30 June 2013

On Photo Safari: Say Stop When You See Something


When guests are going on photographic safari, team building photographic safari or wildlife photography course for the first time, they often hesitate to come out for themselves with regards to the photos they want to take. It can be intimidating to sit on the game vehicle for the first time with a ranger in command of driving and explaining and often a tracker in charge of finding the animals. And now you, the newbee wants to say stop, where the ranger didn’t show any sign that there would be anything interesting. But you should. Nobody sees what you see and it is not important that nobody else sees it. Its your photo, you saw something worth photographing and you want to capture it. And if the ranger doesn’t stop quickly enough to get the shot you saw, ask to reverse, that you still get your lovely photo.

The photo needs to appeal to you and when it appeals also to others, that is even nicer, but in the first place, it’s your photo.

Trust your eye. Happy snapping!

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Exhibit Your Photographs Online


As an emerging talent in photography it is not easy to find galleries exhibiting your work and with the numbers of photographers trying to get their attention, you better try it independently online.

There are great platforms like Behance and Foundfolios where you can show your art projects and Flipboard and Flowboard to present your work in a beautiful way. And don’t forget the opportunity to create ibooks and even sell them in the itunes store. All tools are available online and give you the chance to make your way into the galleries. Use them.

And for the wildlife photography lovers and
photographic safari, wildlife photography course and team building photographic safari travelers are the lodges gearing up to make sure you can share your collections straight away from the bush. No gallery can beat that.

Show your work and keep creating.

Happy snapping!

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What is Painting with Light


There has been a great hype about light painting recently and people try to invent constantly new ways of applying this technique. But what is at the bottom of all that? What is light painting?

Photography comes from the Greek and means light drawing. The artist is not using a pen, the camera is the pen with which he/she captures/draws what he/she sees. And it is only a small step from light drawing to light painting. Photography is painting with light and it needs no new techniques to do it, the camera is enough.

But if you like to try the new techniques, do it. Make yourself a painter, creating with one line amazing animals in the darkness of the bush and add an extra dimension to your
photographic safari, wildlife photography course or team building photographic safari.

Keep playing!

Happy snapping!

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Learn from Van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh put all his passion in his paintings, all he felt when seeing beauty in nature, people and anything else that touched him. He did not restrain emotion, he let it all come out and express itself in his paintings.

How would he have experienced what so many people are doing nowadays, the
photographic safaris they go on, the team building photographic safaris companies do and the wildlife photography courses people attend. He most likely would have loved the light and the incredible colors and genuineness of the savannah.

Let your images show your awe and your emotions. Don’t be shy, dare to express yourself.

Happy snapping!

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Learn from Picasso


Picasso was a master of keeping it simple, painting the essence in simple lines. His way of painting can be found in abstract lines in nature and animals.

The best way to experience that is to do a hot air balloon ride or small aircraft flight while being on a
photographic safari, wildlife photography course or team building photographic safari. From your bird view position you will see patterns in the savanna or desert, structures in the landscape and roads forming lines and paintings in the grass. Also zebras are the perfect animals to photograph like abstract paintings. Look out for lines, contrasts and patterns also in other animals. Zoom in on the skin and see the painting.

Inspired? Happy painting!

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Learn from Peter Beard


Peter Beard is a great artist to learn from in wildlife photography. He went on photographic safaris when this expression didn’t even exist and nobody thought there would be one day team building photographic safaris and wildlife photography courses.

His art can be inspiration for photographers in many ways, yet the probably most inspiring is the genuine way he photographed the bush. A blur lion is no problem and neither are blurred leaves in the foreground of an image. It is never disturbing, only enhancing the expression of the image and the essence he capture with it.

Only looking at his pictures is teaching so much. Enjoy it and be inspired.

Happy snapping!

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ePhoto Book: Light Fall


The light on photographic safaris, wildlife photography courses and team building photographic safaris is very different depending on the region, the time of the day and the weather, yet it is in all its appearances beautiful.

Enjoy light fall. View the ephoto book

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