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Lodges to landscapes

This book photographs include the stories, tips and tricks and inspiration that went into images of landscapes, wildlife, macro, lodges, people, stars and a whole lot more.  If it gives you a a bit of inspiration for your own photography that will be great. But always remember that the tips and tricks are just the start of the journey. Great photography happens not with the camera, the tripod, the lens or the settings, but with the heart, the hand and the eye.

112 pages

Currently available as an e-book only.



R130 plus VAT for South African residents. Please contact David Rogers directly for orders and bank details.

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Photo Tours or Photo Workshops?

Most of our trips are 80% Photo Tours with 20% computer workshopping and analysis. The aim of the trip is to get a group of like minded people into a great environment for photography with great guides and stretch their knowledge with great advice about their settings, angles and lighting.

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A photographic tour leader will

  • help you before and after the trip with your image processing.
  • help get people into the right position for shooting
  • analyse and discuss techniques before, during, and after the trip.
  •  know the guides, the camp, the area and make sure you get great treatment.
  • We will help you think differently and encourage creativity
  • We will make sure that everyone gets a chance to learn.
  • We make sure that the trips are not about Ego, but more about fun and creativity

In addition to helping photographers with composition and technique for creating sharp and in the moment wildlife pictures we will also focus a great deal on

  • Thinking and planning for landscapes and thinking about wider shots
  • Looking for interesting details and macro shots
  • Photographing the lodge in its environment
  • Telling the story of the trip through images
  • Capturing skies and weather
  • Doing star circles and night photography as well as light painting
  • Practicing techniques such as blur, panoramas and other in camera techniques.

During the afternoons, between game drives, we will process our images. This is a great time to share processing ideas and prepare two or three pictures for the evening slide show. If you don’t want to do processing during downtime (and some people would prefer to just enjoy their environment) we suggest that you bring some images taken from another trip that you would like to share. Sharing pictures builds great camaraderie on the trips and the camp stuff love seeing the shows.

Although we can help with the nuts and bolts of Lightroom and unlock some secrets, it’s best to maximise your time in the field and enrol in a specialist processing module before the trip or do some computer training online. The same is true for mastering camera skills.

Be relaxed about the trip. Its all about fun and being together. We also encourage people to bring their partners even if they are not made about photography. Although we will wake up extra early, come back later, and spend longer times at sightings than many people, its fun being on safari.

We offer a sharpen up your skills module in Cape Town and invite photographers to come and join us in our studio anytime. We can also give you great advice online before or after the trip and share with you some great material.


Tips for choosing equipment

They say that the best cameras are black. It’s true: whether you are using Nikon, Canon or indeed the new Sony mirrorless gear, there is something out there for everyone.  Some people know exactly what gear they want to buy, but others might struggle a bit making the right decisions.  A good place to start would be our recommended gear list. But perhaps you are still full of questions.  Our photographic safaris begin long before departure, and it’s a great idea not to leave these important decisions for the last minute.

Here are a few things to think about to get you on the right track:

  1. What existing gear do you have? What is on your wish list?
  2. If you are starting from scratch, have you any ideas what you would like to purchase? Also do you have a budget for now and for later? We suggest getting the best you can afford and also paying for good lenses as they have a long lifespan.
  3. There is some really good, lightweight gear available. Are you happy carrying a big bag of heavy gear weighing 15 – 20 kg to get the best possible results, or would you like something lighter?
  4. Are you interested in shooting landscapes, low light, stars, etc.? If so, you will need to consider full frame cameras and lenses that are able to go down to very wide apertures that let in a great deal of light.
  5. Do you imagine ever making big prints of your work where close-up detail will be important? Again, a full frame camera with low noise is going to be ideal.
  6. Can you imagine yourself using a tripod in the field? It’s essential for long exposures and getting interesting landscape shots.
  7. Do you want gear that can take some punishment? Some gear is more robust and comes with weather and dust seals.
  8. Is wildlife action photography your priority? Do you want to freeze action and get lots of frames of a sequence? If so, consider the frame-rate.
  9. No matter what camera you get, it’s always a good idea to practice with it before your safari. We offer “get to know your camera” workshops in Cape Town and a variety of day-tours that provide a great opportunity to hone your skills.

At Photos and Africa we have photographers that use Canon and others that use Nikon. We even have a few Leica enthusiasts. So we are geared-up to answer most gear questions.  We look forward to getting into discussions before the start of the safari.


Photography Checklist

Everyone wants to travel light, but its tricky when you are working as a photographer. What photography gear should you take on safari? Fortunately new equipment is getting lighter and lighter, and even a mobile phone works well to get those quick moments. Here are a few tips to consider when deciding what to pack, what to buy and what to leave at home. Remember that it’s composition, not the photography gear that you have, that defines your work. Go for the best photography gear can afford. And chat to us if you want advice. We recommend Orms in Cape Town which offers excellent service.

  • A camera (plus backup if possible)
  • A 300 – 500 mm lens for wildlife
  • Choice of standard zoom and wider zoom for landscapes and people
  • Cables, battery, plus a spare
  • At least 2 x 8 GB cards (more if you want to use as backup)
  • A smart phone (yes — they  take great images)
  • Tripod if you want to try long exposures and stars
  • A laptop to backup your images and for processing
  • Spare hard drive if you want to shoot RAW images and for backup storage
  • Adobe Lightroom CC for working on images (free trial available)
  • Download free Google NIK software (great for black and white)
  • Macro lens and flash with diffuser for small things (advanced)
  • Neutral density filters and graduated filters for landscapes (advanced)
  • Polarisers for summer clouds (advanced)

Useful reading

There are excellent Lightroom instruction videos on the internet. I can recommend those by Julienne Kost.

Scott Kelby’s book on Lightroom has some good tips.

Bring your camera manual as a booklet or as a PDF and also study its contents.

Read David Rogers blog on Landscapes

and also on using Graduated Filters

Read our handy ebook guide Lodges to Landscapes for tips and tricks.

If you are joining a David Rogers safari, make sure that you have a full set of workshop notes including Auto to Artist.

We would love to help you plan your African safari.

Mobile: 27 (0) 827843309

Email: info(@)photosandafrica.com

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