The Essential Guide To African Photo Safaris – Part 2

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

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!

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Top Camera Gear Essentials For The African Photo Safari

African Lion (Panthera leo nubica)

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.

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Unlearning what you have learned…

Masai Giraffe, photographed during my work on the David Lloyd photo safari

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.

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First impressions of the FujiFilm GFX50s

FUJIFILM GFX50s

The resolution of this 51.4 million pixel sensor is stunning. Matched with the world class FUJINON lens line-up, the amount of detail resolved should impress any 35mm user. The images here are not to be judged on aesthetics. This is just from my first walkabout with the GFX50s, keeping one eye on my dog, the other on the imminent rain clouds.

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Farewell Nikon. Hello FujiFilm Medium Format!

FujiFilm GFX50s medium format

In my previous blog post and newsletter, I explained that I was leaving Nikon – sounds rather melodramatic, lets just say I no longer have a Nikon system – and since then, I’ve had about a hundred enquiries asking what system I was moving too. Well, here’s your answer…

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They always say time changes things…

2018 has already become one of the most turbulent years in my 13-year long career in wildlife photography. I’ve had to take a little ‘timeout’ to reflect and evaluate. Along with stuff going on outside of my photography world, I’ve also made some huge changes within. Nikon, Getty Images, Social Media… All change.

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Everything You Need To Know About Photographing Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla Beringei Beringei)

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!

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Essential Kit For Your Polar Safari

I’m frequently asked for my advice and recommendations for what camera gear to take on a polar safari to the Arctic or Antarctica. I’ve been travelling to the polar regions since 2009, including season contracts with SilverSea Expeditions and many photo tours. In fact, while you’re here, why not have a quick look at my latest polar adventure with Tatra Photography – Wrangel Island in the Siberian Arctic! You’ll be in great

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How I shoot my time-lapse movies

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

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Kick-off Your Garden Bird Photography Project

With my 12-step guide to setting up a simple but effective photographic stage… This is a great project for the time-constrained weekend photographer. The garden bird setup is simple. There are no specialised tools or fancy gadgets. You just need to spend a little time considering the location and that’s pretty much it. Below you’ll find some logical steps to setting this up, plus a slideshow of ‘setting up’ pics and an

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