James Gifford Photography
"Excellent instruction. I leave with a new vision of what I want to achieve in my own photography." Jackie Deely, Scheduled Workshop
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, Private Safari
My scheduled workshops are proving increasingly popular and have kick-started at least one photographic career. This year I am running safaris with Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours as well as Letaka Safaris.
Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours Botswana 2018: Jun 18 - Jun 27; Oct 10 - Oct 21 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.
Zimbabwe: 2018: Sep 10 - Sep 20 FULLY BOOKED Victoria Falls-Hwange-Mana Pools 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.
Botswana Luxury Lodge 2018: Nov 25 - Dec 1 Okavango Delta-Kanana-Shinde Taking advantage of two stunning private concessions operated by Ker & Downey Botswana, you will spend 3 nights each in two beautiful luxury lodges, whilst activities will be in a private vehicle ensuring you gain the most from the photographic tuition. From predators and plains game to mesmerising bird life, we will cover all aspects of wildlife photography and being on a private concession allows complete exclusivity. Max 4 guests.
Letaka Safaris Botswana: 2018: May 24 - Jun 2; Nov 8 - Nov 17 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.
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.
"The trip was beyond expectations" Paul Lloyd, Scheduled Workshop
"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.