TRAVEL & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP HOLIDAY TO MADAGASCAR
WHY SHOULD I CHOSE THIS MADAGASCAR PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY?
The best way to learn about what it’s like to go on this Madagascar photography workshop holiday is to check out my write up of the previous trip here.
This is the second photography workshop holiday that I have run to Madagascar. We cover travel, landscape and wildlife photography. The trip is all about learning, practising and experimenting with newly acquired techniques, tips and tricks, while exploring various locations across Madagascar. Time spent chatting about theory, sat indoors is almost non-existent! You learn macro photography in front of a colourful chameleon, landscape photography on top of a rocky outcrop in Isalo National Park and portrait photography as we get to know some local brick makers, or while wading in paddies.
By the end of the trip, you will feel confident about both technical and creative aspects of travel, landscape and wildlife photography. You will learn to take control of your camera using shutter speed, aperture and ISO to create the look that you want from your photography. More importantly, you will further your photographic eye, develop a proactive photography mindset and understand how to apply this to any given situation in order to allow you to capture eye-catching and emotive photographs when traveling in the future.
When we are not out and about, Matthew will provide feedback and guidance on photos taken during the day, as well as offering assistance with editing, organisation and output of images.
Full details of the itinerary can be seen on the Pioneer Expeditions website here.
The obvious lure is the lemurs, frolicking in the trees and bouncing along the ground, but there is an abundance of other wildlife too. With over 75% of Madagascar’s species being endemic to the island, this is the perfect opportunity to learn wildlife photography in the presence of rare and beautiful animals.
Wildlife photography is just one aspect of what you will learn. As we pass through small villages, meeting locals along the way, we will have opportunities for portrait, documentary and street photography too. And as we explore National Parks and hike past Baobab Trees, the focus shifts to landscape photography workshops.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out what some of the previous budding photographers say from the previous trip in 2018. There is also a gallery at the bottom of this page. Madagascar is an incredible country, offering the perfect combination of wildlife, people and landscape photography that will ensure you come back with a beautiful portfolio of images.
WHAT DO PREVIOUS GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE TRIP?
“Matthew is quite unlike any other Professional Photographer I have met on other photography holidays. Apart from his unique talent as a Photographer he has the gift of inspiring, encouraging and giving confidence to his pupils. Matthew is generous in sharing both his knowledge and his time with patience and understanding.” – Jean Dance
“Mathew mentored a group of seven of us with varying degrees of expertise. Mathew was extremely patient, and helpful, and put each one of us at ease. He cleared each of our doubts and encouraged us to go on to make wonderful photos. Looking back at my photos from the tour, it gladdens me that I have grown, and am now more comfortable with aspects of photography that I used to struggle with. I learnt from Matthew about aspects of composition, landscape photography, the importance of choosing appropriate backgrounds for subjects, and the overriding importance of telling a ‘story’ with your photos. Interacting with strangers in a busy Madagascar rural market, and photographing them was a unique experience I will remember for a long time. The need to be part of the scene and not a cold ‘observer’ while photographing people, was something I understood. The Madagascar photo tour with Matthew is an experience I will cherish. I must thank Matthew once more from the bottom of my heart for his mentoring.” – Dr Gowri Murthy
“We have just returned from the most amazing 4×4, 2,000km journey around Madagascar with photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis. The itinerary was tailor made to cover a variety of photographic opportunities ranging from wildlife in the rain forests, local traders in the markets, farmers on the incredible landscapes, and night shots of the infamous Baobab trees. Not to mention the numerous spontaneous stops along the way when opportunities presented themselves. Matthew was meticulous in his support of each member of this small group of 7 individuals and gave us all tremendous encouragement. We all succeeded in taking some superb images reflecting the culture, wildlife and beautiful country of Madagascar.
Thank you so much, what an experience!
Mike & Camilla White (Father & Daughter)”
“This trip was a fantastic way to explore Madagascar with its spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and friendly local people. From chatting to locals at work in the rice fields to watching the sunrise over stunning Jurassic sandstone cliffs, we had so many unique experiences that offered a photography opportunities and gave a unique perspective on Madagascar. Matthew’s passion for photography and top tips on technique, along with some patient explanations when needed, really helped me develop my skills as a photographer. Getting a close encounter with the lemurs was an amazing experience and I have been able to capture it all with some wonderful photos. Many thanks to Matthew for all his guidance and a truly unforgettable holiday.” – Sophie Price
DATES, PRICE & BOOKING
This photography holiday to Madagascar is taking place from 6 October to 19 October 2020. The cost is £3,395 excluding international flights, and there are only 8 places available. If you would like to register your interest, please get in touch with Matthew.