Wildlife photography

Wildlife photography is an exciting genre of photography. You usually need to travel to go to a place where you can find wild animals, and you spend plenty of time outdoors in often pristine Nature. It is not the easiest genre of photography, mainly because you have to search for the animals and they do not pose for you. This makes it even more beautiful, because you will learn about the behaviour of the animals, in order to make the best photos.

There is more wildlife than one might think. Of course we go to Africa to see wildlife, the elephants, the lions, etc. But in Europe some wildlife is still there, like bears and wolves, or foxes and bison. Of course bird watchers can still find many occasions in both Europe and Africa.

Equipment becomes important for wildlife photography. You will need long lenses and a fast camera to capture the action. But you do not need a professional camera and lenses right away, there are many good cameras to start with and obtain great results. The best thing about wildlife photography is that you can spend time with these wild animals in their habitat. Knowing that their habitat is shrinking all the time, still being able to see these animals in the wild is a huge privilege.

Wildlife photography is part of our Namibia photo tour and we are preparing wildlife tours in South Africa as well.

A photo safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve

The first nature reserve in Africa, and the second in the world, was created in 1895. The world’s first was Yellowstone in the United States of America. This reserve is now called Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and are named of the two rivers that flow through the reserve. The park is situated in KwaZulu-Natal at a few hours […]

Wildflowers and wildlife in the West Coast National Park

wildflowers at the postberg nature reserve with white daisies and mountains

Now that it’s winter in the northern hemisphere I thought of some winter days I spent in Paternoster, South Africa, some years ago. Winter in August still sounds a bit strange to me, but only because I grew up in Europe. Now winter in South Africa is very different winter in The Netherlands, and on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photographing wild meerkats

Where can you find wild meerkats? It has been a while that we wanted to see wild meerkats, but that is not so easy… They’re small, you can only find them in some areas of Africa and they blend in very well with their surroundings. Finding them by yourself is difficult if you don’t know […]

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 […]