I recently visited the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Ashford, UK with Photographers on Safari. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to any avid photographer both pro or novice. You get incredibly close to the animals, literally just a wire fence between you and the mighty beasts! One stalked me and run up to the fence making me fall over!🙈 I managed to capture the ‘in the moment’ action shot….
I had never been so close to big cats before and they were incredible to watch and photograph. John, the organiser of the shoot, has been working with the WHF for over 11 years and had great personal knowledge of the cats. He taught us how to shoot through a fence which is more difficult than you think!
Here are some of my fav shots.
The biggest lesson I learned here was looking at the entire picture when capturing a shot. For example it is easy to take a shot and just focus on your target and then in post production realise you have bars or distracting things in the background. Here John told us to try and make it look like these animals are in the wild so shoot without seeing the human fences, wires, man made items. This was a little tricky at first (well for me) because I was so excited of capturing the cats I needed to calm myself down and actually think about the pictures I wanted to take. I am very pleased with the outcomes and took a lot of lovely big cat portraits.
I love shooting Behind The Scenes (BTS) shots. You often have to act fast and think quickly to get the most out of the time you have. One should see an yet be unseen, hear and yet be unheard.
The selection of shots I’ve posted here were taken at various different events, film set, event stage and rehearsal studio. I usually like taking BTS shots in black and white as there is normally low lighting and using a flash sometimes is prohibited. In the edit you can usually remove any graininess (if that’s even a word but I think you all know what I mean!) and can make the image more crisper by modifying contrast and tones. I think shooting in black and white creates that ‘exclusive’ and ‘unseen’ feel.
I believe when taking BTS shots one should capture the moments, feelings, mood and the action of the particular situation. Proper Mi5 stealth mode stuff! (Maybe that’s why I like it so much) 🙂
It helps to have a tripod because of the low lighting, but you can easily find something to rest the camera on if you don’t have a tripod. Close ups work well but wide shots also capture more of the scene so have fun and see what works best for the shot.
This is my submission in last weeks photo challenge Look Up.
This image was taken at the Sailsbury Cathedral on a trip to visit a friend. I was experimenting with my photography style at the time and was inspired by architect photographers on instagram (as I had not long signed up to it) and one in particular who encouraged people to ‘look up’ which I found so interesting.
The cathedral posed some great looking up shots and this is by far my fav. Since then I can often be found starring up at buildings and everyone around me then looking upwards bluntly like they missed a Spiderman viewing. 🙂
So a good friend of mine has asked me to be the photographer for her wedding. We’ve known each other for years and we’ve both photographed at weddings together as a team. It’s a real honour to be considered ‘good enough’ to capture such an important day in her life! Thanks Lis! xx
Here are a few pics from the shoot we did in Hyde Park. They are a really happy and jokey couple so it made getting them natural shots all the more easier.
Lisa was used to being behind the camera and her fiancé is a reporter based in front of the camera but somehow when the camera is pointing at you in a more personal setting you naturally feel a little uncomfortable. In order to relax them I asked them questions about when they first met, what their first impressions of each other was to get them thinking and not realising I was taking snaps. This worked a treat!