The second instalment in my four-part guide to safari photography. This time, I’m discussing issues you might face travelling with camera gear, a few words on DSLRs, lens choice, support recommendations. Over time, it’s edited and refreshed, so bookmark it!
With over 13 years of professional experience as a Wildlife Photographer and 8 years Leading photo safaris, it’s fair to say that my kit and my techniques are tried and very well-tested. Look to this page as a repository for my experience and the lessons that I’ve learned. Over time, it’s edited and refreshed, so bookmark it!
Freshly updated for 2018. I’m frequently asked for my advice and recommendations for what camera gear to take on African photo safaris. I’ve been travelling there for my own work and leading groups for over a decade and have garnered a great deal of experience, to say the least. Here, you’ll find key nuggets of advice regarding essential kit.
I joined David Lloyd as co-leader on his Great Migration Photo Safari in August 2018 and was inspired to photograph giraffe with a new (for me) figurative approach, throwing aside traditional composition and rigid commercial style.
You have a single magic hour, so do not waste every minute considering apertures and sweet spots. Try and have a pre-conceived idea of the images you wish to shoot. Read my mountain gorilla guide and prepare yourself!
The task of photographing herons is even easier if you visit a park heronry which is busy with people. The two most popular sites in the South East are Regent’s Park in London, and Verulamium Park in St. Albans. In Regent’s Park, the task of photographing grey herons is particularly easy. Here, the herons are accustomed to being fed by people, just like domestic wildfowl.
It was the end of the seal pupping season. Probably the last week where you could still be sure to find seals hauled-out on the sandbank. A severe winter storm was forecast, so I was likely to be almost entirely alone and any shots from the day would be unique. By now, the pups had been weened and already left the protected shore of Donna Nook. And with them, the
Birds offer one of the most accessible subjects for budding wildlife photographers. There are hundreds of nature reserves, lakes, and ponds already in place to make bird photography as accessible as possible. However, there comes a point when a straightforward portrait of a bird floating on the water or perched on a stick fails to evoke your sense of excitement and photographic fulfilment. The next step in your development as a
I started shooting time-lapse when working in the High Arctic on Expedition Cruises. I was producing promo movies for each expedition cruise and the time-lapse was a more engaging view for when the ship was just at sea or cruising through a fjord. Time-lapse movies are just cool. I really should do more. Whether it’s fair-weather clouds sweeping over the Downs, flowers opening in the sunlight, or the Milky Way ascending
In November, India’s National Parks reopen following the annual monsoon closures. For my first ever international photo tour, I chose to visit India and photograph wild tigers. I cannot recommend this enough. There is quite simply nothing on Earth that compares to a wild tiger! PREPARE YOURSELF! Photographing these mesmerising big cats in the wild takes a steady hand. There is no safe, double-lined fence for you to walk up