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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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.
Deborah Gallant
Deborah Gallant
2017-07-10T00:38:31+0000
In one word Awesome, Matt has a way of teaching the technical side that makes sense. I learnt so much about composition, how to look at a subject in an ordinary way, then to look at other angles to take the photo from ordinary to extraordinary (with practice they will be extraordinary) His style is laid back and honest. I can't wait for the next workshop I do with Matt.
Sean Fenkl-Beirne
Sean Fenkl-Beirne
2017-07-09T23:04:00+0000
Agnes Mifsud
Agnes Mifsud
2017-07-09T21:36:23+0000
Who knew you could learn so much in 3hrs! Best course for a beginner such as myself:)
Chris Milici
Chris Milici
2017-07-08T07:36:38+0000
I absolutely loved Matt's seascape and pier course, he made it seem easy! Can't wait to do more. Thanks Matt.
Meridith Berrington
Meridith Berrington
2017-07-07T12:13:52+0000
I attended Matt's travel photography workshop this week and have come away feeling much more confident with my camera + a bunch of very helpful ideas and techniques that are already making a difference to my photography. Really appreciated the bonus smartphone camera tips too because sometimes it's just easier to whip the phone out. Highly recommend, Matt is generous with his time and advice and clearly puts thought and effort into making sure everyone gets plenty from his workshops regardless of what sort of camera they have. Thanks Matt!
Debbie DIck
Debbie DIck
2017-07-07T00:19:25+0000
I just completed the Travel and Street Photography course with Matt. It was a fabulous afternoon full of theory, helpful tips, and lots of opportunity to take photos under the guidance of an experienced photographer. I felt like I learnt a lot and can't wait to get out again to practice what I learnt. I would highly recomment the course to all who have an interest in photography. Thanks Matt for an interesting and informative course.
Dorothy Wilson
Dorothy Wilson
2017-07-06T12:18:15+0000
I have just taken part in Matts "Travel & Sreet scenes" session and I can't speak highly enough of it. Matt is very patient and explains everything clearly. I learnt so much about my camera and what it's capabilities are. I look forward to putting my newly acquired knowledge into practice and I will definitely be doing another session with Matt.
Michela Clarkson
Michela Clarkson
2017-07-05T11:42:44+0000
I did a one-one-one workshop with Matt in the CBD, and it was well worth the investment. As well as lots of clear advice on the tech stuff that can otherwise be made over-complicated, Matt showed me how to get really interesting and surprising shots, where I ordinarily wouldn't have bothered reaching for the camera. I also got experience and needed encouragement in approaching people on the street for shots. Recommended.
Chris Taft
Chris Taft
2017-07-01T09:02:38+0000
Did an underwater photography course with Matt. Great course and great teacher. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend!!!
Adriana Mahne
Adriana Mahne
2017-06-27T07:40:06+0000
Before I had even met Matt or purchased a course, he helped me choosing my underwater camera setup, free of charge. I am still extremely happy with my setup and very much value the initial advice Matt gave me. Will book on one of his courses soon.
Lucy Garner
Lucy Garner
2017-06-25T03:50:03+0000
WARNING: These courses will make you addicted to photography and how to get the best shots you can! Matt has found the perfect mix of theory (that is presented in a way that makes it less intimidating than it seems) and the practical of just getting out there and shooting - with all the support you need. As a beginner to photography, the skills I've learnt have been easily transferable to conditions/environments outside the course and I've left the workshops confident to practice by myself! The small sizes mean regardless of your experience level there is always something you can take from these workshops. I've attended the Zoo and Seascapes workshops and will no doubt book into another one soon!
Catherine Noone
Catherine Noone
2017-06-24T23:02:16+0000
Matt's technical knowledge, enthusiasm and friendly personality make him a superb teacher. His tours are a great way to learn more about photography while having an enjoyable day out.
Sam Skam Bryden
Sam Skam Bryden
2017-06-24T22:55:27+0000
Matt has an incredible way of explaining things that just makes sense. Friendly, attentive and the follow up support post course is 2nd to none. An incredibly talented guy who has a passion for sharing his knowledge with others. Highly recommended.
Jay Jay
Jay Jay
2017-06-23T02:31:46+0000
Matt's seascape course is an absolute necessity to anyone who wants to learn how to use filters on their camera. Just the right amount of theroy to understand what you will need which doesn't drag out so you can do what you love. Matt takes you through all the great ideas you will need for good composition and also takes you through all the settings within you camera to get that shot you are looking for. I highly recommend this course and I could imagine all his other courses will be run in this same professional but relaxed manner.. Thanks Matt for the great day out.
Paul Gavin
Paul Gavin
2017-06-18T09:57:59+0000
Had my first 1-on-1 with Matt to kickstart my learning with the new camera. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Matt had listened to the kind of photos I took and what I found interesting, in order to design a few hours that would be most beneficial. I have much to practice and remember... will definitely be a repeat customer
Wally Lyons
Wally Lyons
2017-06-15T10:39:59+0000
Thanks Matt For a fantastic morning out at your Melbourne Zoo Workshop this week Wednesday the 14/6/17, all of your help not only with my camera settings but also on how to place your subject in the frame and to use the foreground to fill the shot was great. The photos came out great. Looking forward to another workshop with you in the future and just to let you know I purchased the Zoo membership. Many thanks Wally Lyons.
Christine van Schie
Christine van Schie
2017-06-14T20:56:36+0000
My first workshop about photography ever! Matt's teaching is very easy to understand. We had the worksop at the Melbourne Zoo and my photos where instantly so much better. Looking forward to the next workshop. It was a great day. 🍀
Mandy McKernan
Mandy McKernan
2017-06-14T07:39:26+0000
Attended Matts Zoo photography workshop today, what a great learning experience. Matt managed to make some of the complex setting with camera settings seem so simple, helping to produce great photos. I will be looking out for more of Matts workshops to get the most from my photography. Thanks Matt
Melissa Goodman
Melissa Goodman
2017-06-12T10:13:31+0000
Nick Gerling
Nick Gerling
2017-06-05T09:02:07+0000
I attended Matt's Zoo workshop on the weekend with the course being a present from my wife. I have attended a few different courses now with different teachers, but Matt's session was the best so far. His ability to breakdown complex camera settings into layman terms was fantastic and made things easy to understand. The hints and tips he shared will not only serve me well in a safari game park but in my backyard as well! Can't wait to attend the Melbourne by Night course later this week!
Natasha Faulkner
Natasha Faulkner
2017-06-04T01:28:25+0000
My husband bought Matts Zoo workshop for my 30th after saying I wanted to learn to use my camera. Matts workshop was amazing! I left feeling quite impressed with my new set of skills. Will definitely be signing up to more in the future!
George Chisholm
George Chisholm
2017-06-03T09:18:50+0000
Legend. Amazing camer and photography knowledge. You'll learn a lot.