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 Post subject: Unwritten rules to photography
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:59 pm 
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hi Forumiets :cam: :cam: :cam:

so being a amature photographer and enthusiast i was playing with some of my photos last nite.
after scrolling thru all my photos and thinking the next one is better then the last i was wondering.....

what is the unwritten rules of wildlife photography
what editing tips and advise do you have
and what in your eyes are the rules and guidelines leading up to the perfect shot

love to hear all of your opions and adives :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:16 pm 
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My top 3 tips would be:

1) Shoot in RAW format (for maximum editing options)
2) Shoot the light (golden hours etc)
3) Shoot the eyes (get in close, fill the frame)

But there are so many and it depends on what you are after personally...:-)

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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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hi Brawler

thank you for your input!


if no golden light and u see an amazing sighting in early morning or maybe afternoon when the sun is high?
what then

also whats your opinion on Black and white photos?

to me all my photos look beter when black and white


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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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Depends what you are after- once I delete all my junk photos from any session (out of focus, bad composition etc) the ones I am left with fall into two categories: a)good 'photos' and b)memories/recordings of a moment
Ideally it is both but not as often as I would like :-)

I've recorded some great 'memories' in poor light that while they will never be great photos still make me happy when I look back at them. So I would say shoot away all day but be realistic with your expectations of the results. And look, photo editing software is getting so good these days that who knows how you might be able to improve them in the future (hence shooting in RAW format). But I still believe the ones that are great first time always stand out.

To your second point, I think Black and White is actually a great way of making a mediocre shot into a very nice one. I use it all the time! But shoot normally (ie not B&W in the camera) and then process yourself to get the look you want. What software do you use?

And remember, we get better by practice and photography is an area where you can learn something everyday. I take encouragement from previous failures knowing I am improving! :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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i love making photos black an white and i sometime have to contain myself or il make them all black and white but of course like you say i dont shoot in B & W.

i use the abdoe photoshop program( it was part of my bundle when i purchased my camera)

there is 3 tabs quick. guied and expert. i use guided because im not to familiar with the rest so far.

i wil try the RAW. is that a setting on your camera? what does RAW mean anyway.

i only enjoy shooting in the Kruger so i only get to practice one a year :? :(


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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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Don't let photography ruin the experience!

Last December, we were at a Kudu sighting. A herd of some males with big horns.
I was getting annoyed because I wanted one to pose straight on so I could get a nice photo. :roll:
SO turns to me and tells me to leave the camera, and just to enjoy the sighting.


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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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This is one of my most recent photos. B&W of course
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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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Yoda.

Easier said than done i also get very wrapped up in photography me and my husband always end up arguing because he doesnt park in the correct spot for photos or he starts driving before i got the perfect shot...
When im in the kruger the camera consumes me


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 Post subject: Re: Unwritten rules to photography
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Nice Rhino pics- I haven't managed to see any in KNP, maybe this next trip if I am lucky!

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