Gerry van der Walt - Wild Eye - Wildlife Photography

Light Illuminates. Shadows Define.

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Light illuminates and shadows define.

Gerry van der Walt - Wild Eye - Wildlife Photography

When you are photographing scenes like this you need to ‘think’ like a camera.

Instead of thinking you’re photographing a leopard in tree you need to think of the scene as a collection shadows, tones and textures and compose accordingly. Protecting the correct areas of the histogram in camera also becomes very important and is something to keep in mind.

During processing think of selectively ‘pushing’ the blacks back by darkening the shadows and ‘pulling’ the highlights forward by lightening specific areas.

Our eyes are drawn to bright and sharp (and saturated) areas in a frame. By keeping this in mind you can plan, shoot for and process your image the way you want the person viewing your photograph to ‘read’ it which in turn will make for a successful image.

A lot to think about no doubt but if you choose one thing at a time, work at it and slowly layer new skills on top both your skills and images will get better.

Yes it takes patience.

Yes it takes hard work.

Yes this is the kind of stuff I work on with guests and clients who want to improve their photography.

And yes… I promise you that the time spent improving your craft will always be worth it and a helluva lot of fun!

Oh, and yes this was a post I shared on my IG feed a few days ago and based on the comments and mails I received I thought it’s worth a post on the blog as well.

Good luck and drop me a mail or comment if you have any questions! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Until next time,


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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook,ย Snapchat, Instagramย andย Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.ย  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and Iย Vlog!

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