Old dogs can learn new tricks

This month I wanted to sharpen my photographic technique and learn a few new tricks. Who better than John Arifin, a renowned wildlife photographer in Singapore, was up to the task?

John Arifin has been a professional photographer for about a quarter century and amongst other he has published in Asian Geographic Magazine. John is a very gifted photographer, wildlife observer (before photographing anything, you first must find it…) and a great guy to hangout with!

I have taken photography as an amateur for a decade now and although I always try to get better and I don’t miss opportunities to experiment new things, there is always a moment where you need guidance because the number of variables to experiment with is simply too large. After talking with John we agreed to meet at the Botanic Gardens. We looked at a number of topics together but mostly we covered what is the most important aspect of photography: the exposure. John gave me a few tricks, surprisingly not so many are necessary, and I realised that not only now my photos are better out of the camera but also that I don’t need to spend so much time on post processing. We also spent some time with flash photography, as I was so far relatively uncomfortable with it preferring to shoot in natural light, sometimes though there is no option: a flash is required otherwise you don’t bring back a photo. With John help, I am much more comfortable with flash photography and will use it more in the future.

For those of you based in or travelling soon to Singapore and interested in wildlife or travel photography, or even just looking for basic photography courses, John is the person to get in touch with. You can visit his website and like his Facebook page.

Racquet-tailed Drongo

Racquet-tailed Drongo, image created in Singapore on January 23, 2013

I might be an old dog but I can learn new tricks 🙂

Old dogs can learn new tricksChristian C. Berclaz
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