Wild Eye Webinars – October and November 2020

At Wild Eye our goal is to change the way you see the world.  This is something we do both in the field when we host expeditions and safaris around the world but also online where we continually try to bring value to our guests, followers and community.

Even though the world is changing every day and we are slowly returning to a new normal, we remain committed to bringing you value and entertainment through our online presence, social media and the webinars that we started hosting when the world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While we continue to plan new travel itineraries and assist our clients with changing their travel plans, we have decided that we will continue to host and present both our free 45 minute webinars as well as premium 2 hour webinars through which we will share our passion, knowledge and experience.

Below you will find all our upcoming webinars for October and November 2020 and, as you will see, the range of topics is wonderfully diverse and you will no doubt find some real value and inspiration for your own photography and travel plans.

Remember that should you ever wish to do a deeper dive into any of the topics we share on our webinars, you can book a private one-on-one session with any of our guides during which they can assist you with your own photography questions and goals.

Also, if you haven't yet, you can check out all the previous free webinars on this playlist on our YouTube channel.


The Foundations of Composition in Wildlife Photography - Part 1

Host: Marlon du Toit
Date: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Time: 13:00 to 15:00 CAT

Is there any one thing more important in wildlife photography, than a deep understanding of how you compose your photograph. It forms the very foundation upon which the great photographs are built. Why then do so many wildlife photographers simply pick up their cameras in order to shoot away, very little thought given to the scene facing them, or how best to portray that to the viewer. Ultimately the goal is to leave an impact on those who take the time to view our images.

Marlon du Toit reveals his secrets on composition in wildlife photography in this exciting webinar. In part 1 of 2 he’ll share with you his cornerstones on the matter and highlight how he approaches a scene, a subject, a story by getting the foundations set well. The topics mentioned below should be well known to each wildlife photographer.

Marlon will cover the following topics during the webinar.

Rule of Thirds – the Golden Ratio
Leading Lines
Eye Placement
Balance of Elements
Symmetry
Background
Depth of Field
Negative Space
Simplicity
Cropping

Over the years he’s become acutely aware of what works well and most importantly, what does not. He knows when to pick the camera up, and when to leave it next to him in order to enjoy the animal and experience away from the viewfinder.

Join professional wildlife photographer Marlon du Toit for this insightful webinar on the foundations of composition in wildlife photography, and take your own photographic journey to the next level.


Photographing Animals in their Environment - a panel discussion with Andrew Beck and Marlon du Toit

Host: Andrew Beck and Marlon du Toit
Date: Friday 16 October 2020
Time: 17:00 to 19:00 CAT

Photographing animals in their environment is not easy. If one considers all the variables that need to come together in order for one to capture the perfect portrait at 400mm, those variables increase ten-fold when you pull back to 70mm or 200mm.

During this premium webinar Andrew Beck and Marlon du Toit will chat through some examples of images of animals captured in their environment and unpack exactly why the image works. They will be “deconstructing” the scene and discussing elements such as visual mass, contrast, depth of field, composition and, of course, the more technical aspects of how each image was captured.

The goal of this premium webinar is to leave you inspired and to arm you with the knowledge needed to critically evaluate scenes and recognise opportunities to capture compelling scenes of animals in their natural environment.


The Foundations of Composition in Wildlife Photography - Part 2

Host: Marlon du Toit
Date: Friday 16 October 2020
Time: 13:00 to 15:00 CAT

Is there any one thing more important in wildlife photography, than a deep understanding of how you compose your photograph. It forms the very foundation upon which the great photographs are built. Why then do so many wildlife photographers simply pick up their cameras in order to shoot away, very little thought given to the scene facing them, or how best to portray that to the viewer. Ultimately the goal is to leave an impact on those who take the time to view our images.

Marlon du Toit reveals his secrets on composition in wildlife photography in this exciting webinar. In part 2 of 2 he’ll share with you on how to compose effectively for the different scenes and scenario’s you may face when on safari He’ll answer key questions concerning the creative approach to composition, especially when faced with single animals, pairs or even herds. He’ll also discuss creative composition in this webinar.

Marlon will cover the following topics during the webinar.

- Portraits
- Close Up/Details
- Frame within a frame
- Patterns & Textures
- Scale & Perspective
- Solo Animals
- Pairs
- Herds

Over the years he’s become acutely aware of what works well and most importantly, what does not. He knows when to pick the camera up, and when to leave it next to him in order to enjoy the animal and experience away from the viewfinder.

Join professional wildlife photographer Marlon du Toit for this insightful webinar on the foundations of composition in wildlife photography, and take your own photographic journey to the next level.


Fine-tune your camera for Wildlife Photography – Michael Laubscher’s Recommendations

Host: Michael Laubscher
Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020
Time: 18:00 to 20:00 CAT

Many beginner photographers often wonder what camera settings they should use to get the best possible results with their current camera gear. Now if you've purchased a new camera or have owned one for a while but have never really bothered about setting it up properly, this webinar will be of great help to you.

It is very important to understand your gears capabilities before you go rushing off to get creative with dynamic angles and lighting. There are a few steps to follow to make sure your camera's set-up correctly in order to maximise opportunities and in turn achieve great results.

While there is no set rule for camera settings that work well in every shooting environment, there are some settings that Michael personally sets on every camera he uses, which are universal across all brands of cameras on the market.

These are not your exposure (ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed) settings but rather the “base” settings. Setting these up correctly will make the process of capturing images easier and/or quicker, especially for someone who is just starting out.

Michael will discuss and showcase the importance of the following in more detail;

- Gear set up for various destinations
- Shooting Mode
- Image Quality
- Picture Style
- Auto Light Optimizer
- White Balance
- Metering Modes
- Drive Modes
- AF Modes
- AF Point Selection
- Custom Controls
- Internal Menu Set Up (Shoot, AF, Play, Set Up, Custom)

Michael has found great success in mastering the art of photography and has drawn inspiration from great photographers across the globe. This exciting webinar will leave you with a fresh, new, relevant approach to your photography.


Build Influence & Exposure on Instagram

Host: Marlon du Toit
Date: Friday 23 October 2020
Time: 19:00 to 21:00 CAT

It’s a question that seems to always go unanswered. How do I grow my following? How do I get a bigger audience? How do I grow my influence? How do I get sponsored? If you’ve asked any of these question in recent times then this webinar is tailer-made for you! Marlon du Toit has crafted a fine brand over the last 12 years taking full advantage of the tools social media has offered, and so can you.

During this webinar Marlon will talk you through his journey and bring it to life in detail. It’s a fantastic opportunity to come and learn from an industry professional skilled in the art of social influence. Marlon’s used platforms like Instagram and Facebook to ensure ambassador and close-associated opportunities with powerful brands such as Sony Alpha and Panerai. It’s given him the opportunity to showcase his work in internationally recognized magazines as well as TV Shows, his most recent appearance being on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

During this interactive webinar Marlon will discuss the following and more:
Pitfalls to avoid
Going after influence, not only followers
Positioning your brand to attract endorsement and collaboration
Understanding that each social platform is unique and should be treated as such
Identifying mentors
Using your platform as a voice to nature and conservation
Adding value to your audience, regardless of size
Consistency as a cornerstone

There’s far more to social media than merely posting a photograph every other day. If you invest time and energy into your social game you could soon find yourself in the envious position of not only adding more followers, but growing in influence and in so doing establishing a brand and platform that can give back to the welfare of the animals we love and photograph.


Instagram – Select & Process to Impress

Host: Michael Laubscher
Date: Wednesday 4 November 2020
Time: 17:00 to 19:00 CAT

The ten year old app, Instagram, is something that you must of heard of before. This great and free platform has one main intention and this is to share and find the best photographs and videos out there.

May it be you have a new account or you have used the app for years, we know that there are so many people still wanting to grow their audience, and in this webinar, Wild Eye’s Michael Laubscher can help you do just that.

Now in order to grow your audience on this widely used platform goes a bit further than just simply uploading an image/video from time to time.

The trick to growing your account relies on a lot of thought that must go into this whole process. This goes for planning the shot out in the field all the way through to exporting the end result from Lightroom.

Michael will discuss and showcase the importance of:

  • Planning the end result before you trigger the shutter
  • The right subjects for the task
  • The importance of variety whilst not forgetting to post for impact
  • High impact image selection process
  • Cropping for purpose
  • Processing techniques he uses specifically when exporting for Instagram
  • When to post what to ensure variety
  • The importance of engagement

Michael has found great success in growing and maintaining his Instagram account and through this platform has drawn inspiration from great photographers across the globe. This exciting webinar will leave you with a fresh, new, relevant approach to your world of social media.


Abstract Extracts from Mother Nature

Host: Andrew Beck
Date: Wednesday 4 November 2020
Time: 19:00 to 21:00 CAT

Are you tired of seeing and capturing the same old images again and again. Do you feel that your photography has tapered off and stagnated to an extent? If so, you’re not alone! We have all been there…

The good news is that you are about to enter a new phase of your photography. A phase where the technical aspects have all been taken care of and the “rules” of photography can be bent and broken – with intent.

In this webinar Andrew Beck looks to equip you with the inspiration needed to take your photography from a state of “re-presenting a scene” to a space where you are intentionally creating biased interpretations of a scene. Andrew will share examples of some of his more creative images, expanding on both the creative process and technical aspects behind each of the images.

Intentional camera movement, slow shutter speeds, reflections, patterns, textures, repetition, deconstructing a subject and an eye for the not so obvious are just some of the key ingredients used when creating abstract extracts from mother nature.


NIK Filters for Wildlife and Nature Photography

Host: Gerry van der Walt
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Time: 19:00 to 21:00 CAT

Nik Collection 3 By DxO is the world’s most exciting and creative suite of photo plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. With a range of stunning visual effects and some brilliant new editing tools, Nik Collection 3 gives you total creative control over your photos.

In this premium webinar Gerry will do deep dive into the different ways which Nik filter can make a difference to YOUR wildlife and nature images.

Whether you already have NIK filters installed and want to get a better understanding of how you can use it on your own images or you want to see what this amazing software can do make sure to join Gerry for a look into the how, what and why of NIK filters.


How to become a great photographer in less than a year!

Host: Michael Laubscher and Ryan Quirk
Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020
Time: 18:00 to 20:00 CAT

In this exciting webinar, Wild Eye’s Michael Laubscher will be joined by Ryan Quirk. Ryan was a guest who had joined a digital photography course that Michael had hosted in the Wild Eye office roughly a year and a half ago.

Since then, Ryan has grown incredibly as a photographer. His creative eye has taken him down various roads but what has stood out most and really inspired Michael to sit him down is his admirable portrait photography.

The fact that Ryan had grown so rapidly as a photographer (literally, zero to hero within a few months); this, what will be an inspirational, interview style webinar will not only give you new and fresh ideas to try in the future but Michael will also dig for the secrets to Ryan’s success.

This interview will be based on a show, tell and answer structure, the webinar will provide you with:

  • Inspiration from both Michael’s & Ryan’s work.
  • Hear the secrets as to how Ryan so rapidly developed as a photographer
  • Learning from Ryan’s shooting styles
  • Learning from Ryan’s post processing techniques.
  • Learn what camera/lens setup works well for portrait & cityscape photography
  • Photographic tips and ideas to put to practise back home.
  • Have your photographic questions answered by both Michael & Ryan.

Michael knows that the first and probably most fundamental step to Ryan’s success, was starting his photographic journey off on the right foot by joining us on our full day digital photography course.

We can assure you that this unique webinar will be a similar and extremely helpful step forward for you when it comes to your photography.


Free 45 Minute Webinars

Thursday 1 October 2020:  Seeing Wildlife Images 2.0
Hosted by: Gerry van der Walt
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Monday 5 October 2020:  Putting Together Your Top Ten Wildlife Images
Hosted by: Gerry van der Walt
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Wednesday 6 October 2020:  Benefits of Back Button Focus
Hosted by: Michael Laubscher
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Tuesday 13 October 2020:  The Fine Art of Cropping
Hosted by: Andrew Beck
Time: 19:00 to 19:40
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Thursday 15 October 2020:  Three Years with the Olympus System
Hosted by: Gerry van der Walt
Time: 18:00 to 18:40
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Monday 19 October 2020: What not to do on Safari
Hosted by Johan van Zyl
Time: 16:00 to 16:45
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Tuesday 20 October 2020: Should you consider Canon’s new Mirrorless Bodies?
Hosted by: Andrew Beck
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Tuesday 27 October 2020:  The Marataba Conservation Experience
Hosted by: Andrew Beck
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Thursday 29 October 2020:  Understanding the Crop Tool in Lightroom
Hosted by: Michael Laubscher
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Monday 9 November 2020: The not so obvious things on safari
Hosted by: Johan van Zyl
Time: 16:00 to 16:45
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Thursday 5 November 2020: Reconnecting with nature
Hosted by: Trevor McCall-Peat
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Thursday 12 November 2020: Thinking outside the box
Hosted by: Trevor McCall-Peat
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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Monday 16 November 2020: Good practices to have on safari
Hosted by: Johan van Zyl
Time: 16:00 to 16:45
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Thursday 19 November 2020:  Challenge your photographic abilities to get to the next level
Hosted by: Michael Laubscher
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
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If you have any specific topics that you would like to see more of, please contact me and I will work with the Wild Eye team to create some brand new webinars tailored to your needs.

We look forward to changing the way you see the world online!

Until next time,

Gerry

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