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Newsletter 41 - sent on the 8 June 2020
Light at the end of the tunnel!
The last ten weeks have been hard for everyone: although some countries are easing restrictions, life in the UK still seems a long way from any semblance of normal. There signs of light at the end of the tunnel though, and we are beginning to ramp up preparations for when the lockdown finally ends.
In April, Intrepid Travel (who provide all of the land arrangements for my tours) postponed all departures through to the end of September. This means that the first of our Namibia trips will not happen - although we are hoping to run the October trip. I am desperate to get back on the road though, and am in the process of setting up a series of departures for next year.
I am also spending a lot of time trying to juggle home-schooling with working on a series of UK tours and workshops; which involves exploring and shooting in my local area, drawing up plans for the conversion of an outbuilding into a teaching and courses space and also experimenting with drone photography. The roof of the out-building is in the background of the church next door to our place in the country.
This newsletter also has the next instalment of our Lightroom tips, to help you to get the most out of your image post-processing.
Impressions of Namibia
We are still hoping to run October's departure to the fascinating country of Namibia as scheduled, but at the moment are waiting to see how the UK and international travel situation develops.
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!
On this incredible tour, we really do take in the best that this desert country has to offer. We visit a range of landscapes - from Fish River, the second largest canyon in the World, to the soaring sand dunes of Sossusvlei. We also visit a shipwreck on the remote Atlantic coast. There are many historical sites in the country, including the colonial town of Swakopmund. We also explore the deserted mining town of Kolmanskop and rock carvings in Damaraland.
It is for wildlife though that Namibia is famous. We explore the incredible Etosha National Park, search for desert elephants on Damaraland, watch flamingos in Walvis Bay and also visit the sprawling Cape Cross FurSeal Colony.
You can see a gallery of images of what we expect to photograph on this trip on this link.
We now have one date organised for Impressions of Namibia: departing Windhoek on the 14 October for 15 days. The trip 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.
Mentoring at home!
As the country opens up, then the options for heading out to take pictures increases. This is a perfect time to brush up on your photographic skills before your next big trip abroad. 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!
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.
If you would like to learn more about our mentoring service, please use this link. We are currently offering a 50% discount on our mentoring service compared to our previous prices!
Mastering Adobe Lightroom!
If nothing else, then the 14 day quarantine period for travellers returning to the UK will be a great opportunity to get up to date with the post-processing of any pictures from the trip! You won't want to waste the time you have though. Our series of Lightroom tips will help you to master this sophisticated program, and to bring out the best of your images. You can see the second part of our coverage of RAW processing and Lightroom on this link.
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