Wild Studio Photographic Safari - Botswana & Kenya
The wilderness as your photographic classroom
Great Plains Conservation founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert are world-renowned conservationists, photographers, and Emmy award-winning filmmakers. For over 25 years they have been showcasing Africa’s most remote and extraordinary wildlife strongholds to the world. If you want to perfect your wildlife photography, Great Plains’ Wild Studio is the place to do it.
Despite its prestige, ‘Wild Studio’ is an accessible, tailored photographic experience available to all, no matter your ability, experience or camera equipment. The most recent Wildlife Photographer of the Year image was taken on a GoPro. Exploring the richest wildlife habitats of Botswana or Kenya with expert guides and a photographic instructor, you’ll be immersed in pristine wilderness, poised and in position for the perfect shot! You will guided through the technical aspects of photography and develop a meaningful portfolio which may even be published.
Objective focused photography - a unique way to learn
You define your own brief and together with your instructor you will create ‘focus chapters’ to cover what you’d like to achieve. There could be 'birds in flight', 'soul of the elephant', 'zebras in action', 'the predators of the savanna' – anything! The concept draws on the strategy used by professional and National Geographic photographers. Having a brief allows you to really hone your skills in a focused way rather than scouting the reserves randomly. It will help to produce better images.
Where and when
Workshops are based at Selinda Camp and Duba Expedition Camp, Botswana and ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Expedition Camp, Kenya and itineraries range from four to seven nights. We have a range of fixed dates and special rates, some of which attract savings of up to 25%. Please contact us for further details.
All vehicles have been modified to provide camera supports and beanbags. Beanbags provide the most universal solution for the majority of photographers but the vehicles can be tailored around anyone’s requirements including gimbal supports by using additional clamps.
The course has been designed to accommodate non-photographers and is ideal for couples, families or groups of friends with a variety of interests.
Conservation photography & facial recognition research project
Raising awareness about conserving our habitats through the medium of photography is at the core of Wild Studio. Simply showing your friends and family your new photographic skills and the incredible sights you have seen goes to great lengths in raising awareness to protect the wilderness. Great Plains are also working with the University of Surrey – UK, on a ground breaking wildlife monitoring facial recognition project. All photographers will be able to participate in this should they wish by gathering data whilst out in the field.
“Because of our careers in photography, many guests and travellers to our camps expect something photographic, a cut above others. Often, very keen photographers want to learn more, or improve upon this amazing craft. With this in mind, we have introduced the ‘Great Plains Conservation – Wild Studio”
Dereck Joubert - CEO, Great Plains Conservation
Why we like it
Prestigious photographic experience from Dereck and Beverly Joubert
Open to everyone, no matter your experience or camera equipment
Expert photographic tuition
Luxurious safari camps and lodges