Change the Way You See the World with the Wild Eye Blog

Our team post regular content about exciting destinations, photographic tips & tricks, recent trip reports, ‘how to’ guides, wildlife and more.

Whether you’re a regular safari goer, a wildlife photography enthusiast, keen traveler, someone with a sense of adventure, or just looking to learn a little more about wildlife, our blog is for you!

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Behind The Frame: A Portrait of a Male Lion taken at Sabi Sabi Last year

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Trevor McCall-Peat shares a lightroom edit of an image of a male lion captured at Sabi Sabi Last year while hosting a Private safari in October 2022. Sabi Sabi is very well know for its big cat activity, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve borders the Sabi [...]

Incredible India 2023 Trip Report

Having just returned from this tour that takes you to four National Parks within India, this is my trip report where you can get an idea of what to expect on this amazing experience. Instead of reading what I have to say about this, I have put together this video below, where I talk you [...]

Photographing Gorillas and Chimpanzees

When you go on a normal safari in Africa you stand the chance of seeing and photographing around 20 mammals during your time in the field.  As awesome as this is it can be overwhelming to head out on drive without a clear photographic goal in mind. The way you would, for example, approach a [...]

Focus Modes vs Focus Areas

          I know just how messy Focus Modes vs Focus Areas can get in one’s head. I think back to my early days with camera in hand... so many things to remember right? Well I am here to hopefully provide simple clarity. The two (modes & areas) are very different concepts [...]

First Aid Qualification

By law, all field guides in South Africa need to have a valid first aid certificate in order to legally guide. We are proud to say that our guides have always been and still hold a valid first aid qualification. Last week we had Andrew Miller, founder and owner of S.M.A.R.T. Response in the Wild [...]

Creating silhouette photo opportunities on safari

When heading out on your Safari, you should take every opportunity to capture unique images that create a diverse portfolio of images. If you’re looking to add some creative flair to your photos, consider trying your hand at capturing the perfect silhouette photo. In this blog, I'll go over some tips to help you create [...]

How to break the Rule of Thirds…

Ask any photographer or have a look through any photography book, and I am sure that The rule of thirds will pop up at some point! So what is The rule of thirds and how can we use it in our photography? The rule of thirds is a guideline used in photography to create a [...]

Basic Introduction to Lightroom Classic

Just getting into digital photography and editing your images and upon opening Lightroom Classic for the first time, found yourself to be rather confused? Well, in this video I show you around the software and just what is going on. It may even help some of you that have been using Lightroom for a while. [...]

Rental Gear Recommendations for the Northern Serengeti

Are you wondering what gear you should rent for your Northern Serengeti Safari with Wild Eye? In this video, Luke goes over the gear he would select from our rental cabinet. If you would like to chat to Trevor or Mike about renting some gear for your upcoming safari then please get in touch here: [...]

Rental Gear Recommendations For Uganda

Having visited Uganda on a number of occasions, I have had the privilege to use a variety of gear. In the past I have hosted the Best Of Uganda Safari, and the three different places we visit is Kibale, to photograph the Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi impenetrable forest, to photograph the Gorillas. [...]

Think Outside the Box

The purpose of photography can vary depending on the context and the goals of the photographer. Some common purposes of photography include: Capturing memories: Photography is often used to document personal or historical events, such as family vacations, wildlife, weddings, or important moments in history. Artistic expression: Photography can be a form of artistic expression, [...]

This Is Wild Eye

This, is Wild Eye. For a little over a decade now, Wild Eye has positioned itself as a leader in the photographic safari industry. Our team of dedicated guides and travel planners continue to work tirelessly to create, and host, life-changing safari experiences to exciting destinations in Africa, and elsewhere around the world. Join us [...]

Rental Gear Recommendations For The Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is and extremely diverse area with a variety of different photographic opportunities, from predator and general game activity to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, the great migration. In these two videos, Michael Laubscher and Michael Applesamy discuss their ideal set up using Canon and Nikon gear in the Masai Mara to [...]

Places We Love: Bateleur Safari Camp

Bateleur Safari Camp is located in South Africa's world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an exceptional safari location. All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and Bateleur Safari Camp itself shares unfenced borders with Kruger, allowing free animal movement. This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, [...]

7 Days in Namibia

I recently hosted a private safari in Namibia and while the trip was relatively short at only 1 week, it was at the end of an overall 4 weeks safari and man, it did not disappoint! What a fantastic way to end a safari. First we went on a pilgrimage to find the White Elephants [...]

The Importance of Focus in Photography

Without focus, there is no photograph. Well, at least not one people want to look at for more than a mere second. So the importance of focus in photography is everything really. In my opinion, it over rules exposure. I say this because you as the photographer will have good room for error on this [...]

Basics Behind Spotlight Photography

This is a topic that always has plenty of discussions around it. On my recent safari my guests and I discussed it, how to use the spotlight to your advantage, what the camera settings should be and how to manipulate your camera in different situations while using a spotlight to get the best results. For [...]

Behind the Frame: A Leopard at the Lentorre Hide

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Andrew Beck shares a Lightroom Edit of an image of a male leopard captured at the Lentorre Hide during the September 2022 Great Migration with Hides and Helicopters Safari. The Lentorre Hide offers the most incredible, intimate sightings of birds and animals at ground level. Launched [...]

A Memorable Moment In Mana Pools

A couple of years back, I went on holiday to Mana pools with my wife and two close friends. This was during the time that I was still working at Londolozi. After hearing some of the other individual’s stories about Mana Pools, it didn’t take much to persuade us to make the journey to Mana [...]

Wild Eye Rental Gear

Wild Eye Rental Gear Over the past years, Wild Eye has developed quite the diverse range of camera gear to rent out to all our guests who travel with us. We have quite a variety of Nikon and Canon DSLR's, recently adding 3 mirrorless R6 Canon bodies with adaptors and the new RF 100mm - [...]

Converting An Image into Black and White

Do you struggle to decide when to convert an image from colour to black and white? Or even struggle with why would you even want to in the first place? In this blog, I'm going to tackle this very topic and walk you through my own way of thinking when I approach each image. What [...]

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