Six Photography Tips I Learned From A Wildlife Photographer You Can Use Anytime, Anywhere

Great tips for travel photos.

(I chose to show this leopard with his kill in the tree to underscore him as a predator) (I chose to show this leopard with his kill in the tree to underscore him as a predator)

Photographing wildlife in Africa is a unique experience, but what I discovered about photography when I shot with professional wildlife photographer Gerry van der Walt, director of Wild Eye, and his team in Kenya this past September was surprisingly universal. Whether in the bush or in your own backyard, you can use these six tips anywhere, anytime.

1. Ask yourself: What’s the story I want to tell?
One day on safari I asked Gerry the best way to shoot a scene, and he replied, “Why are you picking up your camera?” At first the question stumped me. Wasn’t it obvious? There was a huge leopard in front of the jeep. Gerry smiled and said, “If you think about the actual reason, the story you want to tell, you will be…

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