The Essential Guide To African Photo Safaris – Part 1

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!

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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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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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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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Quite Simply The Easiest Way To Photograph Grey Herons

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

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.

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How I Got The Shot: Seal In Blizzard

Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)

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

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6-step guide to photographing birds in flight

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

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

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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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10 top tips for photographing water voles

Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris)

Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to see water voles. By November,  the reeds and marginal vegetation, that hide the banks and water’s surface,  have died back. Large stretches of clear water and marginal banks are exposed. Water voles now have to travel further across these open spaces of water to reach their sources of food. Result? You have a far greater chance of spotting them and photographing them.

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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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