Phototips

I have created a series of books, interactive CD-ROMs and interactive PDFs. To find out more, visit www.phototips.co.za.

Phototrips

I lead photographic workshops to various destinations, including South Africa, Botswana and Kenya.

Phototrips

I lead photographic workshops to various destinations, including South Africa, Botswana and Kenya.

Tone

Tone is the relative lightness or darkness in an image. The more variety of tones you have within an image, i.e. the more shades of grey, the better the image. This applies especially to monochromatic images. Beginner tip Mist is a great tone creator. Subjects closer...

Low key image

A low key image contains predominantly dark tones. The histogram of a low key image will be shifted to the left-hand side. Pro tip When photographing low key images, remember to underexpose the camera by dialling the exposure compensation to between -1/3 and -3 stops,...

Curves and candy

A curve is a shape similar to a line, but which is not required to be straight. Almost any photograph can be improved by including an interesting curve. For a photograph, a curve is like candy. Pro tip Try and think like a camera. These lines and curves are not...

High key images

A high key image contains predominantly light tones. The histogram of a high key image will be shifted to the right-hand side. Pro tip The whites in a high key image will fool the camera’s light meter and you will get an underexposed image if you don’t compensate....

A tear for Safari

Safari only had one eye. The story goes that she lost it during a vicious fight with Mafufanyane, the territorial male of the area. The irony is that they were lovers once. They even had cubs together. Both were legends of the northern Sabi Sand area in their heyday....

The not-so-cute meerkat

Some people say meerkats are cute. I don’t agree. Philip and I were fortunate to photograph the meerkats of the Animal Planet series Meerkat Manor. The brief was to photograph the characters of the series in a way that would show their personalities and fit in with...

Texture

Texture is the surface quality of a shape. Fortunately for us, nature is covered in fascinating textures. Use it to enhance your images. Beginner tip The best way to capture texture is to go in close with a macro lens. Cut out the background and focus only on the...

Breaking the pattern

To break a pattern of shapes with a contrasting shape can be a powerful compositional tool. Here the pattern of lines are broken by leaves, and brown is broken by green. General tip To get interesting perspectives, elevate yourself and shoot down. How you can take a...

Misty light for mystifying images

Misty mornings are what many photographers dream of. When the mist is low, it can create beautiful scenes and moody images. But it is difficult to get the most out of a misty morning. Beginner tip When it is misty, don’t attempt photographing subjects that are too far...