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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 [...]

TEXTURE

I don't know how other photographers describe texture, but I always think of it as visually representing what you would feel if you reached into the photograph and touched the surface of the subject. By the way, don't do this to an elephant! Speaking of elephants, [...]

CLUTTER: THE ENEMY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION

A good photograph must grab the viewer's attention. That usually means that the subject of the photo mustn't have to fight with a lot of other distracting stuff in the frame. If there's one thing that kills a photo immediately, it's having a cluttered background. The eye likes things [...]

20,000 gannets, a tent and a lot of beer: the gannets of RSPB Bempton Cliffs

In mid July I spent a very enjoyable couple of days filming gannets with my friend and fellow pro wildlife photographer, Alan Hewitt. There are about 22,000 gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs as well as 180,000 other seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and even a random albatross seen shortly before [...]

A Few Days In Safari Paradise 2016

2016 was another fabulous year on safari! I thought I'd collect some of my images and a short film I made together in one blog post to show you what an awesome spectacle the Masai Mara is and what fun we had photographing the incredible wildlife. 2017 will be our fourth [...]

How To Prepare and Pack For a Photography Safari to Africa

I'm writing this article because I remember the mixture of excitement and bewilderment at tackling my first African photography safari in 2008. What to take? What to leave at home? What to prepare? What clothing, money, insurance, visas? All these questions and more I'll attempt to answer here. Going away on [...]

By |2019-05-08T10:37:16+01:006 Apr 2015|Africa, Equipment, Kenya, Lions, Technique, Tips, Wildlife, Workshops & safaris|

Bird Photography

In this article for Landscape Photography Magazine (when it had a wildlife photography section) I looked at how to get the best out of bird photography. You can download a PDF of the full article for free here: LPM Bird Photography I was a reluctant birder. It took my first [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:22:55+01:0031 Mar 2015|Birds, Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|

Wild Angle – Shooting Wildlife Wide

Landscape photography is all about short focal lengths for wide vistas and wildlife photography requires gargantuan lenses that can pick out a grain of sand on Mars. There you go, photography neatly segregated. In this article for Landscape Photography Magazine (when it had a wildlife photography section), I explored the use [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:21:32+01:0031 Mar 2015|Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|