How To Nail The Shot: Tanzania Edition

And now for something a little different 🙂

Sometimes I think one of the best ways to get better at wildlife photography is to study how other photographers approach their shots. You know, what settings they use, why they use them, what they are thinking in the field – that sort of thing.

So, I decided to try to do that with this presentation.

In this video, we’ll look at eight of my images from my recent trip to Tanzania (I had about twenty-five I wanted to share, but I doubt anyone wants a two hour video) and I’ll share my settings along with why I used them. Not only that, I’ll also share the challenges of each shot and how I handled them in the field. This is a little different; let me know in the comments if you want me to do more of these kinds of videos in addition to my regular fare. Enjoy!

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Lucia

I really enjoyed this video! Thank you. Will look at it again in my preperation going to the Chobe in Botswana in March. Also learned a lot from your presentation on wildlife photography.

Jodell Murray
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Jodell Murray

Really like this style of video.

John Brockhan
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John Brockhan

Really enjoyed this video. I definitely would like to see more of this sort. I’m always interested in how great photos were taken and what the photographer was thinking at this time. Thanks!

John Nixon
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John Nixon

I loved the video and learned a lot from them. Please do more. I have also enjoyed your ebooks. I have used much of the lessons from those books to make what I consider great images.

John E Bumgardner
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John E Bumgardner

Steve, so sorry I missed meeting you, as you came to the Serengeti camp the last day we were there. My friend Bruce did recognize you and spoke briefly with you. Got most of the same animal shots, even that difficult to find barn owl! Was real interested in your comments on how you shot them, as I was faced with many of the same challenges that you were. I will increase my shutter speed on fast moving targets, as I have been afraid of the high ISOs. You have no fear of that (Topaz) and also no fear of… Read more »

Allen Leaf
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Allen Leaf

I love the discussions about the thought process you use when taking your beautiful photos. These kind of videos really broaden my options to consider when I’m faced with what appears to be a less than ideal photo op. Please keep this type of videos coming!

Dale Elliott
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thanks Steve looks like you had a beautiful trip. the Video was a great help. You didn’t say but did you ever use comp. +or-

Daniel Zdonczyk
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Daniel Zdonczyk

Congratulations to Steve for the above videos. I like them for the following reasons:
Mumber one : the profound knowledge that he has on the subject he presents.
Number two.; the ability to present the material in a way that is easy to understand. it requires a special ability.
Number three: the task to always leave an open avenue for someone that does things differently and have an open mind about different photographic approaches.

Donald Linn
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Donald Linn

I enjoyed your video and discussion on each image camera settings and why. Well done.

Dayalan
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Dayalan

Thanks, I really enjoyed your discussion and advice.

CARLOS NOGUEIRA
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CARLOS NOGUEIRA

Great video! Real nice to see the “behind the scenes”…

Denise Hood
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Denise Hood

I enjoyed this very much. I really appreciated the thoughts that went into each picture. I hope you do some more of these and it would be great if you could do some photos with this end use in sight AND did some photos without using the high cost equipment that many of us can’t afford. For instance, if you didn’t own the 600 prime lens and 2X, how would you deal with some of these shots. If you couldn’t shoot 20 frames per second, what would you do. How would you handle the photo opportunity. Those are the kinds… Read more »

Wayne Hall
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Wayne Hall

Ace shots and good info on the background to them.

Ron Sipus
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Ron Sipus

I greatly appreciated your views and thoughts on each image.

Ron Sipus
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Ron Sipus

I greatly appreciated your insights on each of the images.

Dale Stoltman
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Dale Stoltman

Totally enjoyable. Enjoyed that you shared your camera setting. Thanks

RonH
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RonH

Excellent thanks very much

Lannon Tanchum
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Lannon Tanchum

Lovely stuff, Steve. Very helpful and interesting.

Alison Suzanne Tuck
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Alison Suzanne Tuck

Thanks Steve really interesting. My photos from Tanzania nowhere near as brilliant as yours but when I next visit I have some useful tips.

Ron Swanson
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Ron Swanson

Excellent Presentation. Your walk and talk through from beginning to end of each photo was just what I needed. The description of the scene, time of day, conditions, which led to your camera settings really helped me better understand the process you use to nail your shots.

Mike Vickers
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Mike Vickers

Thanks Steve,
A great video and very useful to share your thinking in obtaining these top quality images. I’ll certainly take those thoughts with me when next in the field in a similar situation.

Alan
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Alan

Wonderful video. Most enjoyable and helpful. Please do more. One question: when shooting from the vehicle what lens/camera support were you using. I don’t think you mentioned that.

Robert Wydro
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Love it! Very helpful.

E. Pat Howard
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E. Pat Howard

I learned a lot from this. Please keep doing these.

Bryant
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Bryant

A great video and really appreciate the insights and thought processes that you went through. Please do more of these type of Videos.

Lauren vonEggers Rudd
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Excellent Video. Knowing how and why you used certain camera settings is key.
Please do more such videos.

Donna Gottschalk
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The presentation was very informative and I enjoyed the way you presented the material. I’d love to see more.

Claire
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Claire

WOW! Please keep providing this type of video content! Having the how and why behind the shots is invaluable! Thank you. Claire

Gary Freeman
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Gary Freeman

Another great video Steve. Thank you. I’d appreciate more of these please AND there would be a lot of value (for me at least) if you added a “part 2” to each video. In this video you mentioned your use of Topaz for one of the images, and it got me thinking: hey, I now know how Steve got the shot, but what was the image like straight out of camera, and what was his workflow in post that achieved the final image. It would be fascinating to see the sooc and final images side by side. I don’t know… Read more »

Frikkie
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Frikkie

Thank you, Steve. It is always a learning session for me watching your videos and tips in relation to photography. This always gives me the encouragement to better my own photography.
Thanks again.

David Ball
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David Ball

Really wish I’d seen this video before I visited Tanzania in October – very helpful!

Dave Evans
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Dave Evans

Really enjoyed this video. The discussion of the effect you wanted, and issues encountered really makes this special. Would love to see more of same.

Chris
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Chris

Fantastic video. Love seeing your images and the commentary was, as usual, really instructive. Thanks Steve.

Steve
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Steve

really liked this video Steve, on my way to Tanzania shortly with a little pandemic luck

MARK MCFARLANE
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MARK MCFARLANE

Another great video, thanks Steve.

Paul McKenney
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Steve, As usual this is exceedingly well done. This ‘story behind the image’ approach is quite informative and a wonderful teaching technique. Please do more, far more, of these.

Andrew
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Andrew

Love it. Thank you. Your passion for photography is infectious. Highlighting when you tweak AF and metering to adapt to conditions particularly helpful.

Terry
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Terry

Great video! The format is good relating to real in the field thought processes, along with the camera settings used to tie it all together.

Vicki Anderson
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Vicki Anderson

This was great

Don McVee
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Fantastic! Great video, Steve. Very informative and inspirational. More, much more, of the same, please.
Don

Sherry Halbrook
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Sherry Halbrook

Great photography and video.

Bill Tippin
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I thought it was great and overmuch enjoyed it. Please continue doing them and thanks for all of your hard work
My Best Bill

Geoff Cholerton
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Geoff Cholerton

Thank you Steve! I enjoyed seeing this video as your imagery is always top notch. Hearing your explanations about your thought processes certainly is valuable to hear as they give me strategies that are enhanced by having the image there onscreen at the same time. So it gets my attention and your advice then does get absorbed! I will bear in mind much of the plentiful ways that you have employed to come away with such gorgeous pictures.

Lynn Long
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Great video! The Flamingo is amazing! Enjoy all your videos.

Bill Argo
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Bill Argo

Steve, great job! Please continue doing this. All the best!

Daniele
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Super interesting! Thanks for taking us on an African safari with a lot of precious advice!!

Tibor Hrnko
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Tibor Hrnko

I can confirm the opinions already mentioned below. It is very useful for me to discuss an individual shot, its composition and technical choices.

Kevin Mikkelsen
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Well done! Thanks for sharing your settings and your approach to capturing these beautiful animals! I believe you should make this a regular feature for all your followers. Two thumbs up!

Jeanne Follett
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Jeanne Follett

Thanks, Steve. I just returned from African and wish I’d seen this first.

Jeanne Follett
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Jeanne Follett

Thanks, Steve. I just returned from Africa and wish I’d seen this first. Very informative.