Tips and tricks no. 1 – giant surprise in the African twilight


Sunrise and sunset photography is all about keeping on your toes and being in the right place at the right time to capture the action. Often you need to be in position well before the time to make sure you and your gear are organised. This is the first in a weekly series with Untold Africa from my on-line guide Lodges to Landscapes.

Baobab and elephants - giants of the African bush.  © David Rogers

Baobab and elephants – giants of the African bush. © David Rogers

A giant surprise: Keep shooting after sunset. This picture was taken when it was nearly dark with just a trace of golden light in the sky. There is much more detail here than in the actual image. Using graduated filters in the sky allowed me to retain detail in the dark foreground. A rewarding capture like this is a good reminder to keep shooting long after your eye tells you to pack up your gear.

Settings: 34mm | ISO400 | f/4 | 1/15sec

Coming next week: Rim Lighting.When the sun is low on the horizon with a backlit subject, rim lighting is a good option

Landscapes to LodgesThis excerpt is from my recently published on-line guide Lodges to Landscapes in which I share photographic tips and tricks from more than 20 years guiding and capturing the wonders of wild Africa.  Read Peter Borchert’s review here

Over the next few months I will share further snippets with you. But if you are impatient to have the book in its entirety right away you can download it here for only US$10.


About Author

David Rogers has been photographing and travelling through Africa for 20 years as a journalist and as a photographer. He has developed a keen eye for lodges and landscapes, and now leads five to six set departures to some of Africa’s most iconic destinations specifically for photographic guests. These workshops are limited to six people each. David will accompany you on game drives to get the best positions, help you with your camera settings and give you special photographic tips to make the most of the opportunities. In the evenings he will help you to organise, select and process your work. Find out more at


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