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Amanda Ritchie

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Amanda joined the Londolozi team early in 2015 & immediately took the Londolozi Studio to an exciting new level. Her unflappable work ethic & perfectionism are exemplary, & under her guidance the Studio has become one of the busiest areas on Londolozi. The ...

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on Photography In A Nutshell: Part One – Aperture

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Marinda Drake
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Interesting blog Amanda. Great tips. Definitely going to try it

Amanda
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Wonderful Marinda. I find that aperture is one of the first things we need to get to grips with, and one of the things that begins to influence our shots the most. I hope you have a great time playing around with it!

Charlie
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This is a great idea for a blog series, Amanda. We’re incredibly excited for our visit to Londolozi in June and I’m trying to get as much photography practice in as possible before the trip. Would be really interested in an entry about the challenges of shooting in the early morning and late afternoon light of winter game drives. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

Amanda
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I am so glad you liked the first part of the series, Charlie. The topic of shooting in low light will most certainly be covered in my next blog post when I talk about ISO, and the sensitivity to light, so keep reading 🙂 I’ll also touch on the dos and don’ts of shooting in winter with all the dust around! Looking forward to sharing in your photographic adventure in June! Please pop up to the Creative Hub for a visit.

Brian C
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Yes it is a useful article, from someone who is not a skillful photographer. The more you understand, the better. Hopefully, that will lead to better results!

Amanda Ritchie
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Absolutely, Brian. And, the more you practice, the easier it all gets. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

Ian Hall
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It is amazing how many people will pay a fortune for a camera and lens, without learning the basics of photography. I know someone who spent quite a large amount on camera equipment and then leaves it on the P setting because that stands for Photograph …
Many years ago at a lodge in Kenya, the resident photographer (Jonathan Scott) explained “set the aperture at it widest, set the metering to spot, remember the rule of thirds- and you won’t go far wrong”.
As he had won Wildlife Photographer of The Year for his work on Hunting Dogs- I took his advice and have been using ever since.

Amanda Ritchie
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P for photograph! That is so funny! It doesn’t matter whether you have an entry level camera, or a top of the range model- you still need to know the fundamentals, and practice them regularly. That is great advice from Jonathan! Thanks for the comment, Ian.

Ian Hall
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In reality as we all know it stands for panic

Amanda Ritchie
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Absolutely! 🙂

Leslie Backus
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I love the comparison of aperture to the pupil of your eye. I had never thought of it that way.
Thanks!

John Watson
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Thank you Amanda very clear and uncomplicated lesson I do appreciate your time

Amanda Ritchie
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Thank you for the comment, John! I am so glad that you enjoyed the post. I am also glad that you found it uncomplicated- I think that so many of these sorts of posts can be so complicated to understand that the principles get lost. Please let me know if you would like to see me write about any other topics- photography@londolozi.co.za.

Jill Grady
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Very interesting blog Amanda and extremely helpful. I also love the comparison of aperture to the pupil of your eye and it makes it much easier to understand. I’m looking forward to part 2!

TED SWINDON
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HI AMANDA,
A WELL WRITTEN AND AN EASY TO UNDERSTAND DESCRIPTION OF APERTURE FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN TAKING BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS.
I AM ONE OF THOSE WHO REALISED VERY SOON INTO MY PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY HOW IMPORTANT APERTURE WAS/IS.
SO, WELL DONE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE REST OF YOUR BLOGS.
KIND REGARDS,
TED.

Amanda Ritchie
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Thank you so much for the comment, Ted! Keep reading for the rest of my series, and please do let me know if you have any topics that you would like to see me write about.

Martha
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Amanda,
Thank you for that explanation. I have been a point and shoot photographer who just recently bought a slightly more complex camera in advance of my much anticipated trip to Londolozi. I took a brief photography course to better understand how to take better pictures. I can’t tell you how much clearer your explanation was than the person running this class. Yours makes sense in a way that is actually useful and memorable. Thank you so much. I look forward to your future posts. I think I will go play with the aperture setting right now. Have a great day!

Trevor
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Hi Amanda,
Is there a Kindle or Android version of the E-Book available anywhere?
I woild really like to download it but don’t have an i-anything to read it on.
Thanks for your informative and helpful article!Regards, Trevor

Amanda Ritchie
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Hi Trevor- Thank you so much for the comment. We unfortunately don’t have a kindle or Android version available.

Dawn
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Wow, I finally get it. Thank you for explaining this in a way that makes practical sense.

Dammyshashi
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Amanda thanks for the article,as a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives…this is a great impact & we need more of this…as am aspiring to be a photographer in d nearest future…& also want to learn photoshop software,so I can edit my photographs myself

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