Saturday, April 09, 2011
Thoughts on Andy Biggs Photo Safaris and Thomson Safaris
I am posting only new images you haven't seen in this entry, which was a challenge since most of my favorite images I have posted in prior entries. You can check out all my favorite Tanzania images in the Tanzania 2011 gallery.
If you're looking for a condensed review of either Thomson or Andy Biggs, here it is: they're both awesome, they're worth the cost, go sign up. See, nice and simple :)
I am a little wary of photography workshops these days. It seems that just about any photographer with even a modicum of photographic talent seems to be offering a workshop. They all claim that if you sign up with them, you'll get to take the kinds of amazing pictures they take. I talked about the elements that make a good workshop leader in this previous post, so I won't rehash them here.
However, Andy isn't a mind reader (yet, though if I know him, he's probably beta testing a mind reading product as I write this :) ). If there's something you don't know or some question you have, you have to speak up and ask it. Also, its better to do it at the beginning of the trip (or even before the trip, trust me, he'll reply to your email in a timely manner) so that you can put whatever new thing you've learned to practice. I know that for some people it can intimidating having just met a group of ~12 strangers, but if your photography is important to you, you need to speak up and get your questions answered.
Also, Andy has started putting together some videos on photographing in safari vehicles, so make sure to check those out.
So, now that I've hopefully convinced you to sign up, what can you expect? I don't want to go into every detail, there are little surprises that I wouldn't want to spoil.
Andy's Africa work, but ones of other photographers (including the incredible work of Nick Brandt) for inspiration. Keep in mind that what you are going to do is opportunistic photography. You aren't going to see the same animals, in the same settings or the in same light as others have. When you see an opportunity to make an interesting image, you take it, even if its something else you had in mind. The image with the Zebras drinking is not something I had in mind when I saw the scene and was definitely opportunity photography.