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Safari Photography Private Lessons

Learn the Art and Craft of Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy with Our Com­pre­hen­sive, Hands-On Course Tai­lored for Your Safari Adven­ture

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Safari & WILDLIFE Pho­tog­ra­phy Les­son
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  • Up to 7 hours of instruc­tion (plus a 1‑hour lunch break)
  • Toron­to Zoo admis­sion includ­ed
  • Per­son­al­ized pho­tog­ra­phy instruc­tion
  • Prac­ti­cal in-zoo expe­ri­ence
  • Cus­tomized instruc­tion based on your planned activ­i­ties
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Course Overview

About the Course: Your Journey to Learning Safari Photography

Embark­ing on a safari is a once-in-a-life­time expe­ri­ence, and my Safari Pho­tog­ra­phy Pri­vate Lessons are designed to ensure you cap­ture those pre­cious moments with skill and artistry. This course is your key to under­stand­ing and mas­ter­ing the core prin­ci­ples of pho­tog­ra­phy, cru­cial for the dynam­ic con­di­tions you’ll encounter on a safari.

I will guide you through effec­tive tech­niques for shoot­ing in var­i­ous light con­di­tions, cap­tur­ing mov­ing sub­jects, and com­pos­ing impact­ful wildlife images. More­over, I’ll help you become adept with your cam­era equip­ment, ensur­ing you can con­fi­dent­ly oper­ate it to seize those fleet­ing moments of wildlife won­der.

My aim is not just to equip you with the tech­ni­cal skills, but also to instill the con­fi­dence you need to cre­ate beau­ti­ful images that tru­ly encap­su­late the essence of your safari expe­ri­ence. Join me, and trans­form your safari adven­ture into a stun­ning visu­al nar­ra­tive that lasts a life­time.

Giraffe portrait against a cloudy blue sky.

Course Details

Safari Photography Course Details

This course embraces the fact that every pho­tog­ra­pher’s jour­ney is unique. Whether you need a cus­tomized les­son plan that address­es spe­cif­ic weak­ness­es or gaps in under­stand­ing, or you’d pre­fer a tried-and-test­ed approach that has ben­e­fit­ed past stu­dents, I’ve got you cov­ered. Here’s a snap­shot of what the course can include:

  • Cam­era Oper­a­tion: I’ll help you under­stand your cam­era and its oper­at­ing prin­ci­ples. We’ll delve into key set­tings and fea­tures of your cam­era that are essen­tial for suc­cess­ful safari pho­tog­ra­phy.
  • Pho­to­graph­ic Tech­nique: Safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy pose unique chal­lenges. I’ll share tech­niques for shoot­ing in harsh light, cap­tur­ing sharp images of mov­ing ani­mals, cre­at­ing dra­mat­ic expo­sures, and max­i­miz­ing the poten­tial of gold­en hours.
  • Com­po­si­tion: Dis­cov­er how to frame strik­ing wildlife images. We’ll dis­cuss rule-free tech­niques to over­come the psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­ri­ers to ide­al pho­to­graph­ic com­po­si­tions.
  • Lens, Fil­ter, and Gear Guid­ance: Get insights on the best lens­es for safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy. We’ll dis­cuss the prac­ti­cal and artis­tic impor­tance of lens fil­ters, tripods, and cam­era pro­tec­tion.
  • Prac­ti­cal Expe­ri­ence at Toron­to Zoo: Prac­tice makes per­fect. Apply the pho­to­graph­ic tech­niques you’ve learned on our ani­mal pals at the Toron­to Zoo.
  • Eth­i­cal Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy: We’ll dis­cuss the impor­tance of respect for wildlife and their habi­tats to ensure your pho­tog­ra­phy does­n’t neg­a­tive­ly impact the ani­mals or their envi­ron­ment.

Whether you’re a begin­ner or inter­me­di­ate pho­tog­ra­ph­er, this pri­vate work­shop aims to enhance your tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties and give you the con­fi­dence to cap­ture the majes­tic moments a safari offers. Let’s cre­ate your per­son­al­ized expe­ri­ence to mas­ter safari pho­tog­ra­phy.

Customization options

Customization Options: Tailored for Your Safari Adventure

I’m more than hap­py to pro­vide cus­tom quotes for addi­tion­al ser­vices. These could include:

  • extra les­son days at the zoo
  • addi­tion­al par­tic­i­pants
  • and pro­fes­sion­al pho­to orga­ni­za­tion and edit­ing ser­vices for those want­i­ng an expert touch on their safari pho­tographs.

For these or any oth­er cus­tomiza­tion inquiries, please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

Private lesson FAQ

Common Questions

How many can attend? Can I bring a friend?

Our safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are priced for a sin­gle par­tic­i­pant. Addi­tion­al par­tic­i­pants may be added upon request at the rate of $232 (plus tax) per per­son per day. 

Where are your safari pho­tog­ra­phy class­es held?

The safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are held at the Toron­to Zoo, which is locat­ed at 2000 Mead­ow­vale Rd, Toron­to, ON M1B 5K7. We meet near the front gate at the start of our les­son. Your admis­sion to the zoo is includ­ed with your les­son fee.

The post-trip pho­to edit­ing les­son can be held in your home or any­where else. The price includes our trav­el with­in the City of Toron­to bor­ders. For loca­tions out­side the City of Toron­to but with­in the GTA, a nom­i­nal ser­vice fee of $50 (plus tax) will be paid. Alter­na­tive­ly, this edit­ing les­son can take place remote­ly, using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. 

Important details

Important Details

Accepted cameras:

  • Our pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are suit­able for all cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode. 
  • All brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras are accept­ed for this work­shop.
  • Con­tact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for a pri­vate work­shop.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era, lens(es), and acces­sories you want to learn about
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)1 A full day of pho­tog­ra­phy is try­ing for any cam­era. Please bring your bat­tery charg­er and a sec­ond bat­tery to ensure your cam­era works through the entire les­son.
  • Mem­o­ry card (emp­tied)
  • Cam­era man­u­al

What to wear

Expo­sure Ther­a­py’s safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy lessons take place out­doors at the Toron­to Zoo. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold days.2 Please note that the lithi­um bat­ter­ies pow­er­ing your cam­era may exhib­it dimin­ished pow­er out­put in cold con­di­tions. When sub­ze­ro air tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast for the day of your work­shop, we rec­om­mend bring­ing two or more cam­era bat­ter­ies.

Location of Safari and wildlife private photography lessons

The safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are held at the Toron­to Zoo (2000 Mead­ow­vale Rd, Toron­to, ON M1B 5K7). The loca­tion for post-trip Light­room cours­es can be your home, office, or favourite scenic spot or café. The les­son fees include our trav­el with­in the City of Toron­to (except the islands). There’s a nom­i­nal extra fee of $50 plus tax for in-home lessons locat­ed out­side the City of Toron­to and with­in the Greater Toron­to Area (defined as the City of Toron­to, Mis­sis­sauga, Vaugh­an, Rich­mond Hill, Markham, and Pick­er­ing). 

Paid admission

The price of the safari and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy les­son includes your admis­sion fee to the Toron­to Zoo.

Remote video lessons

We request you sched­ule your post-trip edit­ing course for a date no lat­er than 12 weeks after return­ing from your adven­ture. 

If you live out­side our includ­ed trav­el area for in-home lessons, you may choose to take your post-trip Light­room course via remote video (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

Cancellation and refunds

Cancellation of in-person private lessons

Our full can­cel­la­tion and refund pol­i­cy is found in the Terms of Sale. The fol­low­ing sum­ma­ry is for your con­ve­nience:

  • You can request a full refund up to 7 days after pay­ment if no date for the les­son has been set.
  • You can also resched­ule up to 24 hours before the les­son. How­ev­er, if a new time can’t be agreed upon and it’s more than 7 days after pay­ment, no refund is giv­en.