Tips and tricks no. 2 – Rim lighting


This is the second in a weekly series with Untold Africa from my on-line guide Lodges to Landscapes. This time we turn to wildlife. There are so many stunning images of lions, leopards wild dogs and cheetah out there – the challenge for originality is not only to stop the action, but to show animals in their habitat and doing something interesting. So here is a technique to try.

Baboons - copyright David Rogers

Hitching a ride – copyright David Rogers

Rim lighting When light is behind a subject consider rim lighting. You will need to underexpose (shoot AE -1 or in manual) so the highlighted part of the image is correctly exposed. Rim lighting works best when the sun is low on the horizon with a backlit subject. Modern lenses have coatings that really help eliminate lens flare when shooting into the sun. Nevertheless,always try to shade the lens with a lens hood, a tree, or even the canopy of your vehicle.

Settings 360mm | ISO500 | f/4 | 1/1500sec

Coming next Changing the perspective when shooting landscapes

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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