Photography needs constant inspiration and ideas to grow and explore new fields. One source of inspiration are great photographers like Peter Beard and Helmut Newton, the one especially for wildlife photography and the other for fashion. Yet both give great ideas for all kinds of photography, showing techniques and compositions.
Movies and entertainment are also a great source of inspiration. How do they do the lighting and what colors are they using? This can reflect in your own photography and give it a complete new turn.
Nature itself is a fabulous source of inspiration and ideas. Only look at birds with their diversity of stunning colors and patterns. And for photographic safari lovers the BBC nature series are amazing with their great shots of fantastic wildlife interaction.
But ideas can come from anywhere, from as divers as children playing, innovative adverts, natures seasons and office buildings. Think out of the box and discover photographic potential in anything.
What is a best friend? Your best friend is always there when you need him/her, listens, comforts you, inspires you, enjoys fun with you, travels with you, rests with you, enjoys nature with you and loves wildlife with you.
And isn’t photography all that? Are you your photography’s best friend to? Maybe it would be an idea to take every now and then a picture just for your photography, to say thank you as a best friend. Your camera might appreciate that to.
4 days wildlife photography courses might sound very short to get far within wildlife photography, but they are just the right dose to get going with the right tools to take it from their yourself.
Days on photographic safari are intense. There are two game drives per day, which make the days feel like two in one. And in between the game drives are the photography reflections on the game drive assignments. Every new wildlife photography assignment brings the attendees a step further and if it is done properly, every time a step further to independence in wildlife photography to. Your guide is not always there when you do wildlife photography. So, the main goal of the course is to get you going, enabling you to help yourself in all wildlife photography challenges and stay on track of growing as a photographer.
Of course there is guidance offered for the time after the course, for a little help, if needed, to go further yourself.
Maybe they are not that much unspoken, but more unknown to many who go on photographic safari for the first time.
First of all, listen to what your guide is saying. In open safari vehicles do not stand up at sightings. Do not leave the game drive vehicle at sightings (this might sound silly, but people get sometimes carried away and do it, just for the better photo).
Do not run in the bush. You might turn into prey by doing that. Be conscious where you are and expect at all times animals of all kinds crossing your way. Don’t give them a fright. An elephant could react very badly.
Do not sit with your back towards the bush. When we do that, we seem to look very similar to primates and attractive to leopards.
Do not wear flashy colors. Wildlife responds to that and do not forget the very small wildlife, the insects. Their attention is not what you want.
Do not walk at night without a guard. Cats see better than you or you might run into a buffalo.
In essence, listen to what you get told at arrival at the lodge and you will have a great safari.
Maybe you think there is no wildlife where I live, but it is just a question of the definition of wildlife. Of course not everywhere are the Big 5, but wildlife photography can be part of every week’s photography fun.
Spot the birds around you. Also sparrows are birds and they are cute to. Photograph birds and train your patience-speed balance.
Domestic cats are pretty much the same as leopards. Try to get a top shot of a cat every week.
Practice, that dogs look happily in the lens and not away from you. Not pushing them and giving them the space is the secret.
Wildlife photography takes us home to nature, lets us feel the outdoors and capture its beauty. There is probably no other photography that is in the same way exciting and calming as wildlife photography. Photographing the Big 5 on safari is very exciting, impressing and stimulating and at the same time sitting with a leopard for a morning is very calming and makes us connect with nature again in a quiet way.
It is never boring. A day in the bush is never the same. The animals have always surprises for the observer and photographer. They make us see and grow in photography with every minute we spent with them and they rarely do what we think we want them to do, which is very refreshing too.
Get your dose wildlife photography every day. Wildlife is everywhere, in your garden, in the park and even in the city. Just start seeing them and capture their magic.