19 - 29 May 2024 : Fully Booked


19 – 29 May 2024

19 – 29 May 2024




Instructor: Peter Gordon
Guide: Jandré Germishuizen

Fee Includes:
10 nights single occupancy accommodation (2 of these in a campsite custom set up for us) + All meals including alcohol (basic drinks only), Transport throughout with comfortable 4 x 4, 1.5-hour Helicopter flight over the dunes with open door shooting, Tuition, Location Guide

Photography Level:
Intermediate – Advanced

Group Size:
10 Max (We like to keep groups small)

Fancy a once in a lifetime adventure in stunning Namibia? Exclusive access to the Skeleton Coast shooting locations. 1.5 hour open door helicopter shooting over the Namib Desert.  All the iconic locations plus the amazing ExploreLight hospitality. We will be taking in the most iconic sites like the Quiver Tree Forests, the ghost town near Luderitz, Sossusvlei by land and helicopter, plus the Namib wilderness of the Skeleton coast. The workshop will be run by Peter and local guides and photographers. It really is an immense adventure. Hopefully see you there.

Day 1 – Windhoek
Arrive at Windhoek. Private pickup at airport, group rendezvous at Hotel.

Day 2 – Quiver Tree Forest
Photography focused on night-time photos of the milky way with the photogenic trees. Exclusive night time access to prime locations.

Day 3 – Luderitz
Two days of photography in the world famous ghost town. Special access permit for early and late entry

Day 4, 5 & 6 – Sossusvlei
3 Nights at Namibia’s crown jewel. Dead trees, gigantic red dunes, aerial photography (optional) and the potential for wildlife = photographic Nirvana.

Day 7 – Swakopmund
One night in Swakopmund to prepare for our epic adventure into the desert wilderness. A relaxed evening with good food and fast internet.

Day 8 & 9 – Namib Desert Wilderness
3 Days of nomadic exploration in Namibia’s most incredible wilderness; The Namib Dune Sea. Incredible desert scenery and astro photography opportunities. Tents with mattress will be set for us and there is a portable toilet set up.,

Day 10 – Swakopmund 
Another night in Swakopmund to wash up, download and edit. Opportunity for optional aerial photography along the coast. Fly home from Windhoek.

Day 11 – Fly home or continue the adventure

There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.

The cost of the workshop is €8100 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive : 10 nights single occupancy accommodation (2 of these in a campsite custom set up for us) + All meals including alcohol (basic drinks only), Transport throughout with comfortable 4 x 4, 1.5-hour Helicopter flight over the dunes with open door shooting, Tuition, Location Guide

FLIGHTS are not included.

It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.

  • On Location Guidance
  • Compositional Instruction
  • Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
  • Understanding Exposure Triangle
  • Modes of Exposure
  • RAW, White Balance and Filters
  • Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
  • Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
  • Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
  • The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
  • Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details

Peter Gordon – view gallery of Peter’s images HERE

Guide: Jandré Germishuizen

  • Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
  • We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use. Longer lenses essential and if you have longer than 200 or a tele converter this would be of use.
  • Tripod (essential)
  • Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
  • Camera Manual (just in case)
  • Filters – Circular Polariser , ND’s and grad ND’s will be of use
  • Expect warm temperatures so sun cream shorts and tee shirt

EASY TO MODERATE – There will be a good amount of walking on uneven surfaces.  Plus you need to be able to walk up to 30 minutes in the desert for the dune locations. Essentially you need a basic level of fitness for this tour.

Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers.

We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.

We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a point of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.

Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow-up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.

So why not join the adventure? Join the ExploreLight Community!

“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too.  Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client.  I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.

The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc.  Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”

Barbara Tanzler

“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”

Noel McIntyre AIPF

“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.  The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”

Paul Byrne

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Regarding flights or other personal expenses, we cannot take responsibility for costs if a workshop does not go ahead. We suggest having insurance or a ticket that allows you to move dates. This is available with most airlines at the moment.

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