PHOTO ME­CHANIC

Here are four tips to help you break away from that in­stinc­tive style of post­card pho­tog­ra­phy.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - by Vil­liers Steyn

If I’m be­ing com­pletely hon­est, I’m tired of wildlife por­traits – both tak­ing them and look­ing at other peo­ple’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great an­i­mal close-up as much as the next per­son, but thanks to Face­book and In­sta­gram I’m look­ing at about a thou­sand gi­raffe, ele­phant and lion pho­tos ev­ery day. And 99% of them look like they came straight out of the lat­est edi­tion of A Field Guide to the Mam­mals of South­ern Africa! The ma­jor­ity of pho­tos taken by be­gin­ners tend to be th­ese very fa­mil­iar-look­ing front-lit, post­card-type por­traits, so per­haps it’s time to raise the bar a lit­tle. Here are four cre­ative tips to make your wildlife pho­tos stand out from the rest.

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