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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

There is a great deal of luck involved in getting the perfect shot. With technology today we can, luckily, take hundreds of photos and hopefully find the best one between it all. Great tips.

Keith Fincham
Explorer

It is all so obvious when you describe it that clearly James, and one in 30 is a pretty good success rate in my book, now I know that I need a DSLR that will give me that kind of frame rate with great auto focus to boot😬 (and I also get back to Londolozi to try it out).

Tom Koski
Explorer

Hello James! In horse racing it is a superfecta that is above a trifecta. But I like Quadfecta better. Great tips, thanks!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Haha thanks Tom, I’ll remember that one! Am I right in saying it was in horse racing that “trifecta” originated?

Tom Koski
Explorer

As far as I know, yes, it was horse racing. But I’m still going with Quadfecta…

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Haha, likewise!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Actually horse race wagering!

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

Very insightful, while also validating and relative to taking those perfect pictures of “Domesticated cats.”

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Another great tips blog- thanks for helping us to sharpen our skills. Nothing worse than capturing a beautiful shot of an animal, only to realize later in Lightroom that an ear tip or tail was cropped……

Thank you, James. I’m also a big fan of photography and painting. Although I am photographing most of the zoo animals now I know what details I should be careful to get a technically good photo.
Thank you

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

These observations have helped me understand why I prefer some of my images more than others.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

I think this is one of the advantages or disadvantages of digital photography. In the old days you had to be more careful of when you took the shot, on the other hand if you were filming with Fuji Velvia or Kadak Echtachrome ( loved the pro version) you got massively more pixels .

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Thanks for the sharing!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Thanks for posting this James!!

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