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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Aperture to Use and When

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jimmy
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as always, thank you! i love a quick touch up lesson first thing in the morning.

Sal Roux
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thank you

TED SWINDON
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BRILLIANT AND WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE JAMES. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

Lynn Rattray
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Very helpful! Thanks

Katie Siegel
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Thanks James 🙂

Steffi Mucka
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Thanks.

I am taking baby steps in wildlife photography and started using depth of field/aperture settings for the first time at Londolozi last week (under the guidance of Lucien). This is a nice “refresher” of what I learned.

Ian Hall
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Very good article, if you want good photos -ditch the programme mode on your camera. It won’t produce them.
As James is saying it pays to learn about aperture and metering. I always try and use spot metering when photographing wildlife . If you get a Leopard against a (say) blue or grey background you want the camera to expose the shot based on the animal and not the background. This is especially important if you can get a tree shot where the Leopard is reposing, but a shot that uses evaluative or centre-weighted will take account of the background and not the animal.

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