World is facing biggest threat of extinction since the dinosaurs

World is facing biggest threat of extinction since the dinosaurs Although the theory is that dinosaurs were wiped off the planet due to a giant meteor, the threat of extinction facing thousands of species today may be more subtle and gradual, but it is just as dangerous and real. That threat is humans. The recent...

The Decline of the Mediterranean Swordfish

The Decline of the Mediterranean Swordfish Sadly in our consumer focussed world, the effects of over-fishing, poaching and other harmful activities that affect the planet’s delicate ecosystem often go unnoticed until it is too late. In recent years there have been a number of high-profile campaigns to save some of Earth’s most endangered species including...

Antarctica’s Ross Sea declared marine conservation zone

Antarctica’s Ross Sea declared marine conservation zone As a conservation advocate, I’m delighted to hear that a recent decision has been made by the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to establish a large marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean. While it may seem like an...

The Ivory Trade – Why it hasn’t gone away and why it needs to

The Ivory Trade – Why it hasn’t gone away and why it needs to As a wildlife photographer, I have made it my mission to educate and inform people on some of the key threats that our natural world faces, which includes the imminent risk of extinction for elephants and rhinos across Africa and Asia....

Make the most of natural light

Once you are competent with your camera and consistently capturing decent shots, you will start looking for ways to take your wildlife photography to the next level. An easy win is to make the most of natural light. Good light can turn an average photo into an extraordinary photo. The best time for photographing wildlife...

Graduate from Shooting in Auto

Graduate from Shooting in Auto The temptation, when first picking up a DSLR full of buttons and menu options, is to keep it in Auto and to just rely on one button, the shutter release. But doing so is an injustice to the camera. In Auto, the camera is going to try and evenly expose...

The secret to taking photos like a pro…

The secret to taking photos like a pro… The power of envisaging the shot you want to take, planning how you will take it and preparing accordingly. I believe that taking these steps can help you make the transition from a good photographer into a photographer that consistently pushes boundaries and gets noticed. Before you start...

How can I take sharper photos?

How can I take sharper photos? There are many things that you can do to improve the sharpness of your images, however, you will achieve 90% of the results by getting just two things right: shutter speed and focus. Let’s start with shutter speed. You need a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any motion...

Equipment for wildlife photography… where do you start?!

Over the last few weeks, I have received many requests for gear-buying advice. In this email, I am going to explain what camera and lens features are important if your primary aim is to photograph wildlife. I will also tell you a few of my favourite camera/ lens combinations at the end of this email....

It’s A Wild World – My Top Safari Hot Spots

It’s A Wild World – My Top Safari Hot Spots To photograph wildlife, part and parcel of getting that great shot is location, location, location. It is all about seeing animals at ease in their natural habit and as a photographer, feeling at peace with nature itself. You certainly have to go the distance. There...