photography tips

Nikon Camera Gear

Occasionally, Less is More

We have plenty of cutting edge camera gear that enables us to get the best out of any given circumstance, with a view to creating world class video and photographic galleries for our clients. Buying this equipment is a rather expensive exercise, but well worth it in the long run because it is more durable, has all the manual controls one requires for professional results, and the components like lens glass and focus mechanisms are the best in the business. Continue reading “Occasionally, Less is More”

Show Champion Dachhund photographed by Noami Estment of OV&P

How to Photograph Dogs

Dogs add so much fun to life, don’t you agree? And to photo shoots for that matter . . . although there’s no denying that they can be challenging! Perhaps the most important thing to pack is a big dose of patience, along with your camera and a zoom lens, together with your flash. If you’ll be shooting outside then a reflector may also be a good idea, as long as you have someone who can assist you by holding it, and the dogs can be depended on to be relatively still some of the time. Depending on the nature and training of the dogs you’ll be photographing, treats may be helpful too. And by the time you’re done, you can bet that all of you will be ready for a long drink of water! Continue reading “How to Photograph Dogs”

Rock Your Photos Workshop

How To Rock That Camera

Despite experiencing the first taste of winter during our recent Confidence on Camera Workshops for Women held in our OV&P Studio, this certainly did not deter two gorgeous groups of ladies from “Rocking That Camera” in their photos and videos, each contributing meaningfully to their visual portfolios. Continue reading “How To Rock That Camera”

Aerial Drone Flying at Sunset

How to Improve Compositions

When it comes to creating compelling compositions in your photos, the first step is to take your time and play. As you do this more and more the process of spotting and selecting beautiful compositions that engage your viewer will become increasingly instinctive. It’s particularly helpful to look through your camera at the scene or subject that you plan to capture, while moving around (even using exaggerated movements for dramatic effect). This helps to determine the best angle, depending on your objective for the image, as well as the style and mood that you intend to portray. Continue reading “How to Improve Compositions”

Kalahari Springbuck Leaping

How to Shoot Wildlife Action

I am often asked what the key factors are in capturing high-speed action of wildlife with either a stills or video camera. The logic to both is very similar, as we’ve experienced through the privilege of enjoying many safari adventures over the last 20 years or more in remote locations varying from the Masai Mara in Kenya and the iconic Okavango Delta, to the unpredictable beauty of the Central Kalahari Desert, pictured above. Continue reading “How to Shoot Wildlife Action”

XF300 Canon Camera

Camera Equipment Checklist

Despite how organized a trip may be, how often do you arrive at your destination, only to discover that some of your gear got left behind? Worst case scenario may be to go without it if you’re in a really remote location, or else to use some unplanned budget funds to purchase a replacement or hire a courier to make an urgent delivery to the closest form of civilization. Perhaps this sounds familiar? Continue reading “Camera Equipment Checklist”