It’s Monday 5th March 2018 and time to take some photos!

I do hope that you are all well and having a fabulous Monday so far and that those of you in the UK are wrapped up nice and warm. Rob, Jack and myself were just over there but flew out before the snow hit which we were sad to miss but pleased to be able to get back to the warm. Anyway, enough about the weather let’s see what has been going on in the Valley. Today we are going to hear from David Rogers who has just been with us for another of his fab Photographic Safaris; before his guests arrived we managed to borrow some of his time to do a little workshop with some of our guides. So for this week it’s over to David.


“In February, before the start of the annual Emerald Season Photographic Workshop to South Luangwa, I was pleased to be invited by RPS Operations Director, Rob Clifford to give six of their guides a workshop on photographic training. They are (from left to right) Kangachepe “Kanga” Banda, Braston Daka, Julius Banda, Fredrick Phiri, Chris Mwale and John Mphasi (unfortunately not all could attend because of work commitments).


Anyone who has been to Robin Pope Safaris camps in Zambia will know that their guides are real experts in their fields. This workshop was not about finding animals, talking about birds or interpreting wildlife; it was about finding pictures, depth of field, choosing backgrounds, composition, cameras, and how to adjust settings for different situations.

The aim was about helping guides help their guests to take better pictures.

When guests say ‘what is wrong with my camera?’ or ‘why are my pictures so bright or so blurry?’ these guides will now be able to help them sort out their problems. They will also be able to talk the photographic talk and advise them to ‘increase your ISO’ or ‘increase your exposure compensation’.


The modern camera includes a whole new world of terms and tricks and the guides all passed a 40-point multiple-choice test before they were given their certificates.

I had a lot of fun preparing for the workshop and big thanks to my 12-year-old son, Dane, also did some great cartoons to illustrate certain points.


“The workshop was a great success,” said Rob afterwards.

I certainly look forward to getting back to the valley later in the year to continue training and start working with other guides who were not able to attend this workshop.

The on-course action picture of Fred (left) and Braston (right) was taken by Chris Mwale. In 2017 he was given a camera by the Carnivore Project in reward for his hard work in gathering pictures for their research and is taking great pictures.”


Thanks so much for sharing this with us David! Luckily we also have some of the incredible photos that David took whilst on safari with us just to show that he wasn’t in the class room for the entire time!


Gosh I mean talk about some incredible sightings, I am terribly sorry if these have made you all rather envious. If so, then you will be happy to know that we have limited space on David’s November 2018 South Luangwa trip! So before we really pull out all the stops on the sightings I will finish my stories there, as I would hate to spoil you all and for you to all think that actually every week is like the week we have just had! So without further ado I shall bid you all a very very fond farewell and hope that you have a fabulous week with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.




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