On these outdoor ‘adventure’ workshops your gear will play a big part. You must be sure that you are comfortable with what you are carrying. If hiking into any mountain area, there is always the possibility of sudden changes in the weather. For this reason you need to be well prepared when Mother Nature throws her nasty side at you.
You are obviously going to be carrying your photography gear with you. There are some great hiking and outdoor photography bags on the market. I carry a First Accent 60l bag, mainly a hiking back pack, but it easily fits all of my photography gear, one man tent, camping mattress, food and of course a really nice and cozy sleeping bag. After walking, climbing and scrambling the entire day a good nights sleep is all you need.
Make sure not to be cheap when it comes to boots and socks, you do not want to sit with blisters when you know that have to still hike all the way down a mountain.
These adventures really do produce unique image making opportunities and you need to be ready to grab these. I prefer to have my camp set up a couple of hours before sunset, this way you have time to scout for the images you want and plan ahead for the shoot. It is important to try and get things right in the field as far as you possibly can. There are many techniques that can be used out in the field. The use of a good tripod and even filters will make your life a lot easier when you are trying to make beautiful images.
I like to shoot 3 exposures of each scene. Most DSLR cameras will have this function built in as a function setting. These three images can then easily be blended together using masks in Photoshop. It is also recommended that you shoot in RAW, this way you keep a lot of information such as shadow detail and you can bring these back into your scene using simple techniques in Lightroom or Photoshop.
When shooting a landscape scene it is often difficult to capture everything that you want in one shot. Thanks to today’s technology this can easily be overcome. By using a steady tripod and overlapping parts of the shots that you take, you can create beautiful panoramic images that will print out nice and big. I will be doing a write up on this pretty soon.
Like many other photographers I am setting up a post-processing area on my website where I will be giving you tips on things like exposure blending, painting in light, dodging and burning and also sharpening your images for web or print.
If you would like to purchase any of my Drakensberg prints please click through to my shop page. These limited edition prints are numbered and hand signed by me.
I also offer guided photography workshops up to the top. Not as a hiking guide, but to help you find the best spots to capture the Drakensberg.
These workshops and tours are for beginners to experienced photographers. How much instruction you receive is entirely up to you. We cover everything, from the basics for the beginners to more advanced techniques and editing.
We believe in proper planning and preparation. Upon registering, you will receive regular e-mails with complete details on itinerary, proper clothing, essential camera gear, etc. If you have any questions any time before the start of our workshop, we are here to ensure you are properly prepared.
We do offer hiking and camping gear if needed and it is possible to book porters to help you carry your gear up and down the mountain.
Find more information on www.drakensbergphotography.com or www.seankonig.co.za
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