Photography Techniques

Did you ever come back from a beautiful place and your photos don’t really show what you remembered? Is your composition off or are your highlights completely blown out? With a little bit of help you will make much better photos. Just keep a few guidelines in mind, practice a lot and when you come back from your next holiday, you will be amazed about how your photos look now.

Photography is a form of expression and in order to express yourself in the best way, you need to understand and use some technique. Once the technique is mastered you can express your true potential.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Tips for taking better photos of dunes in Namibia

Why dunes? A huge part of Namibia is desert, and dunes form a large part of the landscape. Namibia is even named after its biggest desert, the Namib. This is one of the most ancient deserts in the world and has been an arid region for more than 55 million years. The sand dunes in […]

Long exposure photography

Creative photography with long exposures Long exposure photography becomes a necessity when there is little light, like before sunrise, after sunset or during the night. In this post however I would like to discuss the use of filters to deliberately use long exposure, so we obtain effects that otherwise would not be possible. This can […]

How can you use portrait orientation in your landscape photos?

Landscape or portrait orientation? It’s all in the name and the fact that we call the horizontal photo orientation ‘landscape’ leaves little doubt what the orientation of your camera should be when photographing landscapes… but are we really sure? I will show you some photos I took in Arizona, and they will all be in […]

Photographing wildlife in Etosha

gnu wildebeest walking while a sandstorm rages in the distance Etosha Namibia photo safari

What equipment did I use for this tour? Normally when we think of wildlife photography we think of very long lenses. Lenses with a long focal length (more than 300 mm) are definitely very useful, because they bring you ‘closer’ to the wildlife you’re photographing. This is especially true in National Parks, where you’re not […]