Composing the Dunes: 14-day Namibian Photography Adventure

Composing the Dunes: 14-day Namibian Photography Adventure

Discover the enchanting and vast Namib Desert during a landscape photography workshop! A bucket list destination for landscape photographers if ever there was one. This traveling workshop is held by two professional enthusiastic photographers, Emil von Maltitz and Nick van de Wiel, who will again be leading a 14-day adventure tour to some of Namibia’s most incredible scenic icons.

This tour is not your usual relaxed holiday! It is for serious photographers and photography enthusiasts who are keen to take their skills to the next level. You can expect to be capturing images of the magical Quiver Tree Forest, the mighty Fish River Canyon, and the old abandoned mining town at Kolmanskop. The tour also includes a "Compose The Dunes" Workshop at the famous red sand dunes of Sossus and Dead Vlei, in the Namib desert. We’ll conclude our workshop by photographing the fiery monolithic Spitzkoppe Mountains. As an added bonus, we take you to photograph pelicans in flight at Swakopmund’s Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance. This Namibia photo tour is an experience you will never forget!

There is also an optional extra: a scenic flight over the Namib, Sossus and Dead Vlei areas that will give you the chance to take aerial images of this beautiful place.

We’re proud to offer a great instructor to participant ratio, which maximises your learning experience with plenty of one on one tutorship sessions. So there’s no need to worry about your level of experience as a photographer; whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate photographer, or a (semi) professional; all levels are catered for.

You will also learn creative composition through advanced techniques of digital landscape photography and astrophotography. If you are interested, we can also teach you how to paint with light, create panoramas and time lapses. There will also be post-production edit sessions with Photoshop and Lightroom.

Key Information

  • Price €6935
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 5+


  • The mystic Quiver Tree Forest with its iconic tree scapes
  • The mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world
  • The ghost town of Kolmanskop, an abandoned mining town that got swallowed up by the desert
  • The Dead Vlei, with its surreal landscape of dead trees set against red sand dunes
  • The ever-captivating Namib Desert
  • The monolithic Spitzkoppe Mountains
  • Pelicans in flight at Swakopmund's Sandwich Harbour


Once again, this photography tour is not your traditional and relaxed holiday. Prepare yourself for early mornings and late nights (all for your imagery benefit, of course). A typical day will look like this:

5:00 am: rise and shine for a sunrise shoot - some days can be earlier.

Breakfast is after 8:00 am.

The other 4 options or a combination of all four, depending on the day, look like this:

  • A few hours of relaxing or nap time or of downloading your images
  • Lessons/editing time
  • Comments and review sessions
  • Travel to new destinations if its a travel day

Lunch at around 13:00 pm.

Three options for the afternoon, depending on the day:

  • A few hours of relaxation or nap time or download your images
  • Lessons/editing time
  • Comments and critique sessions
  • OR, Afternoon shoots from 15:30 pm to about 18:00 pm.

Dinner at around 18:30 pm.

Possible night shoots from 02:00 am onward.

Some days will be quite long, but the rewards will be worth your efforts. You can expect to explore inspiring new locations, enjoy the company of fellow photographers, and receive excellent guidance so that you can make the most of the experience. This desert exploration will be an experience you will never forget.

“A fan-bloody-tastic tour. The level of tuition was outstanding, with Nick and Emil making themselves always available. Nick with his unflappable attention to tour details and logistics, his concern for guests’ comfort and enjoyment. Emil with his exuberant and ever present photographer’s admiration of every vista that this magnificent country presents, his unending enthusiasm, and his phenomenal knowledge of photography. Enjoyment level 10 of out 10.”
– Mark Weaver, participant in the 2014 workshop.


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Betty J Dent – August 08, 2018

This was the most incredible photography experience ever…the professionalism and knowledge of Nature’s Light instructors is second to none. Evening sessions included making instructional training videos, critiques, and individual instruction when needed. The instructors are experts in knowing when, where and how. No time was wasted. Our accommodations were beautiful and unique. I would rank the Namibia photography workshop with Nature’s Light as a top life experience which took my photography skills to a whole new level. Betty Dent

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Kevin Bonnett – November 18, 2019

Nature's Light offer outstanding experiences for serious photographers. Expert, enthusiastic tuition and access to the best photo locations at the most photogenic times of day (and night) with what must be the best tutor-client ratio available anywhere: generally 3 to 1. Emil (who led us in 2019) is a fine photographer, an inspiring tutor and an enthusiastic companion - and it's all infectious! I defy anyone to leave this trip without great pictures and better technique. You will come away tired but happy! I'm already plotting my next trip with Nature's Light, wherever it turns out to be.

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Rich Silver – November 18, 2019

I cannot say enough positive things about my workshop experience with Nature's Light. Echoing others' comments (loudly!), every aspect was absolutely superb -- shoot locations and time of day, attention/help and extremely, valuable feedback from our leader Emil, logistics, organization, and communication. Hands down, I've never learned so much from a photo workshop before. Also, as mentioned, Emil's passion, enthusiasm, and energy are infectious and, coupled with his eagerness to share a deep knowledge of photography (creative AND technical) and of the places we visited, made the workshop an experience of a lifetime. Despite having just returned from the trip, I'm already looking forward to joining a Nature's Light workshop in the future.

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Alison Tetley – November 19, 2019

I have just returned from the most amazing couple of weeks in the southern part of Namibia. This was not my first visit, and it's a country that I already knew I loved. This workshop however took my appreciation of the stunning landscapes to a whole new level, and my photography developed in leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to Emil, who led the trip. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to the photography enthusiast of any level, with an interest in landscape photography, and Nature's Light as a provider of photography training and tuition were exceptional.

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