Tips for Nature and Wildlife Photography
By Will Goodlet
Do you still print your photographs? There is something special about holding a print in our hands. In fact, I think it is probably more special now than it has ever been before because it happens so rarely!
Adventures with film in the digital age. Rediscovering film as an older digital shooter has been an amazing experience. The subtle differences in the ways both mediums work has inspired me to think much more deeply about the way I take photographs.
Is social media killing your creativity or inspiring it?
Photographic ideas should inform gear choices but quite often it’s the other way around.
Does a photograph really need an audience? I am not so sure it does.
A Timelapse Film of Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa.
Sometimes a zoom is a wonderful tool to have in the bag but what if you don’t? Can you get by without one?
Learning to love Manual Mode can really add to our creative options. Find out how I use it in my photography.
Landscapes are majestic testaments to geology and geomorphology. Part of the wonderful planet we call home. But, at least for me, they are terrifying. Each with a character of their own that inspires dread and fear.
Searching for the beautiful and charismatic Sentinel Rock Thrush in the Suikerbosrand Hills, South Africa.
The Marievale project. Sometimes there’s no budget for travel to exotic locations and local spots are best. I’ve been spending a lot of my time at Marievale. You can check in here from time to time to see what’s turned up.
Marievale is a famous spot for bird photography in South Africa. Located just outside the town of Nigel it's an hour's drive from Johannesburg and a great place to visit for the day.
How to make your own copy stand for scanning or digitising film negatives or positives.
Learn not to trust your camera's meter! Exposing to the right can radically improve the noise characteristics of an image.
Ever wanted to know how to make ground glass for view cameras and negative scan carriers? Here's a quick how to!
With the rain tapping a tune on the iron roof outside, I'm reminded of a visit to Tsendze rustic camp in the Kruger at the beginning of the rainy season. The Mopane was in fresh leaf and the Impala were dropping in a beautiful, bright green, world.
Is it time to go Mirrorless? The Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark ii makes a strong case for abandoning the DSLR but how does it do in real life in the field?
With the new generation of high density, high pixel-count DSLR's, Pixel blur is becoming a larger issue in telephoto photography.
The Namib, the 'Vast Place' of the Nama, is a harsh, lonely and unforgiving desert on the southwestern edge of Africa. It is also one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Photographing a great beast struggling to breathe in a body separated from a carcass only by its flickering heartbeat, seems indecent. A last invasion of what should be a private time.
The forgotten beauty of the Impala deserves another visit. I spent some quality time amongst the herds and the newborns this November.
Wildlife Panoramas can be a wonderful way to add a different look to your images. Here are some of my top tips for success.
A sweaty and nervous search for the courage to ask a fateful question in a place I would never have imagined.
The wild horses of the Namib survive in one of the harshest environments on earth. Abandoned over one hundred years ago, somehow, against all odds, they are still here.
It's spring at Rietvlei Nature Reserve and that means it is time for Zebra Battles! Find out where to find the action and how to photograph the drama in the grasslands.
Ever wondered what the reasoning and reality are behind the Rule-of-Thirds in photography? I have, I decided to explore the concept, its history and the reasons it seems to work.
Bird-in-flight photography is a pastime that bewitches many a nature photographer. The effortless beauty of birds is something wonderful to see but capturing it can be difficult! In this post, I'm sharing one of my favourite BIF spots and a special trick that I use there.
It's time to get organised! I'm putting together my top Facebook Hacks for Photographers in this series. Simple, concise, start-to-finish ways to improve your Facebook marketing and online experience.
Production Planning a Photograph? Spontaneity is great but sometimes planning your photograph can take an idea a lot further.
Namaqualand is the pure essence of spring. Spending a week in the Hantam Karoo near Nieuwoudtville was a wonderful photographic journey, even if spring had mysteriously passed it by!
Matjiesfontein Farm, Nieuwoudtville, South Africa
The Southern Hemisphere offers some of the best opportunities to photograph the night sky anywhere in the world! With over 80% of the world's population now living in light polluted areas and with over 1/3 not able to see the Milky Way - photographing stars in Africa is fast becoming the best way to do it.
The 'secret' water-level hides at Zibulo Colliery, South Africa make for some spectacular bird photography.
Flying right out of legend the Bearded Vultures of the Drakensberg are some of the most exciting and beautiful birds to photograph in Souther Africa.
Bee-eaters are a wonderful group of birds. Colourful and full of character they must be very high on most bird photographer's bucket lists.
Are you overdosing on your Facebook Newsfeed? Here's a few ways to take back control.
Is digital photography a freedom or a curse? In my own photographic life, perhaps a little of both.
Prompted by a discussion about the merits of gear on Facebook, I decided to try out two cameras - one costing R450 and the other just R170.
Revisiting film has revitalised my photography in ways that I never imagined. Am I in love?
Ever struggled with knowing how to process images for Facebook? I have. In this post I share all that I have learned on Facebook image optimisation in 2017.