What to expect
HidePhotography Inc. is building wildlife photography hides around the world, offering the highest quality photography services and creating the world’s first chain of quality-standardized wildlife photography hides. The interior comfort of our hides is unparalleled, the locations are selected to enable you to photograph the most species and the highest quality images within the shortest period of time, the growing network enables you to keep adding new destinations and species to your list, and our engineers make sure that all of the above happens the way that you leave the least possible environmental impact behind. Using HidePhotography Inc. hides, you will be able to take professional-quality images of hundreds of species within a single year!
Our goal is to provide you with access to some of the most remote and isolated regions on the earth and the opportunity to photograph wildlife phenomena that occur there. We will bring the most colorful and amazing wildlife in front of your lenses all around the world, and cater for all your other needs, leaving you with nothing else to care about but the quality of images you take!
The wildlife photography product that HidePhotography Inc. offers may take you to some remote and undeveloped regions of the world, and into some of the most rural areas of developed countries. We strive to utilize the best accommodation, transportation and services for our guests, however, certain destinations lack the infrastructure and comfort most westerners are accustomed to. Still, the benefits of traveling to such isolated areas will enable participants to photograph wildlife spectacles that few will ever experience in their lifetime.
Travel to these destinations can often times be long and arduous, requiring extended periods of transport over unpaved bumpy roads, or boat rides that necessitate sitting for an extended duration. Accommodations are usually simple, but clean and comfortable nature lodges.
All meals are generally included, and we will do our best to accommodate those with special dietary needs. Photography excursions can and do require modest to large amounts of physical exertion. Participants in our photography activities must be fully mobile, able to hike one kilometer a day or walk for one hour in sun, or in high humidity environment while carrying a backpack with full camera gear and water.Prices
Our prices are all inclusive and good for 24 hours when you utilize our services. Our prices include: unlimited usage of the hides, accommodation, three meals a day, and a local guide who will give you information and instructions about the location, rules and use of the hides, upon your arrival.
Our prices exclude transportation from the capital airports to the location of our hides, but at every single location, we provide you with the transfer services at a price. Please request the transfer services when booking on our website.
Our prices also exclude international travel expenses and all personal expenses, like: visa fees, drinks, insurance, at the accommodation laundry, telephone, and bar expenses, departure taxes and all other items not immediately related to our services. Hide Usage Rules
Every and each HidePhotography Inc. hide has its own rules, clearly described on our website, by the local guide and by a booklet located inside the hide.
However, in general, our guests are kindly requested to keep the following common rules:
- Keep the hides clean! Please bring a pair of indoor shoes with you, because in most hides it is mandatory to have one with you. Please leave your outdoor shoes outside, at the designated location. There is equipment in each hide for cleaning the floor. Please use them extensively when necessary, and leave the hides behind the way you would want to receive them upon your arrival.
- Cooperate with your fellow photographers! If you are using the hide together with other photographers, please make sure you don’t disturb each other’s work. Plan your arrival and departure time in advance and inform all of your fellow photographers about your plans.
- Fully respect the wildlife! Do not make any noise that disturb wildlife, do not feed wildlife with anything else than organized and provided by HidePhotography, and do not try to approach any species outside of the hide.
- The windows fog up easily! If you approach the hides in rain, please leave your raincoat and all of your wet cloths outside, because the fog will condense on the window glass immediately. If the glass fogs up, please wait until it evaporates on its own, do not attempt to clean it off.
- Do not clean the window glass! The special glass has a very sensitive surface, cleaning it is exclusively the duty of your local guide. If you aren’t satisfied with its cleanness, please ask your guide for immediate help.
- Be careful with insect repellent! If you use insect repellent in the hides, please make sure you never spray it towards the window glass.
- Keep quiet! Many species won’t be bothered by your quiet talking and the noise the cameras make, while others are so skittish that even the slightest noise will scare them away. To enhance your productivity and success, minimize your movement and any source of noise inside the hide. Once an animal arrives in front of the hide, we suggest you do not start immediate continuous shooting. Take a few images and watch the animal’s reaction.
- Do not smoke! Smoking will not only disturb wildlife and your fellow photographers, but will also pose a serious fire hazard to the hides, which are often constructed of dry wood. According to our indemnity form (see below), you are fully liable for any damages caused by smoking.
- The hide’s surrounding isn’t a toilet! Many species, especially mammals are very sensitive to the smell of humans. If you use the hides’ surrounding for toiletry purposes, you may keep certain species away for several days.
- The obscure glass doesn’t make you invisible! The special glass we use will disable the animals from seeing you, under ideal circumstances. However, in case you move a light colored object (like a face, a hand, a Canon lens, cleaning tissues etc) inside the hide, less than 50cm (2 feet) away from the glass, the animals can easily become skittish and alert. This is especially true when shooting in backlit, with the sunlight hitting the glass. In this latter case you have to use the dark curtains, as well.
- Help our work! In case you see any abnormalities in our hides, please report it to us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can take instant action. You are welcome to give us any suggestions and share any experiences that we can use in order to make the hides even better.
Attracting animals is an awe-inspiring activity that requires a good level of biological knowledge, a complete understanding of the location’s ecology, lots of patience, inventiveness and environmental sensitivity.
Generally speaking, attracting animals can be done absolutely right and absolutely wrong. This is why we emphasize on the importance of extensive research and study, before deciding to attract animals. The tradition of attracting wild birds into our gardens has thousands of years of history, and through simple observations, we have learned some basic rules. Scientific, biological research through recent decades has also shown additional useful information. In a nutshell, attracting animals is done correctly when it is harmless to the subject’s health or actually improves it. Also, the attraction should not increase exposure to predation, largely change natural behavior, or change the long-term conditions of the local population.
At Hidephotography, our work is relatively easy, taken that our main focus is birds. Birds are easier to attract than most other animals and much less prone to chronic changes in behavior. One of the main reasons behind this is that birds are not inclined towards obesity. For example, even when presented with an abundance of food considered to be a favorite (think of a fruiting tree or the hanging suet feeder in your backyard), birds only consumer what is required for their daily intake or for rearing their chicks. Thus, providing unlimited sources of birdseed in your garden through the winter carries no harm for our beloved birds.
Given that birds can fly, it is best and a great deal easier to attract them to locations where they are safe from predators. With proper placement in your garden you can safely keep them from squirrels, fox, raccoons or birds of prey. The same general rules apply when you are attracting avian species in the wild, within their local habitat. Once we have ensured that they are safe, the next important step is to make sure they receive the correct food or another biologically and ecologically correct attraction. In terms of food, supplying them with material they are not used to, can change their metabolism and can eventually make them ill. It is extremely important to provide food that can be found in their natural environment or in a neighboring human environment that they are likely to visit. An example of a poor nutritional item that is often mistakenly and incorrectly offered to garden birds is breadcrumbs or salted fat. Bread, just like almost all other cooked, spiced, salted kitchen leftovers consumed in any amount, can cause serious digestive problems. Also, these items can also attract other unwanted species such as rats and other predators. Feeding these items should be avoided at all times.
Salted meals, in general, seriously increase the water needs and water intake of the birds, changing their metabolism or in severe cases lead to death. Controversially, most birds’ natural diet is short in mineral salts and they (just like parrots in the Amazon region) often fly large distances to mineral sources. Consequently, a mineral salt lick can be a great attraction for birds. But it is crucial to understand that it has to be supplied separately from their food source. They food should not contain any added substrate, such as spices, because these are unnatural for them and cause metabolic problems. By supplying the salt lick separately, they will consume exactly as much as the metabolic rates of each species determine.
The best natural attraction for birds however is water. Almost all species drink several times a day, so this is something they require in their immediate surrounding, and will often visit. Fortunately, when providing a temporary water source as an attraction it is also virtually impossible to disrupt the natural ecology of birds. Birds often have to travel large distances for their water source, only to take water from a dangerous environment (like river banks with crocodiles in it), so providing safe and well-placed temporary drinking pools will supply them with this necessity, positively affect their lives, without altering their daily behavior.
Another issue to be taken into consideration when creating an attraction is access, particularly with a food source. If their food source is too easily accessed and absolutely continuous, they might largely adjust their daily activities by refusing to move too far from the food source. Thus, it is extremely important not to provide all they need at one location (i.e. don’t supply water, salt licks and natural food at the same time and the same place). Also, the food source should not be available all day, and even more so, for the entire calendar year. Another consideration is that most birds don’t enjoy a mono-diet (only one type of food), so by providing a single diet staple, you can ensure this food source is only integrated into their daily program for a few stopovers, then they continue their natural behavior by searching for other food sources in the wild. Finally, as an important addition, if you would like to see or take pictures of the birds visiting an attraction, it is extremely important to remain inconspicuous so as to not habituate them to human beings and possibly exposing them unnecessarily to human threats later in their lives.
As a conclusion, we express our belief that when attracting birds with the proper knowledge and knowhow, one can positively contribute to maintaining a healthy and viable bird population, which in turn can create an improvement for the surrounding ecosystem. In every corner of the world, birds are facing a decline in their natural habitat, reductions in natural food sources, and a serious population decline associated with human development (feral cats, chemicals, hunters, diseases, traffic etc). Under these challenging circumstances, any and all help, when properly managed, can improve the situation. To achieve all this, we strongly keep the following guidelines when establishing a Hidephotography station:
Reservation and Payments
- We build our hides in the birds’ natural habitat, so we do not encourage them to leave their natural environment and change their behavior.
- We keep strict hide-usage rules, so birds do not get used to seeing humans and don’t change their behavior towards them.
- Whenever available, we build our hides at natural attractions (i.e. fruiting trees, watering holes, etc), so we do not need to provide additional attractions.
- As long as possible, we attempt to use water and salt licks as attractions, which are the safest and usually produce the best results.
- When providing food, we make sure it is clean, healthy and contains absolutely natural substances only.
- None of our hides operate all year round; so entire bird populations are unable to change their habits and structure based on an unlimited source, keeping the natural way of life, by constantly adjusting to naturally changing food and water resources.
Booking your stay at, and use of HidePhotography hides is very simple through our website www.hidephotography.com.
Once you sent us your reservation, we will confirm your participation as soon as we can, and will send you an e-mail with your invoice and payment details. A deposit of 30% per person is required to confirm a reservation, and must be received by our bank account within 8 weekdays of making the reservation. Prices and payments are in Euro. It doesn’t mean though, that you need to wire Euros. You can send us any possible currency of the world, because our bank will change it into Euros, before it is deposited on our account. Just make sure that you send the amount of your preferred currency that is equivalent of the Euro amount stated in your invoice.
The remaining amount of your full payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. In case you do not want to wire twice and you are extremely sure that you will not want to cancel the trip, you have the choice of paying the entire amount when making your reservation. Any reservation made within 90 days of commencement of a program may be accepted provided space is available and payment in full is received. HidePhotography Inc. will not accept responsibility for bank wire fees.Cancellations and Refunds
Neither the 30% deposits, nor the final payments are refundable. For an additional 9% of the total fee, you will be offered a choice to buy insurance, which recovers 70% of your full participation fee (deposits are still non-refundable), in case a medical report about your inability of participation is presented.
No refunds will be issued for failure of any guests to obtain proper documentation for entering countries visited, lost travel time or substitution of facilities, for circumstances arising beyond the company's control, guests not appearing for any accommodation, service or trip segment without notifying the company, or guests leaving program after it has begun, or missing any scheduled activities, meals or accommodations. Compensation
Compensation for personal injury is limited in accordance with the provisions of any applicable International Conventions. These include, for example, in the course of road travel, air travel, rail travel, sea travel, or hotel accommodation and are limited to the provisions of, respectively, the Geneva Convention 1973, the Warsaw Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol 1955, the 1961 Berne Convention, the 1974 Athens Convention and the 1962 Paris Convention.Responsibility
Please read this important information carefully. By reading these Terms and Conditions of Sale, the guest understands and acknowledges that travel in connection with and participation in the services arranged at the request of the guest by HidePhotography Inc. may involve risk and potential exposure to injury and possibly death. The guest recognizes and acknowledges that risk and danger may arise from foreseeable and unforeseeable causes, including weather, natural disasters, industrial action, actual or threatened political and civil strife and/or war, terrorism, intervention by any Government, robbery, fire, ill-health, quarantine, operational decisions by transport providers e.g. airlines or airports, actions of wildlife, or other acts of nature, and fully understands and acknowledges that the aforementioned risks, dangers and hazards are a potential in connection with recreational activities which may take place during the tour, and HidePhotography Inc. is not responsible for any of the aforementioned risks and hazards. Any independent arrangements an individual makes, which are not part of the Hidephotography Inc. services, e.g. extra excursions or activities, alternative accommodation, are entirely at passenger’s own risk.
The payment of a deposit, of any part, or full payment for a reservation of HidePhotography services shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained herein. HidePhotography Inc. acts as general sales agent for the guests with respect to transportation, hotels, etc., and as such exercise every possible care. However, HidePhotography Inc, their subsidiaries and/or associated agents shall not be held responsible for property loss or damage and/or any damages resulting from illness, personal injuries or death that may be sustained by reason of, or while engaged on, any services whether due to the ownership, maintenance, use, operation or control of any aircraft, helicopter, automobile, boat, vehicle, hotel, common carrier or any other conveyance used in carrying out these services. We can assume no liability due to any cause whatsoever whether caused by failure or delay or other irregularity, acts or omissions occurring during a servic under which the means of transportation or other service provided thereby is offered or supplied by owners, operators or public carriers for whom HidePhotography Inc. acts only as Agent.
HidePhotography Inc. reserves the right (at their discretion) to alter or omit any part of the itinerary or change any reservation, feature and/or means of conveyance without notice and for any reason whatsoever and without allowance or refund, and with extra costs, if any, resulting there from paid by the guests. We reserve the right to cancel any services prior to departure, in which case payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. HidePhotography Inc. shall not be responsible for any injury to person (whether or not resulting in death) or damage to property arising out of any act of war, terrorism, insurrection, revolt or other civil uprising or military action occurring in the countries of origin, destination or services.
Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. In case of a medical problem arising during the services, either on water or on land, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the guest. The transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not aboard their carriers or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned (when issued) shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation companies and the purchaser of these tours and/or passage. By accepting the ticket, the passenger also agrees to its terms and conditions. By forwarding of deposit, the HidePhotography guest certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and he/she confirms they are physically and mentally capable of participating in the activity and willingly and knowingly elect to participate in the tour in spite of the potential risk of danger. By forwarding the deposit, the guest certifies that he/she willingly and voluntarily assumes full responsibility for any injury, loss or damage suffered, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the owners, directors, agents, officers, employees, contractors or subcontractors of HidePhotography Inc. HidePhotography Inc. reserves the right to cancel or withdraw any person from the ground operation at any time.
Regardless of the situation or circumstances giving rise to a claim, a guest waives any right to seek consequential, punitive or exemplary damages against HidePhotography Inc, its owners, officers, directors, agents, contractors, subcontractors and employees, for any reason whatsoever.Indemnity
Read a copy of our Indemnity Form and Liability Agreement
, which will have to be signed by every and each Hidephotography guests, before the commencement of the use of any HidePhotography services.