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Fin Lawlor

Londolozi Ranger

Fin grew up in Johannesburg and began guiding in 2010. He has guided across South Africa, East Africa and the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Fin's primary interests are birds, tracking and developing a passion for photography.

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on The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Starting Night Photography

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Thanks for the useful tips Fin. I put my camera away after dark as I have realized the images are a disaster. I will definitely try to set the camera up in manual mode.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Thank you so much for this, it is very helpful!! I only recently tried out night photography, where I got some success with lions in Mabuasehube. I just need more opportunities to practise.

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

Thanks for this great blog! The first picture of the leopard and the last one of the lion look very familiar and similar to many of my pictures in terms of quality. And this is another wonderful aspect of Londolozi, you guys help us tourists with our camera settings. I cannot remember how many times Nick had to adjust my settings…I have learned so much about photography on Londolozi. Thank you so much for that!

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the tips. One of the most important was checking camera settings the next morning to make sure they been changed from the previous night’s settings.

Keith Fincham
Explorer

A really interesting and informative article thanks Fin. Night photography is definitely more challenging but can equally be more rewarding. Whilst my own efforts have a long way to go, I look forward to our next Londolozi experience to try again. How do you change your settings, do you use a red filtered torch to avoid losing your night vision, or do you do it by feel and the info display? What kind of tripod/support do you folk use in the vehicle at night? Have you any tips to offer, if you have tried it on your drives, for night Astro photography? Shaun, on our last evening drive, allowed the night to swallow us and as our eyes adjusted to the dark, the view of the Milky Way was humbling and breathtaking. It was a very special moment.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Well stated Fin! Night photography is daunting enough without having to worry about all the settings and your tips for basic shooting are spot on. For those with DSLRs, shooting in manual can be challenging so practicing before a monumental trip is essential, otherwise Aperture priority can generally get you through the day. Thank you.

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

Really nice post, Fin. Thanks!

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