The perfect classroom: learn photo tricks on Zambian safari

The perfect classroom: learn photo tricks on Zambian safari

Award-winning photographer David Rogers has spent the last 15 years of his life capturing stunning scenes of the South and East African landscape at hundreds of different locations. Now, he has teamed up with the renowned and extremely exclusive Robin Pope Safaris to offer his expertise on wildlife photography in the world’s biggest classroom: the South Luangwa Valley of Zambia.

“The South Luangwa National Park is the perfect classroom for the workshops because of the wonderful game,” David tells the “Especially the leopards and the wild dogs. Another advantage of this park is that we can get out on foot to creep up on animals.”

David will accompany a select group of six on two very special seven-night photo-safaris, teaching photography techniques and analysing results right in the heart of the action. From herds of wildebeest traipsing across the plains, to thundering elephants and graceful giraffes, the Emerald Season in Africa – which occurs just after the rains – provides the perfect lighting for a great photograph and a bounty of fascinating and exotic wildlife:

“The idea of doing Emerald Season workshops came from my conclusion that it was the best time for clarity of the sky, the colour of the green and also because the park is less busy. The clouds that billow up over the land create wonderful landscapes. They also diffuse the light, making great photography possible right through the day.”

When not roaming around the grassy savannahs searching for the perfect shot, the photo-safari students will have hone their Photoshop skills with the expert himself, working on the pictures taken during the day at the Nkwali camp. Part of the privately-owned Robin Pope wildlife sanctuary, the camp’s peaceful atmosphere and comfortable guest rooms provide a small haven of relative luxury in the wilderness. In the evening, you can watch the sun go down over the Luangwa River while taking a shower in your own private open-air bathroom. The camp is completely inaccessible at certain times of year when the river Zambezi swells, bursts and floods the plains. Desolate and with luxurious accommodation, it is one of the world’s most exclusive safari destinations and considered one of the best nature reserves in Africa.

David continues: “My relationship with Jo at Robin Pope Safaris goes back to the 1990s. She put me in touch with Ben Foster of Tongabezi [a famous lodge in Zambia], who organised a series of flying trips by microlight above the flood plains of Zambia to get images for my Zambian landscape book. Since then, my relationship with the team at Robin Pope Safaris has flourished. No-one knows the country of the Luangwa Valley better.”

Over the last few nights of the week, guests will be given the chance to delve even deeper into the surrounding African bush, staying at the extremely remote Nsefu camp, which is accessible only by boat. To get there, guests travel through flooded lagoons rich with wildlife that crowds round the water’s edge, quenching their thirst in the heat of the day.

David Rogers will be running just two exclusive seven-night phoho-safaris between 10-17 March, and 19-26 May 2010. Rates start from ?3,395 per person with tour operator Original Travel.

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