imireOur photographic workshops give you the opportunity to learn more about photography with instruction from a professional photographer whilst on safari with a qualified professional guide, in the most beautiful safari venues imaginable.
With your professional photography instructor on hand at all times you will learn more about various photographic techniques commensurate with your level of  experience and how to more fully utilise your camera equipment.
By limiting the number of people on the course to a maximum of six we are able to offer highly personalised attention from the photographic instructor, both at camp and out on game viewing activities.
Christopher Scott holds a Bachelor of Journalism (BJourn) degree specialising in Photographic Journalism as well as a Post Diploma in Media Management (PDMM) from
Rhodes University. His love of his profession, for Africa and for wildlife have seen him working as a freelance Photojournalist throughout southern Africa and his articles have been published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers and websites.
imire giraffeABOUT THE VENUES:
Just 105 kms by road east of Harare lies Imire Safari Ranch. A uniquely rich and diverse area this rolling bushveld of indigenous flora and fauna offers an extraordinary experience not to be found anywhere else. You are able to take your self out of the world of materialism, cell phones, televisions and all of the 1st worlds trappings. Come into our world of a simple farmhouse lodge consisting of 6 thatched rondavel cottages with en suite bathrooms set in the heart of the ranch. Our Lodge is small, our staff are dedicated, the atmosphere is intimate and friendly and you will get the attention and service you deserve.
DAY ONE (Friday):
Arrive at Sable Lodge on Friday evening in time for sundowners on the platform at the dam followed by dinner at the boma.
A brief introduction and the course itinerary will be discussed after dinner.
imire rhinoDAY TWO (Saturday):
Awake early in the morning for a quick tea and coffee before departing on an early morning game drive for the opportunity to potentially see black rhino, buffalo, elephant and much more.
Return for a mid morning breakfast before attending some practical and theoretical lectures.
After digesting the information its time for a snooze or a wander around the Sable Lodge gardens before tucking into lunch. After lunch a few more lectures before we depart on another game drive where you can practise your new-found knowledge. The drive will end up at the kopje where, after a quick climb, you can enjoy the splendours of an African sunset!
Dinner, drinks and a feedback session on return to Sable Lodge.
DAY THREE (Sunday):
Another day of instruction and adventure, following a similar theme to the previous day.
Activities on offer in combination with your photography include game viewing drives and walks. Departure from Imire will be scheduled for mid afternoon so as to ensure everyone is back in Harare before the end of the day!
What you’ll need to bring:
imire zebraTo ensure a trouble free and enjoyable safari it is imperative to have as much of the correct equipment as possible. Nothing ruins a good opportunity more than being unprepared and lacking vital equipment. Although this list is comprehensive not all items are critical and you could get along without them, consequently the list is ordered with the most important items at the top, decreasing accordingly.
Camera (If you are using an SLR or DSLR then all the appropriate lenses to boot including wide angle, medium range and telephoto, with teleconverters if necessary).
Your particular type of card if you’re shooting digital e.g. CF, SD Micro drive etc. Bring as many as possible so as not to fill them up or a portable storage device to back them up onto.
As many spare batteries as you can afford, there aren’t any shops where we’re going!
Make sure you have all the relevant battery chargers where applicable.
A lot of film if you’re shooting analogue, bring at least double what you anticipate to avoid having to conserve you’re shots.
A reasonably waterproof/dustproof case/bag that is padded to protect your gear from the harsh elements and while travelling. Pelican and Storm offer indestructible cases at reasonable prices while Tamrac make excellent backpacks (expedition series) and shoulder bags.
Some support in the form of a tripod or a monopod (easier to use and manoeuvre in a vehicle) if obtainable a fairly large bean bag will suffice in most instances. See Manfrotto for an excellent selection of support options.
An external flash, where applicable, as well as a flash extender if possible, for those more cloudy afternoons!
Lots of batteries for the flash, several pairs of lithium rechargeables will negate having to carry around tonnes of nickel cadmiums!
A pair of binoculars to spot and observe.
Pads and pens to record your trip as well as take notes where appropriate.
imire eleCLOTHING:
Appropriate clothes for the weather, warm wear clothing like shorts and breezy cotton shirts (long sleeved if you’re worried about sunburn) as well as some decent cold weather clothing – a fleece is very useful as being close to the water on the lake shores and on the river it can be chilly at night and in the early mornings.
A wide brimmed floppy hat is essential to protect your face from sunburn as well as a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Personal toiletries and medications for the duration of the trip.
If you are able to bring as much of the above equipment as possible you will be wanting for nothing and will be able to enjoy and hassle free and enjoyable safari!
Christopher will make available course notes which can be retained and referred back to.
And of course, if you decide you would like to do another course, you can then carry on from where you left off!!
Assessment of photography equipment to be used. The course will be tailored to your level of experience and will cover such areas as:
An introduction to ISO and Apertures:
ISO explained
Apertures explained
Depth of field explained
Slideshow of images
How aperture and shutter speeds co depend:
How shutter speeds correlate to apertures
How to use this creatively
Restrictions of this relationship

For more information :

Christopher Scott
+263 772 44 00 52 (Zimbabwe Cell)
+27 72 72 69 41 8 (South Africa Cell)
skype; scottyphotography