How To Capture Creative Photos In Nature

How To Capture Creative Photos In Nature

Creative lighting

Every day, millions of images are posted and published. For your images to stand out from the proverbial ‘crowd’, it’s always a good idea to get a bit creative, when taking images. Try taking a photo of a subject from a completely different angle to anything you have tried before. Try shooting from different heights and use varied focal lengths. Don’t look at other photography competition winners and replicate his or her winning image(s), as it has already been done. Try angles that, quite literally, shouldn’t work according to photography rule books. You may take 50 shots, all from different positions and angles, yet only one of those images will be that unique one that works.

With digital photography, it doesn’t matter how many images you take. Shoot like crazy, experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. Try placing your subject in direct line with the sun, using the subject to cover it. You could end up with some pretty funky backlighting and effects. For those of you that own wide lenses that go to f2.8 (or smaller), get creative by focusing on just one part of an image and blur out the rest. Some will work, some won’t, but that’s the fun part of experimenting.

If your preference is for macro photography, water has the potential creating many different moods and effects. Photographing rain drop reflections can be very rewarding and create some great artistic effects. For example, try shooting a spider’s web just after sunrise, after it has rained. The subtle light can create sublime rainbow-coloured effects, especially with the sun shining at just the right angle (see image above).

For wildlife, don’t always photograph the whole animal. Try a head and shoulders portrait, or simply take shots of a bird’s feathers or a reptile’s scales. If possible, photograph just the animal’s eye(s) for a striking effect.

Images that are perfectly sharp, well composed and photographed in good lighting are nice, but do they create a positive reaction when someone looks at the image for the first time? With so many images being posted online every day, it’s an idea to showcase images that evoke a reaction, just by being ‘different’.

When looking at the winning images of photography competitions, you will often see shots that are truly unique. Judges will always agree and disagree on what’s images are winners but often it’s the ones that are ‘out there’ that win these competitions.

The best advice I can give:

“Get on out there with your camera and give anything a try. It costs you nothing and will get your creative juices flowing”


If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

15 Day Russian Arctic Photo Expedition including Wrangel Island

With Michael Snedic


6th to 20th of July 2020


Join us on this 15 day Russian Arctic Photographic Expedition, in the Russian Far East. This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel Island It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend three days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age,
this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island
also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds
for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland..

On this special Chukotka expedition we will meet the locals; see and listen to their stories and experience their love for and strong connection with the land and the sea. We will celebrate with them at their annual Regatta and Festival. We will explore the vast expansive tundra with its wild flowers and dwarf tree species and we will watch for brown bears, reindeer, Arctic Foxes, ground squirrels and, if we are lucky, we may also see a Wolverine. We will explore Wrangel Island with its Polar Bears, walrus and rich Arctic history and at sea we will look out for whales.

We will have a maximum of 9 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. As we travel around the sea, we will be photographing from our ship, from Zodiacs, and from land.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs, but also in reviewing images and image critique sessions.

A short video with highlights from the 2019 Russian Arctic Photo Expedition

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965


On this expedition you will have access every day to Michael Snedic, a professional nature photographer and experienced instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter.He  will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. 

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (23 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and Photo Expedition Leader (17 years). His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many wonderful photographic and travel destinations. Michael is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills. No matter what brand or model of camera you own (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or Panasonic) Michael can help!



Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 0 – Nome

For those departing from Nome, Alaska, your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr.

Day 1 -Anadyr

All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr, the administrative capital of Chukotka. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr before boarding the vessel. We will sail in the late afternoon for Egvekinot.


Day 2 – Egvekinot

This small town was built by Gulag prisoners as a port to supply the rich Lul’tin mining complex some 200 kilometres inland, they were then forced to construct a road to the mine. We explore the town which has an excellent museum and plan to travel by Ural to explore along the road towards Lul’tin and into the tundra to gain an appreciation of this unique Arctic landscape close to the Arctic Circle.


Day 3 – Konergino

Across Kresta Bay from Egvekinot is the small reindeer herding village of Konergino. Reindeer herding is still an important part of the indigenous people’s culture and economy, the practice has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and revolves around ‘brigades’ looking after large herds of reindeer out on the tundra. Today is an introduction to, and an opportunity to understand, this practice.

polar bear and cub

Days 4 – Presbrazhenya Bay

We will be cruising along the south coast of Chukotka today and we will take the opportunity to stop at Presbrazhenya Bay. We Zodiac cruise spectacular bird cliffs which could provide great photographic opportunities. We also plan time exploring the rich tundra landscape for birds and plants.

Day 5 – Whale Bone Alley and Gil’mimyl Hot Springs

The significant and intriguing archaeological site of ‘Whale Bone Alley’ on Yttygran Island dates to the 14th Century, its origins and purpose have been the cause of much debate. Whale bones stretch along the beach in the form of a pathway for nearly half a kilometre. Gray Whales are frequently seen in the vicinity and there may be a chance to go whale-watching by Zodiac. This afternoon we plan a landing at nearby Gil’mimyl Hot Springs.


Day 6 – Cape Dezhnev

Sea conditions permitting, we plan to land at Cape Dezhnev early this morning; this is the north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent. The name commemorates the accomplishment of the Cossack Semyon Dezhnev who was the first European to sail through this strait in 1648 (80 years before Bering did). Nearby is the former Inuit village of Naukan, the inhabitants were relocated to nearby villages by the Soviet administration in 1958 but photographs and stories make the site come alive.

Days 7 – At Sea

Relax as we navigate northwards towards Wrangel Island. Ice conditions will determine our speed and course and will ultimately dictate whether we will actually be able to reach the island.

K.Ovsyanikova bird photographyImage courtesy of and copyright to K. Ovsyanikova

Days 8 to 10 – Wrangel Island

As we approach the island we will spend time searching the ice for Polar Bears, Ringed Seals and walrus. Should there be opportunities to land we will explore the tundra to look for species which breed here. We have allowed three days on and around the island to take advantage of whatever conditions we encounter and will be utilising the local knowledge of the Park Rangers to make multiple landings and Zodiac cruising the ice.

Days 11 – At Sea

We sail south towards Kolyuchin Island. The day is filled with illustrated lectures, opportunities to spend time on deck, relaxing in the ship’s bar and catching up with some reading or download and editing photos.

whale watching

Day 12 – Kolyuchin Island / Kolyuchin Inlet

This morning we plan a landing and/or Zodiac cruise at Kolyuchin Island. When the ice recedes large numbers of walrus sometimes haul out on the island. At the western end of the island is the remains of a Polar Research Station and nearby are some amazing bird cliffs, where it is possible to get magnificent views (and photographs) of puffins and guillemots. This afternoon we will cruise to nearby Kolyuchin Inlet, a massive tidal estuary and ideal habitat for many bird species, it is early enough in the season for the majority of them to either be on nests or have young. It is an easy landing with lots of opportunity for ‘birding’.

A.Riley Stellar EagleImage courtesy of and copyright to A.Riley

Days 13 – Lavrentiya and the Annual Beringia Regatta and Festival

We plan to be here for opening day of the annual Beringia Regatta and Festival which includes Baidara (traditional walrus skin covered boats) races as well as cultural group performances and games. It is one of the most colourful festivals in the Chukotka calendar and attracts people from many villages. There will be a range of activities at the Regatta and Festival and local foods for you to sample and souvenirs to purchase. This is a festival that gets to the very heart and soul of the people, their culture and their land.


Days 14 – At Sea

As we make our way back to Anadyr we will recap the many experiences we have enjoyed on this special Wrangel Island and Chukotka expedition.

Day 15 – Anadyr

After breakfast passengers will be taken ashore, a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel will conclude the expedition.


Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specic health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to help.

Musk Oxen

Our Ship

The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel.

She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in March 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

On board there is a recently updated combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room (March 2018). The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.

The name Spirit of Enderby honours the work and the vision of the Enderby Brothers of London. The Enderby Captains were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Subantarctic Island in the world.


Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby


  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All expedition zodiac and shore excursions.
  • Pre and post-departure materials.


  • International/domestic flights
  • Passport/visa expenses. We provide assistance with Russian visa paperwork, but you’re responsible for the actual visa.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, gratuities and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.
  • All items of a personal nature


The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while I run the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes, mostly twin- share cabins. Your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

The twin-berth cabins can be reserved as single cabins for 1.8x the standard price. There’s also a mandatory charge of US$500 per person to cover local fee payments.

Cabin TypePrice (pp twin)
Main Deck:US$10,050.00
Superior Plus:US$11,150.00

These prices are in US dollars per berth. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.


How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael via the Contact Form to the right:

Header Image of 3 polar bears courtesy of and copyright to Samuel Blanc.


Michael Snedic: Contact Form or call +61 408 941 965.

10 Day Galapagos Islands Wildlife Photography Expedition

  • Galapagos

7th to 16th of November 2020


Come and explore the spectacular Galapagos Islands. This trip is a unique Photo Expedition that will show the best Galapagos has to offer!


$AU 12,995 per person twin share

(Single supplement $AU 3,995)



  • Explore the islands from on deck, on foot and in the water, no doubt with your eyes open for your next unique sight.
  • You'll encounter giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds, as well as land and marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals and perhaps dolphins, whales and sea turtles and much more! The wildlife are tame and plentiful and it’s no wonder the Galapagos Islands are one of the world's most popular places to visit for wildlife/nature photography. There will be lot’s of group photography tuition, as well as one-on-one time with each participant, to make sure you get the best possible images of a truly incredible wildlife paradise!

This trip will be led by professional photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, with a maximum of 8 participants for a greater tutor/participant ratio.

beach Galapagos

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965


Day 1

Arrive at San Cristobal Island - Interpretation Centre & Frigate Hill

On arrival in San Cristóbal airport this morning, meet your guide and transfer to the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre just outside the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the oldest settlement in the islands. The centre explores the natural processes that have made the Galápagos Islands such a unique place and serves as an education centre for National park and naturalist guides. The exhibits inside cover Natural History, with illustrations of natural events and information on how different species arrived at the islands; Human History, covering events related to the discovery and colonisation of the islands; and Conservation and Development, an introduction to the struggles of the ecosystems and preservation efforts under way. After viewing the exhibits, walk along the winding paths leading from the Interpretation Centre to Frigate Bird Hill, a nesting place for frigate birds around a 2 hour hike away. Along the way are plants, lava lizards, and other animals endemic to this area, this is also a great spot for some swimming and snorkelling.


Day 2

This morning, venture by boat up the coast of San Cristobal island to Leon Dormido or ‘Kicker Rock’, a magnificent rock in the middle of the sea. Rising 152 metres straight up from the ocean, this giant rock has the shape of a sleeping lion and has a split with towering vertical walls on either side, forming a narrow channel through which small vessels can navigate – truly a Galapagos tour spectacular.

On the cliffs, you may spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Below, the clear waters offer a brilliant show of tropical fish and invertebrates and there are great snorkelling opportunities in the area.

On the way back stop at one of the beautiful beaches on the coat for some further exploration and enjoy lunch on board before heading back to Puerto Baquerizo and onto Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island by boat.


Day 3

After breakfast this morning depart on a 1½ -2 hour cruise to Floreana Island, an island of history and mystery. Upon arrival at the town dock, visit La Loberia, a beautiful location to swim, snorkel, or simply relax and watch the colony of sea lions, as well as the amazing rich red- and turquoise-coloured Floreana marine iguanas on the black lava rocks.

Board an open air bus (called a “chiva” in Ecuador) that will take you up into the highlands of Floreana where you’ll learn more of the island’s history. During the 40-minute ride, your guide will point out the wildlife and also tell you about the colourful history of Floreana's first inhabitants - like Patrick Watkins, the Wittmer family, the Ritters, and the ‘Baronesa’. Of all the islands in the Galapagos, Floreana is the one with the most interesting human history and of all the early settlers, the tale that is most intriguing is that of the disappearance of the self-proclaimed Baronesa and her lover. The “Floreana Mystery” remains unsolved to this day and locals as well as visitors swear that ghosts haunt certain places in Puerto Ibarra.

At the base of Cerro Los Pajas (Straw Hill – 450m high), you will reach Asilo de la Paz (Peace Asylum) where there is a freshwater spring. This spring attracted pirates, whalers, and later settlers to Floreana as it was one of the very few year-round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos. It still provides water to the entire population of Floreana (approx. 150 people). Nearby is the Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate’s Cave), where pirates carved a shelter out of soft stone and where one of the original settlers, Margret Wittmer, gave birth to a son, Rolf - the first person ever born on Floreana.

Here there is an opportunity to see the endemic scalesia forest, Scalesia Pedunclata, the same species that surrounds Los Gemelos on Santa Cruz, as well as a good number of nests of the Galapagos Petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia). This bird was once on the edge of extinction due to the predation of cats and rats that were introduced to the island when Ecuador took possession of the archipelago in 1832. Thanks to the success of a special conservation project, the population of Galapagos petrel hatchlings has now increased dramatically. And although Galapagos tortoises are long extinct on Floreana, the National Park authorities have constructed a reserve in this area where you can observe species from several islands which are held in captivity for educational and scientific purposes


Day 4

Transfer by boat from Floreana to your lodge on Isabela Island. As you approach Isabela, cruise by Isla Tortuga which is home to magnificent Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and other shore birds. Arrive at the port of Puerto Villamil and check into the Isabela Lodge where you will enjoy a hot, wholesome lunch.

In the afternoon, board a smaller boat for an excursion to Las Tintoreras. ‘Las Tintoreras’ is the local name for white-tipped reef sharks as well as for their resting spots. Heading out across the port, you will see blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins sharing the same rocky sunbathing space, before rounding a bend and docking in a small inlet lined with mangroves in completely tranquil clear water

Go ashore on an easy walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, to see a small canal of shallow water that is full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. The trail leads to a white sandy beach which is home to a colony of sea lions. The views from here are spectacular – the black, treacherous lava field, the emerald-green sea, forest-green mangrove and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isabela Island create an afternoon backdrop you are not likely to forget.

After the walk, you can snorkel in this warm, shallow bay for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks (not aggressive, merely fascinating), sea lions, sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, and tropical fish.

Day 5

This morning make an excursion to an active volcano in one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Sierra Negra, considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela, is a shield volcano with an oval shaped caldera. In October 2005 an eruption that lasted one week occurred on the north-east side of the caldera, the lava flow covering much of the interior and in some places rising to more than 2 metres. Other volcanoes on Isabela include Cerro Azul, Wolf, Darwin, and Alcedo. A sixth, Ecuador, is not active.

Local 4WD vehicles will drive you up through the humid highlands of Isabela to the lower slopes of Sierra Negra, from where you will hike for about 5km along an easy trail to the caldera. At 10km across, it is the second largest caldera in the world (the largest being Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania). On reaching the edge, you can relax for a while, have a snack and enjoy the breathtaking views!

For the hardiest of the group, there is the option to continue the trek over to Chico Volcano, just north-west of the caldera and a 1-2 hour hike in each direction. The walk is challenging because it is mostly across sloping lava fields and there is no shade but it is an unforgettable experience. Fumarole activity is abundant and you can feel the heat beneath your feet where lava flows below, but once again the views are spectacular.

After returning to the lodge, you will have free time to discover more of Isabela on your own - snorkelling, swimming, or walking through the town to observe typical daily Galapagos life.


Day 6

Transfer by boat to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island today. Then drive on to a 240-hectare private reserve where the Galapagos Giant Tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in the wild will be one of the most treasured memories of your trip. After visiting these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat, take a short ride to the entrance of a 450m illuminated lava tunnel. With a ceiling nearly 6m high in most places, this is an incredible opportunity to see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulphur-coloured walls, and rippled floor formed from lava.

This afternoon enjoy a naturalist-guided tour to the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about one of the most successful reptile breeding programs in the world. Founded in 1964 the Charles Darwin Research Station is supported by over 100 scientists and researchers from around the world, with the unique purpose to study, support and instrument the conservation efforts of the islands.


Day 7

Bartolome Island
Board the boat at your lodge this morning for the 2 hour navigation to Bartolome Island, surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The island is a now extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations.

Chinese Hat
This is a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled: it has a unique visitor site with an unforgettable view!

Wildlife include Sea lions, “Santa Fe Iguana” endemic land iguanas, thick cactuses, Palo Santo, crabs, night herons, sea iguanas, mockingbirds and doves. Sea tortoises and stingrays, Galapagos penguins and Galapagos hawks.


Day 8

North Seymour Island
North Seymour Island is great for hiking. There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island which allows you to explore the rocky coastal path. On this trail, you will be able to discover some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Island.

Bachas Beach
At this beach, you can choose to rest and/or swim in the wonderful Galapagos waters.

Wildlife include Blue-footed boobies, bright and colourful frigatebirds, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks and sea lions.


Day 9

South Plaza Island
First visit South Plaza this morning, around a 2 hour boat ride away. Created by lava that was uplifted from the sea bed, South Plaza has resident wildlife and diverse plant life.

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington, is formed by uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, created some 4 million years’ ago. A big part of this is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae.

The most spectacular plants are the giant prickly pear cactae, unique to Santa Fe (Opuntia echios barringtonensis). Wildlife include Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, Sea Lion nursery, land iguanas, marine iguanas. Birds such as blue-footed, nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and tropical birds.

Day 10

Transfer by bus and ferry from the hotel to Baltra airport today where your tour ends on arrival.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Twin share accommodation at hotels, as listed in the itinerary      
  • Daily breakfast and meals – as shown in the itinerary   
  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport– as shown in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking guides – as shown in the itinerary
  • All land transport – as shown in the itinerary

Tour Exclusions:

  • International and Domestic flights
  • Passport and visa costs - Australian passport-holders do not require a visa to enter Ecuador
  • Ingala Card (USD20) and National Park fees (USD100) payable locally for the Galapagos Islands
  • Medical and vaccination costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, internet access fees, laundry, tips, room service, drinks, etc


How To Book:

Please contact Michael via his Contact Form and he will send you the relevant booking information. A 20% deposit is required to secure one of the limited spots (maximum 8 participants)

Cancellation Policy:

  • From booking date to 71 days before departure, loss of 20% deposit
  • Between 70 and 46 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the Photography Tour.
  • 45 days or less before departure (or failure to join the Photo Tour), 100% of the Photography Tour.





If you have any questions regarding this unique 10 Day Galapagos Wildlife Photography Expedition, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael via the contact form or call +61 408 941 965.

16 Day Moroccan Photography Adventure

  • Moroccan desert nomads

27th of September to 12th of October 2020



16 Days/15 Nights

Please Note: This Moroccan Photo Adventure has been designed specifically for photographers by a renowned photographer and tour operator based in Morocco.


AUD$9995 per person (twin share). Single supplement available for AUD$1600

morocco desert life

This fabulous Moroccan Photo Adventure will be led by professional photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, as well as a Swiss Photographer based in Morocco, who will guide you to places at the right time for optimal light and minimum crowds. Relationships with local restaurants, as well as places we will visit mean the best access possible. In addition, they will take you to the fascinating away-from-tourists back walkways for the opportunity of very special photography indeed!

We will travel over 60km into the Sahara Desert to both the High dunes and the Low Dunes. You will see less touristic sand dunes, so it is a true Moroccan desert experience. Imagine sunrises and sunsets from the top of pristine dunes - a very special experience to photograph. Stay in comfortable desert camps with complete comfort and ensuites.

morocco desert life

  • True local market experiences
  • Entire journey is in comfortable 4x4 offload cars for maximum comfort.
  • All luggage handling
  • From fascinating Riads to lovely hotels, the accommodation will be truly Moroccan and lovely.
  • Visit one of the finest and highly-regarded Moroccan pottery factories in all of Morocco. Not only will you have full access for photography, but the chance to take something home which is handmade, unique, and of highest quality.

morocco marrakech street photography

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Highlights Include:

  • Airport transfer in Morocco to and from Marrakech airport to the hotel.
  • Photography tuition and guidance during the tour, including workshops and picture review for those interested.
  • Transport with a 4×4 off-road car (max. 3 people per car), or a mini van, with driver, and including petrol.
  • 15 nights accommodations in a hotel, riad, or camp in the desert. Arrival and departure nights are included.
  • All meals (not included alcoholic drinks).
  • Local guides.
  • Entrance fees.


  • Air fares to Morocco and any transport outside of Morocco.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips are customary in Morocco and are not included in the price.
  • Travel insurance.

morocco chefchaouen


Note: The daily programs can be subject of changes.

Day 1 – Marrakech

Individual arrival at the airport: You will be picked up at Menara airport in Marrakech. The driver will bring you to your hotel.

The group will meet at 7pm at the reception of the hotel for an introduction, followed by dinner.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

morocco incense

Day 2 – Marrakech

After an introduction meeting, we will explore the probably most interesting city in Morocco: Marrakech. The highlights will include some architectural interesting sites such as the Koutoubia mosque and the Bahia Palace, but the main focus will be the lively medina (old town), with its colourful shops and souks (markets), followed by the famous place Djemaa el’Fna with the snake charmers, acrobats and storytellers. At sunset, we will enjoy the view from a rooftop restaurant for sunset images.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: Marrakech and its historical sites, the medina, and the place Djemaa el’Fna.

morocco rural life markets

Day 3 – Marrakech to Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we will begin our photographic adventure to the Sahara desert. We will leave Marrakech and drive south across the High Atlas Mountains and the col of Tizi-n-Tichka. We will stop for pictures along the way to enjoy the panoramic view and to capture some wonderful images of these majestic mountains. In the afternoon, we will continue to one of the most impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, Kundun, The Jewel of the Nile, and many more. It is an exciting place to explore and photograph.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Photographic highlights: The High Atlas Mountains, small Berber villages, and the ksar Ait Ben Haddou

morocco desert life

Day 4 – Ouarzazate to M’hamid

After breakfast, we will leave Ouarzazate, driving through mountainous wild landscapes, until we reach the first town in the Draa Valley called Agdez. We continue through the Draa Valley along the life-spending Draa River with its huge date palm oases. The Draa Valley once served as a link between the Sahara and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan routes that passed by the river for centuries. This part of Morocco is still much preserved in term of traditional customs and way of life. Passing Zagora the landscapes become more and more deserted and arid. After the small village of Tagounite, we will drive off-road to reach the windswept dunes of Erg Lihoudi. There will be enough time to explore the dunes with its very special sand patterns that offer unique photo opportunities.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid or a bivouac in Erg Lihoudi.

Photographic highlights: Small Berber villages, Draa Valley and Draa River, oases, and the sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi.

morocco markets

Day 5 – M’hamid to Chagaga Dunes

Early morning, you can enjoy a sunrise and the soft morning light in the dunes. After breakfast, we will leave for M’hamid. In M’hamid the paved road ends and from here, we start an adventure of 60km off-road. The route passes different features of the desert: erg (sand dunes), reg (rocky desert), hammada (stony desert) and oases. The Chagaga sand dunes are far away from any civilization. It’s a mesmerizing place, where you can really feel the overwhelming tranquillity and expanse of the desert. The Chagaga sand dunes area is the largest in Morocco.

Accommodation in a bivouac near the Chagaga dunes.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes, oasis and the Chagaga sand dunes.

morocco incense

Day 6 – Chagaga Dunes to M’hamid

Early risers can watch the sunrise from a high dune and experience the soft light of the new day. In the course of the morning, we will leave the bivouac, driving again off-road over stony desert, back to M’hamid. In the afternoon, we will explore the little village and photograph in the evening some small beautiful dunes nearby.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes and the Chagaga sand dunes.

morocco chefchaouen

Day 7 – M’hamid to Merzouga

In the morning, we will leave for a new desert adventure to Merzouga. First, we will drive to Zagora and the Draa Valley that is famous for its dates. While we drive along the Draa River, you will see huge date palm oases and small, cultivated fields. We will leave the Draa Valley in Tansikht and drive through dry desert landscapes, dotted with acacia trees and small Berber villages, until we reach Rissani, and later Merzouga. After arriving at the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, we will have time to explore the beautiful sand dunes, with its deep shadows during the ‘golden hour’.

Accommodation in a hotel near the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Photographic highlights: Oases, desert landscapes, and the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

morocco desert life

Day 8 – Merzouga

Early risers can experience the sunrise and the wonderful soft morning light in ‘the sea of sand’. After the breakfast, we will drive to Rissani and visit the Sunday market with the famous donkey “parking place”. It is a colourful, very authentic, rural market, where the farmers come on their donkeys from far to buy and sell their goods. Before sunset, you will enjoy a camel ride into the sand dunes.

Accommodation near the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Photographic highlights: The market of Rissani, sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and desert life.

morocco spices

Day 9 – Merzouga to Fès

After saying ‘Good-by’ to the magnificent sand dunes, we will drive to Erfoud that is famous for its dates and fossils. We will then continue, via the Ziz Valley, to Midelt, with view of the Middle Atlas Mountains. In the afternoon, we will cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, heading east via Ifrane to Fès. Ifrane is often called ‘The Moroccan Switzerland’. On the way, we will hopefully be able to see and photograph some Berber monkeys in a forest. At the end of the day, we arrive in Fès, which is the oldest of the four imperial cities. Fès is also called the cultural, intellectual and spiritual capital of Morocco.

Accommodation in a hotel in Fès.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes, date palm oases, and kasbahs.

Morocco desert life

Day 10 – Fès

Today, you will enjoy a day tour of Fès, considered as Athens of Africa. It is famous for its historical monuments, rich heritage and handicraft. You will discover the mysterious Medina called Fès El Bali (UNESCO World heritage site), with its narrow alleyways and lanes with shops, medersas, mosques, and residences. Highlights of the city tour will include: the Borj Sued and Borj Nord, the Bouanania Medersa, the tanneries, and the gates of the Royal Palace. Fès is an interesting place for people who enjoy street photography.

Accommodation in a hotel in Fès.

Photographic highlights: Fès and its historical sites and lively medina.

Moroccan desert nomads

Day 11 – Fès to Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we will leave Fès, heading eastwards to Chefchaouen. We will drive through green mountains, covered with trees, until we reach the blue city of Chefchaouen. The small, charming mountain-city Chefchaouen is a photographer’s paradise. The blue and white painted houses and the small colourful medina, invite you to explore and photograph this peaceful place, hidden away in the mountains.

Accommodation Accommodation in a hotel in Chefchaouen.

Photographic highlights: City of Chefchaouen.

morocco babouche

Day 12 – Chefchaouen

Today, we will visit the Kasbah of Chefchaouen, followed by a walk through the narrow lanes of the medina. We will enjoy photographing old, blue painted houses, street cats on their search for food, and the plenty tiny shops, offering special handicraft of the region. The medina invites you to get creative and enjoy wonderful street photography.

Accommodation in a hotel in Chefchaouen.

Photographic highlights: Chefchaouen, kasbah, medina and street scenes.

Morocco markets

Day 13 – Chefchaouen to El Jadida

After breakfast, we will leave for Casablanca, where you will be able to photograph the exterior of the beautiful mosque Hassan II. It is the largest mosque in Africa and has the world’s tallest minaret (210m). After the visit we will continue to El Jadida.

Accommodation in a hotel in El Jadida.

Photographic highlights: Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca.

Day 14 – El Jadida to Essaouira

Early morning, we will drive to the charming coastal town Essaouira – another paradise for photographers. We will arrive mid afternoon and have time to photograph the beach and coast with its fishermen and countless hungry seagulls during sunset.

Accommodation in a hotel in Essaouira..

Photographic highlights: The coastal town Essaouira – beach and coast.

Morocco essaouira

Photos courtesy of and copyright to: Rosa Frei

Day 15 – Essaouira to Marrakech

In the morning, we will explore Essaouira in the soft morning light and watch the fisher men bring in the fresh fish from the sea, surrounded by seagulls and hungry cats. We will photograph the sqala, harbour and the lively medina. After lunch, we will leave for Marrakech. On the way we will see the famous Argan trees. The vitamin-rich Argan oil, made from its nuts, can be used variously, i.e. for culinary use, as cosmetics or medicine. Back in Marrakech, we will have a last discussion and enjoy a fabulous dinner.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: The coastal town Essaouira.

Day 16 – Marrakech

Individual departure. You will be transferred to the airport in Marrakech in time for your flight home.

desert sand dunes


To confirm one of the limited spots available on this unique Moroccan Photography Adventure, a 20% deposit is required.

NB: This Photo Adventure will be capped at a maximum of 8-9 participants. A minimum of 4 participants are needed for the tour to proceed.

Cancellation Policy:

  • From booking date to 71 days before departure, loss of 20% deposit
  • Between 70 and 46 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the Photography Tour.
  • 45 days or less before departure (or failure to join the Photo Tour), 100% of the Photography Tour.




To ask any questions you may have regarding this very unique photographic adventure, or to book one of the limited places, please contact Michael via the contact form or call +61 408 941 965

morocco cities medina

5 Day Victoria Photography Workshop – City, Beach and Bush

  • Superb Lyrebird in Courtship Display

Come and join us on this BRAND NEW Victorian Photography Workshop, visiting a wide variety of locations and subjects.

About the Workshop and Tour:


Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic on this exciting new Victorian photography tour. From when you will be picked up by bus, until when you are dropped off at the end ion the workshop, everything is organised for you.  Lot's of work has gone into researching the best possible locations and subjects to photograph. You simply need to enjoy the photography locations and subjects, eat tasty food, learn lots of new photography techniques and relax!

Cockatoos Grants Picnic Ground


Monday the 4th to Friday the 8th of May 2020 (five days/four nights)

Yarra River - Melbourne


  • Melbourne including Arts Centre, Federation Square, Yarra River bank, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade and Flinders Street Station
  • Brighton
  • St Kilda
  • Dandenong Ranges including the famous steam train, Puffing Billy
  • Olinda Falls
  • Sherbrooke ForestDomaine Chardon Winery
  • Wirrawilla Rainforest
  • Healsville Sanctuary
  • Warburton
  • Montsalvat Artist’s Colon
  • Eltham
  • and much more

Montalvat - Eltham


$AU2895 (plus GST) per person (each participant gets a single room)



Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965


12 seater bus. Pick-up an drop-off in Melbourne

Meeting Point:

Arts Centre in St Kilda Road


Four nights at York On Lilydale (single room).

Federation Square

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at a maximum of nine participants (minimum of six participants required for workshop to proceed)

Melbourne at Night


  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
  • Four nights accommodation at York On Lilydale (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to Healsville Sanctuary, Cloud Hill Gardens and Monstalvat Artists Colony


  • Transport to/from Victoria & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation in Melbourne before and after tour

Cloude Hill Garden 2

About Your Photography Tutor:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor


Day 1

Meet at St Kilda Road near the Arts Centre, Melbourne, where you will be picked up by Michael.

Workshop session at Brighton - Introduction to camera settings and photography techniques explained.

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes). This location provides an opportunity to photograph the colorful bathing boxes on Brighton Beach and views to the CBD.

Brief stop at St Kilda Pier.

Princes Pier - (Long Exposures) - Photographing the old piles of the Princes Pier at Port Melbourne. Long exposure techniques on tripods to smooth the water.


City Photography Walk, including view of Melbourne from Swan Street Bridge, Yarra River Bank, Federation Square, Hosier Land (Graffiti Centre), Evan Walker Bridge, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade, Flinder’s Street Station and more.

Travel to Lillydale.

Warburton Redwood Forest

Day 2

Dandenong Ranges, heading to Olinda Falls for rainforest photography.

Puffing Billy at Trestle Bridge.

Photography at Menzies Creek Station.

Bird photography session in-the-field.


Sherbrooke Forest for macro and landscape photography and possible Superb Lyrebirds.

Visit Gardens at Cloudehill Nursery – gardens dating back to 1890’s.

Roadside autumn colour changes photography session.

Photo Critique Session – Lilydale.

Flinders Street Station

Day 3

Visit Domaine Chardon Winery for a photography session.

Drive to Wirrawilla Rainforest near Toolangi.

Myrtle Beech Forest where a 1 km long boardwalk takes us along a circular route by the side of Sylvia Creek for a macro and landscape photography session).


Healsville Sanctuary for an afternoon wildlife photography session.

Sherbrooke Forest

Day 4

Drive to Warburton - This 45-minute drive will take us to the old pioneering and gold mining town of Warburton near the head of the Yarra River. We will travel past a number of wineries, drive on through the town and stop at the Redwood Forest at Cement Creek. This is one of the few places to see giant Sequoia trees outside their natural environment in Northern California.

Head to the Big Peninsular Tunnel at Reefton to photograph the Yarra River cascades and tunnel entrance / exit. The tunnel was dug through a neck in the river in 1864 so that gold could be extracted from the river bed.


Drive to the Rainforest Gallery – a boardwalk through the rain forest gives views of ferns, moss and a small stream with mossy rocks.

Time to photograph the rapids, cascades and street scapes in Warburton.

Audiovisual presentation on wildlife and wilderness photography.

Healesville Koala

Day 5

Photo shoot at Montsalvat Artist’s Colony. Montsalvat was established by Justus Jörgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 12 acres of land.


Drive to Westerfolds Park in Templestowe and walk a short distance to photograph kangaroos that range through the park. Some birds may also be present in this area of the park.

Photo critique session in the field.

Workshop concludes. Local people leave for home. Others will be driven to the CBD or airport.

Evan Walker Bridge

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Hosier Lane

To Make A Booking

 Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 90 and 45 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price refunded. Cancellation less than 45 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.



Teaching in Tassie

Five Free Photo Tips Articles

Wildlife and Nature Photography

- The Benefits Of Entering Photo Competitions

- Photographing Birds – Capturing Behaviour

- SLR camera versus Compact Digital Camera?

- Landscape Photography Tips – Sunrise Photography

- Top Six Photography Tips for Great Macro Shots


You have Successfully Subscribed!