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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

A really great example of wildlife photography as taken by one of our Professional Photography Course students, Elizabeth (Lisa) Steele.

Lisa has applied so many good techniques such as locating a  good vantage point, a fast shutter speed teamed up nicely with a wide aperture setting.

Lisa has supplied her own summary below contained within the inverted commas:

“Camera settings:  Mode – Shutter Priority

ISO 100 – I used as low an ISO as possible to get a nice clear crisp image.

Speed 1/1000 – I dialled up the speed so that I could freeze any action and prevent blur when my subject moved.

Aperture F3.5 – This was the aperture required for correct exposure. I was happy to keep it as it was, as it was suitable for bringing the focus to my subject while blurring any distracting background.

Focal length – 100mm – A good focal length to zoom onto my subject and fill the viewfinder to capture emotion and tell a story.

Image story:  We have just returned home after spending nearly 4 months exploring the Kimberley region and one of the busiest scenes we came across was at a crocodile park with hundreds of tourists watching the croc feeding. I managed to get a good spot behind the fence and wanted to zoom into the scene and capture a close-up of this monster being feed. I did manage to get a good shot of this reptile coming out of the water with the green weed covering him flying off his head at the moment he captured his meal. The flying weed gives an impression of the speed he can travel and gives the viewer a sense of danger, and terror of what this animal could be capable of. I was initially attracted to this subject by a sense of morbid curiosity – I find crocodiles repulsive but also fascinating. The story I wanted to tell was that there is always a sense of danger around these wild animals and that you must always be on your toes even at these feeding shows. I also found the green weed striking – it can completely cover the water and hide these creatures so that you cannot see what lurks beneath until they come trashing to the surface. To me this image evokes a sense of danger with a balance of beauty and repulsion.”

Thanks for sharing your great image Lisa but also for sharing your thoughts as you set up and took the shot.  It gives a great insight into the processes you went through in getting this image.

As we continue to expand our course offerings we are really excited to announce the addition of two new courses to our range.  They are the Wildlife Photography Course and the Portrait Photography Course.  These two new, exciting online courses are brilliant so if you ever wanted to learn all about wildlife or portrait photography then now is your chance.

While on the subject of announcements we are also pleased to announce we now provide buy now pay later services with Latitude Pay and Paypal Pay in 4.  These two payment platforms make it easier for students to spread their payments out  which is great for the weekly budget.  For details on how these work click on the hyperlinks above.

So there has never been a better time to study photography online and don’t forget our Professional Course is on a great sale price at present.