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 www.serengeti-wildlife.com.
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|
You can find the english version of the book on Amazon for about 25 $! Totally woth it!
This is the book's promotinal video: