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Roger and Pat De La Harpe Photography Course

Day 1

Lets talk cameras!

Everyone looked a little confused at the beginning of the course

A big thanks to African Imagery for hosting their recent photo workshop with us here at Umkhumbi Lodge in Hluhluwe.

Well, ok, not exactly dinosaurs, but pretty close! Today was spent at Zulu Croc – the crocodile centre a mere 5 minute drive from Umkhumbi Lodge.

Everyone was a bit shy at first and stayed as a group around a single enclosure – it wasn’t long however until everyone was lying on the ground trying to get some nice crocodile close-ups through the fences.

The crocs were very considerate and sat nice and close to the fences

More confident with their cameras and eager to get on!

Then it was time for the photography workshop to really begin. Here is where Roger De La Harpe and all attendees (gently) picked apart images. It’s great, not only did we learn from our mistakes but everyone elses as well.

Day 2 – Afternoon

Portrait photography!

Ntombi in her beads

Poor Ntombi she had the joyful job of posing for us. Ntombi works at the lodge, and as well as cleaning the rooms, feeding the iguanas and occasionally being one of our servers at the lappa, she now had to smile until her cheeks hurt (thankfully Ntombi is so usually always so cheerful this isn’t too much of a problem for her)!

Dressed in beaded clothes Ntombi was the perfect model for us.

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Poor Ntombi surrounded by all our flashes. She looked stunning though!

And I have to say, I have a lot of respect for fashion magazine photographers, people are not as easy to shoot as they look!

Day 3 – Last day :’(

Touch up class and snakes!

The morning started with a brief critique of our shots of Ntombi and then Roger further helped us to enhance the beauty of our shots with some five minute touch ups using Adobe Lightroom.

To finish up, snakes.

From Antons collection in the garage: juvenile Puff Adder, juvenile Gaboon Adder and a Variable Bush Viper.

Pics to follow!

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3 Responses to Roger and Pat De La Harpe Photography Course

  1. Roger de La Harpe March 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    What a great photo workshop and a great bunch of people. We got some really great pix of 2 of my favourite species – crocs and snakes.

    Will hopeful see you in Howick at the end of the month on our Lightroom Workshop.

  2. safari to Zambia March 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    This sounds like a great idea! My husband and I are looking at going on safari but neither of us are great photographers. It would be great to learn a few more techniques and to get a bit more experience before going out on safari. It would be terrible to go all that way and to come back with poor pictures.

    • Lacey April 3, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      It certainly improved my photography, I can definitely recommend doing the course!
      We are currently arranging another course with Roger and Pat again soon. I’ll let you know when it is!

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