Friday, January 27, 2012

Wildlife Photography by Uwe Skrzypczak: a "must have" book

Book cover
Last summer I made a beautiful trip to Kenya: being on safari in Samburu NP, Lake Nakuru NP and Masai Mara NR was for sure the best photographic experience for me and boosted my love for wildlife photography!

When I came back, I could enjoy the rise of photographers on Google+. Browsing trough posts, I found some beautiful photos of the Serengeti / Mara Ecosystem by +Uwe Skrzypczak. I immediately added him to my circle and started following his work: he is a Wildlife Conservationist, an amazing photographer and a book writer! You can find more info about his work on his website

One day he posted the description of his book "Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow" and it looked like the book I needed to improve my wildlife photo skills.

The first thing I did when I got the book was to browse all the amazing photos and I noticed that every single shot had its own description with camera, lens, ISO, aperture, shutter speed and auto-focus settings!
Thunderstorms in the Serengeti © Uwe Skrzypczak

The book is divided into 9 chapters: the first five are dedicated to Equipment, Shooting Techniques, Image Composition, Planning Your Trip and The Light in East Africa. This is the most technical part of the book and covers arguments related to general wildlife, not only African wildlife.

I found a lot of useful tips in these chapters, but the main things I've learned are:

- If you know the places and the behaviour of the subjects you'll have better chances to shoot better photos;

- Always check the camera light histogram and not only the image preview of the camera live viewer, in order to understand if the photo was correctly exposed.

Chapters 6 through 9 describe the main regions of the Serengeti/Mara Ecosystem, the behaviour and the migratory trends of the animals that live there! I really enjoyed this part. Reading it made me want to come back to the Masai Mara, where I've been in august, and going also to the The Ngorongoro Crater, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti, that will be new to me, to observe the places and the animals again with a better knowledge!
On the track of the wildebeest...or a short look back to paradise ... © 2011 Uwe Skrzypczak
My favorite chapter of the book was the last: That Elusive Cover Picture, or Camping in the Rain at the Mara River, in wich Uwe tells his adventures when he tried to take a cover photo of a male lion called "Pavarotti"! It's priceless!

You can find the english version of the book on Amazon for about 25 $! Totally woth it!

This is the book's promotinal video:


  1. Thanks for the review from my book. Vest regards from Germany Uwe.

  2. You are welcome! It was very helpful for me... I own you this :)

  3. Hi all,

    Really, you have provided nice video about wildlife. Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this. Thanks for sharing it!

    Wildlife Photographer