The Frames per Second Advantage

Over the last few years we have seen a very obvious trend in cameras being designed to match the needs of different photographic genres. The most recent examples I can use are Nikon’s D5 and D500, and from Canon, the 7D Mark 2 and 1D X Mark 2. These cameras share common features, fast (rate … Read more

Latest Photograph – Elephants at the Watering Hole

African Elephants drinking at a watering hole in Djuma Reserve, Sabi Sands.

We always use professional guides and trackers on photography safaris. This investment pays dividends in safety, ethics and importantly, in our amazing and consistent success rate in getting close to stunning wildlife. That said, a wildlife safari always brings plenty of surprises and we are always prepared to embrace unpredictable photography opportunities! We set off … Read more

Squabbling Sparrows


This week I spent a few hours with Andy (Andy Howey, Falconer) in the bird hide I use for the Woodland Birds & Reflection Pool photography workshop. Alongside the many Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Bluetits, Great Tits, Robins, Chaffinches and Dunnocks, the feeding station was absolutely packed with Sparrows. Although I have read about antagonistic behaviour and … Read more

Aperture Priority & Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation on a Nikon DSLR (Circled)

On Sunday’s birds of prey photography day we spent time discussing the practical differences between aperture and shutter priority and what is actually happening in the camera when exposure compensation is used. It’s quite a lot to take in and understand – especially when there is so much going on so I decided to write … Read more

Mastering Autofocus – Birds In Flight.

A guillemot flying past our boat around the Farne Islands. A fast shutter speed of 1/3200 sec froze the action as I used a single point to track them as they passed by.

Last year one of the UK based magazines asked me to write a questions & answers based article on using autofocus with moving subjects, especially birds in flight. When I write for magazines I’m often frustrated that articles can be editorially compromised and lose content value due to restrictions on page space and design. That’s … Read more

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