Tips and tricks no. 3 – Changing perspectives


This is the third in a series with Untold Africa from my on-line guide Lodges to Landscapes. This time we turn to landscapes, possibly the most fulfilling of all photographic disciplines. There are stunning landscapes all over Africa and plenty of opportunities to create unusual and dramatic scenes. Creating living landscapes requires plenty of patience and sometimes you will need to come back to the same spot again and again.

Cosmos gives a colourful foreground to the majestic sweep of the Drakensberg © David Rogers

Cosmos gives a colourful foreground to the majestic sweep of the Drakensberg © David Rogers

Changing perspectives: Sometimes you need to walk off the path and into the subject (in this case a field of cosmos) to make the most of the foreground, the middle ground and the background. It can be tricky getting the composition just right where the rule of thirds holds no answers. In this case the flowers and the clouds are balanced equally in the frame, drawing the eye to the mountains. The focus, which was selected manually, was fixed midway into the flowers.

Settings: 29mm | ISO400 | f/14 | 1/160sec

Coming next : The challenges of photographing birds.

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.

Previous posts in this series: 

No1: Sunsets – A giant surprise in the African twilight

No 2: Wildlife – Using the effect of rim lighting




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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