As a beginner where do you start as a photographer?

Starting photography can be a very daunting task, I can tell you this from first hand experience. I have been taking photographs for a number of years now and what I love about photography is that there is always something new to learn, not only about the constant new technology coming out, but also about […]


There is a troublesome dilemma that sometimes exists in our wildlife photography experiences. It is the line, quite literally, between having all that we want in focus and inviting too much distracting details into or background. Usually there is more than one subject in question and usually they are quite close to each other, one […]

The Ultimate Skill

Probably, it could be said, that patience is the most important attribute a photographer must have to be the best they can at what they do. Truly, it cant be stressed enough how important it is to let a scene develop when necessary. Whether it a landscape and you need the sun to burst through […]

Exposure Compensation

Photography is a true art as we make use of the elements and paint with light. There is so much to keep in mind but exposure compensation is probably the thing that throws off most beginner photographers. My goal with this blog is to simplify exposure compensation for you a bit. To do this, let […]

Lens recommendations for Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is known as one of the prime photographic destinations in Africa. This vast reserve, which is the largest privately owned game reserve in Africa plays home to a variety of different species, most of which are rare and endangered. But what lenses would maximise your photographic opportunities during your time here? Firstly it […]

Understand Your Focus Modes

I’m sure you will all agree in me saying, nothing ruins a photograph more than an unintentional blurry and/or soft image. The autofocus feature is an incredible tool but it is vital for you to understand your focus modes. It is also good to know that as useful as autofocus is, sometimes the camera gets […]

Three best ways to photograph an Elephant

As I have mentioned in blogs before, I often find it difficult to photograph animals such as rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. In this blog I am going to focus on three of the best ways to photograph an elephant. When it comes to photography, many of us tend to get caught up in the technical [...]

White Balance

With every scene comes different shades of intensities and temperatures of light. The mornings can be a white-yellow cast, the mid parts of the day a washed-out scene yet vivid blue skies above and the evening a deep orange and red glow. In order to precisely capture these magnificent colors, it is important to consider […]

How much planning goes into your photography?

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but how much planning actually goes into your photography? Over the past few years I have found myself focussing more on certain elements in my photography, usually working towards a certain goal per destination. It is so easy to get into a rut with your own […]

Our Excitement Effects Our Photography

Over the years of guiding there is one common thing that I have come to notice. This is both on a personal and purely an observational point of view. We all fall victim to this and it’s simply that our excitement affects our photography. And.. usually in a negative way if you do not know […]

The Canon RF 800mm F/11 for Wildlife Photography

800mm – hooray! F/11 – say what? It is certainly not the most conventional or expected combination of focal length and maximum aperture but the new Canon RF 800mm F/11 piqued my interest from the very first moment I heard it was in the pipeline. I feel that many photographers have immediately dismissed this lens […]

Moving to Mirrorless on Canon: The EF- EOS R Adapter Explained

With the recent announcement of the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 there has never been more interest in mirrorless technology amongst Canon users. Whilst the initial release of both the R, RP and the range of dedicated RF lenses showed that Canon were committed to mirrorless, its only now that serious wildlife photographers have […]

Canon EOS R5 Animal Eye Autofocus | First Impressions

I've been fortunate to have spent some time behind the viewfinder of an early production unit of the Canon EOS R5 in South Africa's Sabi Sabi private Game Reserve and I have been very impressed. In this short clip I share some footage of the much anticipated and sought after Animal Eye Autofocus. The speed [...]

Photography Basics out in the Field

In this blog I am going to discuss the photography basics and how you can add emphasis to and set the scene for your photography. Although wildlife is largely unpredictable, there are a handful of things that we can control, most notably, our camera’s settings for specific times of the day and for specific types […]

Back To The Basics: Raw vs JPEG, Metering Modes & Shooting Modes

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing a few topics with regards to photography and going back to the basics. When it comes to photography, it can become quite complex and overwhelming, but, I am hoping that by breaking it up into different sections, it makes it easier for you to understand […]

Star photography

In this blog, I am going to be covering some point-form basics of what you need to do and what keep in mind when attempting to photograph the night sky. Thinks to keep in mind: Phase of the moon (the darker the night sky the better) What time the moon is rising/setting (as above) Cloud [...]

Upcoming Review: The Canon EOS-1DX MKIII

My name is Andrew Beck and I am lucky enough to have gotten my hands on the brand new Canon EOS-1DX MKIII. The 1D X has always been Canon's flagship DSLR and they have not held back on cramming some incredible technology into new the MKIII. For most wildlife photographers the promise of 16 frames [...]

Think outside the box

What do you do when a sighting is flat, uninteresting, or there is no photographic opportunities on offer? Yes, you can sit and enjoy the moment and embrace your surroundings and understand what a privilege and how fortunate we are to spend time out in these incredible wilderness areas, but in terms a photography, there [...]

Back to basics: Camera Modes

In this blog I will be discussing the different camera modes and how they operate, as well as which ones you should be using in wildlife photography. Camera Shooting modes: When you buy a digital camera, it will come with a selection of Automatic camera modes. These are pre-programmed settings that allow you to choose [...]

Back to basics: Focus Modes

Focus Modes One Shot /AI Servo / Continuous Modes: Beyond just the number of focus points a camera has, every digital SLR camera also includes several types of autofocus modes. The two most common are called One Shot and AI Servo / Continuous autofocus.  One shot mode: •One shot autofocus is the mode to use […]

Understanding Visual energy

Understanding the visual energy in a frame will dramatically change the look and feel of your wildlife images. It is important to, when looking at a particular scene, understand how the energy is flowing and how you would like your viewers eyes to move through the frame. There are a couple of ways that you […]