 May
|18 – 24 Jul
|3 – 9 Aug
|29 Sept – 5 Oct
N.B. Please note that in 2019 there are no extra charges for solo travellers wanting to take part in this workshop.
Please note first of all that this Advanced Wildlife Photography Workshop is designed for guests who have either attended the Better Wildlife Workshop previously or at the very minimum have total confidence to photograph on full manual, aperture or shutter priorities and their own DSLR cameras and lenses. No basics will be covered on this workshop. Guests will also be expected to have their own gear with them and have a concise understanding of their functions and settings. A decent understanding of post-production will also be an advantage during the mid-day editing sessions.
The workshop will be for a maximum of 8 clients over seven days and the photo hosts will share their insights, techniques and extensive knowledge of animal behaviour – all of the components of a great wildlife photographer.
As we know wildlife photography is never predictable so we cannot set out a syllabus as such but the hosts will endeavour to help you master some of the following techniques as each opportunity presents itself on the river.
- Fast exposures
- Shooting in low light
- Slow exposure shooting
- Mastering birds in flight
- Creative use of depth of field
- Wide and angle creative composition
- Creative uses of exposure compensation
During the day the hosts will be on hand to help you with your digital post production. Guests should bring their own laptops loaded with either Lightroom or Photoshop to benefit most from these sessions. They will be held around the dining room table as a group exercise but there will be plenty of time for one-on-one training on specific post-production techniques if required.
The first half of the workshop will take place in The Chobe staying at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel. The majority of activities will be on the river shooting alongside the photo host. During the day the editing suite will be reserved for group post-production sessions.
On day four you will board a charter flight (included in the package) for the one hour flight to 200,000ha The Khwai Private Reserve – Home of the Pangolin Khwai Camp. In the reserve, you will be doing more land-based activities in two of our modified game viewers. Each vehicle will take a maximum of four guests and your photo host will rotate between the two with each morning or afternoon game drive.
At the end of the Advanced Wildlife Photography workshop, we are confident that you will not only see a marked improvement in your knowledge and skills set but you will have enjoyed several days of excellent wildlife photography with like-minded people in two of the most beautiful parts of Botswana.
- 3 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel (full board)
- All drinks including soft drinks, water, local beers, wines and spirits
- Full Advanced Wildlife Photography Workshop hosted by the Pangolin Photo Host
- Charter flight from Kasane to Khwai and then on to Maun
- 3 nights Pangolin Khwai Camp (full board)
- Transfers to and from Kasane Airport
- All associated taxes and bed levies
- Visa fees where applicable
- Travel to and from Kasane and Maun
- Other items of personal nature
Meet the Guides
Janine is originally from Germany and has been with Pangolin Photo Safaris from 2013 having left the world of high finance for a life of adventure and beautiful imagery in Botswana.
Janine’s passion for wildlife and her keen eye for the finer details of her subjects has transformed her from a “happy snapper” to an award-winning photographer during her time in The Chobe and she now leads several expeditions to other iconic photo destinations further afield throughout the year along with her partner Guts.
Janine’s passion for photography is evident in her teaching style which takes her clients on a creative journey finding the perfect shooting methods that suits their technical and creative attributes.
Charl Stols born and raised in South Africa. He began his journey in photography when he took a position on a cruise vessel as a resident photographer in 2003. The cruise ship was not only the place he discovered a passion for photography but also the place where Charl met his wife Sabine who is since sharing that passion with him.
Being from South Africa it was always a dream to become a wildlife photographer which is why we spent most of our vacations in the National Parks of Africa. Charl and Sabine were very fortunate to make their dream come true when they were offered positions as photographic hosts by Pangolin Photo Safaris in 2015.
Born and raised in Germany, Sabine Stols used to be quite the city girl. All that changed when Sabine took a summer job on a cruise vessel where she met her South African husband Charl. Travelling the world together for several years as a photography and videography team they both fell in love with the diversity and richness of nature.
Being most passionate about wildlife photography, they spent most of their vacation in the National Parks of South Africa. Lucky for them, the passion became a dream job in 2015 when they were offered positions as photographic hosts by Pangolin Photo Safaris.
Based in Kasane, Botswana they now guide anyone enthusiastic about photography and nature on photographic safaris and workshops in Chobe National Park and other wild places of Africa.