Education and Development

The Education and Development evenings take place once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting at 19h00 in St Stephen’s Church hall, Pinelands.

Main Objective:

It is important to acknowledge that improving one’s own level of photography can only be achieved by getting absorbed in photography from all perspectives. Hence the objective of the E&D programme, working in conjunction with Outings, is to expose our members to a cross section of recognized photographers working with varying genres, so giving them the opportunity to experiment with their own photography in guided situations with like-minded people.

It is not about “telling” you how to get that “perfect” shot (is there such a thing?), but rather the intent is to motivate you all to read about, and astutely view, top quality photography. A prime aim is to get you to move away from being controlled by “rules and marks”, and to rather encourage you to establish your own style of capturing that magic moment which caught your eye in the first place. No internationally renowned photographers stick to the “rules”, but by fully understanding the basic principles of photography they create their own style to present outstanding images; and most of them stress the need for a creative approach supported by a passionate commitment.

These evenings are worth attending and will take your photography to new levels!



BASIL PARKER ( will present a Light Room training session from 6.30pm till 10pm for 15 participants. Fee is R150 
Concurrently for  the other CTPS members…PAT SCOTT will present a talk entitled “ A drive through the Kgalagadi ” showing the natural wonders of this gem of a game park. It will include images depicting the brutality of survival, large and smalll raptors and mother and child interactions.
Pat’s talk will be followed by a presentation by
MATTHEW SCHURCH, an astrophysicist by training who works for the Landmark Foundation as their human wildlife conflict and leopard research coordinator.

He will talk about the Kgalagdi, one of the best places in South Africa to see and photograph wild leopards.  Since 2011 he has  been operating a monitoring project in the park through a citizen science approach.  Studying leopards in protected reserves is only one aspect of the South African leopard conservation efforts, he will highlight some of the issues currently facing some of the last free roaming leopards existing outside of conservation areas and how photography can help in these studies.

The Kgalagadi Leopard Project operates through a citizen science approach.  Photographs of individuals and their behaviour are key to the success of this and similar projects.  Matthew will introduce the parks leopards and cheetahs, sharing some of his personal encounters with these wonderful animals and how over the years he has begun to understand their behaviour in the park….with a few surprises along the way.  

He will bring Kgalagadi Leopard Project bumper stickers to purchase for a minimumof R35

16 MAY
KIRSTEN FROST of Oryx Worldwide Photographic Expeditions 
This young man will speak about his  photographic journey thus far and cultural travel photography concentrating on tribes of the Omo valley in Ethiopia