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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 Photography Tips and Tricks: Eye Glint

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Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very interesting post!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I use canon FX70 – long zoom – it works perfectly for catching the glint of an eye🤗

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Never noticed it, but(not deliberately) my favorite photos do have the “eye glint.”

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Most interesting

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you for one of the most important tips in animal photography. Your illustrative examples were perfect.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Love this, James! I’ve been an eye-sparkle seeker for years! Without it, there is a generally lifeless look to the animal. Thank you for reminding me, once again, what works!

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

What a wonderful collection in composition of pictures! They speak to the mind and the heart in their own special way.

Peggy Fox
Explorer

Thank you for these good tips. Photos are beautiful, especially the Tamboti cub. Loved the Tamboti female!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Well described James! A friend who is a wildlife photographer for National Geographic told me the sparkle of light was a minimum necessity for a non-action shot and that the money shot was a straight on eye to eye shot with the camera and if the sparkle was there the day was worthwhile. Needless to say, patience was a paramount requirement!!!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

😮 That is a really good post, thanks James . I think I will reread it few times today

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Look into their eyes, and you will just fall in love with them……

Mark Sadler
Explorer

I agree about the “Glint”. we were lucky enough to be out with Guy and Shad a few weeks ago and I too have photos with that magical glint. Matt has copies on his hard drive!

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