Improving photography skills

Working in the field, we meet certain challenges – weather conditions, hilly or rocky terrain, dense vegetation, distance to a cheetah, shyness of some individuals especially at the boundaries with protected areas or with Serengeti, make it difficult not only to follow cheetahs, but even take clear pictures for identification. Therefore it is critically important to obtain the best results using available resources, like photo cameras. Close collaboration with the professional photographers gives us opportunity to learn from them. In September 2017, our long-term supporters David Lloyd (@davidlloyd.wildlifephotography) and Amy Shutt (@amyshuttphoto) conducted for us a workshop. We spent the day with them on a safari in the Maasai Mara, during which we were given individual instruction on advanced photographic techniques i.e. on how to get better shots in a low light, at the large distance and/or of running animals. We learnt about combination of different camera settings, which cannot be found in the camera manuals. We learnt that with our project cameras (which are not the top of the line) we could achieve great results in challenging conditions. This theoretical and practical knowledge has already assisted in our fieldwork (see our post on a leopard attacking Topi). David Lloyd is also one of the long-term contributors to our project. Thank you Amy and David for the great chance of learning and for a generous continuous support of our Cheetah research project!