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About René de Klerk

René de Klerk is a journalist for a conservation publication in South Africa. As part of her work, she travels to South Africa’s National Parks where she also gets to practice her photography skills. She is at her happiest outdoors and as a result will never pass an opportunity to spend time in nature.
18 07, 2017

Evaluate your photography to get better results

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Before you fall in the trap of simply snapping away and wondering why your photos are nothing like the professionals, it might be time to evaluate your photography and look at some photo critique. By taking a step back, it might be a lot easier to determine what elements are missing from your work. Eventually it [...]

28 06, 2017

Photography exercises that can help you become a better photographer

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Whether you are a wildlife photography lover, beautiful scenery takes your breath away or snapping people, it might not always possible to get out into the field and practise and improve your skills. That next holiday might still be a couple of months away, but this does not mean that you can’t shoot and become better. [...]

12 06, 2017

Understanding image resolution and size

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

Have you ever been in the situation where you found the perfect picture on the internet, and it looked fine on your screen, but the moment you printed it, it appeared blocky and pixelated? Or taken photos with your phone camera only to realise that another device with less megapixels look much better in print? To [...]

4 03, 2017

Using the photography exposure triangle to improve your photos

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

Ever snapped that photo, but the result is a washed out mess or even too dark? While terms such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO might be foreign to you, they play a crucial part in getting exposure right – see them as important elements of a photography exposure triangle. Once you start understanding exposure, the [...]

17 02, 2017

Tips to master night photography skills

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|3 Comments

When darkness falls there is no excuse to put your camera away as night photography can be an exciting adventure. While I mainly shoot night photos in nature, there is no excuse not to try it in the city. Here are some tips to make the journey to beautiful night pictures a little easier.   Firstly, [...]

8 02, 2017

Setting the mood in photos with the right elements

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|1 Comment

Sometimes you will see a scene and will know that the setting is perfect – the right elements to create the perfect mood. However, the magic does not happen every time, but by simply adding some elements in your images, you can create moody images to grab the attention of your viewers.   Fog or mist [...]

22 01, 2017

Use manual exposure and never look back

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|0 Comments

Use manual exposure and never look back When new to photography, the automatic function is the easiest option, especially when terms such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO seem like another language. However, at some point you will struggle to get your camera to do what you want to achieve and it might be time to [...]

14 01, 2017

Leading lines to create better photos

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Art of Photography|Tags: |0 Comments

How leading lines improve your photos Photographs are effectively two–dimensional flat objects, but by using leading lines, you can add a lot of perspective to images. It helps with photo composition and takes the viewer on a visual journey, allowing their minds to wander deeper. The good news is that there are no real rules when [...]

2 01, 2017

Photography tips for greater wildlife photography

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Whether you are planning a trip to a nature reserve, a great African safari or simply a trip to your local zoo, chances are that you will pack your camera. In order to add some great wildlife photos to your album, there are some basic photography tips to make life easier. Here are five to take [...]

1 01, 2017

Take the best pictures of flowers this spring, and every other season in between

By | January 1st, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: |1 Comment

With this image I zoomed out as the entire field was in flower. If I just focussed on a single flower, the effects would have been lost. Take the best pictures of flowers this spring, and every other season in between Whether you plan to play around in your own back garden or travelling [...]

30 12, 2016

Learn to shoot better sunset pictures

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

Have you ever wondered why your sunset pictures never look like those on the covers of promotional material to exotic destinations? While those results take skill, practice and the correct equipment, we can provide some tips to improve your sunset photography. Creating silhouettes in sunset pictures add a nice element to your work. Plan [...]

27 12, 2016

Macro photography without investing in a close-up lens

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Gear and Tools|Tags: |0 Comments

Do you find yourself suddenly loving close up macro pictures of insects and spiders on Instagram and other photo sharing sites? Are you still unsure of whether you should invest the money for purchasing a macro lens to start out with macro photography? You don’t have to drop your hard-earned cash right away. In this post [...]

23 12, 2016

Photography tips for beginners – taking perfect bird pictures

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Whether you visit a nature reserve, spend a day exploring the city or relax in your own garden, chances are that you will have many opportunities to take bird pictures. Birding photography is one of the quickest growing genres of nature and wildlife photography, and it is not difficult to understand why so many people absolutely [...]

21 12, 2016

Simple photography tips to take better moon pictures

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: How-to Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

It does not matter where in the world you find yourself, whether you are in nature or in the city, you will have the opportunity to shoot the full moon once a month. So instead of just admiring the rising moon, why not take out your camera and take photos? It can be quite tricky, but [...]