Things to do in Cape Town – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Bird on pincushion protea

Nature lovers who come to Cape Town must pay a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch is beautifully located at the foot of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain creating an amazing backdrop. You can come here for the flora that grows here, for a picnic as many locals do, or in summer for the […]

African safari – looking for oryx

Going on a photographic safari is for us at Nature Photo Tours one of our favourite things to do. Being out there in the bush trying to spot the animals. Every day is different, so going to the same park several times never gets boring. And you will never know what you will see. There’s […]

Histogram in photography – how to use it for better photos

Before to discuss histograms, we need to talk a little about exposure. So what is exposure? Exposure is to how much or little light your camera’s sensor is exposed. When a photo is too light we call the photo over-exposed, when it’s too dark we say it’s under-exposed. When a photo is underexposed the dark […]

Things to do in Cape Town: Penguins of Boulders Beach

Boulder beach in Simon's Town

Boulders beach is a beach near Simon’s Town, a little town on False Bay on your way to Cape Point. This little beach between the granite rocks that have given the name to this beach is famous not for its turquoise water or even its boulders (the rocks), but for its colony of African penguins. […]

3 Photography composition rules to improve your photos

Photography composition rules tulips at sunset

Photography comes down to mainly two things: light and composition. This is of course a simplification, but I think these are the most important topics. In landscape photography, and even less in wildlife photography, we do not have complete control over the light. We can increase our chances of having ‘better’ light when going out […]

How to edit a photo in Lightroom creating atmosphere

The Cape Peninsula, the area south of Cape Town, has many things to offer. One of the less visited places is the Slangkop lighthouse. One cloudy evening we went to photograph this tower that is probably still very useful for all the ships that round the Cape. What is now called Cape of Good Hope […]

Macro photography on a budget

While not so easy, macro photography can be a lot of fun. So what is macro photography? Macro photography is the photography of small subjects at a one to one scale or larger. Now I don’t want to get into all the technical details of macro photography, as I would like to keep it practical. […]

5 Tips to take photographs of lavender fields

Who doesn’t feel the urge to take a photo when driving past a purple field of lavender? Most people do, and since Instagram took its rise, Valensole, in the south of France, is flooded with tourists. Many come from China and you can even find signs warning car drivers to watch out for Chinese people […]

Nature Photography in black and white

White horses running through water in Camargue

Nature photography using black and white After last week’s post with all the bright colours of the houses in Bo-kaap, I wanted to show you something completely different: monochrome photography. Nature is often photographed in colour, because that’s how we see it, but sometimes a photo can look even better in black and white. It […]

Colours of Cape Town

Rule of odds three houses in three colours in cape town south africa

The most beautiful city in the world I am fortunate to be able to spend time in Cape Town, South Africa regularly. Cape Town to me is the most beautiful city in the world. It’s not so much the city itself, but the setting in which it is placed. If you like travel photography, or […]