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James Tyrrell


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 How to Photograph Stars

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James thank you for this lesson. I always admire the photos taken of the night sky, never tried it. Going to try it next time I am in the bush.

Me, too!

We will definitely try in August next year!

This post is so helpful, my star shots are often quite blurry. I often don’t get to use my tripod, so that’s probably why. The lens I use for these shots is a 18-55mm, so what would the focal length be in that case (55?) and what would be the right amount of time to get star trails?

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Thanks for the information and for the photos in this blog bringing out the beauty of the night.

Oh my. Those are absolutely breathtaking. I save many of the blogs and picture you and your fellow adventurers send because I don’t want to forget the memory of a beautiful site or lost member of the animal kingdom. Even tho the animals are gone, I can look at the pictures over and over, I am inspired by their beauty. These pictures- you out did yourself. These I will save and share. We don’t have that kind of skies in Corpus Christi, Texas. Thank you

wow interesting, I love taking scenic photography so this is great! Many thanks

Astronomy is favorite field and I am currently having a degree in it. And I love photographing the stars. And I love your photographs and ideas. Thanks

Great post and easy to understand . . . definitely on my list of things to try when I again visit Londolozi in February.

Great tips James. I’ve found that using a shutter release cord helps prevent shake not only when using a tripod but also when hand holding. One could also use a remote. I was advised not to bring a tripod when traveling in game reserves.

Hi Denise. Tripods can be cumbersome on safari and a bit of a mission to travel with which may be why you’ve been advised against it. You could always rent one from the photographic studio here at Londolozi though so that you don’t need to carry it with you 🙂 Hope that helps! All my best, Amy

Thanks also for the lesson. I recently took some star pictures in Torrey, Utah and I made some newbie errors. The most egregious was forgetting to turn off vibration control on my lens. I was also advised to use “mirror-up” setting, and allow some time for the mirror to “settle” before taking the shot. How much time do you allow for the mirror to “settle” if you are using mirror up?

I thought there would be only one gasp when seeing your image on Londolozi’s FaceBook page, only to open the blog! Heartfelt thanks James for your willingness to share your knowledge in detail so that we, who have never successfully shot the heavens, can now do so with a small degree of confidence. I’m going to try … you’ve made my day! Thanks!

James,thanks for the tutorial instructs.They will surely be very helpful in taking an unimaginable picture.Good work.

Hi James. This is extremely helpful! I am very glad that I got to read this! Is there a way to save a blog to one’s profile to be able to access it later on again? Thank you. GJ

Stunning photo of the dead leadwood tree James ! Thanks for sharing your expertise …will definitely give it a bash when my ‘base’ is stable IOW when not sailing 🙏🏻💕

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