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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 The Importance of Depth in a Photo

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Always love these blogs where I can learn something.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

James the lead picture is captivating. Really good information as well. Feel like I am there. Thanks again


OK. It was 4pm and a lovely rainy day in CD. BUT – where was my Londolozi Blog? I laid my copy of ‘How and Where to Photograph Bird in Southern Africa down on my lap and sighed. I’ve read the book 500 times, always in the hope that I’d find some gem of information lurking in a corner that I’d missed before. My phone chirped. YES! My Londolozi Blog! And an article on Photography! Thank-you James – thank-you, thank-you thank-you. And it was an article covering that subject that is MOST difficult to get across; that almost abstract Zen idea that a rookie photographer really has to discover for themselves. But the lines across that photograph of the lionesses demonstrated the concept PERFECTLY. May I make a suggestion? Why don’t you guys start something like National Geographic’s ‘Your Shot’. It would be a Wow I’m sure. Once again, thanks for brightening up my day!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Depth is always a crucial part of composition, thank you for sharing James!

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

As usual, James, not only a thrill to the eye and the soul, but an education!

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

You have a true talent for photography. I would love to see that top shot cropped in with the three lions and focusing in on the synchrony of step with those three legs all in unison. Powerful!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Amazing feel of depth and deep depth of field in sunset image!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

One of the simplest rules of animal photography is to open the aperture and to hold the focus button so the focus point is not always in the centre.

Patrick Donehue
Guest contributor

Well said, James!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

James, you are rapidly becoming a very accomplished photographer! Please keep these kind of tips coming as they are really helpful for overall improvement in our photography. By the way, the video at the top was outstanding. Since most newer cameras over the last 5-10 years (even smartphones) have good video capabilities, the choice of still versus short-video should be thought through more often in addition to the depth versus depth-of-field. The only drawback being the ease of showing an image versus emailing a short-video. In any case, your title video was captivating!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

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Kristin Boggs

Excellent article, James! I look forward to learning more on this subject.

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