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Newsletter 40 - sent on the 17 April 2020
Making the best of a bad situation!
Firstly, I hope that you, and all those close to you are safe and well in these difficult and unprecedented times. The lockdown in the UK has proved to be more all encompassing than any of us imagined: I had planned to use this enforced time to scope out new shooting locations around Somerset, ready for to launch of a series of local courses once the world gets back to normal. However, now it seems that driving anywhere is a counter-revolutionary act, I have been using my exercise slots to simply walk around the nearby Somerset levels, looking out for the wildlife. Sightings of herons and Roe Deer are common and thankfully, sightings of people are rare! All the same, I am looking forward to when restrictions are eased and I can get back to some of my favourite local photographic locations that are a little further afield - such as the Avalon Marshes and their Starling mumerations, or some of the atmospheric hollow roads of the county.
In the meantime, I am trying to make the most of my time. Almost all of the staff at Intrepid Travel, who provide the land arrangements for my tours, are furloughed, so there is not much that I can do to launch new itineraries for the time being. Consequently, I am trying to clear a massive backlog of picture-editing from the past few years - a somewhat Herculean task, bearing in mind the fantastic trips I have carried out recently. I am also finally getting on to preparing the plans for the conversion of the old coach house at my new place in Somerset. Downstairs is going to be my office, with teaching/courses space upstairs.
To find something worthwhile to do, and also to help subscribers out, I am ramping up our tips section for Adobe Lightroom, and will endeavour to send these out more regularly. I am also offering our mentoring service at half the usual price. More details below.
Mentoring at home!
We have been successfully offering a mentoring service for a couple of years now, giving targeted personal tuition and advice to a range of people, who are all keen to improve their photography. Mentoring allows me to personally assist you in various photographic projects, and brush up on techniques. As most of the world is shut in at the moment, this is a perfect opportunity to clear that backlog of pictures, learn processing skills on Adobe Lightroom, or even learn new skills with your camera.
Our mentoring service will allow you to have virtual personal time with myself - by phone, Skype or email - and help to make this enforced isolation as productive as possible, until we are all free to hit the road once again!
There are a number of skills that you can develop and practise - even on a daily exercise walk. This might include mastering exposure, panning or even focus-stacking to maximise depth of field. If you head out under the cover of darkness then you could even try shooting star trails or even the Lyrid meteor shower!
If you would like to learn more about our mentoring service, please use this link. Remember: we are currently offering a 50% discount on our mentoring service compared to our previous prices!
Mastering Adobe Lightroom!
Although other RAW processing solutions are available, (and we will detail these on this link), Adobe Lightroom is the most widely used. We have been running Lightroom tips on our newsletters for some time, but are expanding these into regular guides for how to get the most out of this powerful piece of software.
Many photographers are intimidated by Lightroom, others dismiss it as just messing around on a computer. RAW processing though is as vital a part of picture taking process - in much the same way that the darkroom used to be an integral part of black and white film photography. Lightroom can also help you to organise your collection of photographs, caption them and even plot them on a map.
You can see the first part of our coverage of RAW processing and Lightroom on this link.
Impressions of Namibia
We have two departures for out proposed trip to Namibia in Autumn next year, and although the World is currently in lockdown we are hopeful that they will be able to run. We have even had three intrepid souls provisionally book in the couple of weeks since our last newsletter, so things are looking a lot more positive.
Namibia is an incredible destination for a photography tour, offering abundant wildlife, stunning landscapes, historic sites, atmospheric towns and traditional tribes. It is truly one of the most photogenic countries in Africa, and offers a totally unique wildlife experience!
I was trying to make a list of the highlights of this trip, but virtually every day has some sort of highlight to it. From photographing star trails over endemic Quiver Trees, to watching sunrise over the Fish River Canyon; from the Kolmanskop ghost town to the sun rising on Dead Vlei; from photographing seals at Cape Cross to meeting Himba people in Damaraland; and from looking for rare desert elephants to photographing black rhinos at Okakuejo Camp. On this trip you will get to experience so much, and we will be there to make sure that you get the most out of your time, and come back with more incredible pictures than you ever thought possible.
You can see a gallery of images of what we expect to photograph on this trip on this link.
We have two dates organised for Impressions of Namibia: departing Windhoek on the 23 September and 14 October, each for 15 days. The first trip is led by Steve Davey and now costs from £3895; the second trip by photographer Jamie Marshall and now costs from £3745 per person based on twinshare.
To see more of the amazing places that we visit on this exciting photography tour, you can see the full itinerary here, or if you want to book up a place on the trip, you can find the booking form here. Until the Covid19 situation is resolved we are taking provisional bookings, but not asking for deposits for the time being.
The pdf for this trip can be downloaded on this link.
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