James Gifford Photography
"Excellent instruction. I leave with a new vision of what I want to achieve in my own photography." Jackie Deely
Fancy Yourself as a Pro?
If you would like to take your photography to the next level, then you can't beat some intensive hands-on tuition while on location. Whether you are a beginner with your first DSLR or a seasoned hobbyist who is ready to emulate your award-winning idols, we are here to help. The benefit of learning in the field is that you can practice what you have learnt straight away - our classroom is the African wilderness with subjects around every corner.
If you plan to stay in lodges, you can book me to accompany you on your private safari where the photography will be tailored to your every whim. Alternatively, I host specialist photographic workshops with set itineraries catering for a maximum of 6 people. Either way, we will cover the whole gamut of photographic skills from technical fundamentals to different lighting techniques, creative shutter speeds, landscapes, stars and much more with plenty of feedback on your images.
"You went far beyond teaching us about wildlife photography and your sense of hospitality is incredible....we've learned so much." Detlev & Jonquil Hackenberg
My scheduled workshops are proving increasingly popular and have kick-started at least one photographic career. This year I am running my own custom-designed safaris as well as my usual itineraries with Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours and Letaka Safaris.
A Photographer's Dream Safari 2019: Jul 18 - Jul 28 FULLY BOOKED Kenya's Masai Mara & Uganda's Impenetrable Forest
This 11-day itinerary is possibly the ultimate photographer's safari. First we will spend 6 days soaking up the magic of the Masai Mara, with all its predators and potentially thousands of wildebeest, where our time will be split between two luxury camps. After a short flight, we venture into Uganda's pristine rainforest, where we will embark upon by two mountain gorilla treks, staying at a luxury lodge located just a few metres from the start of the treks. The limited spaces were snapped up just a few days after I launched the itinerary this year but I hope to be running at least one and hopefully two of these trips in 2020. Dates to follow. Max. 6 guests.
Botswana Wildlife Explorer with Amazing Views 2019: Oct 6 - Oct 17 Moremi-Khwai-Savute-Chobe River
Surely the best itinerary available in Botswana's National Parks, we will be spending 3 nights on a mobile safari in each of Moremi, Khwai and Savute – amongst the top game-viewing destinations in the country, followed by 2 days based at a lodge in Kasane (for the October trip), photographing on the famous Chobe River. Both vehicles and boats will be specially kitted out for photographers. Max 4 guests per vehicle.
Botswana's Northern Highlights with Letaka Safaris 2019: Nov 12 - Nov 21 Moremi-Khwai-Savute
Travel through Botswana's most impressive game and predator rich habitats with 3 nights at each location on a mobile safari, finishing with a boat cruise on the Chobe River. You are guaranteed to come away with jaw-dropping images courtesy of a vehicle kitted out for photographers and expert and exclusive tuition. Max 6 guests.
Untouched Africa with Amazing Views 2019: Sep 15 - Sep 25 Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls-Hwange National Park-Mana Pools-Victoria Falls
You will learn all manner of photography skills whilst on this remarkably diverse itinerary with the opportunity to practice landscapes at Victoria Falls before the game-rich excitement of Hwange (3 nights) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools (6 nights, 2 locations) - widely regarded as one of Africa's greatest parks. Accommodation is in luxury lodges and there is a max of 5 guests on the whole safari ensuring absolute exclusivity.
From offering advice over your perfect itinerary to ensuring you get the best possible shot whilst on safari and teaching you everything I know along the way, this is about as close as you can get to guaranteeing the perfect safari of a lifetime and of course you will end up with some jaw-dropping images to make all your friends ridiculously jealous.
"Your ability to talk to all levels of photographers was amazing. You were creative, responsive to people’s needs…you pushed our skills to the next level.” David Newman
"Truly memorable trip of a lifetime.....could not find any faults...." Agneta Winston, Scheduled Workshop
All workshops cater for every level of photographer and are unique in having a professional photographer as well as a local guide (with decades of combined experience), ensuring individual attention and guaranteeing you will return home with spectacular professional images. My goal is to share all my photographic secrets with you garnered from many years in the field. For more information or to get in touch click on the Contact tab above.