KRUGER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2018


7 NIGHTS $3,999pp (AUD) | max 6 rooms | 8-15th April 2018

If you’ve been following the travel blog you would know that last December (2016) we spent a week exploring Kruger National Park in South Africa. We knew it was going to be spectacular but what we didn’t expect was that it would inspire us to immediately re-book for 2018; this time taking an exclusive group of photographers looking to hone their wildlife photography skills. Kruger National Park is the biggest game reserve in South Africa and is home to thousands of different species of animals ranging from the small and exotic to the giant and majestic. On our recent trip we were greeted by countless elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, painted dogs, hyenas, countless bird species and so much more! I can’t wait to get back there with you!

For those who have not been on a workshop with me before you might be wondering “why Matt Krumins Photography?”. I pride myself on putting fun and adventure first and not letting the technical-jargon side of photography get in the way. I teach with fun analogies, beam with enthusiasm and put your comfort, learning and safety above all else. If you are after a heavy and serious workshop this probably isn’t for you, but if you want to walk away from an amazing holiday in South Africa inspired, rejuvenated and excited about your photography then read on…

6 full days of workshop

Daily workshops covering everything from settings to composition and image editing!

The perfect learning environment

Needles lodge is all ours giving us an intimate and comfortable environment to perfect your skills!

Expert private safari guides!

On our trip to Kruger in Dec 2016 we pre-booked the best guides for our 2018 trip!

Simplified approach

Not only can these guides spot a leopard from hundreds of meters away but they are behavioural experts giving us the best photographic opportunities!

Flexible travel options!

Stay longer, arrive early, explore the country with no fixed travel arrangements

Don't be locked in

Workshop package excludes flights and transfers so you can customise your trip to fit around the workshop!

Where are we going? Kruger National Park – Crocodile Bridge Gate

Our Accomodation
Our workshop is being hosted at the 4.5 start rated Neeldes Lodge, just 20 mintues from the Kruger gates within Marloth Park, a private game reserve. All breakfasts and dinners are inclued in the package and let me tell you, the three-course meals at Needles are nothing short of mind-melting. With only 7 rooms, Needles Lodge is the perfect setting for our workshop with a range of wildlife visiting the communal decking at sundown. Picture yourself flicking through the images from your days photography with a glass of wine watching the zebras and kudu at the waterhole off the deck just meters in front of you. As an added bonus Needles is situated right near the Kruger fence-line giving you the opportunity to walk down to Crocodile River in the evening and safely view the park by foot (this is where we met face to face with a giant bull elephant!).

About our safaris
Our safari guide, Dylan from My Africa Safaris is an absolute expert in the wildlife around Kruger having spent the past 10 years running private tours. From his ability to interpret a bird’s behaviour to predict the location of big cats to his impeccable animal knowledge and appreciation for photography he is the perfect fit to not only find our animals but provide the perfect viewing angle to capture beautiful photos. Our safari days kick off at 5:00am to catch the early light and animal activity, delivering us back to Needles at approximately 4pm each day. We were simply amazed at the proximity and diversity of the animal encounters with every day uncovering something different and unique. To break up our safari days we have organised a landscape day-trip in the surrounding mountains. Check out the itinerary below for full details of our safari and workshops.

Trip dates
We have chosen April 8th-15th 2018 for our workshop as it is a prime pick between warm comfortable weather as well as the shoulder of the greener wet season which helps to keep our photos looking colourful and vibrant.

What is included?
-7 nights accommodation at Needles Lodge
-Breakfast & Dinner daily
-3 full day safaris and one 1/2 day safari (Private safari truck)
– landscapes day trip
-All workshops as detailed in itinerary

What isn’t included?
-Flights to Johnanasberg (giving you full trip-flexibility)
-Transfers to Needles Lodge (workshop commences from the lodge)
-Lunch (approx $10-12 per day)
-Drinks

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Workshop Location


Needles Lodge is in the bush setting of Marloth Park, just 20 minutes away from the Crocodile Bridge gate in Kruger.

Itinerary


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    Sunday 8th April

    Arrive in the afternoon at Needles Lodge, get settled, relax with a wine on the deck and meet the team

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    Monday 9th April

    Morning Photography workshop followed by afternoon sundowner safari drive along Crocodile River

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    Tuesday 10th April

    Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Evening Lightroom Workshop & image review

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    Wednesday 11th April

    Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Evening image review & feedback session

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    Thursday 12th April

    Day trip to the surrounding mountains for some landscape photography then an evening image review & feedback session.

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    Friday 13th April

    Half day safari into Kruger with an afternoon to relax, revive and get some one-on-one photography tuition

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    Saturday 14th April

    Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Celebration drinks and awards night!

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    Sunday 15th April

    Workshop concludes with breakfast and 10am checkout

FAQs

With the right knowledge and techniques, any camera is capable of capturing beautiful images however for Kruger I would recommend a camera with a good zoom range and access to manual settings so as I can help you grow your skills. An interchangeable lens camera (dSLR or Mirroless) is perfect for this workshop when accompanies by a zoom lens. Give me a call to chat if you have questions about your gear!
So what is included?
Our workshop kicks off and concludes at Needles Lodge where all accommodation, breakfast’s and dinners are included. They have immaculate food and very comfortable rooms with communal dining on the large decking area. The workshop includes all safaris, park entrance fees as well as a day trip to photograph the incredible landscapes in the area. All safaris and day trips will include photography tuition as we go to ensure you get the best results and can translate your theory sessions into practical shooting. Each evening we will have optional image editing sessions as well as a formal workshop in Lightroom editing for wildlife.

What isn’t included?
If you are traveling across the globe you are likely wanting to stay on to visit other locations either before or after the workshop and so flights and transfers to Needles Lodge are not included in our workshop giving you full flexibility to plan your trip. Flights with most airlines will not become available until 12 months prior to departure date, however we have found flying at a similar time this year is approx $1400pp (this is an approximation). There are plenty of transfer options from Johannesburg or Nelspruit however on our recent trip we rented a car for less than $35 per day and had no troubles driving as it is predominantly highway the entire trip. As a rough guide, lunches in Kruger cost around $10pp and drinks at Needles Lodge roughly equated to $15 for a bottle of wine and as little as $2 for a beer.

In photography we never stop learning, so whether you are an enthusiast photographer or or a complete beginner, my small course size will give you plenty of one-on-one attention to ensure new ideas and concepts can be tailored to your experience level!

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Carly Howe
Carly Howe
2017-08-20T09:38:25+0000
I did the Melbourne Zoo workshop, and Matt I had learned so much thank-you. Even my partner was walking around with us had learnt a few things as well, would definitely do another workshop thank you
Ben Tyson
Ben Tyson
2017-08-20T07:15:09+0000
We had the travel workshop with Matt yesterday and it was brilliant. He knows what he's taking about and explains things in terms it's easy to understand. His method of teaching is engaging and passionate and we learnt great tips and techniques. Highly recommend and will be joining another of his courses in future! Thanks again Matt
Joanne O'Neill
Joanne O'Neill
2017-08-20T01:16:54+0000
I attended yesterdays street photography workshop - this is the 4th workshop of Matt's I have attended. Matt has great skill in simplifying information for beginners. I have a long list of workshops I want to attend - thanks Matt for keeping me on track in my photographic journey.
Simone Camilleri
Simone Camilleri
2017-08-19T03:22:10+0000
Went on the Melbourne Zoo photogrpahy workshop today and loved it. Not only did i meet some amazing people but Matt simplified photography and made it so much easier to understand. So happy with thr workshop and will be booking many more in the future. Thank you so much
Michelle Coyle
Michelle Coyle
2017-08-15T02:57:30+0000
I took Matt's Lightroom Class last night. The class ran for 3 hours and i learnt so much. Matt is incredibly patient, which is so important when you're just a beginner. Having said that several people in the class had done previous classes with Matt and were there to learn more or just to refresh skills learnt prior. I can't wait to start practising and sharing some of my images for feedback, which was encouraged on the night. Great to enjoy an evening with other peeps with the "Shutter Bug" Thanks Matt, I will look forward to more workshops with you.
Justin Wallis
Justin Wallis
2017-08-11T05:26:58+0000
I bought the Melbourne Zoo class as a birthday present for my partner, she said it was the best gift she ever received! Matt was so knowledgeable and patient with us all, and the small group was enthusiastic and motivated to learn and improve their photos. The location was obviously perfect, as it offered numerous subjects to hone our skills on, plus who doesn't want to see 3 teenage lions fooling around! Thanks very much Matt for the superb lesson. Cheers, Justin and Michelle
Emma Whitehead
Emma Whitehead
2017-08-09T10:46:59+0000
OK, I have to be honest I didn't know how to use my camera, ok so I knew how to turn it on... but that was probably it. From the get go Matt made it super easy and used lingo that I understood, and best of all he made it Fun! Learning is fun, and learning something new is always hard at the beginning. Photography takes time to master and I look forward to learning more tricks of the trade in future MK workshops. Thank you for helping me to capture photos to tell my story.
Meg Pyke
Meg Pyke
2017-08-09T09:38:13+0000
Matt has excellent knowledge and shared it with passion and enthusiasm. He has some great analogies which helped explain some of the complicated processes. We managed to take some awesome shots and I'm looking forward to building my confidence with my photography. Thanks Matt
Nick Martin
Nick Martin
2017-08-08T22:41:59+0000
I recently attended Matt's "Melbourne by Night" workshop. It was a great small group workshop and Matt took the time to get to know each of our skill levels and catered the workshop accordingly. We learned and practiced different techniques within close proximity to Flinders Street Station. Matt was patient, friendly and able to explain the concepts and techniques in a way that was easy to understand and apply. He has also established a set of resources so you can continue to develop your skills after the course is complete. Matt has reinvigorated my interest in taking great photos and I will definitely be back for more. Thanks Matt!
Helen Marriott
Helen Marriott
2017-08-07T01:09:40+0000
I have taken Matt's zoo as well as the travel and street photography workshop and thoroughly enjoyed both. The latter course was yesterday so I will focus on that one here. Being limited to just six participants means that Matt can provide individual attention to each member and challenge us according to our level. With an emphasis on composition throughout the three hours yesterday, he provided us with lots of different pieces of advice for getting interesting compositions as well as a variety of settings for the practice of these. Although he suggests in advance that we take a notebook and pen to his workshops, I never have time to use mine but do make sure to write up some notes upon return home. I liked the small cards he handed out yesterday summarizing main guidelines to capture blurry backgrounds and capture motion, which were main emphases of yesterday's workshop. I am very impressed with his highly professional organization and the variety of support he offers to his students, including a closed supportive Facebook page for past participants. Yesterday he even explained how he can also offer quick individual advice via text if we get stuck in the field in the future. I definitely plan to take more of Matt's courses in the future.
Adrian Robert
Adrian Robert
2017-08-06T10:40:57+0000
I signed up for Street & Travel Photography workshop in Melbourne, and have to say it was one of the most engaging workshops I've done. With only small group (6 people) there was plenty of 1:1 mixed with group sessions. Matt is very light hearted and you can see his genuine desire to help improve your photography, no matter your experience level. I mainly took the workshop to learn how to tell stories through images, improve my composition and pick up some new tricks along the way. I can't wait to do another workshop and test my skills further with Matt. Thanks again.
Sammi Bul
Sammi Bul
2017-08-06T10:31:14+0000
My husband and I attended the zoo workshop this morning. Loved every minute. Got some great tips and tricks. Well paced. Good amount of content. Matt is very helpful, patient and a genuinely nice bloke.
Gerda Vellinga
Gerda Vellinga
2017-08-06T09:12:40+0000
Matt's simple, no nonsense approach was a breath of fresh air. This 3 hour workshop won't turn you into a professional photographer but it will certainly turn you into a photographer who dares to try out various options to get a better result and with a "new" way of seeing what you want to shoot. Thanks Matt.
Michelle Brasington
Michelle Brasington
2017-08-06T03:14:23+0000
Josh Webb-Collins
Josh Webb-Collins
2017-08-04T01:45:02+0000
Natalie Caulfield Watkins
Natalie Caulfield Watkins
2017-08-02T11:00:04+0000
If your looking for a great photographer to teach you about editing and learning Lightroom I highly recommend Matt! He was awesome and I felt I learnt a lot and I can't wait to put it all into practice!!! Thanks heaps!!!
Patti Green
Patti Green
2017-07-29T08:08:26+0000
Professional, informative, instructive, fun. Ideas that can be incorporated into my work immediately.
Fiona Gains
Fiona Gains
2017-07-28T06:04:57+0000
Fantastic workshop , learnt so much, Matt is very generous with his expertise, thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Maria Woolley
Maria Woolley
2017-07-25T11:45:22+0000
Completed the Advanced Underwater photography course with Matt and can thoroughly recommend It. The whole learning experience was enjoyable and Matt has a way of making all aspects of photography easy to understand. Particularly helpful having his experience underwater, showing how to put the theory into practice. Will enjoy putting my new skills to the test!
Jason Bunce
Jason Bunce
2017-07-24T23:54:16+0000
Great under water workshop with Matt and Feet First Diving in Port Stephens this weekend. Matt was very well prepared and his lessons whilst being informal and easy to understand were very powerful. The practical sessions were fun and surprisingly interactive given the environment and I have plenty of food for thought as I progress with my uw photography. As usual the crew at Feet First Diving were very welcoming and helped make the weekend fun
Carol Raises McConchie
Carol Raises McConchie
2017-07-24T04:24:24+0000
I recently did the Astrophotography / Light Painting workshop in Cohuna with Matt and Shayne and it was absolutely amazing. I learned so much on this weekend and highly recommend it.
Stuart Hooper
Stuart Hooper
2017-07-23T09:27:14+0000
I did the 3 day advanced under water course hosted at feet feet first diving. The course was brilliant. It covered everything I needed to learn in order to move forward with my photography. The subjects were broken down into segments, that were easy to digest, and the explanations were in both plain English, and technical speak. So much better to be able to relate the two, rather than just getting the easy version. It's incredible that so much information was transferred, and that I've been able to retain it. That speaks volumes on matt's ability to teach! The dives were great, even though visibility was poor. Matt was on hand, and ready to change settings and explain them after. All in all, it was a fantastic course that I would strongly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their underwater photography skills.
Gary Eastwood
Gary Eastwood
2017-07-18T01:04:38+0000
I did the one day seascape course with Matt around a week or so ago. I'd been taking photos for around 6 months prior to the course and mainly do seascapes and I'm self taught. Main reasons I did the course was to one gain a bit more confidence in what I was doing, sort some exposure issues out when in high contrast light and to better understand composing a good image. All these needs were ticked off as well as understanding my camera better. Also got a few tips in Lightroom editing, as well as uploading in the correct resolution and format to social media. Now it's up to me to build on what I've learnt. The small number in this group allows for good one on one time during the day. I think this is a great course for anyone to do
Suzy Baldwin
Suzy Baldwin
2017-07-11T07:07:35+0000
I did a private Lightroom workshop with Matt and it was one of the best decisions I've made for a long time. Matt knows his stuff inside out so was able to tailor our workshop to the things I particularly wanted to learn. He is easy to get on with, gives clear, uncomplicated instruction, is generous with his knowledge, and extremely helpful. As well as illuminating Lightroom, he also taught me things about my Olympus OMD-EM1 that I didn't know, despite having taken four days of expensive classes on it — a real bonus. He gives you lots of notes so you have references to hang onto, and invites you to call with any subsequent problem (does he realise what he's letting himself in for?) So I'd recommend that you stop faffing about, driving yourself crazy and cursing the technology, and give Matt a call.
Bobbie Ross
Bobbie Ross
2017-07-10T00:41:42+0000
what an amazing afternoon we had with Matt doing the street photography. whilst we are not beginners at photography, we came away with another layer of knowledge and insight of how to get 'the shot'. a great way of explaining the settings on your camera, and a very creative approach to getting the photo we all aspire to. wonderful Matt, we look forward to doing more with you. it is all hands on, and so much fun ! thanks so much Matt.