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WILDLIFE BABIES

I’ve been a professional wildlife photographer since 2008 and for all of that time I’ve been trying to take pictures that will invoke an emotional response with people. In my experience, there is nothing that does that quite as well as baby animals. It’s probably got [...]

THE BEAUTY OF BACK-LIGHT

A rufous-tailed hummingbird in Costa Rica Back-light is, as you might expect, where the light on the subject is predominantly from behind. What this does is produce a dramatic effect, outlining the subject in rim light. All the more stunning if that light is warm in [...]

How to use Auto ISO

Auto ISO is something that, until I wrote this article, I simply didn't use. Now I find it indispensable: the ability to use ISO as a third control (in addition to aperture and shutter speed) that automatically adjusts based on the available light - particularly in manual exposure mode - [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:08:43+01:001 Apr 2015|ISO, Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|

When to use a tripod, monopod, beanbag or other camera support

Male urban peregrine falcon - a shot like this taken at 1200mm (600mm + 2x converter) simply can't be taken without a tripod. Nikon D800E, 600mm f/4 lens, 1/400sec , f/11, ISO 1600, Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 carbon fibre tripod with Wimberley Head Tripod? Monopod? Gorillapod? Baffled? Read on! Whether [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:19:34+01:0016 Nov 2014|Equipment, Technique, Tips, Tripods and Support|

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Male purple-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, Costa Rica. This shot required a very fast shutter speed of 1/4000 s as well as flash. It was also manually pre-focussed Photographing birds in flight is one of the most common things to want to achieve in wildlife photography, but it can be fiendishly [...]

By |2019-04-05T12:41:08+01:0026 Sep 2014|Birds, Technique, Tips|

Flight of the Hummingbird

July 2014 cover - my green-breasted mango hummer! Did you know that hummingbirds can fly sideways, backwards and even upside down? And that they effectively go into hibernation every night to save energy? Hummingbirds are among the most colourful species in the wild kingdom, yet far from easy [...]