GREG’S TECH TIP: MOTION BLUR
Want to shoot like a pro? Greg offers up a great tip when photographing wildlife.
“I love shooting with slow shutter speeds. Normally, you’d want to match your shutter speed to the focal length of your lens. With a 300mm lens, you’d want to shoot with a shutter speed of 1/300 or faster. But sometimes, I like to shoot with a slower shutter speed, so that there’s some blur in your photograph. Traditionally, a still photograph doesn’t convey the movement or energy of the subject. Just a slight delay can actually capture the movement. Sometimes, I’d shoot 1/60 of a second as opposed to 1/300 of a second.” To view some of Greg’s award-winning images, visit his website www.gregdutoit.com. smells. I love the smell of fresh antelope or elephant dung. Not many people know this, but leopard urine smells exactly like buttered popcorn. You get hooked on smells.
Is it difficult to capture these senses on camera?
Well, that’s my ultimate goal, to try to do the continent justice through my lens. Look, photography is purely visual, and a photograph is a flat piece of paper. My job as a photographer is very difficult: to try and tell a story through one moment. But the bizarre thing is, it is possible. That one moment can trigger many senses in a person’s imagination. With my photos, I try to give viewers a glimpse of that moment and let that spark one’s imagination. Photography is a powerful language. Visuals have been around long before the written word.
What tips can you offer up to aspiring wildlife photographers?
I get contacted a lot by aspiring photographers asking what they should study or what direction they should take. My advice to them is to go on a journey of self-discovery. Find out what you treasure most in life. What are your passions? And photograph that. That’s how it worked for me. I’m passionate about the African bush. I have a spiritual and emotional connection to it. It all starts with you, and what you’re passionate about.