Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

A Quick Snapchat Story on Wildlife Photography

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During the last few months I have hosted safaris and expeditions in quite a few places without connectivity.

As much as I love being connected it’s always quite refreshing having a few weeks without social media and emails and just immerse yourself completely in nature.  When you then get back there’s always that nervous trepidation about the moment you turn your phone back on and the message and notifications start flooding in.

If you’re like me you will then, once you have worked through all the mails and platforms, scan through whatever social media platforms you’re on to see what you missed.

This Saturday I woke up quite early and scanned through Facebook and Instagram and I’m sorry to say that I was not really surprised at the common themes of the posts on these two platforms.  I created a story on my Snapchat in which I shared some thoughts on the wildlife photography related content I saw online.

Here are the snaps I shared.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

It seems that for an image to be considered ‘good’ it has to be completely out of this world incredibly amazing!  The reality is that those shots are one in a million and that the majority of images we all create are just good, solid wildlife images.  There is nothing wrong with that.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

A technically good and creatively solid image of a zebra is a better image than a slightly out of focus of a leopard.  Yes, content is important but photographically speaking there is so much more.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

A better, more expensive camera will not by default create better images.  If we paid as much attention to our vision and creativity as we do to our gear we will all create much better, deeper images.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

It’s unfortunately still a common thing in our industry.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography - Snapchat

The moment you think you are better than somebody else you loose.  Remember this – there will always be photographers that are better than you and there will also always be photographers who look up to you.  Be nice.  Share.  Enjoy.

The above thoughts made for some very interesting conversations on my Snapchat and it was amazing to hear so many people’s thoughts on wildlife photography.

I honestly believe that the more we share and talk about the craft we are all so passionate about the more we will all win.

Look forward to any comments you might have.

Until next time.

Gerry

About the Author

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 www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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