Eyes on Africa Day 5: Friday's Fun Photos

My blog posts this week are devoted to tips on taking pictures in African. Each day's blog topic will remain the same as in previous weeks:

• Monday’s Inspirational Message
• Tip For Tuesday
• Where in the World? Wednesday
• Photo Thought for Thursday
• Friday Fun Photo
• Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session
• Sunday Speedlite Secrets

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Unlike in weeks past, where I posted a funny picture, I thought I post some of my favorite people pictures from a workshop I lead to Namibia. Why are these pictures in Friday's Fun Photos post? Because I had so much fun photographing these beautiful Himba women.

Click here for some people photography tips.

If an African safari is on your "bucket list," I am leading two awesome African photo safaris in 2010:
Kenya
and
Kenya and Rwanda.

Closer to home, yet still with a taste of Africa, I am leading a workshop to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, Texas) in December. Not posted on my site yet. NOTE: I have reserved the tents and safari lodge. Dates are December 11-13, 2009. Cost to come. Drop me a not if you are interested. Only seven tents. Ricksammon@me.com

Make pictures,
Rick

Eyes on Africa Day 4: Photo Thought for Thursday: The Eyes Have It

My blog posts this week are devoted to tips on taking pictures on an African Safari (some of which you can also use in wildlife parks). Each day's blog topic will remain the same as in previous weeks:

• Monday’s Inspirational Message
• Tip For Tuesday
• Where in the World? Wednesday
• Photo Thought for Thursday
• Friday Fun Photo
• Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session
• Sunday Speedlite Secrets

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Today's post is from my friend/wildlife photographer, Andy Biggs. Take it away Andy!

As the adage says, "The eyes are the windows to the soul", and this rings true for wildlife photography.

I find that the more eyes that are in a wildlife scene, the better. If I have 3 animals in my scene, I often find that 6 eyes in view are better than 5 or less.

When watching a scene, you can better determine when to take your photos based on eye contact with your subjects. You will be amazed at how many more successful images you will capture with your camera – and eye.


Andy Biggs
Web Site: andybiggs.com
Blog: www.theglobalphotographer.com

If an African safari is on your "bucket list," I am leading two awesome African photo safaris in 2010:
Kenya
and
Kenya and Rwanda.

Closer to home, yet still with a taste of Africa, I am leading a workshop to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, Texas) in December. Not posted on my site yet. NOTE: I have reserved the tents and safari lodge. Dates are December 11-13, 2009. Cost to come.

If you have any questions about these and my other workshops, please contact me at ricksammon@me.com.

Make pictures,
Rick

Eyes on Africa Day 3: Where in The World? Wednesday

My blog posts this week are devoted to tips on taking pictures on an African Safari (some of which you can also use in wildlife parks). Each day's blog topic will remain the same as in previous weeks:

• Monday’s Inspirational Message
• Tip For Tuesday
• Where in the World? Wednesday
• Photo Thought for Thursday
• Friday Fun Photo
• Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session
• Sunday Speedlite Secrets

Subscribe and stay tuned.

So once again it's Where in the World? Wednesday. Where in the world did I take these two pictures of cheetahs? The sunset? Botswana. Could be a hint, or not.

First correct answer posted here gets an autographed copy of my book, Field Guide to Digital Photography. Join the fun. US shipping only. Sorry.

If an African safari is on your "bucket list," I am leading two awesome African photo safaris in 2010:
Kenya
and
Kenya and Rwanda.

Closer to home, yet still with a taste of Africa, I am leading a workshop to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, Texas) in December. Not posted on my site yet. (Fossil Rim could be a hint, or not, too.)

If you have any questions about these and my other workshops, please contact me at ricksammon@me.com.

Make pictures,
Rick

Eyes on Africa Day 2: Tuesday's Tips: See the Light & Don't Shoot Down


My blog posts this week will be devoted to tips on taking pictures on an African Safari (some of which you can also use in wildlife parks). Each day's blog topic will remain the same:

• Monday’s Inspirational Message
• Tip For Tuesday
• Where in the World? Wednesday
• Photo Thought for Thursday
• Friday Fun Photo
• Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session
• Sunday Speedlite Secrets

Subscribe and stay tuned.

I took all these pictures within about an hour of each other. The picture on the right is my "keeper." Great light!

The top left picture was taken after the sun had set. Flat light, little contrast. A photo dud.

The middle picture illustrates how close the animals can come to the vehicles. Just a boring grab shot.

The bottom picture illustrates that point that when you photograph animals close up from a vehicle, the photo looks as though it could have been taken in a zoo or wildlife park. You are much better off using a long lens and photographing the animal at a distance. The further away the animal, the more it appears that you are seeing eye to eye – as illustrated in my keeper.

Want more tips? See my article on Ultimate Travel Photography.

If an African safari is on your "bucket list," I am leading two awesome African photo safaris in 2010:
Kenya
and
Kenya and Rwanda.

Closer to home, yet still with a taste of Africa, I am leading a workshop to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, Texas) in December.

If you have any questions about these and my other workshops, please contact me at ricksammon@me.com.

Make pictures,
Rick

Eyes on Africa Day 1: Monday's Motivational Message + Top Tips

My blog posts this week will be devoted to tips on taking pictures on an African Safari (some of which you can also use in wildlife parks). Each day's topic will remain the same:

• Monday’s Inspirational Message
• Tip For Tuesday
• Where in the World? Wednesday
• Photo Thought for Thursday
• Friday Fun Photo
• Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session
• Sunday Speedlite Secrets

Subscribe and stay tuned.

I hope you enjoy today's Motivational Message. But for how-to info, here's a link to one of my favorite articles on wildlife photography.

If an African safari is on your "bucket list," I am leading two awesome African photo safaris in 2010:
Kenya
and
Kenya and Rwanda.

Closer to home, yet still with a taste of Africa, I am leading a workshop to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, Texas) in December.

If you have any questions about these and my other workshops, contact me at ricksammon@me.com.

Make pictures,
Rick