My thoughts on various photographic subjects #onsafariwithnickdale #wildlifephotography #photography
Hints and tips
I had quite a quiet 2022 in terms of trips, but I’d like to go on a few more this year. Visiting Muchenje a couple of times was very enjoyable, but I’m looking for a bit more variety. I already have two trips planned, one to Kerkini in Greece to see the Dalmation pelicans and one to Bandhavgarh in India to see the tigers, and there might be more on the way. We shall see.
One of the great frustrations of owning a camera is that the different mounts aren’t compatible. You can’t simply buy the best camera body and the best lenses because they might not fit together! However, you might be able to get a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card if you’re considering switching from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera. Here’s a guide to your best strategy. #sonya1 #sony #NikonZ9 #Nikon #mirrorless #mirrorlesscameras #sonyvnikon #a1vz9 #cameras
If you’re a photographer thinking about switching to mirrorless, I just thought it might be useful to read about someone else’s experience doing the same thing. I used to have an extensive collection of Nikon camera bodies, lenses and accessories, including a D850. However, I switched to the Sony mirrorless system last year, and I now have two Sony a1 cameras. #sony #sonya1 #d850 #d850nikon #nikon #onsafariwithnickdale
I’ve been using a Sony a1 for over a year now, so I feel like the time has come to talk about the autofocus settings. I used to have a series of Nikon DSLRs (the D800, D810 and D850), and I’d never used a mirrorless camera before. However, it was pretty easy to learn, and even now I’m still amazed by the sharpness of the images. #mirrorlessautofocus #autofocus #mirrorless
Most people prefer wildlife action shots to portraits, and I’m no different. I also spend a lot of time on safari, so I end up taking quite a few pictures of African birds in flight. Even the most beautiful bird looks better on the wing than on a twig, so it’s worth the wait! Here are a few tips to help you get the best possible results—depending on the size of the bird. #birdsinflight #birdinflight #wildlifephotography #onsafariwithnickdale
Elephants, leopards, wild dogs, roan and sable antelopes, lions attacking a baby elephant, boat rides, lovely people, another beef Wellington, but problems with my camera and not as many bee-eaters as I’d hoped. That was the story of my second trip to Muchenje Safari Lodge in Botswana—this time in the dry season. #muchenje #chobe #botswana #onsafariwithnickdale
Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein thinks I take too many pictures, and it’s probably true. I once took over 38,000 shots of seabirds on a cruise ship one afternoon in Antarctica! Personally, I blame my Sony a1’s high frame rate—I mean, what’s a poor photographer to do…?! #Lightroom #bulkediting #onsafariwithnickdale
I don’t get out much these days, so when my friend Jason invited me to Goodwood Revival, I was delighted to accept. He sorted everything out, so all I needed to do was enjoy a slap-up breakfast at The Kennels, take pictures of all the classic cars and enjoy the sunshine! #Goodwood #Revival #cars #classiccars
A few years ago, I asked Andy Skillen how to win clients as a wildlife photographer. He didn’t tell me, but he did tell me a story of the ‘dream scenario’. He had an enquiry from a group of managers who wanted to buy a retirement present for their departing chairman. They wanted it to be a picture of a row of five hippos in the water, all looking towards the camera. #onsafariwithnickdale #wildlifephotography #photographer
I saw a post the other day on what makes a great wildlife photographer, and I didn’t like it. Not because it was badly written, but because there were an awful lot of generalisations that I’m sure don’t apply half the time. That’s why I decided to write this piece as a ‘how to’ guide instead. That makes a lot more sense to me.
When did you last update your camera’s firmware? What version are you running? What’s the latest version? When did you last check the availability online? Okay, enough difficult questions! The truth is that most of us don’t really care about the firmware, and we certainly don’t make sure we have the latest version running at all times. But perhaps we’re wrong… #firmwareupdate #firmware #Sonya1
It annoys me when signs at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition tell me that photographs should ‘tell a story’. How, exactly?! Even if it were possible to write a story based on one of my pictures, it would probably sound like it was written by a 10-year-old! #storytelling #photography #wildlifephotography