Emil von Maltitzis an internationally recognized South African landscape photographer and member of the International Environmental Photographers Association. He has been involved in photography for the better part of the last two decades. After completing his post graduate degree in Anthropology, he opted to pursue his dream and turn his passion for photography into his career. Along with freelance commercial and assignment photography, Emil spends time running a number of photographic workshops. Well-versed and knowledgeable in the Adobe suites, Emil will be able to help and guide in photo-editing and several advanced photographic techniques during the workshop. A particular interest of Emil’s is the theory and practical application of advanced composition in landscape photography, which will be discussed at length during the workshop. Emil's images have received numerous awards and nominations.
This image from Emil was a worthy finalist in the International Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2015 competition.
One of Emil's images is adorning the Nikon International calendar of 2016.
Emil in action in Namibia!
Nick van de Wiel is originally from The Netherlands where he graduated with a BSc and an MSc in biology before he moved to South Africa. He and Emil met and began to work together in 2008. Nick is the owner and operator of Tailor Made Safaris with their head office based in St. Lucia Estuary, on the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Nick is a specialist nature and photographic guide based in St. Lucia, South Africa. Formally trained as a biologist as well as safari guide, Nick revels being in the bush, and if possible, with a camera in hand! Originally from The Netherlands, he has always traveled much to amongst others Australia, Asia and South America. However, when backpacking through East Africa in 2003, he got bitten by the Africa Bug and was lost forever… He immigrated to South Africa in 2008, and has never regretted it. The friendly and warm African people, the incredible nature with its iconic wildlife, and of course the pleasant climate, were all good reasons to leave The Netherlands behind.
In his wildlife photographic work, Nick aims to capture not perse action, but rather emotion. He is not the 'spray and pray' type of photographer, and you'll find him seldom on a 'continuous shooting setting'. For him, also here it is all about 'seeing', breathing in and out, trying to capture just that moment emotion shows through in the behaviour of the animal. Not by 'luck' and pressing the shutter button until the buffer fills up. On the contrary; you'll find Nick retaining his calmness even in the heat of the moment, and take one or two, maybe three well thought out shots.
Although he started of as a Wildlife Photographer, as his photography matured his focus moved more and more towards Landscape Photography. Although technically very able, both 'in camera' as well as with post-processing, Nick is more focused on the creative as well as meditative aspect of photography. Especially with landscape work, it is all about 'seeing & recognizing beauty' and the only way one will 'find it', is by being in the present moment.
What better way to enjoy Africa’s nature than to walk slowly through amazing landscapes? Going out in search of beauty, considering composition, using technical ability to work manual gear, only then pressing the shutter, creating a compelling image. And that whilst the soft morning or afternoon light is bathing the landscape in the most awesome colors… For Nick, this is definitely the life!
He loves using 'old' lenses that have only manual focus and an old fashioned aperture ring. It adds to the challenge, and using these Nick can truly feel that 'he' took the photo, not a piece of technical equipment.
He is well known for his inventive teaching methods and ways of explaining difficult or abstract concepts in layman’s terms, so that they are easier to understand.
Image from Nick on show at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, USA.