Photographic Training and Experience in Ghana
The only provider of photographic training and experience in Ghana is Camera Images who provide a fully inclusive 1 to 1 VIP PLUS service, the only main additional cost you have to cover is the air fare to get to and from Ghana, which is from £200 plus taxes.
While this is principally aimed at Nikon DSLR users, Photography Skills can offer the same price and package as a Masterclass option, using any make of camera. You can talk to Camera Images and book any variant through them.
The following is based upon the information on the Camera Images Website.
GHANA Photography Course and Experience
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The stars of your photographs however will be the people, from street sellers with items balanced high on their heads to children playing. There is a complete cross section of environment from some Accra streets that are similar to modern houses anywhere, to northern round hut villages, with a wide range in between. Generally prices are very reasonable and our pound will go a long way here, allowing us to put this exceptional course on at an affordable price.
This exceptional one to one course includes everything except your flight, and you have Camera Imagesí most experienced Tutor with you throughout the course, complete with his lenses, filters and other items. Plus you have an air conditioned 4 wheel drive vehicle complete with driver/guide. At many locations we also use local speciality guides, again in some cases on a one to one basis so you can progress at your own speed rather than with a group.
Supported photography continues, with your tutor able to assist you, but you still have complete freedom to select your own photographs, for example at the waterfall you get to photograph it a number of ways. You also get to use the wide range of lenses and filters we have with us. Being one to one, the concentration is on you getting the knowledge and experience that you want.
We suggest that allowing for the road conditions and potential problems you allow at least one day after the course before your flight. To make this easier we have structured the week course to 6 days instead of 7, the 2 week to 13 rather than 14 days. But in each case we have included an extra dayís accommodation the night before the courses. Extra nights after, and the use of the 4WD and driver or driver/guide, can also be arranged.
Having a guide with us allows you to discover far more about the country, its culture and the places we visit, plus he is able to advise you on what you can eat and drink, while allowing you to gain new experiences. Not everyone can speak English and you may not understand all that do, plus there are some who would ask for money if he was not with you. Driving in Ghana is an experience, they call it defensive driving, there is no complete map of roads and the more remote roads, which are really tracks donít generally have signposts.
Each day you have breakfast with your tutor, looking at what you are going to see and photograph in the day ahead, and each evening an evening meal with both the guide and your tutor, often in places to reflect the culture of the country. As we progress through the day in addition to the planned stopping points you can ask that we stop at other places of interest, although you will also become an expert at photographing from the vehicle using stabilised lenses.
We have the choice of 3 course lengths 6, 10 and 13 days, three topic choices HNK, Masterclass, or photojournalism/travel photography, and variations to the programmes to suit your specific interests and the season of the year.
Variation from the programme
There are other attractions, and some that are more interesting at some times of year to others. Once you have booked and we know your interests and the dates you would like, we may suggest changes to the programme to better suit you, usually at the same price.
Hotels used have air conditioning many also have ceiling fans, and are chosen to represent character and opportunity. None are standard business hotels. If any hotel does not have air conditioning we will tell you and offer you the chance of an alternative if you want one. Maintenance of some hotels and other buildings are not to the standard we expect within the UK, but are the standard found in the region we are in, and a part of the flavour of the area. We book double, ensuite, rooms for single occupancy, to give you more room.
price includes hotels, breakfast and evening meal, the 4WD vehicle, fuel,
driver/ Guide, entry fees and specialist guides at some locations, local VAT and
taxes, and gratuities and your photo tutor on a 1 to 1 basis.
The cost of this course is:-
2nd person sharing the same room plus 35%, with own room plus 50%
Please note - VIP plus courses cannot be currently booked using training vouchers
It does not include air transport that is available from under £200 plus taxes, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, transfer to and from the airport (about £10 each way).
For extra days at the Afia Beach hotel allow about £70 a day including meals, where you can spend as many days as you like outside this programme.
Prices may be modified from time to time to reflect currency changes and changing costs, but we will keep the website price up to date.
After the course
We can arrange the booking of extra nightís accommodation, and pick up and delivery to the airport, and other additions to the programme.
We are assisted with this by a travel company within Ghana that makes all the arrangements for us, and is in touch with the driver/guide and us throughout the course to provide any other assistance we need and generally provide other support. The individual programme for you is modified and worked out after looking at your interests and with both the travel company and the guide, who makes individual local enquires for us and makes bookings and local arrangements.
These can be modified
Remember this is the outline, you get to see more besides, and we will tailor this to better suit your needs, interests, and time of year.
Best times of year
To see elephants January to June.
Climate: Northern Ghana, dry October to March, mixed from April to October. Southern Ghana, Rainy seasons are April-June and September-October. The rains are usually restricted to specific times each day, they are not continuous.
Talk to us about your preferred dates and programme.