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Photography Course

Under the guidance of a professional photographer, learn and develop new and exciting photography skills. Practice what you learn in and around Cape Town, visiting hot spots and local volunteer projects. Capture your memories while making a difference during your adventure!

Photography with a Professional
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Location Cape Town, South Africa
Duration 1 week only
Dates 2018: 13 Aug, 15 Oct, 10 Dec. 2019: 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Mar, 10 June, 1 July, 26 Aug, 30 Sep, 16 Dec
  • You must have an Upper Intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must have basic knowledge of and interest in photography. It is important to have a sense of adventure.
Minimum Age: 18
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance
Day of arrival Sunday
Day of departure Saturday


  • Take part in a unique adventurous photography course and improve your camera skills.
  • Experience Cape Town with a professional photographer.
  • Discover the Mother City through a camera lens.
  • Learn new camera skills and create your own portfolio.
  • Learn more about South African culture and the environment.
  • Make new friends from all over the world.

Course information

In this one-week course, you will experience Cape Town through the lens of a camera. Photography is a universal skill that in today’s world is practised and shared multiple times a day. Knowing how to take good quality photographs enhances the story or message one wants to tell, it improves personal memories, and is a great excuse to pursue fun-filled adventures.

Photography is the perfect blend of science and art. Through a hands-on approach of taking photographs and receiving regular critique, you will learn your way around the camera. You will also better understand how your camera settings influence an image and find a style that suits your eye. Photography is fun, and its roots are set in exploring and experimenting, so the course will encourage you to experience Cape Town in a way you haven’t done before. You will leave this course with a portfolio of diverse imagery to take home and share. 

Course schedule


  • Introduction to the course: Course outline, conversation defining your interests and expected outcomes from the course.
  • Portrait session: You team up and practice photographing each other. This is a great way to get to know each other and have cooperative models.
  • Objectives: Get students engaging with people, learning the challenges of interacting with subjects.
  • Critical session: You will look at camera settings, composition, interaction and capturing emotion, and telling a story through a portrait.
  • Close day with input on landscape photography.


  • False Bay adventure: We first visit the penguin colony at Boulders beach and then after that move to Kalk Bay to document the fishing lifestyle of the harbour.
  • Objectives: The penguins are one of the Cape’s most popular tourist attractions and you will be briefed on how to capture these creatures in new and unique ways. Kalk Bay is a fascinating cultural hub and provides countless opportunities to capture powerful social documentary imagery. You will be challenged on how to interact with strangers when photographing, and how to generate narrative with their pictures.


  • World of Birds and Imizamo Yethu experience: The World of Birds boasts an extensive array of exotic animals so also comes with a number of challenges to photograph. Here you will have to navigate how to gain images of subjects where you can’t control their movements. Imizamo Yethu is a low income community on the outskirts of Hout Bay with a deep-rooted history. You will learn about the history, culture and lifestyle in the community while producing street photography scenes.
  • Objectives: To tell a story with a photograph. How to use objects, subjects, line, light and composition to create emotive suggestions that encapsulate the photographers experience and understanding of his/her found environment. Touch on ethics and representation of people in photographs as well.


  • Personal project: After an extensive critique, you will pursue a personal project of your own, or redo a project that you would like to improve on.
  • Objective: You have had three days of intensive learning and now it is your time to shine. By this point your skills should be sufficiently developed to craft a “passion project” of your own.


  • Bo Kaap cultural tour: Learn about Cape Malay culture and chronicle this colourful neighbourhood.
  • Objectives: Emphasis on architectural use of line and use of perspective.
  • Meeting, and then you prepare your work for the evening slideshow. That evening, you have dinner together with the team and everyone’s work is showcased.

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The final course description can therefore vary substantially from the above.


You will stay at the Volunteer House. It is a private house in an upmarket residential area and consists of rooms with 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. There are 4 bathrooms to share, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with TV and DVD and a beautiful garden with a swimming pool. A commercial laundry service is close by. Bedding is provided. Towels are not provided. In addition to the self-catering option, you can order homemade lunch and/or dinner which are delivered on a daily basis.


Frederique from the Netherlands


"For me the visit to the township was definitely the best experience on this course. Not only because the people were extremely kind but also because it was eye opening. It was life changing to get it on the camera."

Alexia from the Netherlands


"Personally, the best experience I had on this course was the township tour. Seeing how people lived and being able to capture that on your camera was amazing. The schedule was very flexible which made it easy to go and explore places we haven’t seen before in Cape Town!"

Sophie from Switzerland


"This course was very rewarding. We received lots of advice about taking photos and also about framing, lighting and colours. The atmosphere was really friendly and everyone was always in a good mood. Thank you for this!"

Noemi from Switzerland


"Short but intense! I had the opportunity to discover a lot of places in Cape Town, touristic and not, with another eye. Damien did a great job to bring out the best artistic side of each of us. He was always positive and found something good to say about our pictures, even though we might not have thought it was worth it. He made me more confident and gave me great advice about how to make a picture instead of take a picture. He also taught me to shoot with full manual settings, which I now use all the time! Thank you!"