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Fishing against the odds

Posted by on Aug 14th, 2011 in Photo Tales, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 0 comments

Fishing against the odds

Photographing for Kruger – Wildlife Icon of South Africa, the Van den Bergs were on a game drive between Skukuza and Tshokwane in the Kruger National Park – this time all in the same vehicle. It is quite a sight to see the three Van den Bergs in a car full to the doors with cameras and huge lenses. And although Heinrich as a kid grew up in a car full of lenses, both he and the lenses have grown significantly. On that morning, they ended up next to a small muddy pond and spotted a fish-eagle sitting in a tree nearby. And they thought: ‘Yes,...

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Camera inspection

Posted by on Aug 11th, 2011 in Photo Gear, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 0 comments

Camera inspection

We, like many other photographers, constantly dream about photographic equipment. We have learned that the only way to stop the dream and to get some sleep is to buy new equipment. This terrible disorder has caused us to spend all our money on the following few pieces of glass and mirrors: Cameras Canon 1ds Mark 3 and Mark 2 – The top of the range Canon camera. Expensive for what it does, but a real work horse. Canon 1d Mark 4 – A real race horse. The first fast Canon camera with good enough image quality for our book publishing...

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RAW or cooked?

Posted by on Aug 5th, 2011 in Photo Capture, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 0 comments

RAW or cooked?

Digital cameras can capture images in either RAW or JPEG mode. The RAW format is uncompressed, capturing all the information, pixel for pixel, as it was read by the pixels of the sensor. The JPEG format is compressed, taking your camera settings into account and saving the image as it was captured according to these settings. It erases the rest of the information, which results in a smaller file size. Beginner tip If you prefer not using RAW, use the largest JPEG setting on your camera with the least compression. You need as many pixels as...

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Phototips – Principles of Nature Photography

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2011 in Featured, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 0 comments

Phototips – Principles of Nature Photography

Welcome to the Phototips blog. This blog contains extracts from the ground-breaking book series titled Phototips. Each book in the Phototips collection replicates a mini photographic workshop that’s hands on, practical and highly creative. Whether your speciality is leopards, landscapes or leadwoods, you’ll learn the core rules and how to break them. The series covers all aspects of nature photography, including how to dodge a lion and burn grass, capture ghosts and entertain ghost crabs, stalk storks and make chameleons smile. The Van den...

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The watchful ostrich

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2011 in Photo Tales, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 3 comments

The watchful ostrich

Heinrich became particularly well acquainted with two ostriches at a private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal for different reasons – the male tried to kill him and the female swallowed his watch. The male had a rather unpalatable personality. He had the habit of attacking everything that moved, including vehicles and people. When photographing something in the reserve (especially the female ostrich), this ill-tempered male would come running from the furthest hill in a cloud of dust. Heinrich’s subject matter would invariably flee, leaving him...

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The nutty hippo

Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2011 in Photo Tales, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 2 comments

The nutty hippo

There is a hippo bull in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park, that has lost his wits. He spends his time in a small pond close to nowhere, without any social interaction with other hippos. Perhaps it is this loneliness that made him crazy. Or perhaps it is his craziness that caused him to be alone. Whichever way, he is an unusual and eccentric hippo. Every time a game drive vehicle drives past the little pond, he gets extremely excited, rolling in the water to reveal his pink belly, snorting and yawning. Because of his...

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Photo Gear

Posted by on Jul 20th, 2011 in Photo Gear, Phototips, Principles of Nature Photography | 1 comment

Photo Gear

There is no easier way to improve your photography than by buying better equipment. Photographic technology is improving at such a rate that skill is becoming less important than persistence. Quick reflexes are second to having the newest and fastest camera, and even being right there is not essential – being almost there is enough, because a long lens will put you there. Therefore, having the right photographic knowledge and equipment is non-negotiable. Even the world’s best nature photographer will battle to take an animal portrait in the...

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Side Lighting – the pros’ secret

Posted by on Jun 28th, 2011 in Photo Lighting, Principles of Nature Photography | 0 comments

Side Lighting – the pros’ secret

Side lighting is when the main light source shines on the subject from the side. This kind of lighting usually only works during the golden hours of the day, as this is the only time when the light is weak enough to still reveal detail in the shadows on the subject. Use side lighting only when there is moderate contrast between light and shadow. Strong, harsh light makes shadows black and featureless. Composition tip When the light shining on an animal comes from the side, it is best to take the photograph at the moment when the animal faces...

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