PHOTO BLOG - Photo Safari Skills

Photo Safari Skills: Animalscapes
01st October 2017 - 0 comments


Showing animals in their environment is more challenging - but much more rewarding - than taking portraits. With a few pointers and knowing when to wait for a situation to develop, you can create some stunning shots.

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Photo Safari Skills: Preparing for your Photo-Safari
18th September 2017 - 0 comments


Booked a photo-safari? Got a year to wait until it starts?! Have a read here about how you can prepare for the trip, including getting to know your camera better.

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Photo Safari Skills: Composing with a Prime Lens
24th August 2017 - 3 comments


There are times when you only have a prime (fixed-focal length) lens to hand, or you wish to use it because you need the faster aperture opening that it offers. How do you compose when you don't have the chance to zoom in or out at will?

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Photo Safari Skills: Photographing Carmine Bee-eaters
26th July 2017 - 0 comments


With the Carmine bee-eater season fast approaching, I look at ways of making your time at the colonies of these beautiful birds as productive as possible.

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Photo Safari Skills: Why do my photos come out too dark/light?
14th June 2017 - 1 comment


It's very common that the image which appears on the back of your digital camera is not what you 'imagined' when you were looking through the viewfinder....we have a look at one of the reasons why that happens.

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Photo Safari Skills: Panoramas
17th May 2017 - 0 comments


Stitching panoramas with software is easier than ever before. But it's still important to get your shooting technique right to ensure that the images match up when you merge them together!

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Photo Safari Skills: Panning/Movement Blur
19th March 2017 - 0 comments


Introducing intentional motion blur to your images is an interesting technique to add to your repetoire; being creative with this skill can generate beautiful images out of very unremarkable sightings.

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Photo Safari Skills: Black and White Photography
12th January 2017 - 2 comments


In this blog post, we take a look at how and when to use black and white conversions as a tool in your image editing skill-set. But we also consider when it's best to "think" in black and white when taking the shot.

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Photo Safari Skills: Using Continuous Drive
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments


We take a look at machine-gun mode, why it's useful and how to set it up so that you benefit from the function without filling up your memory cards!

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #6 "Be Ready for 'That' Moment"
09th December 2016 - 2 comments


Some of the finest photos of wildlife that appear in exhibitions and on the web are a case of “right place, right time”. However, catching that magic moment is not all about luck - read on for advice on being ready for it!

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Photo Safari Skills: Avoid Over-processing
01st December 2016 - 0 comments


Following on from the success of my blog about Ethical Post-Processing, this post looks at common post-processing mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #5 "Settings for Safari Photography"
08th November 2016 - 0 comments


The range of options and customisations available on modern cameras can be daunting. In this post, we'll discuss them and lay out a set-up that simplifies the camera operation, and allows you to focus on your photos! This is a long post, but worth reading to the end.

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #4 "Composition"
31st August 2016 - 0 comments


How my guests compose their images is something that I usually leave up to them....after all, who am I to tell them to how to apply their creativity? But, there are some guidelines, which can be followed or not depending on the situation!

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Photo Safari Skills: An alternative to Back-button Focus
29th July 2016 - 2 comments


In the last few years, the concept of Back-Button Focus has taken the wildlife photography world by storm. In this blog, we have a look at what it is, why people use it, and why I don't!

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Photo Safari Skills: Getting accurate colour in your photos
22nd July 2016 - 0 comments


In this post, we take a look at how to get correct colours in your images, using a combination of camera settings and post-processing tools.

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Photo Safari Skills: Backlighting with Flash
17th July 2016 - 0 comments


Using fill flash to bring up the exposure of a foreground sometimes allows the colour of a lovely sunset to show through - we discuss how to achieve this effect in this blog post.

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #3 "Think about Light Direction"
08th June 2016 - 0 comments


Thinking about the direction of the light can turn a great sighting into great photographs.

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #2 "Focus very carefully"
08th May 2016 - 0 comments


In the second installment of my wildlife photography tips, we take a look at focusing; a crucial process that too many people don't take enough care over.

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers: #1 "Get Low"
05th May 2016 - 2 comments


....but not necessarily for the reason that you'd think. I have spent some time examining this piece of advice and, while I agree with it, I don't agree with it for the same reasons as most. Read on for why.

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Photo Safari Skills: Sharpness, Focus and Blur
26th April 2016 - 0 comments


In this blog entry, I look at why images might look soft, how to identify the cause of the softness and how to put it right.

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